Editorial roundup

The News-Herald, Sept. 16

During the period of April 2 through Sept. 3, the Ohio Highway Patrol Chardon Post investigated a total of seven crashes in the county resulting in nine fatalities. More than half of them — 57 percent, or six of the nine deaths — were the result of a driver failing to yield at a stop sign.

Perhaps some people are in too big of a hurry. It seems that many people don’t want to wait very long for anything these days, including going through a stop sign.

Then there’s the issue of distracted driving. The dangers of texting while driving are obvious, but even things like talking on a cellphone, eating, putting on makeup, or chatting with other occupants of a vehicle, which divert a driver’s attention, can prove hazardous. And while automakers are adding more controls, buttons and other high-tech gadgets to the dashboards of cars aimed at enhancing the driving experience, these features also can take a driver’s eyes off the road while a vehicle is moving.

Maybe it’s time to re-emphasize that driving is a serious activity that requires a driver’s complete attention.

The Marietta Times, Sept. 18

Some support President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back a perceived regulatory assault on coal and affordable electricity.

But some federal initiatives on mining make sense.

One is a proposed $1 million study on the health effects of living near a surface mine. The Interior Department had planned to have the research conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

But now, officials at the National Academies are being told to shelve the study. Budget considerations have been cited.

Indeed, the government needs to stop spending money like a drunken sailor. But this could be an important study — and it is not one commissioned in an attempt to harm the coal industry. It was actually requested by West Virginia officials in 2015.

A scientific, objective study could balance claims by some that people living near any coal mine are at risk. If not, we ought to know it. And if the claims have any basis in fact, we ought to know that, too.

Trump should allow the study to proceed. Getting at the truth is important.

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