Editorial roundup

The (Toledo) Blade, July 27

Services such as Uber and Lyft, smart-phone applications that match riders with local drivers, often at prices far below those of taxis, help millions of Americans to save money and enjoy a wider selection of products and services.

These innovations offer real benefits to consumers and workers, yet policy makers haven’t figured out how best to regulate them to meet these goals. Business leaders are quick to suggest they don’t need regulation at all. But all industries need fair rules to protect their employees and customers …

Labor regulations dictate that workers should be considered employees if, among other factors, a company relies on their labor for most of its economic gain. That’s certainly the case with Uber, which gains all of its revenue from rider fares and related services …

Policy makers need to ensure that business have an environment in which to thrive, but protecting consumers and workers is just as important. That means requiring drivers to register with a central regulator, mandating independent background checks, and taking other safety precautions.

… Appropriate regulation doesn’t just protect customers and employees from potential harm. It also makes the economy work for everyone – not just those at the top.

Online: http://bit.ly/1D5DHQf

The Canton Repository, July 26

… One of the most alarming trends of Ohio’s heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic and high infant mortality rate is the increasing number of babies born addicted to drugs. Cases of babies suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, or drug withdrawal, shot up an alarming 750 percent in Ohio over the last decade …

… The added burden of a drug addiction can turn this special time into a nightmare for both mother and child. The stakes are too high for expectant mothers to battle drug addiction alone.

No mother wants to see their newborn baby suffering from the frantic crying and nausea or the lack of eating and sleeping that neonatal abstinence syndrome brings. Yet, too many worry about the consequences of seeking help or believe they’ll be prevented from accessing the treatment they need. The longer they wait, though, the worse off they and their baby will be. And kicking a heroin or opiate addiction cold turkey can be fatal to an unborn baby.

Late last year, the state invested $10 million into recovery houses for drug addicts, a response to the heroin epidemic. Steering even more money to programs like those offered at Deliverance House could help to slow this unfortunate trend …

Online: http://bit.ly/1D1YFzC