Editorial roundup

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Aug. 21

Ohio state troopers cracking down on distracted driving last month wrote more than 1,000 tickets over a one-week period …

The fact that texting while driving is a secondary offense in Ohio probably prevented more texting-while-driving tickets from being issued, Shirey said. The law allows troopers to cite someone for texting while driving only if they first notice them breaking some other law.

House Bill 88, introduced this year in the Ohio House of Representatives, would make texting while driving a primary offense. Forty-one other states and five territories have already done so.

Shirey said the Highway Patrol is neutral on making texting while driving a primary offense, but bill sponsor Rep. Michael Sheehy, a Democrat from Toledo, believes the troopers oppose it because enforcement would be difficult.

Difficult or not, such a law would send a strong message to motorists that thumbing their cellphone with one hand while clutching the steering wheel with the other puts themselves and others on the roadway at intolerable risk.

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The Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 24

America’s public housing must be pretty nice. A blistering U.S. inspector general’s report found more than 25,000 “over-income” families who once had qualified for public housing, but stayed on even after greatly improving their circumstances.

Astonishingly, they weren’t shown the door to make room for 25,000 truly needy families on far-longer waiting lists.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development didn’t see the problem until the report was publicized. And even then, it was defensive at first …

Only a government agency could set up an entitlement program and not establish rules or push for laws to cut off benefits once people no longer qualify. And that’s the problem: Income is checked only when a family applies for public housing. So long as they are good tenants, they’ve been able to stay on …

Certainly it is possible to craft policies that wouldn’t evict a single mother who barely crosses the income threshold or that would let people stay until they are solidly back on their feet, without accommodating tenants who could afford a McMansion.

Even the IG’s report said it didn’t expect HUD and housing authorities to eliminate all over-income families from public housing. “However,” it said, “creating limits to avoid egregious cases seems reasonable.”

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The (Canton) Repository, Aug. 20

The days of Rosie the Riveter – that cultural icon representing the thousands of American women who took men’s place in factories and shipyards during World War II – are long behind us.

In her place now stand thousands of brave women who are trying to shatter a glass ceiling by serving their country in all aspects of military combat. Two women recently became the first to graduate the demanding Army Ranger School training program. The 62-day program tested their “ability to overcome fatigue, hunger and stress during combat operations,” according to the Associated Press. They’ll be able to wear a special black-and-gold Ranger tab, but cannot take part in the Ranger regiment …

Throughout the review process, branches of the military have said they won’t lower their standards in order to promote inclusion. They don’t need to.

White-Stumpf, the women of the CST and now the two yet-to-be-identified female Army Rangers are proof that women can – and should – stand equally with their male counterparts in all aspects of military duty, including front-line combat and special operations forces.

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