Editorial roundup

The (Canton) Repository, Sept. 3

We’ve been biting our tongues, holding our breath since real estate mogul Donald Trump entered the race for the presidency in mid-June.

Trump has stirred an anti-establishment fervor in the Republican Party with his authentic firebrand in a political campaign that’s reliant on his own billions, not Super-PACs and wealthy donors.

However, Trump’s meteoric rise in many polls – including his lead in early caucus state Iowa in the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll – is unexpected, if not troubling …

That’s not to say the other side of the aisle doesn’t warrant scrutiny. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state was inexcusable. Clinton has responded with indifference to a slew of questions about her handling of classified information. The debacle raises serious questions about her integrity and trustworthiness …

But the poll reflects even more grim numbers for Trump. About 59 percent of American voters rate Trump unfavorably. Among non-whites, the number is 79 percent.

The biggest risk is that Trump’s candidacy only serves to drive a deeper wedge into the electorate. What America needs more than ever is a candidate who’ll bring an end to partisan gridlock, not one who will polarize us even further.

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Akron Beacon Journal, Sept. 2

John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati, all three black, all three unarmed, all three now dead, shot and killed by police officers. Ohio has had its own chapter of what has been a national drama that has included New York City, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri …

Many communities, including Akron, already have such standards, and many exceed what the state has proposed. Yet that hardly diminishes what the advisory board has put forward. Its recommendations serve to establish a minimum expectation for police behavior. The panel offers a helpful measure against which police officers and departments can be assessed …

Police work is difficult. In that way, the work of the board complements the effort set in motion by Mike DeWine, the state attorney general, to help in upgrading the training of police officers across the state. What rings true in this context is that meeting the standards of the advisory board promises to make the work less burdensome for officers. They more likely will conduct themselves in a manner that oversight and accountability will find superior. These standards will make less likely the shooting of a John Crawford, Tamir Rice and Samuel DuBose, inviting greater trust in neighborhoods and stronger communities overall.

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