Editorial roundup

• The Akron Beacon Journal, April 3

For the third time in recent years, John Kasich is proposing a needed change in state law to protect Ohioans’ health— lowering the amount of lead allowed in plumbing fixtures. In 2014 and again last year, state lawmakers unwisely resisted the governor’s effort to bring Ohio law into line with federal rules, which define “lead free” in new construction at a maximum of 0.25 percent. State law now defines “lead free” as up to 8 percent.

As part of its mid-biennium review, the Kasich team also is pushing to go beyond federal standards when it comes to alerting homeowners if tests show unacceptable levels of lead in their water. It wants to implement education programs for all water customers in a system which has a lead problem. Instead of 30 days to alert homeowners, water systems would have just two business days.

A public information campaign would be required within 30 days instead of 60 days. Moreover, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency would be permitted to impose penalties.

In addition, the proposed package would set tighter testing requirements, mandatory corrosion control studies in certain situations, such as a change in water source, and financial assistance to schools and local communities for lead prevention efforts…


• The Salem News, April 1

President Barack Obama recently warned that Republican senators risk damaging the Supreme Court nomination process “beyond repair” if they continue to reject action on his nominee for the high court.

In an op-ed article published in a Houston newspaper, Obama claims the GOP action “betray(s) the vision of our founding.”

Baloney. All of it— and the president knows that.

In 2006, while in the Senate, Obama himself used a filibuster in a vain attempt to block a Republican president’s Supreme Court nomination. It did not work; Justice Samuel Alito eventually won a place on the court.

And Obama, who once was a professor of constitutional law, also knows— or should —that the nation’s founders were very careful in crafting the process by which high court justices are appointed. They gave the Senate wide latitude in blocking presidents’ nominees, simply to ensure no chief executive could abuse the process.

In terms of betraying the vision of our founding, Obama has done more than any president in recent history. His use of executive orders, sometimes breaking laws his administration demanded Congress enact, has been breathtaking in its audacity and sweep…