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Veto of Ohio fireworks bill misses mark on safety

Five days after the rest of the country celebrated Independence Day with backyard gatherings, cookouts and yes, consumer fireworks, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed Ohio Senate Bill 113. This bill would have made Ohio the 49th state to allow consumers to legally discharge fireworks. That is ...

Appalacian Regional Commission strengthen’s region

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of commentaries from governors of states comprising the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency for the region. Since 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has been dedicated to improving economic health of Appalachia. ...

Take action on Householder now

In the 11 months since the largest alleged public bribery corruption scheme in Ohio history was uncovered following passage of House Bill 6, much has happened. Charges were filed and indictments handed down. A number of the alleged co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and major portions of the ...

Many ways exist to help honor America

With so much drama going on in the country, I began to wonder what I could write that would help honor America. That is when I discovered there was already something established. 36 U.S. Code *112. HONOR AMERICA DAYS (a) Designation. The 21 days from Flag Day through Independence Day is a ...

Justice system in US imposes accountability

Published on this page June 21, 2020, titled “Without police, who will you call for help?” I addressed “the shocking killing of George Floyd … by a Minneapolis police officer while three other policemen stood by and watched.” While the op-ed addressed the ongoing violence in the ...

Fulfill EV promise, define low-carbon economy

Transportation is undergoing a major shift around the globe. The rapid pace of technology continues to make low-carbon alternatives — like electric vehicles — more efficient, more accessible and, truth be told, far more desirable. If expert opinion holds true, up to one-third of new cars ...