Editorial roundup

• The (Findlay) Courier, July 9

It would be easy to be optimistic about this week’s forecast regarding Lake Erie’s algae bloom, especially since the lake has not yet started to turn that all-too-familiar shade of green.

But Lake Erie must remain under close watch, despite the prediction that this season’s bloom will be 5.5 on a severity index scale of 1-10 with 10 being the largest…

On the surface, the forecast is cause for relief, especially for those who rely on the lake for tourism…

But no one should get a false sense of security.

Scientists believe if a smaller bloom does result this year it will be because of a reprieve from Mother Nature, not due to intervention.

A much drier spring … has meant less runoff of phosphorus from farm fields and sewage treatment plants. That means less phosphorus is making it into the lake where it feeds algae, causing blooms that can blanket the lake and threaten drinking water.

One or two heavy rains, coupled with heat and wind, could increase the projected size of the bloom…

Scientists still believe the only way to solve the annual problem is to minimize the lake’s intake of phosphorus.

… The lake’s long-term health shouldn’t be so dependent on the weather. All stakeholders, not just farmers, must continue to step up and take responsibility if toxic algae is ever going to become a thing of summers past.

Online: http://bit.ly/29y7yDS


• The (Lorain) Morning Journal, July 9

One of Lorain County’s most disconcerting cases is nearing an end because the culprits, Heather Koon and James S. Osborne, pleaded guilty to sex-related crimes involving six children in two day care centers…

Koon molested the children and videotaped the acts so that Osborne could watch them…

Koon pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, kidnapping and pandering obscenity involving a minor…

Osborne pleaded guilty to four counts of complicity to rape, complicity to kidnaping, pandering obscenity involving a minor for each of the four victims in the case, and illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance for a fifth victim…

The only reasonable punishment for the couple is the maximum penalty, which is life behind bars.

If they are ever released from prison, Koon and Osborne will have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. The courts must keep tabs on them.

Osborne apparently believed he could outsmart the system once. As in this case, he was wrong.

The one good thing that came out of Koon and Osborne admitting their crimes, is it spared the victims and their families from having to go to court to testify.

Online: http://bit.ly/29yREvb