Editorial roundup

The Canton Repository, April 28

Homeownership is synonymous with the American dream. It indicates a person’s commitment to an area and their confidence in its future. It’s a reflection of the strength of the local economy, educational opportunities and the overall quality of life.

That dream was dashed for millions of Americans when the housing bubble burst nearly a decade ago. Homeowners were forced into foreclosure, home values plummeted, home construction and remodeling screeched to a halt, and the upward mobility of others was stifled. There was nowhere else for the housing market to go but up.

The rebound has been slow and steady. Locally, momentum has supplanted sluggishness.

Local and state experts term it a “recovery” and, even more encouragingly, say the housing market is a “solid, long-term investment.” …

Still, it’s a fair bet that this positive trend will continue. That’s why anyone with jitters should rest at ease. Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or you’re looking to upsize or upgrade what you’re in now, you shouldn’t hesitate to explore what’s out there.

While we recognize that many challenges remain and believe policymakers can do more to put the economy on firmer footing, we also believe there are plenty of reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the local housing market.

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Akron Beacon Journal, April 28

The settlement of the federal lawsuit involving the shooting death of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old, by Cleveland police officers brings closure to one part of the still-unfolding effort to contend thoughtfully with a tragedy like so many that have happened elsewhere across Ohio and the country. The mood around the announcement was appropriately somber. Mayor Frank Jackson reiterated his deep regret, rightly stressing that the shooting “should not have happened.” …

The agreement avoided what surely would have been a lengthy, bitter trial over allegations of carelessness by police officers and dispatchers. While there was no admission of wrongdoing, the dollar amount reflects the deep, systemic problems within the police department …

In the wake of the settlement, Mayor Jackson reminded that the two officers may yet face misdemeanor charges, such as dereliction of duty or negligent homicide. His comment that the shooting should not have happened points to the larger task at hand, turning around an entire department, something in which all of Northeast Ohio has a stake. That means an emphasis on improved training for all officers, every step taken to prevent another incident like the killing of Tamir Rice.

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