Editorial roundup

The Marietta Times, May 18

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.

This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of Libya. They are needed to battle Islamic State terrorists and other militant rebels, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Some U.S. officials feel a sense of responsibility for the fragile regime because it was this country that set the stage for chaos in Libya. That country was relatively stable until, under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a plan was hatched to depose dictator Moammar Gaddafi. Since he was ousted and later killed, Libya has been a hotbed of violence. The extent of it was downplayed by Clinton and President Barack Obama, even after terrorists murdered the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi.

Kerry admitted last Monday the arms plan involves “a delicate balance.” That is putting it mildly. The danger is that weapons supplied to the Libyan government will fall into the hands of terrorists, as has occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan…

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The Columbus Dispatch, May 22

In his national campaign for president, Gov. John Kasich preached the need for government to provide a hand up to those struggling. Last week, he did just that back in his home state, asking the legislature to remove a barrier that is keeping thousands of Ohioans from college or a better-paying job.

The governor is asking the legislature to open up high-school equivalency testing to competing testing companies. Currently, the state recognizes only the GED, or General Educational Development test, which has come under fire in recent years for its skyrocketing cost and failure rates.

Kasich proposes approving at least two other equivalency exams and having the Ohio Department of Education offer a high-school equivalency diploma to those who pass any of the three tests, the Plain Dealer reports.

This would help Ohioans who have fallen off track, and it would provide employers with a larger base of qualified workers…

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