Editorial roundup

The Vindicator, May 28

The Ohio General Assembly acted responsibly and speedily this week in unanimously adopting legislation that inserts clear and necessary standards into state law for prompt community notification of lead or other impurities in our drinking water.

The Senate on Wednesday passed House Bill 512, which ensures implementation of its provisions supported by the administration of Gov. John Kasich will not be delayed until after the long summer legislative recess.

The bill tightens requirements for testing for and notification of lead in water from public systems. Residents and other users would have to be informed within two days if lead and copper levels topped allowed thresholds. The current deadline is an overly generous 30 days.

Those of us in the Mahoning Valley will recall that the reforms grew out of a public-health dilemma in the village of Sebring, where a series of unconscionable games of “Who’s on First” between village and state officials delayed notification for months of excessive levels of lead in that community’s water system last fall and this winter.

It is our hope that all of the elements of the new law are rigidly followed and enforced so its primary objective can be met: Ohioans will never again face the irresponsible bumbling and in- action among state and local leaders that played out in Sebring for far too long…

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Akron Beacon Journal, May 27

Hillary Clinton already has admitted errors in the way she handled email during her time as secretary of state. A report from the State Department inspector general, released on Wednesday, fills in details about the mistakes she made. The criticism is sharp at times, and appropriately so. Clinton had opportunities to do things differently, as today she says she wishes she had, but she let them slide.

That said, this matter deserves some perspective. The inspector general makes plain that the department has been slow to adapt and implement policies in the era of the Internet, revealing “longstanding, systemic weaknesses.”

Clinton has been cudgeled for using a personal mobile device to conduct department business. The report maintains that she did not ask for permission. At the same time, department procedures lacked clarity. A timeline in the report reminds even a 2014 update left room for using personal email.

At one point, a staff member suggests Clinton start using the State email system. She sounds open to the idea in an email exchange, as long as private messages are protected. But things stopped there.

The first problem with the Clinton email, as discussed in the report, is her failure to follow procedures for archiving communications…

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