Editorial roundup

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The (Toledo) Blade, Aug. 14

Donald Trump’s carelessness with language and the media’s hysteria and hype have totally overshadowed his speech in Detroit last week on national economic policy.

That’s not only a blow to his campaign but tragic for the nation, because, as with so many other vital issues— how to deal with Russia and how to deal with the Islamic State are two obvious examples —we are not having a debate in this country. And there are some vital matters that we need to debate.

Trump may have an advantage on issues because he actually allows himself to think once in a while, and think outside the norms of conventional and accepted wisdom: Do we really want to go to war to save Estonia or Latvia from Russia, for example? Should we be obligated to NATO allies who do not pay their NATO dues?

Hillary Clinton cannot easily break with the orthodoxies because she is a product of them, and of the very elites, power structures, highly orchestrated political theater, and Washington folkways Trump has committed himself to diluting, if not destroying…

Online: http://bit.ly/2b6rNw1


The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon, Aug. 14

As 18-year-olds across Ashtabula County and Ohio prepare to depart for college, one important but often overlooked question should be considered and discussed by families before their student ever arrives on campus— should my student have a credit card?

Today this is a family decision rather than an individual one, as credit card companies are no longer allowed to give cards to those under 21 without their own income or revenue stream— so those rows of credit card offers at freshman orientation, with companies ready to pounce on a host of inexperienced students and tempt them with free T-shirts for signing up, have gone by the wayside.

For those families that can get by, skipping the credit card completely could be the best option, even if it delays the start of a student’s credit history.

Yet the reality for many families is that credit cards for their college students might be necessary, either for serious emergencies or textbooks and other expenses not covered by student loans.

So it is important for families to discuss their options, as well as the temptations and responsibilities that come with the responsibility of credit…

Online: http://bit.ly/2aWsHL9