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Guest Editorials

Lake bill a waste of taxpayers’ money?

 

By Mike Ferner

        Supporters of the misnamed “Clean Lake 2020” (HB 643) claim they’ve “done something” for Lake Erie, but what they’ve really done is take ownership of the toxic algal bloom sure to reappear this summer.

        Let’s do the numbers:

        Of $36 million appropriated, $2.6 million is to upgrade OSU’s Stone Lab to see what ails Lake Erie; $10 million for “projects to reduce open lake disposal of dredged materials,” leaving over $23 million for more of the same measures that have made Lake Erie a national poster child for toxic algal blooms.

An argument against privatizing Veterans health care

By Mark Luskus

        Veterans have made enormous sacrifices for the United States. The rest of us should ensure that they lead prosperous lives after their service.

        Affordable, high-quality health care has been a cornerstone of this promise since the formation of the Veterans Health Administration. However, some people in the Trump administration apparently want to privatize veterans’ health care, which will ultimately put the health of veterans in jeopardy.

Get a loan from the post office?

        Millions of Americans live in “banking deserts,” without adequate access to brick and mortar banks and the services they provide. Rural and poor communities, where local banks left town thanks to the recession or the big banks buying them out, are especially affected.

        Often it’s risky payday lenders who come along to fill the void.

        They exploit America’s 88 million “underbanked” people, making ridiculous profits by charging sky-high interest rates on people just trying to survive paycheck to paycheck.

 

border wall

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