Letters to the Editor Week of 10/28/19

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Double standard
To the editor: At a recent debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren said President Trump has broken the law and there should be consequences. The rule of law should be followed.
Hillary Clinton, and this is factual, had thousands of emails destroyed from cell phones while being investigated by the FBI. This is obstruction of justice. Joe Biden admitted on video of a corrupt quid pro quo by having the prosecutor fired in the Ukraine.
Neither Clinton nor Biden suffered any legal consequences.
For the sake of argument, let's assume President Trump did something just as serious as Joe and Hillary. Shouldn't the same "rule of law" be followed? Wouldn't this be fair and just? Or would both be considered lawlessness?
And, if President Trump is not guilty of any serious crime, shouldn't Hillary's case be reopened and Joe's case investigated?
If not, it sure looks like a double standard is taking place
Steve Cherry

Editor’s note: Clinton has argued the emails that were destroyed were personal and not related to her work as secretary of state. The state department recently completed its review of mishandled classified information that passed through Clinton’s unauthorized email server and determined 38 employees were found culpable for 91 separate violations of security protocols. The department uncovered an additional 497 violations for which no one was found culpable.

Use database
To the editor: A recent newspaper editorial addressed the topic of the departments of motor vehicles selling driver data in the states of Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware along with Pennsylvania. The editorial failed to acknowledge that the State of Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicles database has been utilized to sell driver data since July 2010 as reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.
Ohio's BMV's database, in my opinion, is ready to create jobs for the citizens of the state and is vitally needed as per a Toledo Blade editorial from Nov. 19, 2012: "By 2018, a recent study projects, this state will have nearly a million new jobs that will require education after high school. If Ohio is to remain competitive in the national and global economies, it will have to graduate more of its residents from college, and keep more of them here once they earn their degrees."
I am of the mindset that the $4.5 billion or so owed by child support deadbeats should be collected utilizing Ohio BMV data.
According to recent census data, Cleveland is listed as the second poorest city in the nation, Dayton as the fourth poorest followed by Toledo as being the 10th poorest city in America. Thus, Ohio has failed to graduate and keep enough residents to be competitive and to no longer be the most impoverished state in the nation.
My thinking is that this level of poverty is going to be a major campaign issue of presidential candidates in the 2020 election. Ohio needs an informed electorate to address the lack of education among Ohio's citizens, particularly in Toledo, Dayton, and Cleveland. Therefore, our newspapers must be informative and report the correct information to the voting public.
(Quote of the day: "Not having capital in a capitalistic society means one is a political prisoner." Unknown)
Clarence Gafeney


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