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Look froward to peace

Recent events in the Ukraine have so dominated the foreign policy arena that it is easy to lose sight of other trouble spots that are equally important to world peace and US interests.

Since July — four months before anti-government demonstrations began in Kiev — Secretary of State John Kerry has been engaged in talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

That effort — the latest in a string pursued by every administration since the Camp David accords of the Jimmy Carter presidency — is approaching a critical juncture.

Reaching any kind of agreement is just as much a long shot today as it was for any recent president, but the effort must be made….

Clearly any agreement is going to have to involve each side recognizing the right of the other to have its own state. The success or failure of the talks will depend not only on geography of those states, but, in no small part, on semantics….

The status of Jerusalem remains a stumbling block, with neither willing to relinquish its claim. But the time has come to agree to a fair petitioning of the city and its suburbs, with an international administrator overseeing an area that has special meaning to Jews, Christians and Muslims….

It is time to look forward and work toward peace rather than to dream unrealistically about what may or may not have been.

— The Youngstown Vindicator

Real revenues

Throughout Ohio, many of its 88 counties along with many of the villages, cities and townships are sensibly operating in regard to financial elements.

The issue at hand is not those who are being responsible, but those who are not.

This is because with the current laws, the Auditor of State Dave Yost is limited on the regulations and requirements for those in fiscal trouble to correct the issues prior to the state taking over the finances of the municipality.

That is the aim with a portion of current legislation that would oblige all local entities to use the same principles as state entities.

Moreover, a section of House Bill 337 would necessitate that budgeting be balanced and completed on real revenues rather than projected revenues.

This is the right decision, and the legislation will ultimately help provide a clear direction and allow a tangible recourse for those charged with enforcing responsible practices.

Although many may have local legislation in place that have these types of requirements, enacting this at a state level across the board will help in alleviating many of those who are either in or are facing a fiscal emergency, fiscal watch or fiscal caution.

To date the state has not had these regulations, unfortunately, and being practical with the standards helps others avoid a result that 34 municipalities currently face throughout Ohio.

— The Ironton Tribune

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