Editorial roundup

The Columbus Dispatch, May 7

The State Medical Board of Ohio is said to be really tough on physicians who are impaired by drugs, alcohol, serious mental or physical health problems, or those handing out a curious number of “pill-mill” type prescriptions. Doctors accused of wrongdoing are “absolutely terrified” of the board, says a defense lawyer who calls the board “punitive” though admittedly “aggressive” in favor of protecting the public.

These complaints, far from being an indictment, show that this board is doing its job.

Numerous state boards and commissions work diligently to protect Ohioans’ health, safety and rights, but it is hard to imagine many other panels that could more imperil Ohioans by looking the other way. If the Barber Board is lenient, generally no one dies …

The board grants troubled physicians some room to get treatment. In 1987, it established its so-called one-bite rule that allows an impaired physician to escape board intervention by completing at least 28 days of residential treatment and staying sober. Several groups now see flaws in that rule and are working to improve it.

Such a review is proper after three decades. But one thing shouldn’t change: This board operates with an admirable amount of transparency. It deliberates cases in the open. It provides extensive documentation online detailing disciplinary actions …

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The Canton Repository, May 4

He was the right Republican running in the wrong year, and his party might come to lament their shunning of him come November.

In an election cycle in which many voters on both sides of the aisle vociferously rejected the status quo, perhaps Gov. John Kasich was doomed from the day he launched his campaign in late July. No one could have imagined a year ago that billionaire businessman Donald Trump, by flexing his celebrity and playing to the worst of fears, would run roughshod over 17 candidates, including many senators and governors. But Trump dispatched them all, from the once-anointed party savior Sen. Marco Rubio to legacy candidate Jeb Bush, all while flouting core conservative beliefs and insulting and offending nearly everyone who dared step in his way …

When Kasich announced Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign, he said what most candidates say when the circumstance arises: that he’s proud of his staff and the campaign they ran. Kasich should be proud. He estimated that he was outspent “50 to 1.” …

He told the audience that “we all need to slow down our lives and listen.” He implored elected officials to “do their jobs.”

Sage advice that leaders in the Republican Party would be wise to heed.

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