• The Cincinnati Enquirer, July 8
“I think we have got to learn to disagree without being violently disagreeable…” Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said it best: Words matter at this time.
Whether you’re black, white, a police officer or a civilian, people’s emotions are running the gamut from frustration and rage to angst and a deep sadness in the wake of fatal shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Dallas in recent days. The natural inclination may be to speak out and perhaps even act out in response to those feelings…
Our police officers need to know that we are behind them right now. These brave men and women risk their lives daily to keep us safe and they deserve 100 percent of our support, our respect and our prayers during this very difficult and troubling time.
So too does the African-American community. Both groups have suffered immense and unspeakable losses. We cannot let the cowardly and unconscionable actions of a very few become an indictment of either group. Nor can we let the national narrative on police and race relations drown out the reality on the ground, which, in Cincinnati as in Dallas, is more nuanced and positive…
We hope you will heed ours. Respect the police. Respect each other. Reject hate. Spread love.
• The Repository, July 11
How it is that a bill that addressed the national drug epidemic and passed the U.S. Senate by a 94-1 vote four months ago finally began receiving final congressional approval last week can be summed up in three words: politics in Washington.
… Sen. Rob Portman has spent much of this year trying to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The legislation would increase prevention and treatment for drug abusers and increase the availability of a drug used to treat overdoses.
The House and Senate last week finally reached an agreement that ironed out the two versions of the bill. The House voted 407-5 on Friday to accept the conference bill, and final Senate approval is expected this week…
The heroin/fentanyl/opiod epidemic knows no boundaries for race, gender, geography or socio-economic status. And yet politicians worry about who gets credit for what…
Portman’s bill would authorize … Congress to spend $181 million annually to implement the law, but would not actually write the check; that’s the job of the congressional appropriations committees. Portman’s staff argues that the money is a 132 percent increase over the $78 million annual level in the original Senate bill…
We hope to see the Senate and President Obama move quickly this week to put a commonsense law in place.