• The (Lorain) Morning Journal, Oct. 1
It’s that time again, people.
The November general election is less than two months away and the political ads are swarming the airwaves, on our computers, in the newspapers and on our smart phones.
Everywhere you look, there’s an ad touting a candidate for office or a ballot issue. Yards signs. Billboards. Social media.
We can’t escape them.
But they are reminders of the institution of voting and what’s required to cast ballots in our state.
To vote in Ohio, you must be a United States citizen, have turned 18 by Election Day on Nov. 8, live at an Ohio address and be registered to vote.
The deadline to register to vote in the Buckeye State is Oct. 11 …
But what voters must remember is that they are exercising their Constitutional rights when casting ballots.
We must never forget that at one time, not all citizens in this country could vote. African Americans couldn’t vote. Women couldn’t vote. Non-property owners couldn’t vote.
Current laws are designed to give every qualified citizen the right to vote.
Remember, with voting, you have options. If you don’t like a candidate or a ballot issue, you have the power to privately voice your opinion at the ballot box.
Not only is voting one of our fundamental rights, but it’s also a privilege that people in other countries may not have.
We’re urging everyone to exercise their right to vote.
Don’t take it for granted.
• The (Toledo) Blade, Oct. 3
The nation mourned after learning that a child was fatally wounded in a school shooting last week in South Carolina.
A 14-year-old boy is believed to have killed his father at home before driving a pickup to Townville Elementary School in Townville, S.C., a little more than 100 miles northeast of Atlanta. He used a handgun to shoot a teacher in the shoulder and a student in the foot. Jacob Hall, 6, was also shot, and he died Saturday from blood loss after the bullet hit his femoral artery.
Had it not been for a volunteer firefighter, Jamie Brock, who rushed to the school once he knew reports about a shooter were real, the outcome could have been worse. A 30-year veteran of the Townville Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Brock did not use weapons and prevented the teenager from shooting anyone else when he took him down on the school playground …
A majority of gun owners are in favor of closing the so-called gun-show loophole, which end-runs registration. Some 82 percent of National Rifle Association members believe that people on the no-fly (terror watch) list should be barred from buying firearms. And the vast majority of NRA members agree that law enforcement should have the tools it needs to trace the origins of weapons used in crimes. These are places to start.
Kids should be safe in their schools. Period.