Editorial roundup


The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, June 29

The bighead and silver carp keep swimming. And President Barack Obama keeps treading water.

Luckily, Congress and the Great Lake states recognize the danger if predatory Asian carp get into the Great Lakes system and disrupt its multimillion-dollar sport-fishing and tourism industry…

Earlier this month, by congressional order, the Mississippi River shipping lock at Upper St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis was closed to stop these piscine predators from taking that liquid elevator into the land of 10,000 lake.

It is the first time a navigable waterway has been closed to block an invasive species, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

But it is a proactive tactic to prevent these gilled guerillas from inexorably laying waste to the Great Lakes and the jobs and revenue – and weekend retreats – that they float …

The Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal connects the Mississippi River with Lake Michigan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January documented 23 positive hits for environmental silver carp DNA beyond the electric barriers the Army Corps had installed in the shipping channel. One eDNA sample was found within a block of Lake Michigan.

Obama must close the channel and order the Army Corps to hydrologically separate the Great Lakes basin from the Mississippi River watershed …

Online: http://bit.ly/1Hq1FFA

The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon, June 28

In the immediate aftermath of the killings, there had already been calls to remove the Confederate flag that flew in front of the State House in Charleston. These requests were almost universally met with replies of legislators “having a conversation” about the flag in the future …

President Obama said the Confederate flag belonged in a museum, a phrase that Jeb Bush and Rand Paul would echo days later. Mitt Romney called for the Confederate flag to come down, and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina soon followed with the announcement she would request the state legislature remove the flag.

There was already agreement among a majority of Democrats. When the Republicans joined, we had a national consensus and the dam broke …

Businesses were among the first to respond to the Charleston shooting and subsequent pictures of the terrorist displaying the Confederate flag …

To be certain, there are thousands of good-hearted Southern citizens who regard the Confederate flag as a way to honor their relatives who fought. Many who displayed the flag in the past honestly did not mean to cause offense, pain or heartache. But the tragedy in South Carolina has forced everyone to realize the painful potency of the flag as a symbol …

Online: http://bit.ly/1GHSdbU

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