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Obama should concentrate on all the unemployed

August 1, 2012
Salem News

Aout 426,000 Ohioans - the number of unemployed state residents cited in the last state government report - have reason to agree with Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney. His opponent, President Barack Obama, seems more interested in keeping his own job than in providing new ones for Americans, Romney said.

Despite claims by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during campaign sweeps through the Buckeye State, Ohio's economy is not doing well. Unemployment stood at an unacceptable 7.3 percent during the last reporting period.

And the recent "Beige Book" report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland was anything but encouraging. The report is among 12 compiled by federal reserve banks throughout the nation.

Last week, the Cleveland bank reported economic expansion in its area is slowing. "Little hiring was reported across industry sectors," the report noted.

Romney is right: Obama is too busy worrying about his own job to do what is needed to help Ohioans and other Americans.


In the context of preventing misbehavior by those involved in college and university athletics, the punishment handed down on Penn State University's football program last month was exceedingly harsh. The NCAA altered the record books to take away scores of gridiron victories by the Nittany Lions, and made it difficult for what once was a powerhouse to compete against other top football schools.

But the context was much broader than that involving most NCAA sanctions. More than technical rules were broken at Penn State. There, a culture of covering up anything that might adversely affect the football program broke lives, not just rules.

So what the NCAA did was proper.

University officials said the NCAA decision allows Penn State to move forward. But that cannot occur until everyone who enabled Jerry Sandusky to victimize children is found and punished appropriately.



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