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Sen. Reid pushes hurry-up farm billIf Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has his way, Americans may get another important law we have to read in order to know what it contains. That didn’t work well the last time around, with Obamacare. A new five-year far

December 19, 2013
Salem News

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has his way, Americans may get another important law we have to read in order to know what it contains. That didn't work well the last time around, with Obamacare.

A new five-year farm bill is being debated on Capitol Hill. Once again, lawmakers will have the opportunity to save taxpayers billions of dollars a year by eliminating programs such as those that pay farmers not to grow anything.

Will Congress do the right thing? The outlook is not promising.

Haste and pressure to pass something - anything - are the enemies of fiscal discipline in Washington.

The House of Representatives has passed an extension of the current farm bill, until the end of January. Lawmakers there do not want to be pressured into approving a bill they don't understand or don't like, just because of a deadline.

But Reid, D-Nev., has refused to allow the Senate to consider an extension. He insists one is not necessary. Some liberal senators note an extension would reduce pressure to approve a new farm bill.

Precisely.

Moderate and conservative senators should see Reid's strategy for what it is, and refuse to be pressured into approving five more years of incredibly wasteful, irresponsible farm program spending.

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Reports of students disciplined for taking guns to school are seen in the news infrequently. It does not happen often - but it may be a bigger problem in Ohio than most people think.

That is because the state Department of Education covers up many such incidents.

There were nearly 250 of them in the Buckeye State last year. Few were included in reports on the education department's website.

When a school district reports fewer than 10 cases of students taking guns to school during a year, the information is "masked" - with no number showing - on the education department's website, according to a published report.

Why? State officials say the rule is intended to safeguard the privacy of students.

Baloney. Students are not identified in the state reports. Like so much in government, the "privacy" claim serves to cover up information that might prove embarrassing.

Every situation in which a student takes a gun to school ought to be reported on the state department's website. If that requires action by the General Assembly, lawmakers should take it as soon as possible.

 
 

 

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