Editorial roundup

The Vindicator, March 5

President Donald J. Trump’s love for brutal dictators notwithstanding, North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un has the blood of American college student Otto Warmbier of Cincinnati on his hands. The administration must hold Kim responsible.

Trump’s willingness to give the dictator a pass on the death of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, who succumbed to injuries from months of torture in North Korea, should be the last straw — even for the Republican president’s most ardent supporters.

Unfortunately, he has become the political Teflon Don for millions of Americans who voted for him in 2016.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier did not mince words in reacting to the president’s statement about the North Korean strongman.

“Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

In the midst of the widespread condemnation of his comment, Trump said Friday that he was being misinterpreted.

“Of course I hold North Korea responsible for Otto’s mistreatment and death,” he said.

Note that the president did not say he holds Kim responsible, and neither did he use the word torture to describe what the young American student experienced.

Online: https://bit.ly/2HcZGvP

The Sandusky Register, March 6

Give Mike DeWine credit: He’s diving in addressing problems we didn’t know were problems until he amped up attention. The gas task proposal is one such issue that needs addressed. A decision by DeWine to form a task force to study the warrants system in the state is another.

The vast majority of warrants get processed through the sheriff’s office, and warrants can pile up and be difficult to manage. At times, multiple warrants are filed for the same individual, or warrants cannot be served because the suspect is gone on arrival, or otherwise cannot be located.

DeWine wants his task force to make a quick study of what the problems are and what potential solutions can be found and report back to him within three months. No sense dragging it out.

The sheer volume of outstanding warrants — 466 out of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and another 1,700 for other agencies — likely means the system is ripe for upgrades and efficiency models. If DeWine’s task force can come up with solutions and ways to streamline the system everyone will be better off.

Online: https://bit.ly/2EUgXWZ