Liberal policies increase poverty

President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress like to brag about how much they have done for poor Americans. Ohioans have good cause to be disgusted by such talk.

In 2007, just before the so-called “Great Recession” started, 13.1 percent of Buckeye State residents lived in households with less than poverty-rate incomes, according to the Census Bureau.

Although Obama claims he ended the recession, poverty has increased in Ohio. The Census Bureau says 16.3 percent of the state’s residents now live in poverty.

And during the same period of time, the median income for Ohio households fell by nearly $4,800.

Conservatives point out that liberal policies often aggravate the problem of poverty rather than ease it. Obviously, that assessment is right on target in the Buckeye State.

For very good reasons, public schools have strict policies on administering medications to students. Most do not allow educators to give children any medicine that has not been provided by parents and authorized by them in writing.

A common-sense exception to the rules should be approved in Ohio. It could save young lives.

n a few states, there have been reports of children suffering allergic reactions while in school – and dying before health care professionals could save them. The deaths could have been avoided had schools been equipped with EpiPens, which are easy-to-use devices to administer epinephrine to people whose bodies go into shock because of allergies.

A bill in the Ohio House of Representatives (HB296) would authorize trained school personnel to keep epinephrine on hand and administer it to children whose allergies send them into life-threatening shock.

Clearly, the bill should be enacted immediately. Thus far, we have heard of no allergy related deaths in Ohio schools. Getting HB 296 into law could keep it that way.