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Public Health: Past and Present

The Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service has been helping prevent the spread of disease by soldiers returning from foreign ports, maintaining immigrant health, and responding to natural and man-made disasters for over 200 years. The ability of the (United) State(s) to use police power to protect the public health goes back to the …Read the Rest

Pen Power

President Obama has said that he will use the power of the pen (and the telephone) to get results for the American people during his final term. While he did veto two pending federal laws during the first legislative session of his presidency, given the general dysfunction of Congress of late, the President’s current “pen power” …Read the Rest

Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A.

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A. Lyle Denniston, at SCOTUSblog, reported that the EPA “mostly” won, with a 7 to 2 vote in favor of the agency’s ability “to impose air pollution control strategy on many of the power plants and other …Read the Rest

Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (S.B. 310)

Update: Governor Kasich signed the bill into law on June 13, 2014, without any additional comments. On June 2, 2014, the U.S. EPA announced its proposal to reduce carbon emissions. On May 29, Jeremy Pelzer wrote a concise article about the major factors of the debate over S.B. 310: both sides said they were trying …Read the Rest

Mandatory Drug Testing at Three Local High Schools

Recently, Gilmour Academy, St. Edward’s, and St. Ignatius announced that they will institute mandatory drug testing of their students this Fall. The program will test hair samples for various prescription and illegal drugs, as part of the schools’ wellness programs. The schools are offering “parents-only” meetings about the new policy, and the respective police departments …Read the Rest

Issue 7 (“Sin Tax”)

March 7 Update: Sin Tax Passes On May 6, Cuyahoga County voters will decide Issue 7. The ballot issue concerns whether or not to extend the “sin tax” — an excise tax on the wholesale cost of alcohol and cigarettes, to raise $260 million (or more) over the next 20 years to pay for  “constructing, …Read the Rest