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Roasts & Toasts

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Toast all off of the area youngsters who are preparing for next week's Huron County Fair. Most people don't realize how much time is put in to prepare for the fair the long hours and dedication with animals, crops and projects. All we hope for is some good weather and a good time for everybody.

Roast Barry Bonds*, who by this time Tuesday could be the all-time home run champion of baseball. Right now Bonds is sitting at 755 and is tied with Hammerin' Hank Aaron. As we have said before, Bonds* has had a great impact on the game and is a remarkable athlete, but all of the steroid allegations have taken the fun out of what should be one of the greatest accomplishments in sports of all time.

Toast the Federal Aviation Administration for giving more than a half a million dollars to the Norwalk-Huron County Airport. The funds, made available by Congress, will be used to enhance overall safety and efficiency as well as improve the infrastructure of the airfield. Just last week Erie County officials approached Huron County about the possibility of giving up its FAA certification and using it for a regional airport at NASA Plum Brook in Sandusky. If the feds think our airport is worth investing in, we think it's worth keeping around.

Roast Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland for overreacting in its response to the theft of a sensitive computer backup tape, which could now cost $3 million as more individuals sign up for identity-theft protection services.

Budget Director Pari Sabety told investigators there was "a passionate debate" within state government about how to respond to the theft. Some officials, including Sabety, argued that the state's pledge to pay for the protection services was unnecessary, according to transcripts of interviews from the Ohio inspector general's office obtained by The Columbus Dispatch.

The tape, which backed up files from the state's new payroll and accounting system, was stolen out of an intern's car in June. It contained the names, Social Security numbers, and banking information for roughly 1.1 million individuals, businesses and other entities. Officials stressed publicly it was highly unlikely the information would be accessed because doing so would require a high degree of knowledge and specialized equipment.

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