The Boston tragedy held us in thrall for a week, dramatically resolving in a manner encompassing the best of any television who-done-it.

The Boston tragedy held us in thrall for a week, dramatically resolving in a manner encompassing the best of any television who-done-it.

During the same period, actions of both Ohio legislators and our national Congress left much to be ashamed of. Our General Assembly received a budget from the governor denying promised funding to a third of our school districts, then introduced legislation to disenfranchise women's reproductive rights and refuse health ex-change funding made possible by Obamacare, seemingly wanting to put $400 million of Ohio's own tax monies into Medicaid, rather than receive federal help amounting to $13 billion.

On the national level, the entire carefully worked out gun-buyer background check compromise was eviscerated.

Both federal and state actions seemed prompted mainly by dislike of the president. A majority vote would have passed the background checks in the Senate, but the supermajority need for 60 votes, fell six short. Even with the latest polls showing 90 percent of the population in favor, including 85 percent of gun owners, political courage fell short -- very short.

Needless to say, our junior senator, Rob Portman, voted with his party against the need for background checks, apparently buying the timeworn excuse this might lead to gun registration, which was expressly forbidden in the bill.

Since we effectively register every car sold in this country, require training in how to use them, plus a license to drive, I fail to see this as a problem.

I applauded Mr. Portman's decision to make public his son's homosexuality, and certainly approve of Mr. Kasich's desire to take federal funding, neither a decision that was taken lightly.

Now we see a "right to work" bill introduced in the Ohio legislature, after a similar one was resoundingly defeated in 2011. Presumed gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald has already pointed out that in other states without worker representation, earnings average is $6,500 dollars below that of Ohio. The move toward more sales tax in order to abolish the income tax is mistaken; any economist in his administration will explain the difference between regressive and progressive taxes, if the governor asks.

Never would I call the now existing health care law perfect, but something like this has been needed and called for at least since World War II days. Instead of unanimous rejection, why was Republican leadership not working to make it better?

I was delighted to see Watterson alumni rise up in wrath at the administrative decision to fire a 19 year tenured teacher because she has a same-sex partner. At least younger church members are coming more progressive, unlike the leaders of their church. Two-thirds of church members do not oppose same sex partnerships, and would allow them to marry, while almost 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies who provide health insurance provide reproductive health coverage. Conspicuously absent are church hospitals and educational institutions that refuse to allow such health care provision.

Best estimate is this type of health coverage is now self-paid by a supermajority of female church members who work in these institutions. I doubt even the Curia in their Vatican headquarters can find any Biblical sanction of such action, except possibly the writings of St. Paul about the general inferiority of women, probably as valid as the mandate for clerical celibacy in order to emulate the single state of Jesus, who appeared to dignify women rather than treat them as subordinates.

I have a good friend, a very much lapsed Catholic, who blogs that allowing married men to be priests would fill the seminaries now so in need of students. Whether this was because of a true vocation or a desire to leave home, he did not say.

Bishop Campbell's recent statement equating "immoral behavior" with a lesbian relationship skates perilously close to church doctrine being interpreted as replacing secular-related legislation that forbids such action, not to mention the constitutional call for separation of church and state (render to Caesar and to God that which belongs to each).

I note that Ms. Hale is Methodist, and those of us in that denomination have our own battles to fight. We have not, and show few signs of adapting our own church to modern times, at least as regards the sinfulness or lack of it in enrolling members or staff who profess such a life style.

Guest columnist Bill McNutt is a Worthington resident. Email him at