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Opinion: SWACO Expedited Processes for West Side Warehouse Fire Cleanup

Ty Marsh Ty Marsh Opinion: SWACO Expedited Processes for West Side Warehouse Fire Cleanup

I was disappointed by the inaccurate information presented recently by John Rush, candidate for elected office, in regards to the removal of waste following the unfortunate fire at a cold storage facility on Columbus’ West Side. SWACO was saddened to learn of the fire and the on-going impacts to the neighborhood. As the operator of […]

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Opinion: Urban Agriculture and Homesteading Have a Place in Columbus

Kate Hodges Kate Hodges Opinion: Urban Agriculture and Homesteading Have a Place in Columbus

I am excited about the possibilities for urban agriculture and homesteading here in the City of Columbus. The small business that I co-own and operate sells herbs and berries to local restaurants such as Skillet, The Table, Gallerie Bar and Bistro, The Kitchen, Latitude 41, and Companion Baking. We produce and sell locally grown herbal […]

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Opinion: A Call for Simple Solutions to Local Challenges

John Rush John Rush Opinion: A Call for Simple Solutions to Local Challenges

The fire at Dick Cold Storage on August 19th continues to plague Columbus’ West Side. While Franklin Township first responders and City of Columbus personnel did a great job containing the fire and protecting the community immediately after, bureaucracy has stained the cleanup process. Dick Cold Storage has been an anchor in my community for four […]

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Opinion: Library Should Preserve Housing for Student Population

Lillian Dent Lillian Dent Opinion: Library Should Preserve Housing for Student Population

As a full time CCAD student with a part time job and no car, finding an affordable apartment this summer has been a problem. Our Downtown, like many cities, is quickly becoming a place for only the richest residents, boasting beautiful brownstones on Gay Street and sky-high luxury apartments on Broad. Luckily, a two-bedroom apartment […]

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Opinion: Oversimplified Stances on Schools Cuts Both Ways

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Oversimplified Stances on Schools Cuts Both Ways

Last week, John Oliver ripped into charter schools on HBO show Last Week Tonight, and Ohio’s underperforming schools were a focal point for that segment. A few weeks prior to that, online Ohio charter school ECOT made the news for struggling through an audit with the Ohio Department of Education, which is bringing to light […]

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Opinion: Building Authentic Relationships is More Important than City Council Structure

John Rush John Rush Opinion: Building Authentic Relationships is More Important than City Council Structure

On August 2nd, Columbus voters will have an opportunity to voice their vote regarding Issue 1. Over the last several months there has been no shortage of opinions, both for and against, Issue 1. I have dear friends who represent both sides and who, in some cases, have pushed their own friendships to the limits […]

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Opinion: Further Action Needed to Curb Violent Threats at Doo Dah Parade

 Rick Bauer Opinion: Further Action Needed to Curb Violent Threats at Doo Dah Parade

“A death threat is not free speech, it is terrorism. In our violent age, all threats are serious.”

On June 7th, 2016, five people were murdered and four seriously injured while on a bicycle club-sanctioned ride in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The mad motorist who committed the crime is charged with five counts of murder and many more serious felonies. News of the crime, along with crime scene photos, was carried by every major news […]

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