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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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Opinion: City Council Wards Would Boost Neighborhood Representation

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Opinion: City Council Wards Would Boost Neighborhood Representation

Ask people to name their seven city council representatives without using Google: the results are telling, most can’t get more than three or four. What does that mean about the present state of at-large representation, when citizens don’t know who represents them in a city the size of Columbus? Meanwhile, most big cities (all of […]

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Opinion: Ward Representation Would Right the Ship on City Council Elections

Thomas Tootle Thomas Tootle Opinion: Ward Representation Would Right the Ship on City Council Elections

Downtown leadership has thrown everything but the kitchen sink (no doubt its coming soon) in an attempt to defeat Issue One. The disinformation, deceit, and lies are like nothing we have seen in a local ballot issue campaign. The process of joining council has become a running joke. It goes like this: a council-member steps down before the end […]

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NEXT: What is the Future of Europe?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What is the Future of Europe?

Within the last week, we have been confronted by deep uncertainties about the future of the United Kingdom after the shocking Brexit vote. What is especially disturbing to me has been the overt expressions of racism and xenophobia in the UK in the wake of the referendum. Will the UK remain “united,” or will Scotland […]

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Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

Walker Evans Walker Evans Editorial: Driverless Cars Could Usher in a New Era of Suburban Sprawl

The City of Columbus beat out 78 other cities who applied for the Smart City grant, which is a great accomplishment and an amazing testimony to the abilities of our local leaders to rise above the competition and win our city some national recognition as well as transportation funding. If you’ve read through the details […]

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