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Opinion: Lyft’s Parting Complaints Smell Fishy

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: Lyft’s Parting Complaints Smell Fishy

On January 19, the car-staches will be gone. Lyft, the ridesharing startup, has announced that it will “pause” its Columbus operations for the time being, offering its local drivers an opportunity to work in Cincinnati instead. The reason for the “pause” as stated in Lyft’s email to its drivers is that “as the Lyft community […]

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Opinion: New Vets Memorial is No Sanctuary

 Bernard Pontones Opinion: New Vets Memorial is No Sanctuary

The curious description of the Ohio Veterans Memorial included in the December 30, 2014 article in Columbus Underground (“New Renderings Released for Ohio Veterans Memorial“) relied on theatrical and religious themes: “The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding […]

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Opinion: Accomplishments and Recognition for Marriage Equality, Yet More Work to Do

Michael Premo Michael Premo Opinion: Accomplishments and Recognition for Marriage Equality, Yet More Work to Do

On December 15, Columbus City Council unanimously passed an historic resolution in support of marriage equality. The resolution also honored the work of Why Marriage Matters Ohio and our volunteers across the state for our work in increasing support for the freedom to marry. Why is this a big deal? Because it is the first […]

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Opinion: The “American Dream” is changing — It’s time to wake up to that

Neil Button Neil Button Opinion: The “American Dream” is changing — It’s time to wake up to that

With the end of 2014 in sight, Columbus remains the largest city in the United States without any form of rail transit. We’re also in 45th place out of America’s 52 largest cities in terms of per capita spending on bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, according to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In the face […]

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Opinion: Open Letter to The Dispatch on Karageorge Article

James Ragland James Ragland Opinion: Open Letter to The Dispatch on Karageorge Article

Dear Dispatch Editor, This letter is in response to the article entitled, “Woman who found Karageorge’s body ‘can’t forget his face’.” The tragic death of one of our beloved Buckeyes also exposes the brutal reality of those that live in many of Columbus most vulnerable communities. While the headline articulates that the woman found the […]

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Opinion: What Do You Consider Local Food?

 Shawn Fiegelist Opinion: What Do You Consider Local Food?

How do you define local food? How far can it travel before it isn’t considered local? Is it grown in your home state? Is it organic? What is a fair price? These questions are packed with food for thought. I don’t bother much defining local food. I think about it being organic. I like it […]

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Opinion: Not Debating Fitzgerald Could Haunt Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: Not Debating Fitzgerald Could Haunt Kasich

Governor John Kasich will not debate Ed Fitzgerald, marking the first time in 36 years that two candidates for the Ohio governorship have not faced each other on the issues. Both campaigns have largely blamed the other for the lapse in democratic tradition, but it’s clear that Fitzgerald stands to lose more than Kasich. The […]

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