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Opinion: Endless Abortion Bans Constitute Class Warfare

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: Endless Abortion Bans Constitute Class Warfare

The Heartbeat Bill is back. It’s a total failure of a bill, introduced and knocked down three times in the last five years, but Ohio anti-choicers are nothing if not persistent in their misguided approach to changing abortion stats. The language is the same as it’s been. Once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, abortion […]

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Opinion: Commit Columbus to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2035

Laura Reopell Laura Reopell Opinion: Commit Columbus to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2035

On Thursday afternoon, the future of our environment suffered a drastic blow. With President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, the U.S. lost authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions, curb global temperature increase, and help developing countries deal with the increasingly drastic consequences of climate change. The United […]

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Opinion: The Blue Jackets Should Road Trip to Cleveland

Jason Parks Jason Parks Opinion: The Blue Jackets Should Road Trip to Cleveland

I was walking down East Fourth Street in Downtown Cleveland heading to an early season Indians game versus Seattle when I passed the Cleveland Clothing Company’s flagship store. On display were several Cleveland hockey shirts for all to see in the heavily foot trafficked area a block away from Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field. As […]

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Equal Pay Day Opinion: Wage Gap Persists in Columbus

Danielle Harlow Danielle Harlow Equal Pay Day Opinion: Wage Gap Persists in Columbus

In my late twenties, I had a flashy job in New York City, and then I experienced an unexpected pregnancy. I felt my world, which had been as wide as the sky, shrink to the size of a nursery with yellow wallpaper. My employer was jealous of my time – no one else in the […]

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Opinion: Suspicious Deletion of 100,000 Cruiser Video Files by Columbus Police

Melat Eskender Melat Eskender Opinion: Suspicious Deletion of 100,000 Cruiser Video Files by Columbus Police

The Columbus Police Department has undergone “a significant loss” in dash-camera videos stored from Columbus Police Division traffic stops and call responses, Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced Tuesday. An estimated 100,000 videos were deleted, which included the entirety of videos recorded in 2015, and an estimated 500 video files from last year. This incident was […]

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Opinion: High School Activists Lay Out Education Demands at “Where are the Pencils” Rally

Melat Eskender Melat Eskender Opinion: High School Activists Lay Out Education Demands at “Where are the Pencils” Rally

“What does democracy look like?” “This is what democracy looks like!” The chant was repeated continuously, and with each repetition the tone of the crowd became increasingly fervent. A cycle of similar chants would be interchanged, including “We need money for education. Not for jails and incarceration!” and “When education is under attack, what do […]

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Opinion: In Defense of Foreign Aid

John Lundine John Lundine Opinion: In Defense of Foreign Aid

Foreign aid is in the news again. As the Trump Administration proposes $54 billion in cuts to the federal budget to increase military expenditures, they are targeting a significant reduction in foreign aid. In response to this, a diverse chorus of supporters has come forward in support of foreign aid.  This includes more than 100 […]

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