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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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Opinion: What Comes After Protests?

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: What Comes After Protests?

Like many who attended the Women’s March on Washington, during the four-hour standing around period, I experienced a stream of sobering thoughts and ideas about what plans President Donald Trump has for me and my fellow Americans. What good could possibly come out of having someone leading my country who’s bragged about sexual assault, denied […]

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Opinion: Progressives Need to Stay Engaged Throughout Trump Administration

Shannon Hardin Shannon Hardin Opinion: Progressives Need to Stay Engaged Throughout Trump Administration

"It would be insincere to say that I’m optimistic about the next four years. I most certainly am not. But nor am I fatalistic."

With only hours until the inauguration, I remain shocked and disoriented by what happened on November 8th. A candidate who broke all the rules of politics — and most of the rules of decency — was elected, attracting more than 46 percent of the national vote. As a Democrat living in a very blue city […]

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Editorial: You Helped Raise Over $16,000 for Charity in 2016

Walker Evans and Anne Evans Walker Evans and Anne Evans Editorial: You Helped Raise Over $16,000 for Charity in 2016

Did you attend a Columbus Underground event in 2016? If so, you helped us to contribute a combined total of over $16,000 to nine different local nonprofits this year, and we’re incredibly thankful for your support in those endeavors. When we first debuted our Urban Living Tour and Best Bites event series in 2014, we […]

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Opinion: Transit Columbus Endorses COTA Levy Renewal

Elissa Schneider Elissa Schneider Opinion: Transit Columbus Endorses COTA Levy Renewal

There is no better way to put your finger on the pulse of Columbus than to move around it on COTA. While riding the bus, I learn more about my neighbors in a more meaningful way. I have time to take in the city-scape; the good and bad of Columbus unfolding as I stare out […]

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Opinion: Paid Leave Is Good for Ohio Small Businesses

Bob Szuter Bob Szuter Opinion: Paid Leave Is Good for Ohio Small Businesses

When you talk to business owners about what make their business successful, they often say their employees are their number one assets. That’s certainly true for the Columbus small business I co-own with my father, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. We want to keep our employees happy, and for us, part of how we do that is […]

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