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Opinion: CoverMyMeds Abatement Not Worth the Cost

Hannah Halbert Hannah Halbert Opinion: CoverMyMeds Abatement Not Worth the Cost

In total, Columbus schools will lose an estimated $35.5 million over 15 years due to a generous tax abatement package the city is awarding to software company, CoverMyMeds, according to a new report by Policy Matters Ohio.  Tax abatements, a central part of state and local economic development strategy, eliminate all or part of an […]

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Opinion: the Abuse of Franklin Park

John Sunami John Sunami Opinion: the Abuse of Franklin Park

Recently there has been talk of letting the water cascades at Franklin Park go dry. Critics say that the expense of repairing it is too great, and that the money can better be used elsewhere. I believe this comes from a misunderstanding of the nature and value of public spaces. A Dispatch commentary has made […]

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Opinion: Stop Reading Lies About Abortion, Start Funding It

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: Stop Reading Lies About Abortion, Start Funding It

Wow, are anti-choicers winning this fight, huh? I have to hand it to them, they’ve developed a multi-pronged attack on reproductive rights that has effectively dismantled all common knowledge, reason and scientific understanding. Then again, I suppose it is an opportune time to bend facts and twist narratives. In the week or so since Mike […]

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Opinion: Governor DeWine Takes Socialist Approach with Highway Tax

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Governor DeWine Takes Socialist Approach with Highway Tax

If you haven’t heard, Ohio’s highway system is flat broke, but new Governor Mike DeWine (R) has a solution to the problem: raise taxes. He recognizes that our transportation networks are the vital backbone to moving people and goods to where they need to go, and he’s willing to implement a socialist strategy that involves […]

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Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

While the development beat here at Columbus Underground tends to focus primarily on new construction happening within the urban center of our city, it’s worth noting that suburban sprawl is still going strong. Reporter Brent Warren wrote up a well-read story several weeks ago about two large suburban developments on the outskirts of the city […]

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Opinion: City Council Coincidence?

River Righter River Righter Opinion: City Council Coincidence?

Like many citizens, I believe I have a valid concern. In my opinion, Columbus City Council has made some disappointing decisions lately that have left me thinking, “why don’t I have a vote on who these people are that are supposed to be representing me?” The appointment process is frustrating for active citizens alike, especially […]

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Opinion: The Bastardization of “Local”

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: The Bastardization of “Local”

When you hear the term “local business,” what comes to mind? A mom-and-pop restaurant? A franchise owned by someone who lives in your neighborhood? A multi-billion dollar global corporation based on the other side of the country? The correct answer is “all of the above.” There are no formal guidelines for use of the word […]

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