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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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Opinion: Stonewall’s “100 Days of Listening” is an Empty Gesture

BQIC BQIC Opinion: Stonewall’s “100 Days of Listening” is an Empty Gesture

It has almost been two years of negligent behavior and relative silence from Stonewall Columbus (SWC) since Columbus police officers used excessive force against queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) at the 2017 Stonewall Pride Parade. Stonewall’s silence is in response to QTPOC asking, since the incident, to ensure that we would not endure […]

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Opinion: Columbus Deserves Nice Things

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: Columbus Deserves Nice Things

Well. Didn’t see that one coming.   The Columbus Crew is officially staying in Columbus in a deal that transfers team ownership to “Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, along with a local ownership group involving the Columbus Partnership and Pete Edwards Jr.” It’s a solution to a year-and-a-half long ordeal for Columbus soccer fans that […]

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Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Remember in Halloween, when Jamie Lee Curtis uses a shotgun on Michael Myers, stabs him, and lights him on fire, only for him to rise to his feet and resume killing? I don’t know, for some reason that came to mind when I heard that Ohio legislators had, again, passed the Heartbeat Bill. You’ve heard […]

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