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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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Opinion: Dominion Overcrowding a Test Case for School Board’s Ability to Make Tough Decisions

Vladimir Kogan Vladimir Kogan Opinion: Dominion Overcrowding a Test Case for School Board’s Ability to Make Tough Decisions

Columbus City Schools confronts many of the familiar challenges that plague other urban school systems. The district’s “F” rating on its latest state report card means it’s less than two years away from a state takeover unless it can quickly improve student achievement. Columbus is also one of the country’s most economically segregated metro areas, and […]

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Open Letter to City Council: Build a Local Government That’s Of, For, and By All of Us

Will Petrik Will Petrik Open Letter to City Council: Build a Local Government That’s Of, For, and By All of Us

Dear Columbus City Council Members, I am writing to ask that you exert leadership to limit the influence of big money in Columbus. We have an opportunity to make sure local campaigns and our local government reflect a democracy that’s of, for, and by all of us. Mayor Ginther’s proposed campaign contribution limit ($12,707.79) ensures […]

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Opinion: Voting is Literally the Least You Could Do

Scott Woods Scott Woods Opinion: Voting is Literally the Least You Could Do

If you’ve already voted, congratulations, welcome to democracy. If you’re waiting until Tuesday, again, kudos on participating in the formulation of your republic. If, however, you are on the fence about voting or have decided that you don’t wish to exercise your right to vote this time around, I’d like five minutes of your time […]

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Opinion: F Rating on State Report Cards Not the Full Story for South High

Mike Alcock Mike Alcock Opinion: F Rating on State Report Cards Not the Full Story for South High

Last week the Ohio Department of Education released report cards for 608 school districts across the state. Each school receives an A-F grade based on three different performance metrics. Since those grades were published I’ve read and heard quite a bit of feedback – from both laypeople and hardcore public education experts alike – decrying […]

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Opinion: Lessons in Bike Commuting from a Non-Cyclist

Steve Schoeny Steve Schoeny Opinion: Lessons in Bike Commuting from a Non-Cyclist

When my kids finished the school year in the Spring, I decided to try my hand at riding my bike to work. As the Director of Development for the 14th largest municipality in the country, I talk a lot about the benefits of having mobility choices, bike lanes, complete streets and other City Planner jargon. […]

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