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Opinion – Chasing the Mirage: the Impossible Burden of Reopening Schools

Deneese Steele Deneese Steele Opinion – Chasing the Mirage: the Impossible Burden of Reopening Schools

With the recent announcement of the State of Ohio’s guidelines for school reopenings, there has been a flurry of conversation about what to do with schools this fall and how exactly to do it. It goes without saying that there are no perfect choices here; balancing the physical safety as well as the psychological and […]

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Opinion: Anti-Blackness on a Pedestal – Why Columbus Statues Must Come Down in Columbus

Sourav Guha Sourav Guha Opinion: Anti-Blackness on a Pedestal – Why Columbus Statues Must Come Down in Columbus

Juneteenth commemorates the date enslaved peoples in Texas finally received word that they were free, nearly two months after the defeat of the Confederacy. Some 155 years later, many statues of Confederate leaders remain standing.  Only now, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd (and countless others) at the hands of the […]

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Opinion: Columbus Has Bigger Problems Than Broken Windows

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Opinion: Columbus Has Bigger Problems Than Broken Windows

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the comments of any and every social media post regarding protests in Columbus and across the country over the weekend, you’ll likely find someone who will acknowledge the death of George […]

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Opinion: Protests, Riots and Looting – The Why Behind the What

Chase McCants Chase McCants Opinion: Protests, Riots and Looting – The Why Behind the What

My goal this weekend was to avoid social networks and social media as much as I could. It pains me to say that the recorded concentration of violence against black people, unrest in Columbus (along with many other cities), and the reaction to that unrest has weighed pretty heavily on me. Still, I felt compelled […]

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Editorial: Ohioans Receive Mixed Messages About Re-Opening

Columbus Underground Editorial Columbus Underground Editorial Editorial: Ohioans Receive Mixed Messages About Re-Opening

TL;DR version: Parents should go back to work but no one can watch your kids, and stores can reopen but customers should stay home.

Many Americans have grown anxious about “getting back to normal” despite warnings that the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus could accelerate once again if social distancing and other guidelines are relaxed too quickly. Ohio was one of the states to lead the call for drastic safety precautions much earlier than many others across the nation. […]

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Opinion: DeWine Has Always Been a “Problematic Fave”

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: DeWine Has Always Been a “Problematic Fave”

Over the past decade, society has learned more and more frequently that all humans are flawed (sometimes very deeply) and with the deluge of documented information and trackable online conversations, we’ve quickly learned that every celebrity, politician and average Joe has said or done something wrong. The reaction to these discoveries can produce a wide […]

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Opinion: Now is the Time for Safer Streets

Transit Columbus Transit Columbus Opinion: Now is the Time for Safer Streets

Transit Columbus has regularly expressed our excitement around the implementation of the recently announced Vision Zero policy. We took it to heart that the policy would fundamentally change the approach of transportation officials, but the recent comments to Columbus Underground (CU) indicated that no fundamental changes have been made to the car-centric approach that has been a mainstay […]

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