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Opinion: Metropolitan Club Debate Example of Working Families’ Exclusion from Columbus Politics

Liliana Rivera Baiman Liliana Rivera Baiman Opinion: Metropolitan Club Debate Example of Working Families’ Exclusion from Columbus Politics

Editor’s Note: In a press release from the campaign of Columbus City Council candidate Liliana Rivera Baiman, Baiman announced that she will not be participating in the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Columbus City Council Debate forum at the Boathouse on Wednesday, Oct. 23, moderated by Columbus Underground Co-Founder Walker Evans. The press release reads as follows: […]

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Opinion: Make Your Vote Count

Mike Alcock Mike Alcock Opinion: Make Your Vote Count

Columbus City Schools (CCS) is the largest district in the state of Ohio. Yet, in the last two CCS school board election cycles, the participation rate for all eligible voters has averaged only 16% in the general election.  Our students deserve the most talented, professional, and principled public servants that the community can elect.  In […]

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Opinion: Preservation Efforts Should be Used for Progress, Not NIMBYism

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp Opinion: Preservation Efforts Should be Used for Progress, Not NIMBYism

Numerous proposals, contentious meetings, and contemptuous rejections characterize the 18-month saga of a proposed development at the corner of Livingston and City Park Avenues on the edge of German Village. Through multiple iterations, the opponents of the hotel have depicted it as “huge” and “alarmingly different” and bemoan further development of the neighborhood remarking that […]

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Opinion: Washington Could Learn from America’s Mayors

Andrew Ginther and Bryan K. Barnett Andrew Ginther and Bryan K. Barnett Opinion: Washington Could Learn from America’s Mayors

Michigan and Ohio. Republican and Democrat. These may seem like unbridgeable divides these days, but when it comes to running cities, all that matters is what works. And Columbus is offering the country lessons for smart economic development that transcends politics.  That’s why this week, we brought the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors to Columbus, […]

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Editorial: Our Role in Community Conversations

Walker Evans Walker Evans Editorial: Our Role in Community Conversations

Over the past several years, we’ve published a variety of articles on topics related to policing practices, community safety, and law enforcement. Many cities across the country are grappling with issues related to broken policing systems, abuse within those systems, and unnecessary deaths involving the shooting of innocent civilians. Columbus is no stranger to these […]

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Opinion: What do we Stand for Anymore?

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: What do we Stand for Anymore?

Today I cried for the first time since Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony in front of Congress. It was that same bubbling over of empathy I felt, when I placed myself where she was and imagined telling the hardest truth I’d ever tell in front of an indifferent and toxic congregation. I guess some […]

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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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