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Opinion: The Destruction of Public Spaces

John Sunami John Sunami Opinion: The Destruction of Public Spaces

A good public space is interesting, inviting, and accessible. Good urban public spaces create the character of a city and are a factor that people consider in choosing where they will live. Good public spaces are hard to create and easy to destroy. Columbus has recently lost one of its best. Columbus has been fortunate […]

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Who will save local news?

Sandra Harbrecht Sandra Harbrecht Who will save local news?

You don’t need to be a journalist or a news junkie to know that traditional news has changed drastically over the past 10 to 15 years. Competition from online challengers has drained away newspaper readers, TV viewers and advertising dollars, which historically financed both newsgathering and business operations. While all traditional media face this challenge, […]

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Opinion: Council’s Issue 3 is a Biased Proposal, Ignores Best Practices

 Jonathan Beard Opinion: Council’s Issue 3 is a Biased Proposal, Ignores Best Practices

To the Editor, I am disappointed, though not surprised, by the latest bit of political chicanery coming from Columbus City Hall, with respect to the Issue 3/Issue 4 mailing and comparison chart sent by Andrew Ginther and Shannon Hardin last week to the Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee as the city sought, and received, […]

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Opinion: Provide Jobs for All and End Poverty

Chuck Lynd Chuck Lynd Opinion: Provide Jobs for All and End Poverty

Over the past 40 years, corporate America has off-shored half our manufacturing base, almost all of our textile industry, and in recent decades even our high tech computing jobs have been moving overseas. Our own tech people are being asked to train their replacements abroad. Now we are being told that half the jobs remaining […]

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Making Columbus Age Friendly: A Note from City Council President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano

Michael Stinziano Michael Stinziano Making Columbus Age Friendly: A Note from City Council President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano

We’re getting older. While your first reaction might be an eye roll for saying the obvious, I want you to think about the fact that we are all experiencing the obstacles of aging on a daily basis. Older neighborhoods in cities like Columbus have cracked sidewalks, crosswalks that offer little time to cross busy streets, […]

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Opinion: Republican Tax Plan Creates More Need While Limiting Non-Profit Support

Michael Corey Michael Corey Opinion: Republican Tax Plan Creates More Need While Limiting Non-Profit Support

Our elected officials in Congress are close to finalizing sweeping tax legislation that would hurt, not help, those most in need, and those charged with caring for them. The tax vote cast by Ohio’s Congressional Delegation members will have a significant, long-ranging impact on all who call central Ohio home. The Human Service Chamber of […]

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Opinion: Transit Columbus Weighs in on Potential COTA Fare Increase

Elissa Schneider Elissa Schneider Opinion: Transit Columbus Weighs in on Potential COTA Fare Increase

Editor’s Note: The Board of Trustees of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will vote tomorrow on a proposal to increase fares in 2018. Columbus Underground reached out to the advocacy group Transit Columbus for a statement on the potential fare increase.  It’s hard because it’s important Recently, public meetings took place regarding proposed COTA fare adjustments which would be […]

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