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Opinion: Columbus’ Identity Crisis and its Media 

Harvey J. Graff Harvey J. Graff Opinion: Columbus’ Identity Crisis and its Media 

Columbus is a city in search of itself. “Cap City” lacks an identifying and unifying identity. Neither site of the state capital nor home of Ohio State football carries that weight. Nor does ranking in the top 20-25 largest U.S. cities. A sign of its insecurity comes in the habit of its institutions claiming to […]

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Letter to the Editor: I Am Not a Virus

Jennifer Kue Jennifer Kue Letter to the Editor: I Am Not a Virus

He yelled at me with such rage, I could feel the hatred drip from every word he hurled at my daughter and me.  “I will shoot your dog if it ever shits on my yard again!” “I will kill your dog!” “Yeah, you better walk on the other side of the street if you ever […]

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Opinion: Forestalling a Coming Housing Crisis and Planning for Columbus’ Future

 Zeb Larson Opinion: Forestalling a Coming Housing Crisis and Planning for Columbus’ Future

There’s no shortage of talk about housing problems in Columbus. The city’s growth has sent housing prices shooting up, and there was an affordable housing shortage in the city even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic damage wrought by COVID has only made this worse, and at present, the city (like many other cities) is […]

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Opinion: How Should Ohio Communities Prepare for the Stimulus Bill Relief?

Aaron Domini Aaron Domini Opinion: How Should Ohio Communities Prepare for the Stimulus Bill Relief?

Amazed. Surprised. Unexpected. Thankful. Relieved. These are all reactions from local leaders as they learned of their benefit from the recent American Rescue Plan. With an unprecedented amount of dollars on their way, which doesn’t include the proposed expansive infrastructure plan unveiled this week, the time is now to act quickly and create a strategy […]

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Opinion: We Must Extend a Welcoming Hand to Create a Safer, Saner America

Shannon Hardin Shannon Hardin Opinion: We Must Extend a Welcoming Hand to Create a Safer, Saner America

It is the end of March, and we are again plagued by gun violence in our communities, leaving families devastated and peace destroyed in our neighborhoods. Mass shootings wreaked havoc in Atlanta and Denver, but closer to home, the sheer number of murders and violence have us on track to another record year of lives […]

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Opinion: Columbus Climate Action Plan Not in Line With Climate Science

Cathy Cowan Becker Cathy Cowan Becker Opinion: Columbus Climate Action Plan Not in Line With Climate Science

Last December, the city of Columbus released the first draft of its long-awaited Climate Action Plan. The plan discusses not just how to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, but also how to keep the climate crisis from getting worse by lowering our carbon emissions.  That’s critical because cities are responsible for 70% of the […]

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LTE: Businesses Are Dying!

Tony Tanner Tony Tanner LTE: Businesses Are Dying!

I have been accused of being “whiny” because of my position on how businesses are being treated during this pandemic. So, let me be very clear: I believe COVID to be real (I had it and it sucks). I believe we all must wear masks (we required staff to wear masks in the butcher shop […]

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