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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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Opinion: No Fracking Way

Anthony Perrin and Larkin Cleland Anthony Perrin and Larkin Cleland Opinion: No Fracking Way

“Fracked gas, in the past. Fracked gas, in the past.” Such was the chant echoing around Ohio State’s Main Oval on October 15, as we gathered with dozens of other students to protest the building of a new power plant, designed to supply the University’s heating and energy for decades to come. And yet, the […]

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Opinion: A Mother’s Plea – Get Your Flu Shot

Crystal Lett Crystal Lett Opinion: A Mother’s Plea – Get Your Flu Shot

I recently took my three kids to get our yearly flu shot. It’s an important tradition in our family, because my oldest son lives with a rare disorder that makes him more susceptible to serious illness. My younger kids know we all get our flu shots to protect their brother. It’s an act of love […]

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LTE: Columbus Has the Opportunity to Lead on Clean Energy

Rob Dorans Rob Dorans LTE: Columbus Has the Opportunity to Lead on Clean Energy

Climate change is real. We have all watched in horror as wildfires this summer that continue to ravage the west coast, exacerbated by extreme temperatures and drought. We have also seen record-breaking hurricanes hit coastal states in recent years. While these weather events may seem distant, Central Ohio is also impacted by the effects of […]

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Opinion: Beyond the Protests

Chris Sunami Chris Sunami Opinion: Beyond the Protests

There are two competing ways of understanding the “Black Lives Matter” movement: The narrative from the left tells the story of ordinary people, driven by conscience, coming together, across racial lines, at great personal risk, to put an end to a brutal and hypocritical institution, one with a sustained and documented history of targeting black […]

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LTE: Continued Closure of Post Office Hurts Near East Neighborhood

Julia Carpenter-Hubin Julia Carpenter-Hubin LTE: Continued Closure of Post Office Hurts Near East Neighborhood

Many thanks are due Columbus Underground for bringing attention to the closure of the Post Office branch located in the King-Lincoln district.  Our neighborhood Post Office closed “temporarily” on June 12, reportedly due to a broken air conditioner. In July, a communication specialist for the USPS told Columbus Underground reporter Anne Evans that the landlord for […]

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