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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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Opinion: the Abuse of Franklin Park

John Sunami John Sunami Opinion: the Abuse of Franklin Park

Recently there has been talk of letting the water cascades at Franklin Park go dry. Critics say that the expense of repairing it is too great, and that the money can better be used elsewhere. I believe this comes from a misunderstanding of the nature and value of public spaces. A Dispatch commentary has made […]

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Opinion: Stop Reading Lies About Abortion, Start Funding It

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: Stop Reading Lies About Abortion, Start Funding It

Wow, are anti-choicers winning this fight, huh? I have to hand it to them, they’ve developed a multi-pronged attack on reproductive rights that has effectively dismantled all common knowledge, reason and scientific understanding. Then again, I suppose it is an opportune time to bend facts and twist narratives. In the week or so since Mike […]

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Opinion: Governor DeWine Takes Socialist Approach with Highway Tax

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Governor DeWine Takes Socialist Approach with Highway Tax

If you haven’t heard, Ohio’s highway system is flat broke, but new Governor Mike DeWine (R) has a solution to the problem: raise taxes. He recognizes that our transportation networks are the vital backbone to moving people and goods to where they need to go, and he’s willing to implement a socialist strategy that involves […]

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