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Update: There will be no more tours of the White House (budget/sequestration) after this weekend. If the situation continues, we might see other D.C. attractions with reduced hours or closings.
If one has the time, I recommend a trip out to Annapolis for tours of downtown and Naval Academy. Weekdays, time it after 9:am or before 3:pm because rush hour is horrendous!
Optimus Prime my ass. Blame the Vogons and their space highway project. It was THEIR booms I heard the other night! Orange barrels in space?
Neil, you might want to consult with a employment counselor with the Franklin County Opportunity Center or similar agency. They can review your situation and help you decide on options. If you are offered a severance package, you should have a lawyer review it, as a package usually includes a legal agreement not to sue your ex-employer, a possible non-compete agreement and may prevent you from seeking unemployment benefits. Also, be aware that severance pay will reduce any unemployment benefits. Every situation is different. Longevity with the employer is often a key factor in the size of a severance package.
If you are being laid off, a severance package should also include a good letter of reference and details of what job-search help your former employer will provide. As for the question of severance versus unemployment benefits, this depends on how marketable you are. If you have high value skills and experience and you KNOW you can easily be re-employed, go for the severance, especially if this includes continued health insurance coverage. Otherwise, go for unemployment benefits.
After reading the Sunday Dispatch article concerning unemployment and decline of the middle class, cutting Food Stamps would be a mistake. Focus on fraud, yes, but realise that we face a social explosion or worse if people go hungry. Charity foodbanks are already overwhelmed.
As others have said, no big surprise The Dispatch is dispatching The Other Paper. The Alive is marketed toward young adults (ages 18-30) and therefore news coverage (if you can call it news) is entertainment, restaraunt and sports oriented. I hope the Alive will continue some features from TOP such as News Of The Weird. Bottom line is that commercial publications must make a profit or cease. The problem with the Columbus market, for truely independent media, is political. If one publishes controversial opinions, one riskes pissing off potential advertisers. I hope that Outlook Media, already controversial but with a secure market segment, can fill the alt void.
P.S. Don’t be surprised if The Columbus Dispatch eventually decides to discontinue their daily print edition, to focus on 3-4 days a week (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and maybe Friday). Other major newspapers are doing this with their print editions.
What I hear from Christian conservatives, via talk radio, is that some Christians refused to vote for Romney because he is a Mormon, and, thought he might be another “Compassionate Conservative” George Bush. They could live with Obama if there was a Republican Congress. Another thing, it seems not as many people under age 30 voted this time.
Personally, I think many people were disgusted with the menu selection.
As someone who is an independent contractor at OSU, I recently asked a med school instructor for her evaluation of Obamacare. She said that the idea is good but too bureaucratic. Obamacare likely will require a massive increase in use of non-physicians (nurses and med assistants) and reliance on retail-based clinics (as with CVS and Kroger) as a means to keep down costs, continuing a long term trend. Another trend likely to accelerate is the decline in general practice doctors (more profit for specialists). There would probably be a massive emphasis on wellness and prevention programs which are far less costly than medical care, and a decline on tests. Likely see a shift to more home-based visits and home eldercare. Nursing homes would very likley see funds cut. There might be an increase in dental and mental healthcare prevention services because these are the two most underfunded and under utilised medical services. Obamacare costs could be justified IF there is a corresponding decline in overall hospital stays and emergency room visit costs. If the goal is to provide everyone access to medical care, Obamacare is adequate. If the goal is to keep future medical care costs down, Obamacare is likley to fail.
What is disturbing about gasoline prices is how much they vary between wealthier and poorer parts of Columbus. Sometimes as much as 35 cents. Related to this is how much higher the gas prices are, in southern Ohio, versus the Columbus area. It seems the poorer one is, the higher one pays for gasoline. Does not seem to matter which political party is in control.
On ABC News Wedsneday evening, Diane Sawyer made what sounded like a big booboo. She mentioned the huge, Hurricane Sandy-related, snowfall (over 2 feet) in West Virgina. Just after, mentioned Columbus, Ohio. So far, ABC has not clarified the issue. Maybe Sandy (or the news editor) had sand in her eyes.
Do you seriously think the Ohio GOP will pull a tv ad, even one that is obviously misleading and libelous, if it helps a Republican candidate? Justice Cupp, to his credit, has done the morally correct thing. That the Ohio GOP will not shows just how corrupt and debased they are.
Most of my Jewish friends are appalled over the Mandel candidacy, given his views and behavior after he became State Treasurer. If Mandel had behaved as a financial professional, appointed employees with the required background and experience, attended the obligatory board meetings, and, waited four years before running for the U.S. Senate, he wouldn’t look like a fool. You may not like Sherrod Brown, but he does not look or act like a teenager.
Can someone confirm or deny rumours that Mandel converted to fundamentalist Christianity back when he was a Marine? If he did, it would explain some of his social views.September 27, 2012 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm in reply to: Using the Columbus Library System to replace Netflix? #514670
Try becoming a member of suburban library systems such as Grandview Heights or Bexley. They accept Columbus residents as members, have better wait times and more diverse DVD collections. Just be aware of their check-out policies.
On a related note, a certain CML librarian told me recently that it is possible that libraries will eventually phase out DVD and other electronic media holdings as more people access the internet. Patrons without internet access may be able to download or copy, at the library, a huge number of movies or programs (far more than any library could physically store), probably for a small fee. There are various copyright and other legal issues, but I can see a library subscription to Netflix or other internet-based sites that provide patrons with unlimited access to movies and shows.September 19, 2012 6:26 pm at 6:26 pm in reply to: Columbus City-Wide Curbside Recycling – News & Updates #469353
Nice idea with serious problems. My street, in the Discovery District, received many blue recycling bins-suddenly-before downed trees were removed (from the June windstorm). Why then? The street numbered bins were dumped along sidewalks next to homes with little notice and few instructions on storage and pick-up. Recycling bins ended up next to trash containers behind apartment buildings. The recycling bins are apparently only for home owners and not apartments, which makes no sense. The blue bins behind apartments are overflowing. Just who is responsible for this mess? If Columbus wants residents to recycle, it needs to include everyone.
Mitt Romney’s biggest problem is not campaigning but his campaign advisors. Why does he not seek advice from Condy Rice on the Libyan attack and other foriegn issues? There are plenty of Republicans with diplomatic experience too. Further, don’t blame Obama for statements about Islam and Muslims that echo past Republican presidents. I doubt Romney has a clue about how the State Department operates.September 6, 2012 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm in reply to: New Columbus Metro Library Fines Begin on October 1 #513222
CML is faced with over a million dollars in missing materials. This does not include (if I understand correctly) costs associated with overdue/late materials. If the library gives a patron a 14 day grace period to return an overdue item, and the item is not returned, a $5 fine is appropo. Frankly, some patrons with a large number of late items, who will not return them, deserve jail for theft of public property. After all, our tax money paid for those items.