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  • in reply to: Shrinking Cities, Smart Decline, and Urban Population Loss #438254

    sirlancelot
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    Someone should point out that cities change and undergo cycles of growth and decline. The classic example is ancient Rome.

    Today, I suspect energy and housing costs will play a major factor in urban revival. Unless oil prices go down or a low cost alternative appears, most people will be forced to live in older, established urban areas with existing mass transit. Businesses will follow. Continued expansion of the suburbs is unsustainable. I think it is possible that Cleveland and Detroit might, one day, recover themselves, recycle their building stock, and be livable again.

    in reply to: Travonna Coffee owner=Registered Sex Offender #432059

    sirlancelot
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    Never been to Travonna but I do drink coffee. I don’t have a problem patronising a business owned by someone with a criminal conviction, even a sex offender, as long as that person does not re-offend. I must assume he is monitored by the police. A smart owner will avoid anything that appears inappropriate, including hiring anyone under age 18 and perhaps, bar underage patrons. There are lots of people in Columbus who, over the years, got arrested for indecent exposure (i.e. gay sex in bars or local parks), but are not child molestors. What about them? If you are worried about your children, there’s no greater threat than movies, television, the internet and music. Personally, I think any parent who lets their children listen to current popular music is also guilty of child abuse.

    in reply to: Are Ohio Public Employees Over-compensated? #427540

    sirlancelot
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    Traditionally, public employees trade lower salaries for better benefits, in comparison to private employees. They generally have had more job security. Public employees have certain Constitutional protections that private employees lack (no termination without reason and right to a hearing, as in the Freshwater case). Kasich and the legislature would find it difficult to remove these protections.

    What is troublesome, and potentially disasterous for Ohio, is the effort to curtail the right of public employees to collectively organise. There are Constitutional issues such as the right to petition, assembly and free speech that may influence the right to organise. Generally, if private workers have the right to organise trade unions, and to bargain with employers, then public employees should also. It is one thing, in the face of budget shortages, to curtail pay and benefits of public employees. It is another to elimiate their say on how this would be accomplished, which is what Kasich seems to want.

    Further, public employees don’t have to strike to create chaos and shut down the state. They can go slow or work to rules only, or file legal challenges in Federal Court. Kasich and the legislature can forbide strikes but it might be hard to enforce if law enforcement refuses to arrest people. Might we hope for another Egypt here?

    in reply to: The Kasich Governorship – News & Updates #412767

    sirlancelot
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    Kasich’s decision to remove the TG designation from the anti-discimination law (but not sexual orientation) makes him appear to be pandering to both liberals and conservatives. After spending so many years in gay-friendly DC with a roommate, he should be more astute.

    in reply to: Beach Destinations #423822

    sirlancelot
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    When do you want to travel? Doubt you can find (U.S.) a good, warm water beach vacation, now, for under $1000 total (flight, hotel, transport, misc., food, etc.) unless the hotel is a real dive. If you don’t mind cold water, try San Diego or LA. Sunny and warm there. Outside the U.S. but more expensive is Bermuda. It’s not summer there but the beaches are nice.

    in reply to: The Kasich Governorship – News & Updates #412228

    sirlancelot
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    Will Kasich repeat former Governor Taft’s act and delete sexual orientation protection from the state employment anti-discrimination rules? Given that he sold his soul to get votes from Christian conservatives, I’d say this is likely. He has much to hide.

    in reply to: The Kasich Governorship – News & Updates #412034

    sirlancelot
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    If Kasich and the Republican-run legislature do what they say, Ohioans should brace for drastic reductions in state support for various services and to counties. This might include state parks closures, higher fees, cuts in pulbic education (likely colleges), cuts to libraries, prison consolidations and massive inmate releases, cancelled or reduced road projects, and so on. Did I mention drastic cuts to Medicaid and food stamps? All this while cutting or keeping tax cuts. An increase in impoverishment will likley mean increased crime, and eventually social unrest. I wonder how those proper Republican society matrons will react if the urban poor sack places like Upper Arlington?

    Much of the economic situation is beyond our control. Ohio does not set the federal minimum wage, banking regulations or control labor relations. I find it interesting that a pro-business state like Nevada, with no state income tax and with far fewer business regulations than California, has the highest unemployment and mortgage default rates in the U.S. So too the suicide rate.

    Ohioans will get what they deserve.

    in reply to: The Kasich Governorship – News & Updates #412033

    sirlancelot
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    If Kasich and the Republican-run legislature do what they say, Ohioans should brace for drastic reductions in state support for various services and to counties. This might include state parks closures, higher fees, cuts in pulbic education (likely colleges), cuts to libraries, prison consolidations and massive inmate releases, cancelled or reduced road projects, and so on. Did I mention drastic cuts to Medicaid and food stamps? All this while cutting or keeping tax cuts. An increase in impoverishment will likley mean increased crime, and eventually social unrest. I wonder how those proper Republican society matrons will react if the urban poor sack places like Upper Arlington?

    Much of the economic situation is beyond our control. Ohio does not set the federal minimum wage, banking regulations or control labor relations. I find it interesting that a pro-business state like Nevada, with no state income tax and with far fewer business regulations than California, has the highest unemployment and mortgage default rates in the U.S. So too the suicide rate.

    Ohioans will get what they deserve.

    in reply to: “Pre-Crime” comes to HR Department… #407194

    sirlancelot
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    Just another reason NOT to be on Twitter, Facebook and other on-line social media. I suppose employers will automatically refuse to hire people who have no on-line presence, people who value their privacy, and anyone who appears to be human. In the quest to find the “perfect” employee, businesses will soon find nobody is qualified for hire.

    in reply to: Interstate 70/71 Construction Downtown – News & Discussion #386309

    sirlancelot
    Participant

    As someone who lives only two blocks from the project, I see this as just another example of how Columbus operates. A long series of projects and developments such as City Center, the Brewery District, and the downtown Arena seem to be guided by persons or groups who put their own interests ahead of the community. One can be sure that however the I-70/71 Split project is finalised, certain people will profit.

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