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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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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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Opinion – Chasing the Mirage: the Impossible Burden of Reopening Schools

Deneese Steele Deneese Steele Opinion – Chasing the Mirage: the Impossible Burden of Reopening Schools

With the recent announcement of the State of Ohio’s guidelines for school reopenings, there has been a flurry of conversation about what to do with schools this fall and how exactly to do it. It goes without saying that there are no perfect choices here; balancing the physical safety as well as the psychological and […]

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Opinion: Anti-Blackness on a Pedestal – Why Columbus Statues Must Come Down in Columbus

Sourav Guha Sourav Guha Opinion: Anti-Blackness on a Pedestal – Why Columbus Statues Must Come Down in Columbus

Juneteenth commemorates the date enslaved peoples in Texas finally received word that they were free, nearly two months after the defeat of the Confederacy. Some 155 years later, many statues of Confederate leaders remain standing.  Only now, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd (and countless others) at the hands of the […]

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Opinion: Columbus Has Bigger Problems Than Broken Windows

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Opinion: Columbus Has Bigger Problems Than Broken Windows

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the comments of any and every social media post regarding protests in Columbus and across the country over the weekend, you’ll likely find someone who will acknowledge the death of George […]

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Opinion: Protests, Riots and Looting – The Why Behind the What

Chase McCants Chase McCants Opinion: Protests, Riots and Looting – The Why Behind the What

My goal this weekend was to avoid social networks and social media as much as I could. It pains me to say that the recorded concentration of violence against black people, unrest in Columbus (along with many other cities), and the reaction to that unrest has weighed pretty heavily on me. Still, I felt compelled […]

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