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Opinion: State of the News

Walker Evans and Anne Evans Walker Evans and Anne Evans Opinion: State of the News

Hostile takeover bids. Mergers. Consolidations. The race to the next ‘saving thing.’ This is the State of News. For years, many cities across the country have seen their local newspapers being bought up and consolidated into larger and larger companies. Companies that are willing to make deep cuts to local jobs to achieve higher levels […]

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Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

While the development beat here at Columbus Underground tends to focus primarily on new construction happening within the urban center of our city, it’s worth noting that suburban sprawl is still going strong. Reporter Brent Warren wrote up a well-read story several weeks ago about two large suburban developments on the outskirts of the city […]

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Opinion: City Council Coincidence?

River Righter River Righter Opinion: City Council Coincidence?

Like many citizens, I believe I have a valid concern. In my opinion, Columbus City Council has made some disappointing decisions lately that have left me thinking, “why don’t I have a vote on who these people are that are supposed to be representing me?” The appointment process is frustrating for active citizens alike, especially […]

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Opinion: Voting is Literally the Least You Could Do

Scott Woods Scott Woods Opinion: Voting is Literally the Least You Could Do

If you’ve already voted, congratulations, welcome to democracy. If you’re waiting until Tuesday, again, kudos on participating in the formulation of your republic. If, however, you are on the fence about voting or have decided that you don’t wish to exercise your right to vote this time around, I’d like five minutes of your time […]

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Opinion: F Rating on State Report Cards Not the Full Story for South High

Mike Alcock Mike Alcock Opinion: F Rating on State Report Cards Not the Full Story for South High

Last week the Ohio Department of Education released report cards for 608 school districts across the state. Each school receives an A-F grade based on three different performance metrics. Since those grades were published I’ve read and heard quite a bit of feedback – from both laypeople and hardcore public education experts alike – decrying […]

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Opinion: Scooters are Fun Distraction From Real Transit Issues

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Scooters are Fun Distraction From Real Transit Issues

The electric scooter revolution has arrived in Columbus. Multiple four-letter California-based companies (Bird, Lime … “Spin” hasn’t arrived just yet) have dumped out several truckloads of their vehicle fleets onto the sidewalks of Columbus during the month of July. While the vehicles may not technically be legal in the state of Ohio — more on that […]

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Opinion: Do Columbus Officials Want Amazon’s HQ2 in Franklinton?

Craig Wise Craig Wise Opinion: Do Columbus Officials Want Amazon’s HQ2 in Franklinton?

If based on the political abuse and avoidance history of Franklinton over the last 207 years, no they do not. It is almost like local politicians are scared of any company that could bring 50,000 new jobs to town because that company could suddenly have enough political and business clout to take economic control of […]

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