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The Columbus Dispatch and Its “Commitment to Watchdog, Investigative Reporting”

By Denis Smith

After reading the first paragraph of Editor Ben Marrison’s piece in the December 21 edition of The Columbus Dispatch, it reminded me of one of my mother’s favorite expressions. “That would make a cat laugh,” she would say when reading a hilarious item in the newspaper. Indeed, if I had a cat, he would have laughed with me as I read the editor’s standard, self-congratulatory Sunday column.

“One of the things readers tell us they value most about The Dispatch is our commitment to watchdog, investigative reporting,” […]

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Ohio needs more readily available and convenient public transportation, and that should be a given. We have the 7th highest population out of any state in the Union and we’re the 10th most densely populated, according to US census data. Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus are all major urban centers, with the latter being the 15th biggest city in the entire country. It’s just common sense to expect that our politicians can meet their residents’ needs and provide us with alternative transportation choices like rail systems, more bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure.

Unfortunately, expecting common sense […]

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For years, I looked up to Columbus TV reporter Carol Luper. She was tough, smart, fearless and a refreshing change from the twinkies too common among women broadcast journalists.  Her 40-year TV career ended last year but she recently re-emerged to do a political ad for court of appeals judge Betsy Luper Schuster – her daughter – and she makes the case that Betsy learned the value of impartiality, in part, by growing up with a mom who made a living calling them as she saw them.

As they say in the news business, there are at least two sides […]

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John Kasich donned his Halloween costume as a champion for Ohio women several weeks ago when he started running campaign ads that tell us that he is the “right prescription for Ohio women.” But who is the real John Kasich under that carefully crafted mask?

John Kasich is the most anti-choice Ohio governor since Roe v. Wade  in 1973. He has enacted 11 measures that interfere with access to abortion, contraception, and even information for rape survivors. With that sort of record, no wonder he has to pay for campaign ads to say nice things said about his record on […]

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Fire Fighters Support Those Who Support Them
by Mark Sanders

In 2011, Senate Bill 5 opened up many fire fighter’s eyes to the importance of state government. The attack on our professional voice gave rise to a new appreciation of who supported fire fighters and their rights in the Statehouse. We learned who supported us and who did not. We discovered who our true friends were.

2014 gives us the opportunity to again stand up and let our voice be heard. It provides us with another opportunity to remind our elected leaders that we are the ones who elect […]

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Kasich’s Mishandling Of Higher Ed Is A Problem For Everyone
by John McNay

Back in 2007, Ohioans were looking forward to some genuinely positive changes in the state’s approach to higher education. Gov. Ted Strickland recognized that universities and their faculty were genuine assets in building a stronger Ohio and introduced a 10-year plan to improve access and graduation rates. The University System of Ohio, for example, was established and faculty across the state worked together to move the state’s universities to semesters and to make sure that courses, especially the introductory surveys, were compatible and would transfer from […]

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Cast Your Vote for Clean Water and Clean, Affordable Energy
by Eric Britton

The last few years have been rough on Ohio’s environment.  If you’re like us, you are shocked and even furious about the constant attacks on clean air, clean water, and public health in Ohio.  Our state government should be protecting Ohio citizens. We need clean water, should be moving towards a clean energy economy, and should be preserving our public lands for future generations.  Instead, Governor Kasich’s administration and the Ohio General Assembly clearly have a different idea – that Ohio should be “open for business” for […]

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When you go to the polls this year, I suggest you ask yourself—-which side is a candidate on?

Educating our students is the most important investment we can make in our future.  We need to elect leaders who will make public education a priority.  The election is happening now!  Early and absentee voting has already started.  As educators, we are keenly aware that we are electing our bosses—officials influence what happens in our schools and classrooms, so the midterm elections are very important for education voters.

When education voters  do not participate in elections, we do not get pro-public education […]

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The Pillars of Democracy Are Not Subject To Debate
by Tom Letson


“We the People,” that’s the way the United States Constitution Preamble starts. Since the founding of this great country we have been defining and broadening just who “We the People” are. While we have expanded the circle of “We the People” we have also expanded the protections that our Constitution guarantees.

The hallmark of our constitutional protections is the Fourteenth Amendment. Contained in that is the Equal Protection Clause. That short statement allows our citizens to rely on our courts to treat each one of us as […]

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Wall Street can pay for the Bridge

by Marek Tyszkiewicz

Elections are job interviews and one of the best interview questions I’ve heard so far in this election is “How would you fund the bankrupt Highway Trust Fund?”

The Highway Trust Fund is a critical source of financing for infrastructure projections across the country. The Association of Civil Engineers gave our nation’s infrastructure a grade of D+. We know it’s bad when pieces of the Brent Spence Bridge fall off and crush cars parked for Bengals games like happened in Cincinnati last month. Money to fix the bridge will likely […]

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As voting begins, think back to December 2010:  Ohio was a national leader in advanced and cleaner energy. Despite heavy dependence on coal to generate electricity, Ohio was enacting a strong renewable energy standard for our public electric utilities.  We had also included a standard for advanced cleaner technologies that were not renewable. We were beginning to implement one of the most aggressive energy efficiency standards in the country.

Ohio had an energy policy to create the 21st century clean energy economy right here. It would be built on the strengths of Ohio’s workers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and researchers. We began […]

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