History

History Thursday: The Ohio Statehouse squirrels’ 150-year legacy

BY: - July 29, 2021

When people thought of the Ohio Statehouse, a reporter wrote in the early 1960s, one defining image came to mind: Not the important policy debates inside or the many famous figures that have traversed its halls. No, the reporter wrote. People thought of the squirrels. Since its completion in 1861, the Ohio Statehouse grounds have […]

COMMENTARY

We are all propagandists now

BY: - July 22, 2021

By Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University The U.S. is in an information war with itself. The public sphere, where Americans discuss public issues, is broken. There’s little discussion – and lots of fighting. One reason why: Persuasion is difficult, slow and time-consuming – it doesn’t make good television or social media content – and so […]

Ohio sent troopers, Guard to Texas border. Nobody will say where they are or what they’re doing.

BY: - July 19, 2021

Ohio sent troopers, Guard to the Texas border. Nobody will say where there are or what they're doing

History Thursday: Ohio played pivotal role in ending MLB color barrier

BY: - July 15, 2021

Drivers on Route 23 north of Columbus may be surprised to learn the highway is named after a University of Michigan graduate. But Wesley Branch Rickey was much more than a Wolverine. The native of southern Ohio played and coached baseball at Ohio Wesleyan University before reaching the big leagues as a catcher. It was […]

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Native American children travelled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities. Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt […]

More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists

BY: - July 12, 2021

More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists. Columbus police union said to be blocking investigation.

History Thursday: Budget debate led lawmakers to mow Statehouse lawn

BY: - July 8, 2021

By the fall of 1971, having tried just about everything else to get the state budget passed, Ohio lawmakers turned to their next great negotiating tool: Lawnmowers. The tardy budget meant state funding cuts. Lawmakers protested by cutting the grass on the Statehouse grounds themselves. Fifty years later, the Ohio General Assembly would pass a […]

COMMENTARY

Critical race theory: What it is and what it isn’t

BY: - July 1, 2021

By David Miguel Gray, University of Memphis U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana sent a letter to fellow Republicans on June 24, 2021, stating: “As Republicans, we reject the racial essentialism that critical race theory teaches … that our institutions are racist and need to be destroyed from the ground up.” Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law […]

U.S. House votes to scuttle statues of Confederate leaders, bust of Dred Scott author

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Tuesday to remove from the Capitol a bust of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, a Marylander who wrote the despised Dred Scott decision — as well as evict statues and busts of men who fought for the Confederacy or served in its government. The legislation passed on a vote of […]

State Board of Ed members support banning racial focus in Ohio schools

BY: - June 25, 2021

Present and former members of the Ohio State Board of Education are opposed to the use of a racial lens when teaching education in the state. Dr. Jenny Shafer Kilgore, Kirsten Hill and Lisa Woods all spoke during multiple hours of testimony at a recent hearing in support of a bill that would eliminate the […]

COMMENTARY

Celebrating the legacy of Jon Reed Sims, originator of the gay men’s chorus

BY: - June 24, 2021

By C.J. Janovy Jon Reed Sims was born in Smith Center, Kansas, in May 1947. When he died, in July 1984, it made news in San Francisco. A newspaper there showed then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein giving Sims a key to the city. The caption said he was “a favorite” of the woman who is now a […]

Experts overwhelmingly agree rural broadband will grow Ohio’s economy, reduce inequality. Senate leaders don’t

BY: - June 23, 2021

The great majority of a panel of Ohio economists agree: Better rural broadband would be an economic boon to the state and it would help to reduce a growing gap between haves and have nots, according to a survey that was released Monday. The results of the survey are likely to be grist for those […]