A ‘trial’ unlike any I’ve ever seen as a court reporter

For three years I covered crime and courts in Athens County. I was green to covering the courts, and honestly, I wasn't very excited about being so close to human awfulness. Being steeped in the...

Ignorance is not bliss: The dangerous politics of anti-intellectualism

Thoughtful, studied consideration does not reign supreme in American politics, and frankly, I can’t think of an era it did. Conversely, I also can’t think of an era like ours where crankery and ignorance...

History Thursday: Iran, Woodrow Wilson and making the world safe for democracy

The recent violence with Iran got me thinking about Woodrow Wilson. More than 100 years of American foreign policy has hinged on a concept Wilson introduced as he went before a joint session of Congress...
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Lower-income Americans continue to be divided politically, despite their shared interests

Six in 10 lower-income Americans describe the economy as fair or poor, according to a survey out from Pew Research Center last month. Majorities of upper-income and middle-income Americans say current economic conditions are excellent...
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Medical catastrophe should never mean financial ruin as well

In nearly 15 years writing news, one of the most gut-wrenching, powerful stories I’ve ever covered happened three years ago this January when I interviewed Athens resident Alex Andrews less than a week after...
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The case against the death penalty, and why Ohio should end it

Ohio continues to be unable to execute people because the pharmaceutical industry refuses to supply the necessary drugs. In fact, those companies have said they will stop selling all drugs to Ohio if any of...
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