Commentary

Fed up with gerrymandering, Ohioans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore

BY: - December 7, 2021

It’s time to channel Howard Beale. The iconic TV newsman in the 1976 movie “Network” crystallized the anger and powerlessness sweeping many Ohio voters today after state Republicans made a mockery of the redistricting reforms we overwhelming passed in two statewide referendums. A frustrated, angry, collective yawp is building in the Buckeye State over the […]

Proposed trucking reforms offload costs on public

BY: - December 6, 2021

In April of 2020, the world saw the largest immediate contraction of consumer spending in recorded history. The fits and starts in the bounce back from this contraction is largely a function of the speed at which the world shut down and opened back up again. While 2020 was the year of hundreds of thousands […]

If I can root for both Browns and Bengals, you can stray from your political party

BY: - December 3, 2021

This is a plug for a therapeutic approach to countering the bitter polarization of this country’s two-party political system. Try becoming less rigid and zealous in favoring sports teams as a statement against the “party politics as a team sport” approach that’s dividing our country. Bear with me here. If I can manage to split […]

How cheating voters with gerrymandering poisons everything

BY: - December 2, 2021

Would you play poker with someone who has taken all the face cards in one deck to deal to themselves while you’re left to get cards from a deck with no kings, queens, jacks, or aces? Would you play Monopoly with someone who gets to start the game pre-owning hotels on Boardwalk, Park Place, Pennsylvania, […]

America needs two functioning political parties to survive as a democracy

BY: - December 1, 2021

What might the demise of a little-known language usage organization in the United Kingdom indicate for the future of the Republican Party? A hint might be found in the near-unanimous vote of House Republicans to support Arizona Representative and former dentist Paul Gosar for his vile conduct in posting a cartoon showing him murdering a […]

How the pandemic helped spread fentanyl and drive opioid overdose deaths to a grim new high

BY: - November 30, 2021

By Andrew Kolodny, Brandeis University For the past 20 years, I have been engaged in efforts to end the opioid epidemic, as a public health official, researcher and clinician. And for every one of those years I have looked on as the number of deaths from drug overdoses has set a new record high. Yet […]

$300 million for nursing homes is a head scratcher

BY: - November 29, 2021

Late last month, Republican state Rep. Sara Carruthers of Hamilton introduced House Bill 461, a bill designed to appropriate $300 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds as a one-time payment to Ohio nursing facilities. We all know that as people age, they need extra support. Nursing facilities are a key piece of the puzzle […]

Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 26, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

First Thanksgiving key chapter of America’s origin story, but doesn’t reflect following centuries

BY: - November 25, 2021

By Peter C. Mancall, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in New England. Remembered and retold as an allegory for perseverance and cooperation, the story of that first Thanksgiving has become an important part of how Americans think about the founding of their […]

Giving thanks for vaccines, investments in American people, and those fighting gerrymandering

BY: - November 24, 2021

“Unfurrow your brow.” My mom’s frequent admonition to her easily impassioned daughter. I need a lot of reminding. I feel like I’ve been furrowing my forehead nonstop for almost two years straight. But on Turkey Day, I will take a moment, if not the whole day, to unknit that brow and give thanks for small […]

Supreme Court could alter Roe v. Wade by redefining when a fetus becomes a person

BY: - November 23, 2021

Since the Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to abortion almost 50 years ago, a powerful legal movement has sought to overturn the ruling, while abortion rights advocates have fought to protect it. On Dec. 1, 2021, the court will hear a case many believe will force the conservative justices — who now command a […]

Ohio missed out on $1.2 billion plus in severance tax revenue

BY: - November 22, 2021

By Guillermo Bervejillo, Policy Matters Ohio The responsible use of Ohio’s natural resources is crucial to the well-being of its residents and to the long-term sustainability of its economic infrastructure. Currently, Ohio is 13th among states in terms of crude oil production and 6th in terms of natural gas. The Marcellus and Utica shale formations, which lie, in […]