Commentary

On gun violence, we’ve got to be mad as hell, and say we’re not going to take this anymore

BY: - May 25, 2022

Primum non nocere. First, do no harm. This is a dictum for health care professionals to consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. Politicians ought to conduct themselves by the same principle, especially when it comes to gun violence, as this too is a public health issue. But instead, Ohio politicians have relentlessly loosened […]

New state superintendent hiring raises questions about process, but the charter lobby is pleased

BY: - May 25, 2022

At its May meeting, the State Board of Education voted to employ Steve Dackin as Ohio’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction. But the hiring of the veteran school administrator has raised some concerns that require further reflection. The state board’s decision occurred in the middle of National Charter Schools Week and prompted questions about the […]

Dear Ohio voters, the only way to save our democratic republic is for you to show up to vote

BY: - May 24, 2022

Dear Ohio Voters, We need to talk. Especially those of you who skipped the primary election earlier this month. There were a lot of you who didn’t bother to vote. Turnout was the third worst on record since 1986. Nearly 8 out of 10 Ohioans who could have voted in person or by mail — […]

Closing the digital divide is an urgent need. There are immediate solutions at our fingertips

BY: - May 23, 2022

Given the pivotal role that high-speed internet played in allowing us to stay connected and continue functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that it is a vital resource that all Americans deserve to be able to access and afford. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are still without this necessity, putting them at a […]

I’ve been through our pre-trial systems. They need serious reform.

BY: - May 20, 2022

When I was 19, I was sentenced to 14 months in prison for trafficking prescription drugs. I had been homeless for three years; I had dropped out of high school, gotten addicted, and been arrested multiple times. I’m now the founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar company. I started Honest Jobs to help bridge […]

Politicking the ballot: How gerrymandering controls which issues go to voters

BY: - May 19, 2022

An old game in politics revolves around putting certain issues on the ballot to energize certain voters to the polls during key elections. This isn’t special to any particular political party; it’s been used by Democrats and Republicans alike in various states around the country for many decades. Perhaps the most infamous iteration of it […]

The Supreme Court is giving extreme new powers to increasingly autocratic state governments

BY: - May 18, 2022

There’s a lot to be worried about in the draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade — and with it, half a century of constitutional precedent. At least 26 states are likely to criminalize abortions, often without exceptions for rape, incest, or life-threatening pregnancies. In Louisiana, people seeking abortions could even face execution, which doesn’t strike […]

Dog parks offer respite from pull-your-hair-out politics of Ohio, nation

BY: - May 17, 2022

I have found a refuge from the pull-your-hair out politics that is our collective cross in Ohio and the nation. It is not nirvana. You must watch where you step. But there is plenty of room to breathe and be. It’s a place, to borrow a phrase, where every dog can have its day — […]

Conservatives needn’t panic about the end of Title 42

BY: - May 16, 2022

Trump’s former immigration adviser is having a premonition of doom. Stephen Miller has the dubious distinction of authoring ex-President Trump’s (anti-)immigration policies.  He retweeted news of a Centers for Disease Control announcement last month, saying: “This will mean armageddon on the border. This is how nations end.” So what on Earth could a public health agency do that merits […]

Primary Day observations from a first-time poll worker

BY: - May 13, 2022

Conspiracy theorists need to know something: Election day poll workers aren’t part of some vast secret cabal dedicated to tilting elections. They are just like us. No, more than that. They are us. I should know — because during the May 3 primary I became one of them. In past years the phrase “working the […]

Families going hungry: Food insecurity is bad in Ohio and poised to explode

BY: - May 12, 2022

America’s hunger crisis is coming to a head. With supply chain problems and inflated food prices alongside family economic struggles stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Ohio families facing food insecurity has exploded. Meanwhile, the Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday, 700,000 low-income Ohio households could see big cuts to the food stamps program in […]

Overturning Roe would undo women’s health, education, and economic progress

BY: - May 11, 2022

The world shook last week when Politico releases a draft opinion suggesting Roe v. Wade would soon be overturned. Since President Trump installed three new Supreme Court justices on the bench, court watchers have thought the right to privacy and bodily autonomy were at risk. Now we may see a world where protection of that […]