Commentary

Ohio cheats taxpayers and public schools by funneling money to unaccountable private interests

BY: - February 2, 2023

Many Ohioans pay taxes for schools but don’t have school-age children. Their taxes are meant to fund quality public schools because having educated citizens is a public good. Sending their money to unaccountable for-profit, private, and religious schools is a terrible abuse. Compelling taxpayers to support private interests at the expense of public ones is […]

The impact of mindful drinking

BY: - February 1, 2023

I’ve learned countless things during this time but feel these are the top eight that will be most impactful when shared. Please note it is the ‘first 793 days’ because this is a lifelong journey. It started well before November 2020, but that was the date I started tracking my alcohol consumption. I firmly believe […]

For the everlasting love of Edison and community. R.I.P “Edisonman”

BY: - January 31, 2023

Eight years ago, a retired educator from a rural village in northeast Ohio arrived at the Ohio Statehouse on cloud nine. I found Don Gfell standing next to an antique Edison phonograph with a custom-made wooden horn he likely crafted himself. He was beaming. That’s all. Unbridled joy.   I’d seen that look of exhilaration many […]

A lot of hot air from the gas stove debate

BY: - January 30, 2023

Growing up in West Texas, our family tells a story about a lightning strike that either hit, or nearly hit, a billboard in our neighborhood. It said: “Gas Cooks Better Than Electricity.” In our contemporary era where anything can be an outrage, our latest political spat happens to be about whether or not Biden is […]

No, guns do kill people. And the solution is glaringly obvious

BY: - January 27, 2023

My Nhan, 65, immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in the 1980s, and made her home in California’s San Gabriel Valley, in a community called Rosemead. Her niece, Fonda Quan, said she was ready “to start the year fresh,” and celebrate with her friends, according to the CBC. She never got the chance. Nhan was among the […]

Rampant ‘good old boys’ corruption is robbing Ohioans blind

BY: - January 26, 2023

The first couple days of the Larry Householder/Matt Borges/FirstEnergy political bribery, billion dollar bailout corruption scandal conjured up stereotypical scenes from a poorly written movie: Fat cat politicians and lobbyists jet-setting on private corporate planes to D.C. to wine and dine at expensive steakhouses with other fat cat corporate executives. I imagine glasses of Scotch […]

Governor can put Ohioans first with the right PUCO pick

BY: - January 25, 2023

Gov. Mike DeWine will soon have the opportunity to significantly impact how Ohio regulates utilities — and in doing so, help control the rising costs facing Ohioans and Ohio businesses. This opportunity comes as the result of an upcoming retirement of a longtime member of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) — the five-member […]

Republicans falsely created mistrust in elections and are now citing it to justify attacking voters

BY: - January 24, 2023

Do not fall for the Great Election Integrity Hoax. It goes like this: Politicians, courting MAGA love, keep the myth alive that massive voting fraud is real. Either explicitly or implicitly, they perpetuate the lie concocted by a sore loser who fraudulently tried to overturn his election defeat. The kicker? They cite (unfounded) mistrust in […]

Stubborn House leaders refuse to condemn violence against reproductive rights organizations

BY: - January 20, 2023

One of the first stories I covered as a reporter was in Fargo, N.D., in 1996. One of the town’s local well-known zealots, Martin Wishnatsky, had again handcuffed himself to an abortion clinic fence in protest of abortion law. With a certain amount of weariness, editors at The Forum dispatched the greenest reporter they could […]

LGBTQ kids need protection from bullies and violence, not adults targeting and bullying them too

BY: - January 19, 2023

I grew up in a struggling, post-industrial Ohio town in the 1990s where ignorance and intolerance often reigned. I stood up to bullies my whole life, and when put under physical threat, I fought them. No bully can intimidate me, and so even though I was definitely a weird kid, I was also funnier, smarter, […]

What does it mean to call natural gas “green?”

BY: - January 18, 2023

Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation to redefine natural gas as “green energy” and to require state agencies to lease out state lands for oil and gas exploration and production. With the redefinition of natural gas as “green,” Ohio follows a summer decision by the European Union aiming to provide guidance for […]

DeWine, Ohio Republicans redefine natural gas as ‘green energy’ in service to fossil fuel industry

BY: - January 17, 2023

Folks in my line of work are wise to the “Friday night news dump.” It’s an old tactic used by politicians and PR types who have to release unfavorable news they don’t want anyone to see. Pols never drop good news late on a Friday afternoon (or over a holiday) when the public is less […]