Commentary

Growing up with school shootings hardened my generation in ways you don’t understand

BY: - June 13, 2022

When the voices of 70 elementary school students flooded the speakers of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, I was haunted by the ghosts of my own childhood fears. Four days earlier, 19 children about the same age were murdered in their own classroom, along with two teachers, at Robb Elementary School in Texas. As the […]

The elephant in the room is destroying family farms, rural communities and our democracy

BY: - June 10, 2022

I love farming and have been doing it all my life, but I told my kids not to come back to the farm, because there’s no future in it. That’s the sad truth. Over the last year on Capitol Hill, there have been multiple hearings and bills and even an executive order to address what […]

Ohio Republicans celebrate Pride by creepily bullying female athletes and trans people

BY: - June 9, 2022

Transgender people — especially transgender people of color — have been leading the activist charge toward LGBTQ+ equality since the beginning, literally throwing the first bottles at the Stonewall riots. And since the beginning, they’ve been the most victimized. They remain so, and Ohio Republicans have devised a savagely creepy, abhorrent way to target and […]

How can rural Ohio build a tech workforce?

BY: - June 8, 2022

Last month, the Center on Rural Innovation released a report on the rural tech workforce in America. The report was designed well, combining original surveys of rural adults and employers with a broad labor market dataset and an extensive interview battery to draw insights into what America’s rural tech workforce looks like. What I found […]

Next week, Ohioans can concealed carry firearms with no permit, background check or training

BY: - June 7, 2022

Do you feel safer knowing that anyone who can legally pack heat will be able to carry hidden firearms in Ohio without a license, background checks or basic training starting next week? A whole level of scrutiny and safety requirements that once applied to concealed handguns in Ohio disappear June 13. If you’re at least […]

Shame on lawmakers who snuck sweetheart charter, voucher deals into substitute teacher bill

BY: - June 6, 2022

Ohio’s schools are crying out for a fix to the substitute teacher shortage in our state. In 2018, about 16,400 people worked as substitute teachers in Ohio; in 2021, that number had plummeted to only about 5,000. And as a result, students, educators, and Ohio families suffered. Schools had to shift to remote instruction, educators […]

U.S. Supreme Court allows states to use unlawfully gerrymandered congressional maps in 2022 midterms

BY: - June 3, 2022

In the upcoming midterm elections, states may use maps that a federal court has found unlawful. You read that right: The U.S. Supreme Court recently barred federal courts from requiring states to fix their newly adopted, but unlawful, congressional maps before the 2022 midterm congressional elections. In Merrill v. Milligan, the Supreme Court in February […]

Ohio’s most powerful elected politicians are morally and ethically bankrupt

BY: - June 2, 2022

We aren’t living in the Ohio that most Ohioans want. We are living in the Ohio that corrupt politicians obsessed only with maintaining and maximizing their power, and enriching themselves and their donor friends, want us to live in. This week, the gerrymander-rigged Ohio General Assembly fast-tracked legislation to put more guns in Ohio public […]

Formula shortage exposes familiar weakness in our safety net

BY: - June 1, 2022

Last week, the Ohio Department of Health requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allow greater flexibility in its social assistance programs around baby formula. The program the Ohio Department of Health is most interested in is the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, one of the […]

GOP redistricting commissioners have broken the Ohio Constitution and rule of law

BY: - May 31, 2022

“If courts don’t uphold the rule of law,” tweeted former Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper, “there is no rule of law.” Last week the Ohio Supreme Court proved him right. The Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission — tasked with drawing fair legislative districts maps — openly defied the court and violated the […]

Gun rights advocate at rally

6 charts shows key role firearms makers play in America’s gun culture

BY: - May 30, 2022

Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. The latest, which occurred on May 24, 2022, at a Texas elementary school and left at least 19 children and two teachers dead, was the […]

Community networks fill vital role in providing internet connectivity

BY: - May 27, 2022

Lack of high-speed, high-quality internet access in Ohio is a significant hurdle that negatively impacts everything from how Ohioans learn and make a living to how we keep our communities safe. This challenge has led to major investments by federal and state governments.  Unfortunately, some organizations are putting their personal interests ahead of the needs […]