Commentary

Biden’s agenda: Dems need to decide if they want to win a battle, or lose the war

BY: - November 1, 2021

(*This column was updated at 8:11 a.m. on Saturday, 10/30/21 to correctly reflect the priorities of the Progressive Caucus) Democrats on Capitol Hill may not be directly taking their cues from the legendary Carthaginian military leader Hannibal, but as moderates and progressives fell on each other this week over President Joe Biden’s watered-down domestic spending […]

Ohio House legislation could make Ohio’s bad water problems worse

BY: - October 29, 2021

For the past few years, my firm Scioto Analysis has published a series of studies of Ohio’s Genuine Progress Indicator, a “GDP+” measure that monetizes the impact of environmental damage and external social benefits and costs of nonmarket activity in the state. One of the biggest takeaways we’ve found year after year from doing this […]

The American founders didn’t believe your sacred freedom means you can do whatever you want

BY: - October 28, 2021

By Maurizio Valsania, Università di Torino President Joe Biden has mandated vaccines for a large part of the American workforce, a requirement that has prompted protest from those opposed to the measure. Meanwhile, a similar move in New York City to enforce vaccinations has resulted in more than a dozen businesses’ being fined for flouting […]

An infectious disease expert explains new rules on ‘mix-and-match’ vaccine booster shots

BY: - October 25, 2021

By Glenn J. Rapsinski, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Many Americans now have the green light to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster – and the flexibility to receive a different brand than the original vaccine they received. On the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s Sept. 22, 2021, emergency use authorization of a third […]

Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit

BY: - October 22, 2021

By Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s how international law and institutions help solve problems that no […]

Ohio government panders to hard-right at expense of fair-minded majority

BY: - October 21, 2021

State government has taken a hard right turn down a dangerous road in Ohio. It’s not where most Ohioans want to go, but that doesn’t matter. The legislature doesn’t answer to us. An extreme minority is calling the shots with GOP lawmakers. Same thing is happening in other states where Republicans, with an absolute lock […]

As a patriot and Black man, Colin Powell embodied the two-ness of the African American experience

BY: - October 20, 2021

By Chad Williams, Brandeis University Colin Powell knew where he fit in American history. The former secretary of state – who died on Oct. 18, 2021, at 84 as a result of COVID-19 complications – was a pioneer: the first Black national security advisor in U.S. history, the first Black chairman of the joint chiefs […]

Funding prisons is a higher priority than funding education in most states. Why?

BY: - October 19, 2021

In America, the land of the free, there are more prisons and more prisoners than any other country in the world. This is not a new phenomenon. For decades, the rate of imprisonment in the United States has been more than twice that of its nearest developmental counterpart. The long-standing question, both at home and abroad, is […]

How many lives have coronavirus vaccines saved? Here’s what research has found

BY: - October 18, 2021

By Sumedha Gupta, IUPUI More than 200 million U.S. residents have gotten at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine with the expectation that the vaccines slow virus transmission and save lives. Researchers know the efficacy of the vaccines from large-scale clinical trials, the gold standard for medical research. The studies found the vaccines to […]

The most powerful space telescope ever built will look back to the Dark Ages of the universe

BY: - October 15, 2021

By Chris Impey, University of Arizona Some have called NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope the “telescope that ate astronomy.” It is the most powerful space telescope ever built and a complex piece of mechanical origami that has pushed the limits of human engineering. On Dec. 18, 2021, after years of delays and billions of dollars […]

Another big lie – ‘they want to steal your retirement’ – gains traction in lead-up to 2022

BY: - October 14, 2021

Upon exposure to harsh political attack ads or campaigns that make outrageous, easily debunked claims, in the old days I’d react with skepticism: “Nobody will believe that crap.” The classic First Amendment ideal would come to mind – that the searing light of truth is the best way to expose falsehoods and lies in the […]

OxyContin created the opioid crisis, but stigma and prohibition have fueled it

BY: - October 13, 2021

By Emily B. Campbell, College of the Holy Cross The highly contentious Purdue Pharma settlement announced Sept. 1, 2021, comes at a pivotal time for the U.S. overdose crisis: 2020 was the worst year on record, with over 93,000 Americans losing their lives to fatal drug overdose. The drug overdose epidemic, now more than two […]