Commentary

4 ways to protect yourself from disinformation

BY: - March 2, 2020

You might have fallen for someone’s attempt to disinform you about current events. But it’s not your fault. Even the most well-intentioned news consumers can find today’s avalanche of political information difficult to navigate. With so much news available, many people consume media in an automatic, unconscious state – similar to knowing you drove home […]

Are vouchers a constitutional entitlement?

BY: - February 28, 2020

During testimony before the Ohio General Assembly Conference Committee on SB 9 (the voucher deal) most of the pro-voucher witnesses claimed they, as taxpayers, are legally entitled to school vouchers. Their line of argument is that they are entitled to vouchers because some of their tax money is sent to the public common school system, […]

Civil rights in Columbus: The Vanguard League

BY: - February 27, 2020

Most of us have heard the national story of civil rights. But did you know that many cities and towns across Ohio had (and still have) incredibly active local civil rights organizations? The Ohio History Connection holds the papers of one of these local organizations: the Vanguard League. In May 1940, in the home of […]

Saving Lake Erie from farm fertilizer runoff: Ohio’s options

BY: - February 26, 2020

Last week, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced via its draft 2020 water quality report that it will be developing a limit on the amount of phosphorus that can be dumped into the Lake Erie watershed. This was a big announcement for Lake Erie. Four years ago, Ohio signed a pact with Ontario and Michigan […]

Gun rights advocate at rally

The Ohio Statehouse is obsessed with guns and abortion. Is that what Ohioans want?

BY: - February 25, 2020

Every week it seems we are reporting stories coming from the Ohio Statehouse on one bill or another that further tinkers with Ohio’s abortion and gun laws, typically restricting abortion services and access to abortion services and expanding access to guns. We have a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way to receive abortion-related medicine, in […]

What the Trump budget says about the administration’s health priorities

BY: - February 24, 2020

The Trump administration recently released its budget blueprint for the 2021 fiscal year, the first steps in the complex budgetary process. The final budget will reflect the input of Congress, including the Democratic House of Representatives, and will look significantly different. However, budget drafts by presidential administrations are not meaningless pages of paper. They are […]

Nobody likes a smarty pants: Why Warren and Obama irk pundits so much

BY: - February 21, 2020

Elizabeth Warren has never succeeded in charming the pundit class, which tends to describe her in oh-so-flattering terms like professorial, scold, elitist, lecturing, strident and schoolmarmish (she was a Harvard professor before being elected as a senator, in case you couldn’t tell by these pejoratives). After covering this primary for the last approximately 12,000 years (or 14 months, who’s counting?), I can say […]

On the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, a look back at what was lost

BY: - February 20, 2020

During the half century that baseball was divided by a color line, black America created a sporting world of its own. Black teams played on city sandlots and country fields, with the best barnstorming their way across the country and throughout the Caribbean. A century ago, on Feb. 13, 1920, teams from eight cities formally […]

Ohio’s troubling track record on LGBTQ+ rights

BY: - February 19, 2020

When most of us are little, we learn about the “Golden Rule.” This is the basic principle that you should treat others the way you’d like to be treated. This maxim is taught across different religions and cultures, and usually, it’s used to help children learn about empathy. Unfortunately, Ohio’s children are learning the opposite […]

End HIV stigma and discrimination, and then we can end HIV

BY: - February 18, 2020

It’s a weird word to use, but in many ways I’m lucky — lucky because I only had to watch one friend die as his HIV progressed to AIDS. It was the early 2000s, and I was still a teenager. I wasn’t out yet. I was so angry when Billy died because I didn’t understand. […]

Here’s the danger at the heart of Trump’s meddling in the judiciary | John L. Micek

BY: - February 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s cowardly abdication of its responsibilities two weeks ago, the Republican president now feels absolutely emboldened to trample on what few constitutional norms remain standing in Washington D.C. In the barely […]

Understanding how criminal records are sealed

BY: and - February 14, 2020

Eligible offenders convicted of certain types of crimes can ask the court to expunge, or seal, their convictions. If the court seals a conviction, that conviction is no longer in the public record. Courts seal records so that eligible offenders can move on with their lives without the stigma of a criminal conviction. Qualifying for […]