Commentary

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 […]

How Trump’s proposed benefits changes will create hardship for rural people with disabilities

BY: and - February 13, 2020

Changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance program proposed in January by the Trump administration could make it harder for over 8 million Americans with disabilities to maintain federal benefits. That’s particularly true for those in rural communities, where we have worked and studied for the past 35 years. Changes to disability benefits Currently, nearly […]

The fiscal cost of Ohio’s death penalty

BY: - February 12, 2020

In the spring of 2015, I was living in Omaha, Nebraska, and my friends and I, being the political junkies we are, were all watching as the Nebraska legislature voted one by one to override the governor’s veto to end the use of the death penalty in the state. It wasn’t the problem of potential […]

Real pay data show Trump’s ‘blue collar boom’ is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts

BY: - February 11, 2020

If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good. They show nominal hourly earnings rose 3.1% in January from a year earlier. But the operative word here is nominal, which means not adjusted for changes in […]

Man fishing on Cuyahoga River with Cleveland in background

Ohio is flat, rural, red and boring. Except that it’s not.

BY: - February 10, 2020

Ohio is flatland corn country. It’s rural and red and full of white people who drink mass-produced American lager and like football. Oh, and it’s boring, painfully boring. It’s not that these statements are entirely inaccurate, but the massive generalizations they represent are wildly off base.  In reality, while Ohio boasts plenty of flat corn […]

1-in-3 working Ohio women would benefit from raising the minimum wage. So would 1-in-5 men.

BY: - February 7, 2020

Everyone who works for a living should earn enough to cover the basics and keep their family stable and healthy, no matter what job they do. But Ohio’s minimum wage falls $3,600 short of the poverty level for a family of three and is worth 28% less than the minimum wage of our grandparents’ generation.  […]

4 myths the Trump team promoted about Andrew Johnson

BY: - February 6, 2020

The claims: Andrew Johnson then, like Donald Trump now, was unjustly impeached by a group of radicals in the House of Representatives. Fortunately – so the claim continues – enough honest and brave men withstood forces in their own party and voted against convicting Johnson in the Senate. Among those was Sen. Edmund Ross of […]

DeRolph case attorney: Stop killing public schools

BY: - February 5, 2020

Our forefathers had a couple of good ideas that have, sadly, fallen by the wayside lately. One of the most important of those was that church and state should be separated. It was so important that it was included in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many of our nation’s founders had come from countries where religious persecution […]