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COMMENTARY

Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems

BY: - July 26, 2021

Billionaire space cowboys Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have rightfully been taking some flack for sub-orbital jaunts earlier this month that garnered plenty of headlines but little in the way of actual scientific advancement, apart from trying to normalize the idea of routine spaceflight for other, exceptionally rich people. With all the power of the rockets that propelled them […]

Ohio taxpayers again footing the bill for grant project aiding Amazon

BY: - June 15, 2021

The Ohio Senate wants the state to begin “asset testing” for food stamp assistance to ensure government aid only goes to those who truly need it. Meanwhile, Ohio lawmakers agreed Monday to spend $1.5 million in taxpayer funds for an expansion project benefitting one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Lawmakers on the […]

Eleven generic versions of an HIV drug rush onto the market… and list prices go up

BY: - May 28, 2021

The health care system is supposed to incentivize the development of wonder drugs and then apply market forces to squeeze prices to a minimum. But a new report shows how at least for one drug, incentivizing is working a lot better than price-squeezing. At least when insurance is involved. For example, Blueberry Pharmacy in the […]

COMMENTARY

What’s at stake in Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, union vote: 5 questions answered

BY: - March 30, 2021

By Raymond Hogler, Colorado State University Several thousand Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are currently voting on whether to form the retailer’s first-ever union. The election has been contentious, with workers complaining that Amazon is using aggressive tactics to defeat the vote, while high-profile figures including President Joe Biden have weighed in on the side […]

Ohio SNAP benefit expansion offers grocery deliveries via 3 retailers

BY: - January 8, 2021

Low-income Ohioans now have another option for using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase groceries to be delivered to their homes. A new partnership between InstaCart and Aldi allows those living near one of the discount supermarkets to buy groceries online using their EBT card.  Aldi joins two other major retailers, Walmart […]

As Amazon profits soar, Ohio gives $800K grant to benefit company project

BY: - June 17, 2020

The state controlling board has invested $800,000 in public grant money benefiting an Amazon distribution center project in Licking County. That amount is nearly equal to the funding amount cut from a public school district headquartered just two miles from the Amazon site.  Amazon is in the process of building the distribution center in Etna […]

SNAP benefits now can be used for online food purchasing from Walmart and Amazon

BY: - June 3, 2020

Ohioans who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their cards to purchase food online through Walmart and Amazon, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced in a news release Wednesday. During the coronavirus pandemic, many Ohioans have opted for online shopping as a safer alternative to […]