COUNTY RESIDENTS: Since Hamilton County began its prescription drug discount program in January, 2,694 residents have enrolled. On average, they’ve saved 20.6 percent on their medications — or $9.51 per purchase. Some skeptics last winter said the program would have little impact. As County Commissioners David Pepper and Todd Portune realize, every little bit helps in tight economic times.
NATE LIVINGSTON: Nate Livingston Jr., the outspoken activist who runs the Cincinnati Black Blog Web site, was sued by the state of Ohio for not filing campaign finance reports for his 2001 city council campaign.
He’s now facing $43,042 in fines. In court documents, Livingston replied, “Defendant Livingston is an American citizen, not a Slave! He does not believe that he must respond like a dog whenever the white man whistles.”
STRESSED OUT PEOPLE: Clifton’s Union Institute & University recently launched a new Web site dedicated to the pursuit of meditation and mindfulness. The site offers tips for systematically training oneself how to pay attention and work wisely with thoughts and emotions. Who couldn’t use a little help with that? Log on and bliss out, brethren.
HEALTH CARE REFORM: Republlican consultant Alex Castellanos, known as “Karl Rove-lite,” wrote a memo to GOP lawmakers that said, “If we slow this sausage-making process down, we can defeat it and advance real reform that will actually help.” You mean like the nonexistent reforms proposed when Republicans controlled all branches of government for six years? It’s clear the GOP is part of the problem and not the solution on health care reform.