THE ENQUIRER: Admittedly, we have a history of questioning the actions of The Cincinnati Enquirer, but we’ll give them a shout out this week. Editor & Publisher has listed The Enquirer as one of “10 That Do it Right” in 2009. E&P said one of the reasons it chose our local daily as an honoree was due to its 2 percent increase in circulation “when other metros were recording double-digit declines.” Editor Tom Callinan says a large part of The Enquirer’s circulation jump is due to the newspaper’s role as a connector. “We connect people to each other and communities,” he said.
ELECTIONS COMMISSION: Local blogger Jason Haap has been flexing his investigative muscles, most recently while searching for what one would assume would be an easy question to answer — What exactly does the Cincinnati Elections Commission do? After nearly a month of asking city attorneys the same question in various ways, it’s still unclear exactly how the commission spends its money and why campaign finance reports for City Council and mayoral candidates aren’t online.
The only thing the Elections Commission does for certain is beat around the bush.
PUBLIC LIBRARY: For the fourth consecutive year, the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library was rated one of the top 10 public library systems in its category by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. What makes this year’s rating even more impressive is the fact that the library earned its rating despite severe cuts in state funding. Without additional funding, the accolades will be for naught. Let’s hope Gov. Strickland and state lawmakers get their budget priorities right.
TONY FISCHER: Attempting to save the jobs of cops in a sinking economy is admirable, but Cincinnati City Council wannabe Tony Fischer’s numbers don’t quite add up. Fischer made the claim that “City Council talks but does nothing.” Councilwoman Laketa Cole, however, noted many of Fischer’s proposed cuts have already been done or are illegal. Cole reminded Fischer that council passed a motion that cut $16 million and limited layoffs to 319 people. Had council not acted, 902 jobs would have been lost. Cole strongly urged Fischer to do his homework next time.