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We’re Different … or So We Think

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I bet Peggy Noonan would feel differently if it was her son being waterboarded. Thats one of the first thoughts I had upon hearing the amazing comment uttered from her mouth during a recent discussion on an ABC political talk show. Noonan, 58, was a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and now is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.  

Officials Ignore Cincinnati Police Department's Strife

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Something’s going on to cause turmoil in the top ranks of the Cincinnati Police Department, but no one seems to know exactly what. We’ve written plenty of times in the past about Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr.’s unprofessional behavior and fiery temper. What’s surprising about the latest blowup, however, is he’s the one accusing his longtime No. 2 man — Assistant Police Chief Richard Janke — of being a hothead and insubordinate, giving him a de facto demotion as a result.  

Blacks and Gays Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
If its true that misery loves company, then you might think two groups of people used to being prejudged and scorned just for who they are might be more sympathetic to each other. Thats not the case for Cincinnatis black and gay communities, at least if you listen to Christopher Smitherman, president of the local NAACP chapter.  

Pop Quiz for Angry Conservatives

9 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The same people who organized the local Tea Party last month are planning a march from Fountain Square to Cincinnati City Hall on Tax Day, April 15, so I think it's reasonable to broach the topic again. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the latest edition of "Angry White Conservative Pop Quiz," the game show where most contestants would rather demagogue than participate.  

Famed Attorney on Hot Seat

7 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Most ultra-conservatives hate Big Government. Until they use it for their own personal benefit, that is. A case in point is local attorney Chris Finney, a conservative activist whos railed against the evils of excessive governmental power and wasteful spending for years.  

When Justice Fails

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Life isn’t fair. That’s one of the reasons humanity, in all of its cultures and variations, has always created a system of justice — to help even the scales and encourage certain behaviors while discouraging others. Sometimes, though, the system is so skewed and distorted by special interests and power that it just doesn’t function properly. Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi TV news reporter, was sentenced earlier this month to three years in prison for throwing his shoe at then-President Bush during a visit to Baghdad in December.   

GOP Again Relies on Bitterness

2 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
After Punk singer Johnny Rotten left the Sex Pistols, he headed another group called Public Image Limited. Among its hits was the song “Rise,” featuring a verse that included the bellowing refrain “Anger is an energy.” It’s true: Anger can be a great motivator for change. But if that’s all a person or a movement has to rely on, without offering any positive message as a counter-balancing force or goal, they’ll ultimately become bitter and self-destruct.   

City Council's Bait and Switch

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
It’s a sorry fact that political party leaders in Hamilton County like to undermine voters when it suits their own interests, but now some Cincinnati City Council members are jumping on that bandwagon. People who follow local politics remember the odious deal struck last year between the local Democratic and Republican parties regarding the two separate Hamilton County Commission races.  

Universal Healthcare Doable If We Want It

2 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
If you were to ask most Americans, there's little doubt that a sizeable majority would say overhauling the U.S. healthcare system is more important than bailing out the major banks. A recent study concluded that having the United States convert to a single-payer national health insurance system would result in a net increase in cost of $63 billion — or about six times less than what the federal government is spending on the bank bailout.  

No Easy Answers to Jail Overcrowding

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Ever since voters rejected two separate proposals to raise Hamilton County's sales tax and build a new jail, Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. and county commissioners have complained about how overcrowding at local jails has led to releasing some non-violent offenders early. And last year county officials finally closed the aging Queensgate jail, one of four detention facilities it operated, eliminating 822 beds from the local system.   

Sheriff Learns the Limits of His Power

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. is a man who's used to getting whatever he wants, usually through badgering and bullying other elected officials. Lately, though, the blustery Leis has gotten a cold, hard dose of reality.  

Tangled Web Surrounds Lawsuit

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
There's a lawsuit just beginning in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court that potentially could involve the largest amount of damages ever awarded locally if the plaintiff is successful. Little surprise, then, that the plaintiff's lawyer is Stan Chesley, a master of class-action and personal injury lawsuits who's an A-list celebrity in the Queen City.  

Finally, the Voters Prevail on Issue 5

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Whenever Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. eventually decides to retire, city officials will be able to look nationwide for the best possible replacement. That doesn't sound like a radical idea, but some special interests in this city have spent eight years and untold stacks of cash trying to prevent that from ever happening. The Ohio Supreme Court finally put an end to the foot-dragging last week.  

Living Wage for Cintas Workers in Cali?

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There are good reasons that many U.S. manufacturing and service workers are urging President Obama and Congress to pass a new law that would make it easier for employees to join labor unions. One prime case in point is Mason-based Cintas Corp. For the second time since September, the company is facing a legal decision in California that could force it to comply with living wage laws and potentially give workers there millions of dollars in back pay.   

COAST Speaks with Forked Tongue

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
No one likes paying unnecessary taxes or wasteful government spending, but not everyone agrees on abortion, gay rights or whether pornography is harmful. A regional group that's trying to revive its fading political power, the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), knows this lesson well.