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Catholic Church Tries to Deflect Blame

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Rather than taking a good, long, hard look in the mirror, the U.S. Catholic Church is in a deep state of denial about the epidemic of child sexual abuse by its clergy. Rather than getting its own house in order, the church is desperately trying to affix responsibility outside of its hallowed halls.  

What Really Happened in Mount Adams?

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Circumstances surrounding a racial slur allegedly used last week by a Cincinnati city councilman against a black municipal sanitation worker are getting murkier and murkier. Perhaps the only person who knows for certain whether Councilman Chris Bortz called garbage truck driver Shawn T. Allen a “nigger” and threatened to “shoot his ass” last week is the other sanitation worker.  

Enquirer Does Smear Job with Old Data

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
What The Enquirer considers newsworthy apparently changes depending on what season it is. That’s about the only conclusion someone can draw from the article the newspaper published along the bottom of its front page on Sunday, May 15. Sprawled along four of the page’s five columns of type, on the day of the week with The Enquirer’s largest readership, was a story about how many times a local judicial candidate has been involved in litigation.  

Cincy’s Streetcar Is the Little Engine That Could

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
If Ohio’s execrable new governor thought he was going to stop Cincinnati’s long-planned streetcar project by blocking $51.8 million in state funding for the project, he’d better think again. Led by Mayor Mark Mallory and City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr., city officials last week unveiled a new, shorter Phase One for the proposed system. The revised project now will be comprised of a four-mile initial segment from downtown’s Fountain Square to Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine, at a cost of $95 million.  

Make Sure You’re Happy Enough, Or Else

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
As the news slowly spread of Osama bin Laden's death, a crowd spontaneously gathered in front of the White House. “How nice,” I thought initially. Many of us sought out each other for comfort on the day of the 9/11 attacks nearly a decade ago, so it’s fitting we also share the capture of the plot’s mastermind. My sense of satisfaction, however, soon turned to nagging discomfort as the crowd began smiling, waving flags, dancing and chanting, “USA, USA!” For good measure, they also sang lyrics from the old 1969 Pop song “Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye.”  

Bitching About an Unsustainable Lifestyle

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
An acquaintance of mine has gotten into the habit of snapping a photograph with her cellphone while filling up her gas tank. In one instance, it cost her $72.28. She recently urged her online followers to take part in a national Post-It Note campaign at the gas pump. In her words, “Every time I buy gas, I leave a sticky note on the gas pump which says, ‘How’s that Hope & Change working out for you?'  

Boehner, CCV on Wrong Side of History

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Most readers might think that House Speaker John Boehner (R-West Chester) would be too busy to meet with just anyone during the past few weeks, while he was grappling with a budget impasse and impending shutdown of federal government. But the Orange One took time out of his busy schedule in late February to attend the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville.   

NAACP/COAST Marriage Getting Tested

3 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
For those not familiar with the concept, codependency is a psychological term that refers to the tendency in a person to become fixated on another person for approval or sustenance. In the instance of the two demagogues named Chris, Messrs. Finney and Smitherman, the underlying reasons are all about relevance, credibility and (mostly) free legal services.  

Republicans are the True Radicals

4 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
It’s time to take a sober-headed look at which political party epitomizes the relentless pursuit of a legislative agenda that’s out of step with the American mainstream. Throughout the last two years, we’ve heard one Republican after another bash President Obama and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for supposedly jamming a “radical agenda” down people’s throats.  

Tokenism, Double Standards Mar Endorsement Process

2 Comments · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Three years ago I wrote a column about some behind-the-scenes local political machinations that exemplified why so many people are cynical and apathetic about elections. I was reminded of that column recently when informed by various sources of what’s currently going in the nominating process used by the Cincinnati Democratic Committee for City Council candidates and a related flip-flop by the Charter Committee, everyone’s favorite “kinda-sorta-but-not-really” political party.  

Police Chief’s Horrid Reign Gets Whitewashed

6 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
There’s a tendency among many people to romanticize the past, and that’s especially true of the mainstream media. This trend was in full display last weekend when The Enquirer ran a lengthy, glowing profile about Cincinnati Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr., upon his retirement.  

Local NAACP Attorney Fights For Obama’s Defeat

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The attorney for the NAACP’s local chapter is among the featured speakers at an event held by an anti-tax group scheduled for March 16, the day this issue is published. What’s strange about the event is the e-mail invitation includes the following passage: “If you care anything about the current crisis and what we can do to stop the reelection of Barak (sic) Obama to a second term in 2012, you must attend this event.”  

Anti-Streetcar Effort Purposely Misleads Voters

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
COAST and the NAACP are trying again to block the city’s planned $128 million streetcar system. This time, they’re joined by the police and firefighters unions, who are under the mistaken impression that canceling the project might somehow prevent possible future layoffs.  

Hitting the Oligarchs in Their Wallets

3 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It’s time to change your shopping habits to help save democracy. That’s the message of the loosely organized, shadowy group of computer hacktavists known as “Anonymous,” the group responsible for coordinating online protests to promote freedom of speech and free, unrestricted access to the Internet.  

Middle Class Should Rally Around Labor Unions

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It’s a coincidence of timing that this issue of CityBeat contains a news article about a recent panel discussion on “the vanishing middle class.” People familiar with the topic probably already know one of the article’s salient points: Although worker productivity has increased significantly since the mid-1970s, wages for many workers have remained flat or even dropped in inflation-adjusted dollars. The people benefiting from the increased productivity are the wealthiest one-fifth of Americans, who saw their share of income increase. Most of us are working harder but we’re not reaping the fruits of our labor.