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Like It or Not, We're a Nation of Warmongers

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
If you listen to the federal government's shady accounting tricks, defense spending only amounts to 20 percent of the budget, just behind the the cost of Social Security, Medicaid and other mandatory entitlement spending. But that doesn't include the national debt, most of which was incurred for military reasons, and related costs. Fifty years ago President Eisenhower told us to be wary of "the military-industrial complex," but it's obvious Americans didn't heed the warning.  

Pride Is Bigger, But Is It Better?

4 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Cincinnati's Gay Pride Festival this year is causing quite a commotion. An event designed to celebrate the rich diversity in human sexual expression, Pride always has pressed some people's buttons — usually those close-minded straight folks who would prefer that anyone not like themselves be neither seen nor heard. This year, however, the discord is brewing among the local LGBTQ community itself.  

Poor, Elderly Are Victims of CMHA's Squabbles

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
It's difficult to sort out the facts from the rhetoric in the fiery dispute between board members who oversee the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA). The agency manages publicly subsidized housing in Hamilton County. Each year, it serves people living in roughly 5,200 units in publicly owned housing as well as another 10,600 families that use the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. But just before CMHA Board Member John Rosenberg resigned from the agency June 21, he sent a three-page letter to City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. describing his fellow board members as "dysfunctional."  

Deters, Finney Stretch Believability

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled June 9 that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters was within his legal authority last October when he convinced 12 Common Pleas judges to sign an order firing a private law firm used for years by Hamilton County commissioners. The action was taken without prior notification to the commissioners and occurred only after they had cut $15 million from the Prosecutor's Office budget. Just a week before the high court's decision, another judge in a lawsuit related to Deters' action had sided with commissioners.   

Judge Rejects COAST's Claim, Scolds Prosecutor

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Ronald Reagan once supposedly said the unwritten 11th commandment, at least as far as politics was concerned, was "Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican." That must have been the thought going through Judge John D. Martin's mind when he wrote the recent decision in a case before him involving the Hamilton County commissioners, Prosecutor Joe Deters and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST).  

Finney's Tantrum Costs Taxpayers

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 2, 2010
For all of his frequent talk about cutting taxes and limiting the size of government, uber-conservative Chris Finney keeps costing area taxpayers more money. He supported the notorious Article 12, which gave Cincinnati a national black eye and cost the city more than $25 million in lost business, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Now another of Finney's bizarre antics has cost Hamilton County $9,700 in taxpayer money.  

The Enquirer's Streetcar Numbers Don't Add Up

6 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Splashed across The Enquirer's front page May 23 in a font size usually reserved for the declaration of war or World Series championships was the headline "Poll: Most Oppose Streetcars." The article's tone was quickly set by its claim that Cincinnatians oppose the city's proposed $128 million streetcar project 2-to-1. But if readers delved into the poll's details, which The Enquirer posted online but not in the newspaper, they found some important nuances — like the pro/con opinion was actually almost evenly split. Huge nuance.  

A Modest Proposal to Save the United States

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 19, 2010
One of the best ideas I’ve heard in a long while is a simple one that would have the support of most Americans, but politicians are probably too cowardly or greedy to do it. The action would involve passing an amendment to the U.S. Here it is in its entirety: “Corporations are not people. Money is not speech.”  

Local Case Goes to Ohio Supreme Court

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A local child custody battle involving a same-sex couple that could establish an important legal precedent is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court. The case involving former partners Michele Hobbs and Kelly Mullen about access to their 4-year-old daughter Lucy was featured in a recent CityBeat cover story.  

Bortz Bungles Ethics Disclosure, Harms Streetcars

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
If anyone is to blame for the controversy over why Councilman Chris Bortz ignored an Ohio Ethics Commission advisory opinion regarding his votes on the city's streetcar plan, it's Bortz himself. Why ask for an opinion at all if he wasn't going to follow it? And once the opinion has been issued, it would be better to come clean about it rather than wait for the slow burn of its release almost a year later, which makes the whole affair look sordid.  

The Truth About Driehaus and Abortion

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I wonder why people who often cite the Bible to justify their opposition to abortion have to knowingly distort or lie when campaigning against politicians they dislike. The latest example involves the Family Research Council and its $500,000 campaign to target 20 Democratic incumbents in Congress, including Ohio 1st District Rep. Steve Driehaus.  

NAACP, Councilman Clash Over Streetcars

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 21, 2010
While much of the local media attention during the past several days was focused on Cincinnati City Council's vote to approve $2.58 million for the proposed streetcar system, another controversy involving the long-discussed project was brewing that went barely noticed.  

Corporations Don't Pay Their Fair Share

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 14, 2010
There are few words that can elicit as visceral a reaction as "taxes." Nobody likes to pay unnecessary taxes but, thanks to a generation of proselytizing by the Republican Party, many people don't understand the concept of the common good and view all taxes as bad. And yet corporations bend and twist the tax system to their advantage, leaving some U.S. citizens to pay a higher tax rate than many multinational, billion-dollar corporations. That's maddening.  

County Officials Should Shine Light on Hiring

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
James O'Reilly has taught law at the University of Cincinnati for 30 years and has written dozens of textbooks and more than 100 articles on regulation and liability. With that type of expertise, it's not surprising that Hamilton County commissioners chose him to co-chair a task force examining methods for improving the efficiency of county government. But even a mind as sharp and quick-witted as O'Reilly's can be challenged when facing off against entrenched politicians and bureaucrats trying to protect their turf.  

Police Chief Mulls Officer's Fate Amid Squabbling

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 31, 2010
After a seven-month internal investigation, the Cincinnati Police Department finally released its findings last week from a probe into whether Lt. Col. Michael Cureton, an assistant police chief, improperly offered a free police escort for R&B singer Jamie Foxx in exchange for 40 concert tickets.