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Why Does Ohio Drag Its Feet on Equal School Funding?

0 Comments · Thursday, April 25, 2002
Ohio students must pass state proficiency tests to graduate, but state legislators keep failing the Ohio Supreme Court's test on public school funding. Three times the court has found Ohio's proper  

When Are Public Records Too Public?

0 Comments · Thursday, April 18, 2002
Hamilton County has one of the most useful court Web sites in Ohio. Citizens can check upcoming court dates or the status of traffic tickets and even read electronic scans of actual court documents   

Is This What Diversity Looks Like?

0 Comments · Thursday, March 21, 2002
Do you know why Cincinnati City Council passed a new law against panhandlers? To keep them from asking for change. The worst puns are the ones that are true: In this city, change does not come easy  

Should the March for Justice Lead Us to Jail?

0 Comments · Thursday, February 28, 2002
Does good citizenship ever require us to break the law? We honor some lawbreakers, especially after they're dead. Mayor Charlie Luken issued a proclamation last month praising the late Rev. Martin   

Is Campaign Finance Reform Too Complex for Voters?

0 Comments · Thursday, February 21, 2002
Did Cincinnati voters know what they were doing when they approved a charter amendment for campaign finance reform? John Kruse of Hyde Park says no. Kruse is trying to remove public funding from th  

Why Won't the Democrats Back Marilyn Hyland?

0 Comments · Thursday, February 14, 2002
The Hamilton County Democratic Party Central Committee meets Saturday to endorse candidates, and once again Marilyn Hyland is on the outside looking in. The party's nominating committee has recomme  

Why Isn't Mike Allen Guilty of Contempt of Court?

0 Comments · Thursday, February 7, 2002
Did what law-and-order types call a "technicality" keep Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen from facing contempt of court charges? In October, Common Please Judge Norbert Nadel said he would s  

Will the Freedom Center Tell the Whole Truth?

0 Comments · Thursday, January 31, 2002
These days, the Underground Railroad is widely considered a heroic effort to bring slaves to freedom. But it wasn't always a one-way trip, nor always supported by most Americans, according to sociol  

Is There Any Hope for the Southwest Ohio Green Party?

0 Comments · Thursday, January 24, 2002
Does anyone take the Green Party seriously? Their Cincinnati City Council candidate finished last among 27 candidates in 2001. They have $56.14 in their bank account, and their Web site hasn't been  

Why Open a Business in Over-the-Rhine Now?

0 Comments · Thursday, January 10, 2002
In this post-riot, recession and war-burdened economy, who would dare open or expand a business in Over-the-Rhine? The answer is a young woman, a long-time business owner and a business backer, amo  

With the Police Division in Disorder, Should the City Make It Bigger?

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2002
Can Cincinnati really handle more new cops, when the ones it already has have caused so much trouble? That's the biggest question left unanswered in city council's rush to hire 75 more police offic  

Should the City Manager Pick Up Litter?

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
Does Cincinnati City Councilman John Cranley believe the things he says? When, for example, he looks out upon the city, does he honestly believe litter is its biggest problem? That's what he said a  

Why Are American Cities and Suburbs So Mediocre?

0 Comments · Thursday, December 6, 2001
After 50 years of city-building by the numbers, are Americans getting the kind of places they deserve to live in? The answer is yes, according to James Howard Kunstler, a prominent and outspoken cr  

Who Are the Homeless, and Can City Council Get Rid of Them?

0 Comments · Thursday, November 29, 2001
Doesn't everyone already know "homeless" is a synonym for "derelict" -- men who don't hold jobs because it's easier to bum cigarettes and panhandle for beer money? Statistical analyses seldom conta  

How Could We Afford Not to Reform Campaigns?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 21, 2001
What part of the budget will Cincinnati City Council cut in order to pay for candidates' campaigns in 2003? That's the question Chris Finney, vice chair of the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spend