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States' Rights and DUI

0 Comments · Thursday, November 9, 2000
President Clinton recently signed a bill requiring the government to swipe federal highway dollars from states that fail to set a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent as the legal stand  

Corporations Battle Populist Court

0 Comments · Thursday, October 12, 2000
Statehouse(Election 2000) Some legislators, business leaders and insurance-industry executives accuse the Ohio Supreme Court's four-member majority coalition -- justices Alice Resnick, Paul Pfeife  

Personal Liberty Concerns Stall New Seat Belt Law

0 Comments · Thursday, August 10, 2000
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three of every five unrestrained people who died in motor vehicle accidents in 1997 would have survived if they'd been wearin  

Brownfields Bill Isn't Much More Than a Start

0 Comments · Friday, July 14, 2000
On Nov. 7, Ohio voters will consider a constitutional amendment intended to pay for land conservation and the reclamation of polluted industrial sites. State Issue 1 would give lawmakers the power   

Making Political Hay Over High Gas Prices

0 Comments · Thursday, July 13, 2000
Just as a tidal wave of enthusiastic hysteria has lifted the price of dot.com stocks to atmospheric levels for no logical reason, some unidentified, mysterious force has propelled upward the price o  

Ohio General Assembly Should Be Ashamed of Its Poor Education Record

0 Comments · Thursday, June 15, 2000
More than nine years ago, five Ohio school districts challenged the constitutionality of the state's public education system. Their lawsuit wound through the judicial system and landed, with much fa  

Cincinnati Legislator Seeks Ohio Law to Show Mercy When Babies Are Abandoned

0 Comments · Thursday, May 11, 2000
In this prosperous country, news of abandoned babies is always shocking. From the comfortable vantage point that many of us enjoy, it's difficult to empathize with mothers who set their babies down  

Anti-Abortion Fervor in Ohio Legislature Shows No Sign of Slowing

On the Beat

0 Comments · Thursday, April 6, 2000
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws banning abortion violate women's right to privacy, as protected by the Fourth, Ninth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In the 27 years si  

Ohio's Goal to Spend Tobacco Settlement on Education Is a Cruel Hoax

0 Comments · Thursday, March 9, 2000
In November 1998, Attorney General Betty Montgomery held a press conference to announce that Ohio would end its lawsuit against the country's five largest cigarette manufacturers by joining 45 other  

Re: Synchronizing Kids' Taste at Riverbend

From: Dr. Tom

on the beat

0 Comments · Thursday, September 16, 1999
I had a chance recently to take two of my pre-teens to a concert at Riverbend. The band, although I use the term loosely, is a popular group of young men who have been, shall we say, packaged. I h  

Are Community Schools Really Working?

on the beat

0 Comments · Thursday, September 9, 1999
Community schools, privately operated academic institutions that receive per-student state funding similar to that received by public schools, are exempt from many of the state laws governing educa  

Y2K Glitches: Immunity for All?

on the beat

0 Comments · Thursday, August 26, 1999
On Jan. 1, 2000, we will wake to see if the billions of lines of programming code that underlie almost everything from automatic doors and grocery store scanners to power stations and financial mar  

Re: How and Why We Are Stupid, Part 4

From: Dr. Tom

on the beat

0 Comments · Thursday, August 19, 1999
Why? Collectively and individually, we've been given these challenges in life: · To develop and express ourselves. · To refrain from hurting others. · To help others develop and   

When Political Correctness Gets Unconstitional

on the beat

0 Comments · Thursday, July 22, 1999
In 1964, demonstrations on the University of California's Berkeley campus culminated in school administrators acknowledging students' right to free speech. Similar demonstrations on campuses around  

Re: How and Why We are Stupid, Part 3

From: Dr. Tom

on the beat

0 Comments · Thursday, July 15, 1999
Congress has announced its intention, if it's not done already, of limiting liabilities to large companies for Y2K disasters. So, no matter how badly a company hurts you, the individual, the consum