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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 28, 2005
"I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset." -- "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," Langston Hughes I h  

Pissing on the Poor

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2005
The images from New Orleans and Mississippi were horrible the week after Hurricane Katrina struck: old people slumped in wheelchairs, babies in dirty diapers and everyone else in between, almost al  

Tearing Down Paradise

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2005
I love to walk by the School for Creative and Performing Arts in late spring, when the lush climbing roses scale the fence on East 14th Street to provide a heady profusion of color, beauty and scent  

Mayoral Primary the Start of Something Big

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2005
One of the most important elections in Cincinnati history starts Tuesday with the non-partisan primary for mayor. The top two finishers then square off to determine the city's next political leader,  

Players' Ball

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2005
University of Cincinnati Coach Bob Huggins is a boozy hick, a (formerly) good basketball coach whose black talent doesn't graduate as successfully as they play. They might not even be able to read   

Always Faithful

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2005
I've been trying to write this editorial for months now, but I can't seem to find a good way into the subject. I still can't. How do you vent about your disgust over President Bush's war in Iraq a  


0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2005
The Rev. Charles Winburn is a dangerous man. Sometimes intriguing, always unintentionally funny but dangerous nonetheless. Winburn is identically dangerous as many of his right-sided, church-and-s  

The City's Blood Flows Through Kaldi's

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2005
According to Greek legend, it was a goatherd named Kaldi who accidentally stumbled onto the stimulating effects of eating coffee beans. After too many cups of Kaldi's Coffeehouse's house blend and s  

Highway to Hell

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Driving into work this morning on I-75 was, as usual, a breeze. Traffic moves quickly on the fairly short stretch of highway I use to get downtown, though I occasionally run into some stalls on the   

The Heart of Friendship

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2005
I spent a week in San Francisco at the end of June, bathed in temperate breezes and surrounded by beauty: alabaster palaces draped in purple bougainvillea and oleander, marinas of white sail boats p  

Hyde Park Living

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2005
In the parallel universe of race and class inhabited by Cincinnatians and Americans in general, black-on-black and white-on-white crime are identical yet somehow simultaneously different (she said   

Pester Flatt and the Magic of Good Writing

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 1, 2005
When the first letter appeared in my mailbox at WNKU radio, where I do a program at 6-9 Sunday evenings, I was amused. But I read it and chuckled. The writer signed himself "Pester Flatt." (If you   

Beat It

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Do I have to beat this into you? Republican Cincinnati City Councilman Sam Malone got elected on a platform of black-on-black violence. Over grainy, closed-circuit images of black thugs looting and  

Any Moderates Left?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Moderate Republicans, we're all counting on you. I know you're out there living your daily life, working your job, paying your taxes, loving your family. You're conservative on social issues and mo  

'60s History Revisited

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2005
When I was a kid, I always enjoyed asking my parents questions about their childhoods during the end of the Depression and through World War II. I just liked hearing stories -- I still do -- though