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Free to Be True Americans

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A dark cloud started to move over downtown around 6:15 p.m. June 20, just as CityBeat staff were gathering beside the stage on Fountain Square. We were about to deliver our official response to the   

Being OK With Being Like Dad

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This might have been my father's last Father's Day. At least the last one he's aware of. I visited with my family last weekend out of town, and we brought Dad home from the nursing home for a dual   

Publicity Stunt Targets CityBeat

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
On June 9, a coalition of clergy, law enforcement officials, right-to-life organizations and other serious people held a news conference in a City Hall conference room to denounce CityBeat's adult-  

Chance for a New Generation

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years ago this week. America's liberal political movement hasn't really recovered since. There's finally some hope, though, as Sen. Barack Obama closes in on t  

Loving, Hating

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My love/hate relationship with Cincinnati continues in its 23rd year. I'm not sure either side will ever win. The pendulum swung to the negative side last month after I visited Chicago to see my s  

School's Out, Education's In

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Another school year is ending for local kids, and with it come mixed emotions. Milestones are passed and achievements made, the Class of '08 graduates and others move to middle school or high schoo  

Getting Squeezed Over O.J.

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Like most "feel good" sports stories about athletes succeeding against long odds, the O.J. Mayo legend ends up too good to be true. Or should I call it the O.J. Mayo "brand?" Reaction is coming ha  

Sex Sells, and We Keep Buying

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The best political scandals are always about sex, aren't they? Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann's career implosion is just the latest -- and most local -- example of an elected official getting caug  

The Bold and the Confident

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Is City Council's approval last week of the streetcar financing plan a tipping point for the urban core of Cincinnati? Or is it a boondoggle like our two costly stadiums on the river? Is the plan   

Building a Strong Three-Legged Stool

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That's what John E.E. Dalberg Acton, a British writer and historian, said in 1887. And it's what Dan La Botz, local writer and UC hi  

The Perfect President

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I'm really enjoying the John Adams series on HBO, which ends Sunday night. I've read David McCullough's Adams book and 1776 as well as other biographies of Washington, Jefferson and Madison. Yes, I  

How to Be Hip Guilt-Free

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I had another one of those weeks when threads of different conversations and chance meetings and passed-along news articles twist around each other and form a string of an idea. Last week's CityBe  

Here's the Windup and the Pitch

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Best Week of the Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This is always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Our Best of Cincinnati issue is published, followed the next Monday by Opening Day, and Spring finally feels like it's arrived. It's been a lon  

Five Years of Protest and the War

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The other morning I heard a report on National Public Radio about the country's anti-war movement in the wake of the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. The gist was "What's the point?" Pro