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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  

Competition and Fair Play

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Last week the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the pioneering independent alt weekly newspaper, won its predatory pricing lawsuit against SF Weekly and parent company Village Voice Media. Village Voice   

A Hard Day's Election

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2008
When you read this, the Ohio primary will be over. As I write, it's cold, windy and rainy outside on Election Day, a dreary end to a furious battle here between Democratic presidential hopefuls Hil  

Primary Election Endorsements: Ohio Is Again 'The Decider'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In most years, primary elections are sleepy affairs that feature a few local tax issues and maybe one or two contested races. Then every four years the presidential campaigns come along, and everyo  

Obama for President

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
You've heard it before: This is the most important presidential election in your lifetime. It's good vs. evil, hope vs. fear, the past vs. the future. It's about making the best choice for your chi  

Ohio, the Heart of All Politics

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Good things come to those who wait. Even in politics. Not that long ago, Ohio's primary election March 4 looked like it would be irrelevant to the presidential outcome. Conventional wisdom said th  

Celebrating Superfat Tuesday

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I write this column on Fat Tuesday, the final day of carnival season that's better known as Mardi Gras. This year, the day is also dubbed Super Tuesday in honor of 24 state primary elections and ca  

Why We Do 'Person of the Year'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Person of the Year cover story is always one of my favorite CityBeat issues each year. With our profile of Jason Riveiro here, we've now named 10 key people or groups over the past decade who h  

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Inspiration is the spark of life for writers. When we sit down at our keyboards, it's like sliding into your car on a bitterly cold morning, turning the key and hoping the engine cranks. There's n  

A Streetcar Named Ignorance

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This week Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters lobbed a rhetorical hand grenade into the ongoing debate over crime, punishment and law enforcement, hitting Cincinnati's political leadership and Ov  

Who the Hell Is Greg Hartmann?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 9, 2008
He's your brand new Hamilton County Commissioner, that's who, to be formally "elected" nine months from now and to be sworn in this time next year. No muss, no fuss. You can thank the people who r  

New Year, New Approach

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Note: Much of this column discusses changes in the print edition of CityBeat, but some of these changes can be found online as well. See links in this column to find new the content. A new year, a  

Looking Over My Shoulder

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2007
"Funny now how it all goes by so fast/ One day I'm looking over my shoulder at the past." -- Mary Chapin Carpenter, "The Long Way Home" Funny how you can be mulling a column in your head, trying  

Time to Step It Up

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Ten years ago this week United Nations delegates from the world's developed countries came together in Kyoto, Japan, to negotiate the Kyoto Accord. It's a bittersweet anniversary because it marks t  

The Little Shop on the Corner


0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Piatt Park downtown is lit up for Christmas. Its graceful wintery arches are hung with garlands of swag, and the twinkling night lights make it look like a snow globe someone shook up and left to se