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The Next Move in OTR

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
"Toe to Toe in Over-the-Rhine" was the cover story headline in the inaugural issue of CityBeat on Nov. 17, 1994. Is there any better example of the saying "The more things change the more they stay   

Don Imus and the Dulcimer Players

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The Appalachian Festival has been held on the second weekend of May for more than 30 years now, and it never rolls around without my remembering the Year of the Revenge of the Dulcimer Players. It   

Deaf Jam

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Only in America could you hear Don Imus and Hip Hop uttered in the same breath. That the focus of the Imus fiasco would soon turn toward Hip Hop music and culture came as little surprise to me. Af  

Transitions

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
It's an amazing time of year, when you literally can see the world change around you. Flowers bloom, windows open and baseball returns. Winter even comes back to visit for a day or two. Transitio  

Lockdown

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The small, dingy waiting area of the Hamilton County Justice Center might well be a stage set for The Vagina Monologues. The visitors sit in a half-circle, each engaged in their own story and willi  

Support the Rage

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The news out of Iraq, as usual, is grim. The news lately about Iraq is just as awful. The scandal surrounding poor outpatient care given to injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is j  

A Fox on the Run

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
John Morris was a fiddler who had hair the color of a carrot. He had freckles and blue, blue eyes, and he was from Clay County, W.V. He liked to act like he was a rube, though in fact he was better   

Walking the Hills

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
"A green Christmas makes for a fat graveyard," my Aunt Dot used to say a long time ago, waving her crooked index finger at anyone who'd listen. It was her explanation for why people sickened and di  

Moving the Transit Conversation

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Peeking inside The Enquirer's well-done special section Sunday on the Ohio River flood of 1937, I was drawn to the editorial, "Streetcars: Is the desire there?" It followed up on a recent front-pag  

A Winter Without Snow

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Here's something to ponder: What if we skipped winter one year and went straight from fall to spring? It sure feels like that's happening right now. Other than one small episode last month that sn  

Requiem for a Bass Player

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Bob Bodley died of cancer on Christmas Day, and the lights at the Blue Wisp will be a little dimmer this weekend. He was a superb musican who passed in his prime, and he was a great gift to us. Bo  

In My 'Expert' Opinion...

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I'm a big sports fan, and I always enjoy reading the "experts" who predict the winners and losers before a particular season begins. I doubt anyone who calls themselves a baseball expert picked the  

Schools Need Sporting Chance

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
The public debate over the correct future size of the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) district wrapped up recently, and as usual it included little actual public debate. School board members voted   

Learning Life Lessons from Bedbugs

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
I went to Alabama for Thanksgiving again this year, as I usually do, and I was amazed to find roses still blooming in my sister's garden and autumn leaves still clinging to the trees in her back yar  

Diverse Media Ownership Helps Our Democracy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The highly competitive midterm elections Nov. 7 set a new record in campaign spending, and large media companies are cashing in. The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that more than $2.8 bill