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Cincinnati vs. the World 12.11.13

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A former Cincinnatian who runs the Los Angeles Metro transit agency took to Twitter to comment on the absurdity of Cincinnati’s incoming administration stopping a transportation project under construction. CINCINNATI -2  

Covering Mandela in '63

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Listening to BBC after Nelson Mandela died left me sleep deprived. It was virtually nonstop from midnight to 5 a.m. on WVXU, and BBC demonstrated how a first-class news organization covers a major story.  

Get Off the Line

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It’s not for me to say because I neither pledged a sorority nor did I even finish college, but I’ve always found Greek life a strange and an unlikely community to want to join.   

There Are Too Many Types of Toothpaste

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The toothpaste aisle is the worst. There are only like two toothpaste companies and they make about 1,000 different types.   

Return to Sender

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
When Cleveland and Lisa Cox returned their 9-year-old adopted boy to Butler County Family and Children Services Oct. 24 they didn’t tell him he wasn’t coming back home with them.  

Worst Week Ever!: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Cincinnati Health Commissioner Noble Maseru said the city intends to work toward greater equity in life expectancy among races, though he refused to admit that reducing the life expectancy of whites would make this happen sooner.
  

Cincinnati vs. the World 12.04.13

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A Mall of America security guard arrested a 29-year-old man in Minnesota for using the last $1,000 to his name to make it rain on shoppers from a fourth-floor balcony. Serge Vorobyov says during the past year he lost his job, fell behind on his bills and got divorced and decided to pay his final dollars forward. WORLD -2  

Meeting Aunt Jemima

2 Comments · Monday, December 2, 2013
Once in a blue moon, and that blue moon can take years to come around, I feel like eating pancakes. I felt like it a few Saturday mornings ago.  

Curmudgeon Notes 11.27.13

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Patrick J. Sloyan reconstructed Merriman Smith’s Pulitzer-winning UPI reporting of JFK’s assassination for the May, 1997, American Journalism Review. He also retold how UPI handled the story minute by minute.  

Worst Week Ever!: Nov. 20-26

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Costco is a beautiful place with restricted access that offers up free samples of things that blow people’s minds like macaroni and cheese nuggets and crab cakes.   

Hunger Games (a Thanksgiving Phantasmagoria)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
There are times when Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) CEO Steve Leeper brings to mind the Great White Explorers of yore — Christopher Columbus, Capt. John Smith — who, upon landing on foreign soil, set about making it “new” by extracting the natives who were already there to make room for the Pilgrims who will think they landed there first.  

Cincinnati vs. the World 11.27.13

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The American Family Association got real mad last week when it found out Radio Shack is not using the word “Christmas” in its holiday sales, calling for a boycott of the retailer due to “censorship.” WORLD -1  

The Macabre Entertainment of JFK Assassination Commemorations

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Fifty years after JFK was killed, I still don’t get the popular fascination with him. And until someone convinces me that it matters to our public policy today, I really don’t care who killed him or what was behind those fatal shots in Dallas.  

Exit Where You Entered

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
 The Nov. 12 resignation of McMicken Arts and Sciences Dean Ronald Jackson at the University of Cincinnati marks a sad ending and an even sadder beginning for the university’s battered, tattered and exposed race relations (whatever that means these days.)   

Novel Ideas for Cincinnati’s Future

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
 The Jelly Bus: This is not actually a bus wrapped in jelly, as the name suggests. It is a bus dressed up like a jet whose route connects to CVG airport. Of course, Northern Kentucky’s 2x TANK already services the airport, but just imagine the novelty of a trolley bus that looks like a jet airplane — a Jelly Bus!