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Security Guards Start Union Push

Workers seek better pay, health coverage and training

1 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Downtown security guards are dead serious about wanting better pay and benefits. That is why earlier this month many of those security officers, along with the help of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, decided to band together to form a union in the hopes of making working conditions and pay better for all employees.  

Many Motives Behind Issue 9

Debate over greater voter input versus blocking economic development

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2009
It might take a lesson in understanding games of logic to understand all the various aspects surrounding Issue 9. Here's how it begins: There is an issue on the ballot this November called Issue 9. One side that's interested in the topic says it's about stopping wasteful spending; the other side insists it's about saving Cincinnati jobs.  

Stories Still to Tell

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Hopefully this isn't goodbye. But with the way things are in this economy and in this world today, I'm being forced to take a break from this column. We hope it can come back in the fall. Meanwhile, I'll be putting my reporter’s hat back on and writing in the news section.  

Homeless, Empowered, Married

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Though I’ve technically never been homeless, I realize that like so many people I’m really just a paycheck or two or a major illness or some unforeseen catastrophe from being in some serious financial ut-oh. Giving up sometimes seems like a great idea. Or getting a simpler job.  

Getting Schooled

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I’m Joe Wessels, HSD. Yeah, that’s right, I have a high school diploma. I earned it in 1992 from Colerain High School. After graduation, I spent a fall cutting grass and shoveling frozen dirt from one pile to another at Maketewah Country Club.  

Back to the City

3 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The experiment is over. I’m not a suburban guy. It doesn’t totally surprise me. I grew up in the suburbs, but my heart is in the concrete and noise and combustible nature of an inner city — namely Cincinnati.   

Let's Not Make Another Mistake

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Let’s stop being a town of shoulda, woulda, coulda. With Cincinnati City Councilwoman Leslie Ghiz’s announcement May 19 that she no longer supports the city’s streetcar initiative, she joins Republican colleague Chris Monzel, who never liked the idea from the beginning. And that stinks.   

A Park Grows at Fernald

1 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I had an outside chance of wandering into a two-headed deer-cow hybrid that could fly. But I ventured onto the Fernald Preserve anyway. When I was growing up out in northwest Hamilton County, Fernald was like our own private Area 51 far away from Roswell, N.M. Now the former Fernald Uranium Processing Plant has gone from Super Fund cleanup site to a nature preserve complete with a refreshingly balanced and frank museum inside a $3 million visitors center.   

Standing Up, Getting Involved

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It seems young people are finally taking an interest in politics again. Ceair Baggett is 21 and a manager at Cincinnati Bell, overseeing some of their retail operations. He’s a graduate of Taft High School and Xavier University, lives in Mount Airy and owns a home in the West End he’s re-modeling. And he’s running for the Cincinnati Board of Education.   

Miscommunication

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Lockland police officer Brandon Gehring shouldn’t be in the hospital right now. He was simply trying to do his job. Unfortunately, thanks to elected officials so damn proud of their ability not to spend money, Gehring wasn’t equipped with a two-way radio that would allow communication with officers in another department a few miles away.