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Eight Ex-Mayors Discuss Cincinnati

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I joined about 200 politically-minded people at Xavier University April 15 to hear eight of the 12 living former Cincinnati mayors explain how the more things change the more they stay the same. Even former mayors of Cincinnati find that moving our city forward can be as challenging as getting a barge to hop over the Suspension Bridge. And, damn, Jerry Springer still is funny. And Bobbie Sterne can still put men in their place — politely, of course.   

Extending I-74 Doesn’t Build Anything

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
To most, Interstate 74 is the highway that starts in Northside and works its way northwest through rural southeastern Indiana. It’s the best way to get to Indianapolis and cheap flights. From Indy, though, I-74 goes on to Davenport, Iowa, connecting to cross-country Interstate 80.  

Cutting the Safety Net

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I've never completely understood why some people think that spending on social programs is "wasting money." Every detractor is armed and ready with some special story about how the system utterly and completely failed, taking their hard-earned tax money and giving it away to selfish, undeserving people who will never change their bad habits and, worse, are just waiting for the next handout. Cincinnati city administration officials, though, have taken this reasoning to new heights, canceling large swaths of funding for several agencies providing critical social services to our community.   

Cheating Death by Fluke

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
No one really knows what death feels like. If they did, they’d be dead. As a kid I remember looking out the back plate glass window into the backyard and telling my mother that the rays of sunshine poking through the clouds and hitting the valley below were people coming back from heaven after they died.  

TV Personality for the New Millennium

2 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Bob Herzog is the morning traffic guy on WKRC-TV, not a reporter per se. But he makes me — a print journalist hypercritical of all that TV attempts to call news — enjoy watching television. So much so that I wrote him an e-mail and told him as much and invited myself to the Channel 12 studios one morning to watch him work and get to know him.   

Switching to Glide

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Progressive cities fare much better than the stodgy ones. And being stodgy typically breeds stifling behavior and uniformity antithetical to today’s urban dwellers and anyone else looking for a unique city-living experience. Boy, Cincinnati still rates pretty high on the “stodgy” meter.  

It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again

4 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Maybe it’s the blank look on every one of their faces. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve never gone for the ladies with plastic high heels, the big soles and the leg warmers. But that’s exactly who and what was flirting with me last Saturday night at the Deja Vu strip club in Milford. It wasn’t my idea to go there.   

Laughing and Crying With Uncle Al

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thanks, Uncle Al, for all the great memories not only for me but for so many Cincinnatians here now, long gone and never forgotten. You're gone now, too, even though we've been missing you for almost 25 years. We'll try to hold on to the good memories. There was so much we shared.  

Big Costs, Empty Seats

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Cincinnati City Councilwoman Leslie Ghiz has an idea: Let's elect our council members. Seems like a great idea, huh? Straight out of the Democracy 101 textbook. Problem is, most city council members are already elected and the alternative to the current system has two shocking options: big costs and empty seats.   

Free Doritos, Instant Fame

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Joe Herbert was grinning ear-to-ear Feb. 12 inside the Southeastern Indiana YMCA gymnasium in Batesville. He had about 50 people in a never-shortening line of admirers, all with either a Doritos promotional card with he and his brothers photo surrounded by a sea of Doritos bags or, even better, a newly-open copy of their board game, Triviathon.