CityBeat - Commentary http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-251-1-commentary.html <![CDATA[Goodbye, Cincinnati - ]]>

This is my last article as a staff writer at CityBeat. At the end of the week, I will be leaving Cincinnati for Washington, D.C., to join a new journalistic venture.

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<![CDATA[WCPO’s Sloppy Streetcar Reporting Misses Real Concerns - ]]>

WCPO's anti-streetcar story speaks to the sheer desperation local reporters must feel in their attempts to attract TV ratings and Internet traffic.

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<![CDATA[County Should Accept Responsible Bidder Law - ]]>

The debate over responsible bidder is Cincinnati’s opportunity to switch the dynamic between workers and bigger businesses.

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<![CDATA[Legalizing Marijuana Is Serious Business - ]]>

Marijuana legalization really deserves the type of serious attention Ohio gives to the bad economy, government budget issues, women’s rights and LGBT rights.

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<![CDATA[Budget Promises Spur Fears of Cuts - ]]>

A new controversy seems to brewing in City Hall. As budget promises begin to pile up, local officials and media are starting to ask the big question: What is going to get cut?

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<![CDATA[Media Should End Reliance on “He Says, She Says” - ]]>

The media does a terrible job explaining public policies, and one of the major causes is reporters’ reliance on “he says, she says.”

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<![CDATA[Death Penalty Brings More Costs than Benefits - ]]>

With Ohio's latest botched execution, the death penalty continues costing the state more than it solves.

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<![CDATA[Republicans Continue Hindering Access to the Ballot - ]]>

Put it all together, and the trend is obvious: Republicans are trying their best to rig the elections.

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<![CDATA[Bengals Loss Reminds of County’s Terrible Stadium Deal - ]]>

Voters saddled Hamilton County with debt just to watch the Cincinnati Bengals lose year after year in a publicly funded stadium.

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<![CDATA[What to Watch in 2014 - ]]>

The exact direction of Ohio — whether it will be progressive or a continuation of the tea party agenda — remains unclear until Ohioans file their ballots next November.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Streetcar Logic Should Stop Uptown Interchange Project - ]]>

Support for the uptown interchange project reveals the hypocrisy of streetcar opponents.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati’s Impoverished Continue to be Underserved and Undercovered - ]]>

Local leaders could once again prove how little they care about homelessness and poverty if they rescind their support for a housing project in Avondale.

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<![CDATA[Atmosphere at City Hall Changes for the Worse - ]]>

It took less than 30 minutes for it to become very clear on Dec. 2 that change had come to City Hall, but it likely wasn’t the change Cincinnati voters were expecting.

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<![CDATA[Cranley Losing Credibility on Projections - ]]>

Mayor-elect John Cranley has been confidently wrong before, and the same could be playing out with the streetcar project.

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<![CDATA[False Equivalency Confuses Streetcar Debate - ]]> The streetcar project has empirical evidence to back it up. Mayor-elect John Cranley's trackless trolley idea doesn't.]]> <![CDATA[Republicans Continue Denying Social Progress - ]]>

A majority in all other states now supports a ban on LGBT workplace discrimination. In a country that is rarely unanimous on hot-button political issues, that’s as clean as it gets. Not clean enough for the U.S. House of Representatives, apparently.

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<![CDATA[The Folly of Privatization - ]]>

Privatization schemes in Cincinnati and Ohio just went through a bad month.

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<![CDATA[Governor Finally Accepts Federal Funds - ]]>

If anyone knows what it means to lose federal funds, it’s Gov. John Kasich.

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<![CDATA[Let Them Eat Nothing? - ]]>

In the middle of a state economy mired in stagnant growth, Gov. John Kasich and his fellow Republicans are attempting to weaken a key safety net that benefits more than 1.8 million Ohioans.

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<![CDATA[Republican Prudes Hold Down Ohio’s Economy - ]]>

In the past few weeks, it’s come out that Gov. John Kasich’s supposedly jobs-obsessed administration is letting 120 jobs leave Ohio for neighboring Kentucky instead of supporting the jobs through tax credits.

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