For the last few months, my oldest daughter has been
debating current events with her best friend. My wife and I have been witnesses to her burgeoning political and cultural
awareness, and it has taken me back to my own
Among friends, family and even the most
bearable of coworkers, politics is a dangerous conversation. Once
broached, you’re liable to offend people you thought were like-minded
comrades or reveal the dark underbelly of your beliefs. After a few
spoiled relationships and one too many awkward elevator rides at the
office, we ought to learn our lesson.
Many people think the mention of religion, politics or sex
are the topics that are most likely to cause frowns, anxious looks or
angry stares if they’re brought up during conversation in mixed company. I humbly submit, however, that they’re wrong.
WVXU’s decision to hire retiring Enquirer politics reporter Howard Wilkinson is the rare bright spot in the increasingly constricted world of local news gathering. Adding him to WVXU’s reporting staff
scored a twofer for news director Maryanne Zeleznik. In addition to his
sense of local and state politics, Howard is as passionate and
knowledgable about the Reds.
The first of four public hearings on proposals to extend the terms of Cincinnati City Council members will be held March 21. City Council has drafted two proposals
for consideration. Under one proposal, all nine council members would
run at the same time, while in the other, terms would be staggered so
some members would run every two years.
For some people, City Councilman
Christopher Smitherman is Cincinnati’s wakeup call for change.
Smitherman’s election to council in November proved not only that
independent candidates can get elected, but that city residents wanted
someone who is outspoken and didn’t pull his punches at City Hall.
The Susan. G Komen for the Cure foundation had the clout to monopolize the color pink to enhance their brand; now, it's showing off its political power and coming under serious fire for it.It's only been a few days since Susan G. Komen announced it would no longer be providing grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood that were mainly used to support lifesaving breast cancer screenings, but the division between the two organizations is sparking serious controversy.