We at WWE! wouldn’t know what it’s like
to be a firefighter — scared of heat, untrained in CPR, never helped
anybody ever. That didn’t stop today’s news of the difficult
philosophical question facing some of Ohio’s bravest public employees —
whether to force state Republicans to raise taxes on rich people or give
up their collective bargaining rights forever — from affecting us.
Steve Chabot banned cameras from a town hall meeting in Green Township for “security purposes.” Chabot then advised residents to fight a new plan to add public housing units to the neighborhood, though his speech was reportedly cut short when he saw a guy playing “Angry Birds” on a cell phone and thought he was recording a video and laughing.
In decades past, Cincinnati City Council typically would do whatever the Fourth Street crowd would tell it. In the authority-loving, hierarchically driven Queen City, CEOs have ruled the roost, even more so than in other cities. So we’re surprised and pleased that City Council decided to grow a collective backbone and reject a request from the Western & Southern Financial Group to block federal funding for a battered women’s shelter on Lytle Street downtown.
Longtime tennis great and 1990’s camera-seller Andre Agassi once said, “Image is everything,” but it’s difficult to trust his judgment due to the fact that his cool hair was a wig and sometimes he smoked crystal meth. The same could be said for whichever new image the city of Cincinnati comes up with in response to City Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan today asking various marketing firms how they brand our city to outsiders.