Leroy Ellington might be best known in the area for fronting his E Funk Band, for 15 years one of the area's most popular party bands, but for the last year his day job has been mayor of Amelia in Clermont County, where voters will decide in a May 5 special election whether to dissolve the village. If successful, it would be the first time in Ohio history a village has eliminated itself through a petition drive and citizens' vote.
Wrapping up my first full year of writing a weekly opinion and analysis column, I’ve come to appreciate the absurdity of politics in a way I couldn’t fully fathom as a news reporter. Oh, sure, I’ve always realized that politics — both locally and nationally — really represents the human drama in microcosm, with all of the assorted hopes, fears, foibles and quirks that go along with it
I’m a regular reader of Larry Gross’ Living Out Loud column. I’m constantly amazed at how he puts himself out there, and last week’s column is no exception (“My Bartender and Bar Politics,” issue of Nov. 12). His “ode to a bartender” story was wonderful.