Monthly Archives: February 2009

Coleman Hints at Raising Taxes

February 27, 2009
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In his state of the city address, Mayor Michael Coleman suggested a tax increase might be needed. In his 10th State of the City address, delivered from the auditorium of a newly renovated East High School, the mayor inched closer still to endorsing a potential ballot issue to raise Columbus’ 2 percent income tax....

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Domestic Violence Gun Law Upheld

February 25, 2009
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Since the Heller decision by the U.S. Supreme court in 2008, many gun laws have been in danger of being invalidated. In the Heller decision, the court gave individuals the right to bear arms rather than as a well regulated militia. This put some important and effective gun laws in limbo. For instance, it...

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Actor Hooked on Kitty Krack

February 22, 2009
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I’m a cat lover, but I never gave either one of the cats I have owned catnip. A few years ago I saw a friend give her feline some catnip. His eyes glazed over and he began to hop and roll around the floor in a wild euphoric state. He wouldn’t stop begging her...

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Welfare Rolls are Rising in Ohio

February 21, 2009
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When the 1996 welfare law Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was passed, many hailed it as a breakthrough in welfare reform. The number of people on welfare began to shrink. The goal of TANF was to make benefits time limited and require recipients to actively look for work. But the poverty rate stayed...

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Dispatch Asks If You’ve Been Paid Off the Books

February 19, 2009
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The Columbus Dispatch has a poll up where they ask if readers have ever been paid “off the books.” First of all “off the books” sounds like some corporate attorney talking about untaxed corporate revenues. For the poor and the middle class, the proper term is “under the table.” Second, the Dispatch is asking...

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GOP Won’t Let You Buy a Car Online

February 13, 2009
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I didn’t know you could not purchase a car online until I read this article at Mother Jones. It seems the GOP has been in the pocket of the car dealer lobby and they have passed laws that forbid a manufacturer like GM to sell their cars online. Since the late 1990s, car dealers...

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What’s Wrong With Strickland’s Budget

February 10, 2009
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I voted for Strickland because I am a liberal and I assumed he was as well. Still, I question some of his decisions. The Republicans have made raising taxes such a horrible idea, that no politician regardless of party will consider it. So Strickland raised fees for governmental services. In addition, the budget would...

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Social Workers Losing Jobs, Those Left are Working Harder

February 10, 2009
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In another example of bureaucrats being a penny-wise but pound-foolish. Services for the poor are being cut. Read the full article: Social workers feel pressure. Workers in county departments of Job and Family Services are losing their positions amid a series of state-funding cuts totaling $44.4 million since July 1. The Columbus Dispatch Let...

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Columbus City Council Approves Budget Cuts

February 9, 2009
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This budget cycle has been excruciating for city workers and the public they serve. Thankfully, it’s finally over. Tonight, the Columbus City Council approved a $630.5 million general-fund budget for 2009, the final go-ahead for employee layoffs and cuts in dozens of programs and services. About 170 workers — including 27 police recruits —...

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Army Suicides in January Top Deaths From Combat

February 6, 2009
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Just days after reporting a record number of suicides from U.S. servicemen, the Army reported a record number of suicides in the month of January. In fact, there were more soldiers killed by suicide than by combat. The number of soldiers who committed suicide in January could reach 24, a count that would be...

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