Local Politics

Dispatch Editorial Unwittingly Proves Why SB5 Should be Repealed

August 17, 2011
By
images

Recently The Columbus Dispatch wrote an editorial titled Undue Process. The Big D’s opinion was that firing bad teachers should be easier and SB5 would accomplish that. The problem is the editorial points out more problems with SB5 than solutions. In the editorial the Dispatch gives two case scenarios where teachers, who where admittedly...

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John Freshwater in the News Again

July 22, 2011
By
John Freshwater

John Freshwater, the cross burning and constitution violating ex-science teacher is in the news again. The Columbus Dispatch reports that thanks to the Rutherford Institute he has had a letter of admonishment removed from his file at the Ohio Department of Education. What does this mean? Exactly nothing. Freshwater still has his license to...

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My Journey to get an Ohio ID

June 29, 2011
By
adm_logo

While the General Assembly continues to argue over election law and what constitutes proper identification for voting, I decided to test the system myself. Since most people who seek an Ohio ID are without a drivers license, I started with that assumption. I went to the Hilliard BMV and was told I didn’t have...

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Husted Mostly Gets It Right

June 22, 2011
By
SmallJon

Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, had previously expressed his dismay at the Republican controlled General Assembly for wanting a bill passed to require voters to have a photo ID. Today he got his wish, maybe. The photo ID requirement was pulled from the elections bill although the Republicans said they would have...

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Republicans Continue Their Assault on Voting Rights

June 22, 2011
By
Jon Husted

The Republicans in the General Assembly are bringing back a new version of the old Jim Crow laws that suppressed the African American vote after the Civil War. However, they have expanded the mission. It continues to be the African American vote they are trying to nullify, but over time they have added the...

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I Agree With Kasich for the Second Time

June 20, 2011
By
vicodin

I don’t believe that Governor Kasich can ever recover from the damage he has already inflicted on Ohio. He has decimated collective bargaining, cut back on funds for education, and signed some of the most idiotic bills in the history of the state. At the same time he also showered favors on his friends...

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Politicians Do Not Take Education Seriously

June 19, 2011
By
schoolhouse

Ohio children had their highest scores on the graduation test since it was implemented in 2004. This is good. However, it doesn’t solve the age old problem of relying on property taxes for school funding. In addition, in order to fill budget shortfalls many states are cutting school funding. The nation and the State...

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Settlement House has Funding Cut: The Poor Get Screwed Again

May 26, 2011
By
southside

As a social worker, settlement houses have a special place in my heart. The founder of social work, Jane Addams, started Hull House in Chicago during the late 1800′s. It was the first settlement house. Today The Columbus Dispatch reported that the South Side Settlement House took another funding cut from the United Way....

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Bill May Shut Down Pill Mills, However There Could be a Problem

May 18, 2011
By
vicodin

Yesterday the Ohio Senate passed a bill to closely monitor the dispensing of painkillers. In addition, there is a renewed effort to shut down pill mills and identify patients who are doctor shopping. However, the bill could have an unintended consequence. Most painkillers are opiates which are very addictive. This means the patients who...

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Kasich Should Veto Guns in Bars Bill

May 15, 2011
By
gun

I’ve always thought it was stupid to go to a bar, drink alcohol, and then go get on a motorcycle to travel home. I felt it could be deadly. But now in their great lack of judgement, our General Assembly has decided to pass a bill that allows patrons with a conceal and carry...

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