“Golf is a good walk spoiled” is an observation attributed to but apparently not uttered by Mark Twain. Aside from a good walk, a similar effect of something being spoiled is felt when you finish reading a great book about the history of Ohio and then read a jarring quote in a newspaper article, a word choice frequently used to demean one of the state’s treasured assets.

That’s the feeling I had when I completed David McCullough’s latest book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West and then read an article […]

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A little more than twenty years ago, the buzz among cinephiles was that there was something about Mary. Today, the buzz heard not so much among moviegoers but by knowledgeable politophobes seems to be that, without a doubt, there’s something about Andy.

Big time.

And that something? How can you be even more radioactive than a transmitter of Covid-19?

The big difference in that observation is that people who have fallen victim to the coronavirus did not choose that status. But there is one Ohio politician who, consistent with his political and other personal beliefs, has chosen self-detonation and, now, […]

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As we confront these dangerous times and attempt to deal with our current state of anxiety, the haunting words of the classic spiritual Whispering Hope and the soothing voice of Willie Nelson come to mind:

Wait, till the darkness is over
Wait, till the tempest is done
Hope, for the sunshine tomorrow
After the darkness is gone.

In sorting through this, the Chinese appear to be ahead of us in getting to the reflective stage. An AP story with a Wuhan dateline offered a preview of where this country might be in a few months as […]

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In a recent column, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, an assiduous observer of our present plight, wrote that “this is the week when memories rush back from childhood.”

I’ll second that.

A particular memory from my own childhood is that of an oft-told retelling by my grandmother in her role as an observer of another national crisis a century ago. And as you can expect about any crisis, memories of death and dying are long lasting and have a way of sometimes erasing the happy memories of birthday parties, proms, and the like. Here’s my example.

Grandmother […]

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Republicans in several competitive Statehouse districts have sought the endorsement of Ohio’s largest anti-vaccination interest group.

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Just in time for the Oscars, the recent Friday Night Massacre of two of Trump’s White House staff and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, along with rumors of further retribution for dissenters in his administration, provide a reminder of a classic 1971 Vincent Price film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

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Last week, candidates for state office reported their fundraising going into the 2020 election. Here are five candidates for critical Ohio House races who reported big hauls. They’ll need it going into November.

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Radical unelected bureaucrats. Deep state. Socialism. Loser teachers. But that’s only the short list of epithets.

Nattering nabobs of negativism. Remember that one? More on that later.

When it comes to hurling slime, Republicans are masters of the art of dousing people with rhetorical radioactivity.

Their favorite target: public employees.

As we enter into the fourth and what should be the final year of the most corrupt and incompetent administration in the history of the Republic, it is clear that this administration has given new meaning to the acronym GOP.

In earlier iterations, it was the Grand Old Party, then […]

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This week, candidates seeking office in the 2020 election had to file petitions to earn a spot on the ballot. Here’s a look at some potentially interesting intra-party battles for the Ohio House and Senate to watch in the March 17 primary.

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“I have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. I must vote to impeach.” Believe it or not, those words are from Ohio Senator Rob Portman about the impeachment of another president.

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