From the daily archives: Monday, January 9, 2017

In late December, the website 3rd Rail Politics published a piece, The Curious Case of William Phillis, about the former Ohio Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction and long-time Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding. As part of the title for the article, curious is an interesting – and ambiguous – word choice.

According to one dictionary, curious is defined as having aspects of the strange or novel. It also means inquisitive or having interest in others’ concerns.

There is nothing strange about Bill Phillis. But throughout his professional career, he has […]

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“We believe in the philosophy that a growing economy is the best way to provide the resources that a government needs, as opposed to the view that places government’s first priority on meeting its needs by taking from taxpayers instead of serving them.”

There is no better example of the kind of upside-down, inside-out, muddled thinking Gov. John Kasich is famous for than this explanation by his spokesperson about why the harmful impacts delivered to communities large and small is actually a good thing.

Now that Gov. Kasich has essentially gone into hiding from the press after getting shellacked by […]

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“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia… could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years… No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”

Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in his first-ever public remarks, addressed to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, […]

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