From the monthly archives: February 2019

In light of daily revelations about new scandals engulfing the nation’s capital, we are struggling to digest the full magnitude of the corruption and incompetence of the Trump administration. But while we are absorbed by our present circumstances, it might be helpful to look at another very corrupt era of our national history, a time when the public also dealt with information overload about misdeeds in high places, for some perspective and an idea about where all of this ends.

In this case, the locus of corruption and scandal was not the nation’s capital but New York City, our financial […]

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Now that the dust is clearing from the faculty strike at Wright State University in Dayton, let’s to take a look at what happened. A tentative agreement was reached on Feb. 10.

Faculty at WSU went on strike on Jan. 22 and finally settled three weeks later. It was the longest academic strike in Ohio history and apparently the second longest in the country. The faculty union at Wright State is a chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). As the Wright State faculty continually, and correctly repeated, this strike was not about money. It was about quality […]

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What’s Next For UA?

On February 21, 2019 By

The University of Akron’s acting President John Green recently revived the school’s  report card  that has been a troubling story for too long.  In his State of the University address, Green, who has a been at the helm since last April , soberly observed  that the downtown  campus has been an academic center in decline from plunging enrollment,  weighty debt and a lack of a sustaining  can-do mission that’s hardly encouraging. Given its recent woeful history, it’s doubtful that both its true state of despair and ragged image will be be reversed anytime soon.

Green is a political scientist who […]

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“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.

No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.

During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]

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