Being a jaded, cynical newspaperman in 21st Century America often harrows the soul. We witness the beast, in all of its manifestations, zoomed-in on graphic detail, often armed only with a reporter’s notebook, a pen, and a digital recorder. These tools, while perfectly suitable for the recording of history, don’t leverage much power against the darker forces at work in civilization.
While the use of a Macbook and a website content management system give voice to frustration, the fractiousness of our politics may often convince one it’s just so much screaming into the void. The void, by definition, is empty […]Full Story... →
On Tuesday of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Plunderbund Columnist D.C. DeWitt explored the protest action in Cleveland Public Square and played witness to the shenanigans inside The Q. Here is his blog for Day 2.
9:30 a.m. I’ve spent the morning catching up with some friends who live and work in Cleveland, taking the pulse of the locals. I’m hearing that for many of the businesses, along East 4th for instance and in other areas of the town, the economic boon from the convention hasn’t been as big as it could’ve been.
This mostly has to do with the […]Full Story... →
This is Plunderbund columnist D.C. DeWitt’s reporters’ blog for Day 1 of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. It’s been a helluva show so far. Ringling Bros. would be jealous.
So it begins. I last attended the U.S. Presidential Conventions in 2008. Eight years later, everything boasts familiarity, except this time I’m in Cleveland, my second favorite city in Ohio (right behind my hometown of Athens).
The theme of the day according to the Republican National Committee is “Make America Safe Again.” Each day has a theme. Tomorrow we will make America work again. And then we’ll make […]Full Story... →
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the issue of fracking on a political level is the absolute refusal on the part of elected representatives and public officials to listen to the concerns of the community in an open, public meeting.
It would seem to me to be the absolute least they could do. And yet, injection well after injection well is approved in Ohio with nobody of account willing to answer questions or hear out the opposition in a public forum. All avenues for redress of grievances are systematically closed. All letters of concern and scientific studies shared are summarily […]Full Story... →
“Elizabeth Warren is smart to withhold her endorsement while the Democratic primary is still going on,” I remember telling family and friends often this spring. “No matter who wins, she’ll play a big part in bringing the party back together.”
Oy vey, I guess I still hope so. Perhaps I need to quit reading Internet comments sections. That’s where my faith in humanity goes to die. And dying it is, gargling over a swollen tongue as the public discourse transmogrifies into so much cantarella in my wine.
Here’s a taste of what we got from the World Wide Web on Monday […]Full Story... →
Unhappiness burns in America, kindled by cynicism, stoked by boundless contempt, flaring out on all sides and in every direction. The flames leaping off the hot rock of hate have consumed the agora of our unhappy republic.
Is it because the economy’s exploded and people’s portfolios and pensions have been decimated? No. Is it because we are embroiled in an endless quagmire of foreign conflict and war? No. Is it because pestilence, disaster and famine have racked and wrecked our fair nation? None of those.
Americans are unhappy, divided, cynical, full of loathing, brothers and sisters, because of each other. And […]Full Story... →
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland took a tour of Appalachia earlier this month, throughout which he emphasized that he comes from Appalachia and will work hard for the region if elected to the U.S. Senate.
Strickland, a Democrat who grew up in Scioto County, is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Cincinnati, in the Nov. 8 general election.
“I’m trying to reach out to Appalachia and say that I’m on your side and he is actually hurting you,” Strickland told a group of about 20 people during a round-circle discussion. “He is taking actions – his votes – […]Full Story... →
Tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton is all but assured to clinch presumptive nominee status in the Democratic Party primary race for the U.S. Presidency. Some of us presumed she would be the nominee back in January, but I’m glad Bernie Sanders stayed in the race into June because I believe primary voters deserved the opportunity to vote their consciences. I certainly did when I cast my ballot for Sanders back in March.
I chagrined at the discord the primary race devolved into in May, though I thought the coverage of it overblown. I do not list faith among my most esteemed of […]Full Story... →
Over the weekend, I finally made time to watch the new HBO film, “All the Way,” in which Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson are depicted fighting the Dixiecrats to push through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, King on the streets in the South and Johnson in the halls of power in Washington.
The film, based on the award-winning play of the same name, at one point shows how the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act had to be severed for the political purposes of that election year, with Johnson promising King to bring the voting […]Full Story... →
This Memorial Day we remember those who have fallen fighting in the name of the United States of America. And while Ohio’s Republican Majority in the General Assembly is often fighting for tax breaks for their country club chums, I’m thankful to have a couple legislators fighting for tax breaks for those who fought for the rest of us.
Today, state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, introduced legislation with Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, to give a tax break to military veterans. Under the terms of Senate Bill 302, any 100 percent disabled veteran would be exempt from […]Full Story... →
The “Ohio miracle” is nothing of the sort. The Buckeye State is chronically performing worse than the national average in job creation. Our education department received a scathing review from the state auditor. Our local municipalities and school districts are continuing to hemorrhage employees as they deal with massive state budget cuts.
And our Republican leadership whistles past the graveyard, prioritizing scoring points with the religious right by defunding planned parenthood instead of addressing these issues.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
Gov. John Kasich says the state probably will challenge a federal judge’s ruling that put ahold on an effort to […]Full Story... →