Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

ATHENS – For around 18 months in his early 20s, Daniel Rupert was homeless in Athens, living out of a large duffel bag, spending his days at Ohio University’s Alden Library and spending his nights in either a tucked-away part of the alley behind Chipotle, on the steps by Glidden Hall, or close to the outside heating vents near Alden.

“You learn pretty quickly that vagrancy is frowned upon,” he said in an interview late last month. Rupert, now 28, had already used up his 90-day allotment at the Timothy House shelter for people experiencing homelessness on Athens’ West Side.

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I enjoy falling asleep listening to people much smarter than I am telling me stories about history.

The blue light from my television set acts as a hindrance to my body shutting down for some serious REM cycles, some smart article from some smart person once informed me. And if I’m to have REM cycles, I should think I would want them as serious as possible. So I turned off the electrik TeeVee and instead started listening to history podcasts as I drifted off into sweet slumber.

Then I discovered iTunes U, and I can safely say, brothers and sisters, things […]

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The Trump administration is doing backflips trying to assert that the president’s immigration order is not a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

As Capt. O’Hagan once so eloquently put it, “I’ll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.”

Your honor, may I present into evidence Exhibit No. 1 for the prosecution: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Donald J. Trump, Dec. 7, 2015. Yes, sadly, […]

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America is not a nation of bullies, though bullies exist among us, and always have. America is a nation that stands up to bullies. That is the heart of our national character. It’s the American way.

The bullies among us have often made us falter. The bullies among us refused to sign a Declaration of Independence that condemned the slave trade at our nation’s founding, instead striking out the paragraph. Those who stood up to the bullies were the Quakers and the Moravians, and the statesmen who founded the Pennsylvania Abolition and the New York Manumission societies shortly thereafter.

For every bully like […]

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President Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Education is already facing some significant headwind after a disastrous performance in front of Congress during confirmation hearings, and then an ironically illiterate tweet on inauguration day (sad!).

But Ohioans have special reason to be skeptical of the fitness of Betsey DeVos to lead the department that oversees public education throughout the country: A political action committee for which she served as chair was found to have violated state campaign contribution limits in donations to Ohio Republicans in attempts to privatize education.

From the Toledo Blade:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed up until 4 a.m. the morning of Aug. 28, 1963. He had returned to his room at the historic Willard Hotel, a stone’s throw from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., around midnight, and labored over his speech for four more hours.

He had told his friends and his advisors that he was going to his room to counsel with his Lord, and for those early hours in the dark of a new day, Dr. King paced around his room, practicing, marking his document, redrafting it in long-hand, crossing words […]

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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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They had to pay for their enormous tax cuts somehow and Ohio Republicans decided to do it on the backs of local governments.

So if your local government has raised taxes since 2010, perhaps you’ve spied the pea under the shell. But probably not, because they’ve likely pocketed that as well.

Research institute Policy Matters Ohio is out with a new report tracking the devastating impacts of our good state’s best Kansas impersonation.

Don’t anybody go being knocked over with a feather, but the new issue brief shows that cuts to local governments have been wantonly destructive, and […]

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For all the gnashing of teeth to which we’re often treated regarding the Affordable Care Act, sometimes it’s nice to look at some actual numbers and find that, hey, turns out it’s actually been pretty effective.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

With President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans planning to repeal Obamacare, Gov. John Kasich’s administration released a report Friday saying that Ohio’s 2014 Medicaid expansion has improved the health and reduced financial hardships for hundreds of thousands of poor Ohioans.

The analysis, requested by the General Assembly, found that among the 702,000 who gained coverage as of May […]

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Ohioans in immense pain, suffering from terminal illness and wishing for a gentle way to shuffle off this mortal coil may no longer enlist the aid of another, lest they render that person a felon.

House Bill 470 makes knowingly assisting in a suicide a third-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison. Perviously, Ohio law only permitted a court to issue an injunction against someone who helps another kill him or herself.

Six states in these united of America have legalized physician-assisted suicide. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia consider it illegal. Ohio becomes the […]

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How much evidence that something doesn’t work must one accumulate to conclude it’s time to try something different?

If I have an irritant in my eye, and I choose to try to dislodge the offending particle by repeatedly whapping myself in the face with a ball-peen hammer, how many whaps shall I allow my face to withstand before, say, splashing some water on the little bugger instead?

How many whaps does it take to convince one the method has failed? Apparently, with regard to supply-side “trickle down” economics, 40 years of whaps doesn’t quite cut it. This next whap, surely, will […]

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