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A 4-3 majority on the Ohio Supreme Court this week sided with consumers in striking down hundreds of millions in additional charges that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had allowed FirstEnergy to assess Ohio families for the past two years.

Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election in 2020, sided with the minority on FirstEnergy’s side against consumers. This shocked exactly nobody, as the utility industry has given more than $50,000 in campaign contributions to Kennedy.

Ohio’s two new justices, Michael Donnelly and Melody Stewart, meanwhile, sided with consumers.

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COLUMBUS — The second volume of poetry from Columbus-based bestselling author Astone Jackson debuted at No. 1 for new releases in Amazon LGBTQ+ poetry over Pride Weekend in Columbus.

“This book really continues my journey, exploring love, heartbreak, and everything in between,” said Jackson. “It explores what’s happened in my life regarding my relationships and sexuality, so it was important to me to release it on Pride Weekend, and the response has just been amazing.”

Jackson’s second effort, “Hoping For The Best, Just Hoping Nothing Happens,” was released June 14 and is a follow-up to his first collection of poetry, […]

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On May Day, as our well-equipped coach navigated Peru’s sprawling capital, a teeming city of 13 million inhabitants, the 29 Americans on board were soaking up everything they could learn about this huge metropolis, one of the principal cities in South America. The fact that the first day of May is a national holiday in that country allowed us to observe the thousands in Lima who assembled to celebrate their history and culture as well as enjoy the wonderful weather.

But as our group peered through the windows of the tour bus and, later, walked through the crowds of Peruvians […]

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Donald Trump knows it. Donald Trump’s campaign team, allies, and friends know it. And Democrats know it too. That’s why they all keep showing up here: the road to the White House still goes through Ohio.

No serious political analyst would doubt that if the Democratic nominee for president in 2020 wins Ohio, that person wins the presidency. And the orange lunatic currently darkening the towels of the Executive Residence with spray tan solution is setting Ohio up as his final rampart, his last hope.

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Corey Lewandowski, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Betsy DeVos, […]

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Not to decide is to decide. —  Harvey Cox

In a time of national upheaval and uncertainty,  a corrupt, illegitimate and immoral administration, whose operatives worked with a hostile foreign state to manipulate a presidential election to gain power, needs to be held accountable and possibly removed from power. But as we confront this nightmare situation, will it take a theologian like Harvey Cox to remind us about what needs to be done in removing a morally and ethically challenged Donald Trump from our nation’s leadership?.

Here are some particulars to consider in that decision-making process.

Will we decide not […]

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There have been a rash of schemes for “innovation” spreading through Ohio’s public and private colleges and universities. One of the latest is at the University of Akron.

A common theme among the so-called “innovative” plans, Akron’s included, is to restructure, focus on special programs, and to try to eliminate full-time faculty positions.

But these are very corporate approaches inappropriate in the academic context and fail to enhance the academic mission. Unfortunately, UA’s presidents and board of trustees over the years have seemed eager to fall for these “strategic” plans.

What they fail to recognize is that the economic engine […]

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Darkow, Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune

For those who are in their fifties and beyond, you might be familiar with this statement from another era, when names like Andropov, Brezhnev and Reagan were in the news:

If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. – A Nation at Risk, 1983

With the continuing implosion of the United States government under the dangerous delusional direction of Donald […]

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For the last several days, the headlines and lead stories informed us about federal education budget cuts to the Special Olympics program. Certainly, you’d expect that such a recommendation would ignite a torrent of criticism and outrage from program advocates. Late Thursday, in response to the backlash, Donald Trump announced that, surprise, he has reversed the recommendation to cut the popular program.

But like most things now in the Age of Trump, there was a lot more detail to be found in this grim budget story beyond the Special Olympics imbroglio.

In her testimony before the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee […]

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If there is something we won’t soon forget in our turbulent era, it is the image of massive California brushfires enveloping hundreds of square miles of land in the Golden State and everything situated on that bone-dry landscape. The smoke was so severe that people with respiratory problems from areas well removed from the fires suffered from the heavy, smoke-filled air for days afterward.

Those California brushfires should provide a lesson to us every day, and it is quite simple. In a country where political rhetoric and hate speech are at gale force, and correspondingly when our land is […]

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Ever since the explosive Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump’s “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remark was revealed a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the asterisk has been used in deference to the sensibilities of polite company that might read and be offended by the Fifth Avenue Fraudster’s statement. But Trump never seems charming or polite in any company, and another more recent outrageous utterance by the president-as-asterisk may serve to define him.

When the subject is Donald Trump, there’s usually something way out of the ordinary going on with him. But in the particular […]

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When the Emmy Awards are announced next season, some pol watcher pros might predict, an Ohio congressman will certainly win in a category which he seems to dominate.

And the envelope, please…

The Emmy for the Worst Performance in a Continuing Role goes to … Jim Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.

How many different words can you use to describe the behavior of the coatless cur of Congress, that non-urbane, uncivil and unhinged arsonist from Urbana? Yes, the uber-partisan whom former Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, called “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.

Awful perhaps. Disgusting maybe. Reprehensible […]

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