“We need this bill passed because we believe in local control” is a consistent argument for Ohio Republicans, but only when it is convenient, of course, because the truth is that Ohio’s Republicans want nothing more than complete control over every corner of the state.
We recently shared State Representative Thomas Hall (R) making such a claim when introducing House Bill 99 – the bill designed to put guns in the hands of teachers:
In my bill, we simply give local control to allow for the local school boards and local governing bodies to decide what amount […]Full Story... →
Despite nearly unanimous support by its employees, Menlo Park Academy, a K-8 charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, is ignoring the right of those employees to form a union.
In a press release from the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), the actions of the Menlo Park administration are detailed and include anti-union letters to all staff members that include misinformation and are meant to spread fear among the members about the consequences of unionizing.
Despite the underhanded efforts of the administration, 96% of eligible employees supported forming the union and signed union authorization cards which were then […]Full Story... →
Noticeably absent from Ohio House Bill 99 – the “Let’s Arm Teachers” bill is any clarification on the “rules of engagement” as to when an educator might utilize the handgun that is on their person.
While the majority of the argument centers around the concept of a school shooter, state laws that apply to self-defense outside of a school setting definitely muddy the waters.
First of all, I would never want a teacher to ever be faced with the prospect of having to say “I shot my student”. Such a circumstance of shooting someone is devastating enough for […]Full Story... →
With guns, that is, not intellectual freedom.
Ohio House Bill 99 seeks to put firearms in the hands of under-trained individuals and put those individuals in schools across the state of Ohio. Technically the bill doesn’t say “firearms”, but instead “authorize the person to convey or possess deadly weapons or dangerous ordnance into a school safety zone…”
Deadly weapons and school safety – oxymoronic, no?
To say that the individuals would be under-trained is a dramatic understatement. Under the bill, initial training “must not exceed” 20 hours. It literally puts a cap on the amount […]Full Story... →
Some descriptive statements may seem political when they are, in fact, merely stubborn truths. Such is the case with the fact that the contemporary Republican party, at least on the federal level, lacks both the ideas and the will to improve American health care. To be sure, Republicans take positions all the time that will dramatically impact Americans’ health, and in important ways. But those impacts are ancillary, mere collateral damage in wars being waged in the other policy domains, such as concerned with taxes and guns.
Let’s be clear about the present situation. In 2016, the Republican party lined […]Full Story... →
Ugh is right. Are we back in 1968 again?
In a way.
As Americans try to comprehend the magnitude of all that has transpired in the past week, I can only wish that history could repeat itself, a half-century after a profound personal experience that my memory links to current events.
The setting back then was Lafayette Square, the prime parkland just north of the White House. As Maurice Chevalier once put it, ah yes, I remember it well – but with a bit more precise recall than the Frenchman’s famous retelling.
Those powerful images this week of the […]Full Story... →
“Golf is a good walk spoiled” is an observation attributed to but apparently not uttered by Mark Twain. Aside from a good walk, a similar effect of something being spoiled is felt when you finish reading a great book about the history of Ohio and then read a jarring quote in a newspaper article, a word choice frequently used to demean one of the state’s treasured assets.
That’s the feeling I had when I completed David McCullough’s latest book, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West and then read an article […]Full Story... →
A little more than twenty years ago, the buzz among cinephiles was that there was something about Mary. Today, the buzz heard not so much among moviegoers but by knowledgeable politophobes seems to be that, without a doubt, there’s something about Andy.
And that something? How can you be even more radioactive than a transmitter of Covid-19?
The big difference in that observation is that people who have fallen victim to the coronavirus did not choose that status. But there is one Ohio politician who, consistent with his political and other personal beliefs, has chosen self-detonation and, now, […]Full Story... →
As we confront these dangerous times and attempt to deal with our current state of anxiety, the haunting words of the classic spiritual Whispering Hope and the soothing voice of Willie Nelson come to mind:
Wait, till the darkness is over
Wait, till the tempest is done
Hope, for the sunshine tomorrow
After the darkness is gone.
In sorting through this, the Chinese appear to be ahead of us in getting to the reflective stage. An AP story with a Wuhan dateline offered a preview of where this country might be in a few months as […]Full Story... →
In a recent column, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, an assiduous observer of our present plight, wrote that “this is the week when memories rush back from childhood.”
I’ll second that.
A particular memory from my own childhood is that of an oft-told retelling by my grandmother in her role as an observer of another national crisis a century ago. And as you can expect about any crisis, memories of death and dying are long lasting and have a way of sometimes erasing the happy memories of birthday parties, proms, and the like. Here’s my example.
Grandmother […]Full Story... →
Just in time for the Oscars, the recent Friday Night Massacre of two of Trump’s White House staff and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, along with rumors of further retribution for dissenters in his administration, provide a reminder of a classic 1971 Vincent Price film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.Full Story... →
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