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 […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
“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. […]Full Story... →
I’ve been poking around the post-shutdown comments to get a greater understanding of how the commander-in-chief’s brain-locked base reacted to his retreat from demanding big money for his storied wall. The tense body language of his apologists told me that they are struggling to make sense of their favorite president.
They have been squirming. Making lame excuses. Some even abandoning their faith that he would indeed Make America Great Again on the backs of brown-skinned terrorists. It was ugly and the polls reflected the despair.
The twiggish and loopy Ann Coulter, for example, who […]Full Story... →
Public Education Partners (PEP) is hosting the second annual Public Education Celebration in the Statehouse on January 24. This notable event is open to the public. Public school personnel are encouraged to attend. You are invited to CELEBRATE PUBLIC EDUCATION! In honor of Public Education Week in Ohio, as proclaimed by elected officials to be January 20-26, 2019, “Go Public” with Public Education Partners (PEP.) Join us as we shine the light on students and teachers from our public school districts as they share their talents at the Statehouse. When: January 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where: […]Full Story... →
You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.
How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.
The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]Full Story... →
Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.
It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.
In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.
Sure, […]Full Story... →
Although tasked with policing Ohio’s executive branch, Inspector General Randall Meyer failed to investigate Ohio chief executive John Kasich for wasting millions of dollars on IQ Innovations, a company owned by embattled ECOT founder and mega-GOP donor William Lager.
Kasich’s first state budget paved the way for IQ to receive more than $5 million in state money for an online clearinghouse of textbooks and other instructional material. The state called the project iLearnOhio and gave Ohio State University and the Ohio Board of Regents responsibility for it. The clearinghouse never worked properly – but that didn’t matter.
IQ had a […]Full Story... →
Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.
On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]Full Story... →
Photo by Denis Smith
There was a major winter storm that, thankfully, missed us a few days ago but slammed states south of the Ohio River with record amounts of snowfall. But if nature can spare some areas and bury others, another tempest – this one of a political nature – is about to envelop millions of clueless Americans impaired by their addiction to and reliance on Fox News as their window for information about an unstable world.
Oh yes, Fox News.
Unlike those unfortunate souls from Texas to Virginia who were blindsided by the forces of nature, […]Full Story... →
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