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Husted Mostly Gets It Right

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Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, had previously expressed his dismay at the Republican controlled General Assembly for wanting a bill passed to require voters to have a photo ID. Today he got his wish, maybe. The photo ID requirement was pulled from the elections bill although the Republicans said they would have a…

Republicans Continue Their Assault on Voting Rights

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The Republicans in the General Assembly are bringing back a new version of the old Jim Crow laws that suppressed the African American vote after the Civil War. However, they have expanded the mission. It continues to be the African American vote they are trying to nullify, but over time they have added the poor…

I Agree With Kasich for the Second Time

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I don’t believe that Governor Kasich can ever recover from the damage he has already inflicted on Ohio. He has decimated collective bargaining, cut back on funds for education, and signed some of the most idiotic bills in the history of the state. At the same time he also showered favors on his friends and…

Politicians Do Not Take Education Seriously

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Ohio children had their highest scores on the graduation test since it was implemented in 2004. This is good. However, it doesn’t solve the age old problem of relying on property taxes for school funding. In addition, in order to fill budget shortfalls many states are cutting school funding. The nation and the State of…

Settlement House has Funding Cut: The Poor Get Screwed Again

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As a social worker, settlement houses have a special place in my heart. The founder of social work, Jane Addams, started Hull House in Chicago during the late 1800’s. It was the first settlement house. Today The Columbus Dispatch reported that the South Side Settlement House took another funding cut from the United Way. Their…

Bill May Shut Down Pill Mills, However There Could be a Problem

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Yesterday the Ohio Senate passed a bill to closely monitor the dispensing of painkillers. In addition, there is a renewed effort to shut down pill mills and identify patients who are doctor shopping. However, the bill could have an unintended consequence. Most painkillers are opiates which are very addictive. This means the patients who had…

Kasich Should Veto Guns in Bars Bill

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I’ve always thought it was stupid to go to a bar, drink alcohol, and then go get on a motorcycle to travel home. I felt it could be deadly. But now in their great lack of judgement, our General Assembly has decided to pass a bill that allows patrons with a conceal and carry permit…

Kasich Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot

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I’m not sure Governor John Kasich even knows what he is saying anymore. Like most republicans he has the GOP talking points engraved into his DNA. However, sometimes he says something that appears to be off script. If a staff member wrote it, Kasich should probably find him another job, if he didn’t, I bet…

Remember, K2 is not for Human Consumption

I have been interested in legal drugs that get you high and wondering where they were when I was growing up. O.K. not really. I love to learn more about the denial that addicts go through when they no longer can see reality. I found that K2 was the new drug that was legal and…