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Municipal Power Aggregation: Power to the People or Revenue Ruse?

Municipal Power Aggregation: Power to the People or Revenue Ruse?

(Image: SecretDisc via Wikimedia Commons) “After all, what fun is there to hold a political office if people are allowed to largely manage their own lives?” Since the deregulation of electric and natural gas markets, the number of electric and gas suppliers has mushroomed giving consumers a competitive marketplace to shop for the lowest power

Rebuttal: No, “Pro-Lifer,” Supporting Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You More Pro-Life

Recently an article entitled “In Defense of Gay Marriage, from a Pro-Life Republican” appeared on the blog Third Base Politics. The author, Councilman Phil Van Treuren of Amherst, Ohio, advances the premise that the pro-life movement must embrace marriage redefinition. Van Treuren castigates Cleveland Right to Life and other pro-life groups that maintain that traditional

Fundamental Failure: Obamacare Deductibles Too Steep for Primary Consumers

At a recent meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners in Wooster, Ohio, the director of a local clinic that provides medical care for low income individuals said that the high deductibles in the federal Exchanges have created new barriers to health care and that the expansion of Medicaid has shifted the burden of low income

The Desperate Dishonesty of Doug Chamberlain

Right now these sophomores and thousands of other Ohioans are waking up to another stroke of irony. The “Honorable” Doug Chamberlain, a family court judge and career lawyer, has let slip the dogs of war against frontrunner Nino Vitale with two flagrantly dishonest ad hominem attacks.

Nightmare on Main Street: ‘All Politics Is Local’

Many of us rant about what goes on in the halls of Congress but know very little about what goes on in our town halls. This is ironic considering we have a greater chance of influencing a local issue than some grand scheme being concocted in Washington DC. More importantly, local politics is too often

Groundhog Day Coming on Income Tax Hike in Gahanna

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  This common cliché could serve as the new motto for the Gahanna City Council.  Perhaps they could put it on t-shirts and bumper stickers and sell the merchandise rather than attempt to impose a voter-rejected tax hike upon the people they represent. Here’s a quick re-cap:

The Family is in Trouble

The family is in trouble. Family life is changing, and the changes are troubling. There’s no question that the nuclear family – the social unit of dad, mom and the kids – is showing signs of decline. No matter which metric we use – out-of-wedlock births, abortions, divorce, single-parent families —the numbers are depressing. Or