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Politics trumps problem-solving
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
LANSING — Ever wonder why so many elected officials waste so much time and energy on irrelevant crusades? Consider two examples: …

3/24/2015 12:00 AM
Early contradiction in presidential race
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
WASHINGTON — There are rare moments in history when Americans have sought the comfort of experience over the excitement of novelty. Our first five presidents were established figures, familiar and experienced, and steeped in the values of the Revolution and the Constitution. …

3/23/2015 12:00 AM
Getting to the meat of the issue
BY THOMAS WALTON BLADE COLUMNIST
Every day, thousands of innocent plants are killed by vegetarians. It’s a tragedy, my friends. …

3/22/2015 12:00 AM
Port Clinton’s kids speak to all of us
BY MARINA BOLOTNIKOVA BLADE COLUMNIST
Sixty years ago, Robert Putnam earned spending money as a paperboy for The Blade in Port Clinton. Today, he is one of the best-regarded political scientists in the country. …

3/22/2015 12:00 AM
Readers: Drabik coverage favoritism
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
Several readers grumbled that The Blade seemed to be showing favoritism by anointing Sandy Drabik, the widow of late Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, as Toledo’s possible next mayor. …

3/20/2015 12:00 AM
Miller not running for re-election
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
Although some people have disagreed with U.S. Rep. Candice Miller of suburban Detroit on the issues, few felt there was anything phony about her. Voters elected the Republican to two terms as Michigan Secretary of State and seven terms in Congress, all by landslides. …

3/16/2015 12:00 AM
Voting rights: LBJ’s greatest speech
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
The events that March came on a gale of fury, and with furious speed: the Bloody Sunday civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., the confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the tense meeting between Alabama Gov. George Wallace and President Lyndon Johnson. …

3/16/2015 12:00 AM
Jury still out on Netanyahu speech
BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN BLADE COLUMNIST
After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial appearance before a joint session of Congress, the question arose whether his forceful opposition to a possible nuclear agreement with Iran would scuttle the process. Negotiations are proceeding. Whether Mr. Netanyahu’s clumsy interference in U.S. foreign policy will have any effect is yet to be seen. …

3/15/2015 12:09 AM
Editing process slanted Seneca story
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
In my column on March 1, I said that I believed a Feb. 18 story, “Commissioners agree to build $8.5 million courthouse,” read as though it was written with a biased viewpoint and that the language used was too opinionated for a news story. …

3/15/2015 12:00 AM
Slay gerrymander to restore democracy

Some words make your eyes glaze over, no matter how important the ideas they convey. “Reapportionment” is one of them. So in Ohio, let’s call it by another name: political corruption. …




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