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Abraham Lincoln’s Humanistic Religious Beliefs

In debates on whether Ohio’s state motto is unconstitutional, some people pointed out that Abraham Lincoln mentioned God in some of his speeches. Lincoln’s religious views, however, were inconsistent with the motto.

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At-Large City Council Elections and the Suppression of Free Speech in Columbus

Columbus city council and its wealthy supporters have restricted freedom of speech to the point where their views monopolize the local mass media, and alternative views are shut out. One way to help correct this horrible and un-American situation is to modernize council’s structure to include district representatives who are closer to the people and not controlled by the wealthy. This article was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives Violate Religious Freedom

By providing federal funds to religious groups that perform social services, President George W. Bush is trampling the American principle of religious freedom. He either doesn’t understand the principle or has little respect for it.

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Censorship Was the Real Reason Columbus City Officials Ended Public Access TV

Columbus city officials denied for years that censorship was why they ended public access TV. But a release of public records finally revealed that it was the reason. An earlier version of this article was published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Columbus City Council Challengers Want to Restore Public Access TV

The challengers in the Columbus City Council elections in 2013 saw great value in restoring public access TV in Central Ohio. But the incumbents and the city’s only daily newspaper remained mum on the issue, clearly indicating they prefer that average citizens have no voice on local TV.

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Columbus City Council Deceived Citizens About Public Access TV

In opposing the restoration of public access TV in Central Ohio, Columbus City Council was disceptive to citizens. The combinatin of opposition to freedom of speech and dishonesty toward the public presents a sad image of the Columbus city government. This article was first published by the Columbus Free Press in April 2014.

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Columbus City Officials Hypocritical About Public-Access TV

Despite having millions of dollars of surplus funds, Columbus city officials are refusing to restore public-access TV, which they say has become unnecessary because people can communicate by the Internet. But their own acts show they don’t really believe the argument they are making. This article was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Corporate News Media’s Dereliction of Duty

America’s news media has long been known as the “Fourth Estate.” This term has come to signify the important function the media is supposed to perform in keeping government honest and responsive to the public interest. But today’s mainstream media is failing to perform that function.

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Extreme Economic Inequality Harms the U.S.

As a result of large increases in the portions of income and wealth going to the superrich since the early 1980s, many economic and social problems have gotten worse in the U.S. A fairer distribution of income and wealth is needed to alleviate the problems. This aritcle was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Fallacy of Evaluating Politicians by Their Religion

Although political candidates often proudly claim to have strong religious beliefs, those statements aren’t an indication of whether they will act ethically in government.

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Government’s Corruption of Religion

In supporting governmental promotion of religion, some people say the absence of religion contributes to immorality and disrespect for law in society. They ignore the fact that government’s involvement with religion has a history of corrupting both religion and morality.

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Human Effort Rather than Religion Needed to Oppose Terrorism

Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Christian fundamentalist leaders Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson said liberal advocacy groups deserve part of the blame. Their statement is groundless, intolerant, and harmful.

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Humanistic Global Economy Needed

The need for a global economy with less emphasis on corporate profits and more concern for human needs is explored in U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan’s 2006 book Take This Job and Ship It: How Corporate Greed and Brain-Dead Politics Are Selling Out America.

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Impeachment of Bill Clinton

Surprisingly, many people weren’t outraged by Bill Clinton’s perjury in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. They apparently don’t understand that his contemptible behavior has the potential to cause severe damage to the justice system and society.

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Juan Williams’ Book “Muzzled” Supports Need for Public-Access TV

Juan Williams’ 2011 book Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate contains information supportive of the importance of public-access television. This article was originally published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Liberty and Involuntary Servitude Cannot Coexist

A nationally syndicated columnist advocates mandatory national service for young adults. Americans who support such ideas seem to have forgotten the meaning of freedom.

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Loyalty: Good and Bad Kinds

Declining amounts of loyalty have undoubtedly contributed to many personal and social problems. But in attempting to reverse this trend, people should keep in mind that loyalty can sometimes be a bad quality.

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Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Mishandled Settlement of Bogus Sexual-Harassment Complaint

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray ran for reelection in 2010. But the manner in which he obtained the office showed he did not deserve to retain it. And the voters wisely removed him.

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Ohio Inspector General Didn’t Investigate Complaint on Church-State Separation and Other Complaints

Supporters of honest government and church-state separation should be concerned about the Ohio inspector general’s refusal to investigate a complaint filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. His refusal is symptomatic of other problems in Ohio’s state government – particularly a lack of effective oversight of state officials.

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Ohio Inspector General Resists Investigating Massive Rigging of Workers’ Compensation Premium Rates

The Ohio Inspector General is refusing to investigate outrageous illegalities and unfairness in the setting of employer premiums in the Ohio workers’ compensation system. A recent court case showed that the wrongdoing went on for over 15 years, caused many thousands of employers to be forced out of business, and was done to enrich certain special interests in the workers’ compensation field. The Inspector General’s failure to investigate is further proof that his office is in ineffective at responding to high-level corruption in Ohio’s state government. An earlier version of this article was published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Ohio Legislators Shaft Patients’ Rights to Medical Records

In passing House Bill 508, the Ohio General Assembly displayed a disgusting responsiveness to selfish corporate lobbyists. This shafting of average citizens illustrates the need for campaign finance reform.

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Ohio Must Stop Restricting Liberty

Ohio’s increasing restrictions on liberty are causing people to leave the state, harming its economy, causing its citizens to appear narrow-minded and intolerant, and making the state seem just plain no fun.

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Ohio Officials Allow Injustice at Industrial Commission

Leaders in Ohio’s state government are refusing to address a conflict of interest at the Ohio Industrial Commission. As a result, they are jeopardizing the rights of injured workers to justice in workers’ compensation claims.

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Ohio’s Democratic Leaders Spurn Their Party’s Traditional Values

In the state budget they approved in 2009, Gov. Ted Strickland and other Democratic leaders gave Ohioans more reasons to wonder whatever happened to the Ohio Democratic Party that once billed itself as “the party of the people.” This article was also published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Photos Are More Evidence That Attorney General Woman’s Sexual-Harassment Complaint Was Bogus

After refusing to release them for many months, the Ohio state government finally released the photos that were mentioned in the inspector general’s report on the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The photos are more evidence that a populist and progressive attorney general, Marc Dann, was driven from office on the basis of bogus sexual-harassment complaints. This article was first published by The Columbus Free Press.

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Political Involvement Needed to Prevent Tyranny

Some people believe it’s just a matter of time until the disadvantaged will enjoy economic justice and freedom from discrimination. But dedication, hard work, and sacrifice are needed to bring about social progress – not just the passage of time.

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Presidents Adams and the Religious Right

Some people try to portray Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams as though they would be members of the Religious Right if they were alive today. But both of them would have little regard for the Religious Right.

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Public-Access TV Needed More than Ever

City officials in Columbus, Ohio, have ended public-access TV and placed other restrictions on freedom of speech. Their actions make central Ohio look narrow-minded, smug, and even un-American.

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Racism Isn’t Over by a Lott

By praising Senator Strom Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, Senator Trent Lott showed that racism still exists at the highest governmental levels. But it’s just as ignorant as ever.

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Rigged Premium Rates in Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation System Were Illegally Covered Up for Years

By putting in special fixes for employers who complained to legislators or threatened to contact the media about outrageous and sometimes ruinous increases in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation allowed the illegal rip-off to continue for years. Special interests in the workers’ compensation field were thereby enormously and unlawfully enriched. This article is part 2 of a 2-part series originally published in The Columbus Free Press.

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