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Separation of Unemployment Compensation and State

The current COVID-19 crisis, which to date has suspended more than 10 million jobs across the country, has revealed a structural weakness in the so-called social safety net. This has to do with the state-run unemployment compensation system. In Ohio, as in many states, unemployment compensation is handled by a state-run monopoly. Employers and employees …

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An Opinion on Taxes Part One – What is the Most Evil of All Taxes?

*Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Nixon sent the National Guard into Kent State when it was, in fact, Governor Jim Rhodes.  Additionally, it should be noted that while the protests being held at Kent State were not entirely non-violent, the two protesters who were killed were not convicted of committing any …

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The Case for Constitutional Carry

In April of last year, two Ohio representatives (Ron Hood and Tom Brinkman) introduced legislation (H.B. 178) to reform Ohio’s laws surrounding carrying a firearm in a concealed fashion.  The legislation would acknowledge the 2nd amendment’s language that; “. . . the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” …

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When is an impeachment not an impeachment?

Well, we’ve all been fascinated and enthralled by the controversy surrounding the impeachment of one Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America. Impeaching a President isn’t quite a once-in-a-lifetime show, at least not for me. I was already long since a voting adult when the Republicans politicized a common sex act (or …

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The Fight Over Funding Provided to Children for Education

An article titled “AACS opposes sale to charter school” in a recent edition of the Ashtabula Star Beacon was more of an advertorial for a public institution than a news story.  That result should be no surprise considering the author’s interviews included only school board members and administrators within the district.  These public employees are …

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