Keeping workers in poverty is neither just nor moral: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network (Opinion)

Keeping workers in poverty is neither just nor moral: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network (Opinion)

August 07, 2016 Why is fear being used to convince people that raising workers’ wages will bring down the city? Some of the arguments against raising the minimum wage are the same arguments that were made when talk of ending slavery surfaced back in the 1800s. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. economist to know that if you have “free” labor, prices can be cheaper and profits for corporations higher. Read Full Op-Ed...

Letters to the editor: Give power to local residents

By Gwen B. Fischer The “fracking” boom has prompted many communities to ask who gets to decide how our land and water get used. Most assumed that our government would balance the health and safety of residents against landowners’ rights and the interests of corporations or industries. Read Full...

Elections board got charter initiative ruling wrong

By Mike Rowe Updated Jul 16, 2016 On Friday, July 8, 2016, the Athens County Board of Elections, after consulting with Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, voted not to allow the Athens County charter initiative on the November ballot, despite the fact that it had over 1700 certified signatures (~2400 in all). Read Full...

Guest Blog: Updating EPA Frack Waste Regulations: Let’s Call it What it Is

May 18, 2016by Tish O’Dell, Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) Why are we, concerned residents and environmentalists, asking for new rules to be written, instead of asking for the harmful activity to be stopped? Why do we need more rules that will simply allow the destruction of our communities, one permit and one regulation at a time? Don’t we have enough evidence that this system is NOT protecting the environment at all? Read more...