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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Let’s Not Get Sidetracked by the “Gotcha” Debate

First we had “the summer of Trump.” Then came “Feel the Bern.” Just when you thought you could escape the latest Campaign 2016 neologism, you found yourself immersed in “gotcha” questions, the focus of the Republican Party’s charge that journalistic panelists at the third CBNC Republican debate asked questions designed to entrap the candidates. Except...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Why Are We Still Battling Over Abortion?

Roe v. Wade was decided in January 1973.  It was the same month that LBJ died, when the U. S. ended its involvement in the Vietnam War, when the Watergate burglars went on trial, and when Harry Truman was memorialized at the National Cathedral following his death the day after Christmas 1972.  The month marked...

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Dismantling White Supremacy: “Any Definition Of Race Always Depends Upon Power”

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is very clear on his role: Dig for the truth and get out of the way. “If you are going to be a writer you have to write into the wind. You have to say, ‘I’m prepared to do this and give my all, even if only 20 people read the book.’”...

Friday, November 06, 2015

Ohio Says No to Monopolies: Now What?

Following adoption of Issue 2 this week (full text available here), Ohio's constitution imposes special burdens on ballot initiatives that grant "monopoly, oligopoly[,] . . . cartel," set tax rates, or grant or other special commercial benefits. By its terms, the language added by Issue 2 purports to prohibit such things outright, but if an initiative attracts the necessary...

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Honoring the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

She was one of those feisty won’t-take-no-for-an-answer women who picketed the City Club back in the Dark Ages (before 1972) when women weren’t yet welcome as members. On November 9th, Judge Jean Capers, who turned 102 last January, will be inducted into the City Club’s Hall of Fame. But to hear about what came in...

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Good Will Toward Incarcerated Fathers

At Goodwill, we believe that the power of work and achieving gainful employment is an important factor in creating strong and resilient families. When parents work, not only are they able to meet the financial needs of their family, but they’re also teaching the value of hard work, dedication and responsibility to their children. ...

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