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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.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

No axe to grind for Wood

In less than a couple of weeks, the speaker on our stage will be someone who has publicly expressed a degree of skepticism regarding climate science and anthropogenic climate change. We've received a fair bit of pushback from members of The City Club and the broader community about this. It's a great opportunity to explain...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

There's Always Next Year for Legalization

Last week marked the beginning of fall in Cleveland—the season of sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and of course, City Club debates. This November, Ohio voters can decide on the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use—but it’s not that simple. The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Issue 3, has gotten a lot of attention in...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Business of Health in Abu Dhabi

Imagine you've got a reasonably successful healthcare institution, and you're approached by one of your patients, a foreign national of some financial and political means, with the idea that you open a new hospital in his country, 7,000 miles away. How does one even begin to figure out how that will work?  That's a rough...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Why Jen Bricker won't say "can't"

When we've been spreading the word about Jen Bricker's upcoming appearance at the City Club, we've continually found that describing her as "aerialist and acrobat" doesn't quite cut it. In the world of journalism, it's referred to as "burying the lede." Here's the thing--Jen Bricker was born without legs.  Her story is incredible. It's been...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Reflections on Mahatma Gandhi as his Grandson Arun Gandhi approaches the City Club podium

Every Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend, since my now-11-year-old triplet boys were six, our family has gathered to watch the epic film “Gandhi.” Dr. King, the boys have seen, absorbed from Mahatma Gandhi the non-violent-action techniques applied in the American civil-rights movement. And Gandhi’s tactics were forged from his experience with blacks and other...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Waterfront You've Always Wanted?

Last week, I found myself on the East Bank of the Flats. And I was amazed. I saw a dueling piano bar (!), Zach Bruell walked by, and there is a boardwalk, where you can actually walk next to the water! I know, I know. You've see the recent coverage, but even so, it's hard...

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