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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicated. Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She has also published two books: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths — a collection of her previously published columns — and …and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

Our Country Turns To You, Alabama

“He picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsen, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes.

November 18, 2017
Time Travelers

She Took On The Bully, And She Won

Carman shared a Facebook meme of a photo depicting a woman serene in her domesticity. She is leaning over a pot on the stove, the lid in her right hand as she stirs with a spoon in her left, her nose poised to sniff what’s cookin’. The meme reads: “Will the woman’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?”

November 9, 2017
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Once Falsely Incarcerated, Now A Police Academy Graduate

The story of his wrongful conviction is, in its particulars, an all-too-familiar one in America. He was accused by a white woman who had never seen a black man until she came to the Cleveland Clinic for cancer treatment. Michael had worked at the clinic for a short time, so police used his ID photo in lineups.

November 8, 2017
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Yes, It’s Bad Out There, But You’re Not Alone

I hear these stories from friends and readers on a weekly basis. There’s the woman we thought we knew so well who celebrated, out loud and without apology, that her house had just sold to white people. The parent in the bleachers who yelled in the middle of a game that his son’s all-white team shouldn’t have to put up with a black coach ordering the kids around.

October 26, 2017

‘He Didn’t Even Remember His Name’

Let us start with the 25-year-old man who was not even mentioned. He is Army Sgt. La David Johnson, a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He and three other men were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. Their names are Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

October 20, 2017
Weinstein

This Dark Legacy Of Harvey Weinstein Is Far From Over

We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually assaulted women for decades. He also reportedly threatened to destroy their lives if they told anyone.

October 13, 2017

Such Empty Thoughts And Prayers

We’re living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will listen that with God, all things are possible. The older I get the more that sounds like blame, not credit. I’ve always thought of God as a partner who expects us to do our part, which involves a whole lot more than singing, chanting or fingering the rosary and then thanking him for listening.

October 6, 2017
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‘It Never Ends’

In July, here in Ohio, President Donald Trump called immigrants “animals” who “slice” and “dice” teenage girls. This should surprise no one. On the day he announced his candidacy, he described Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Last week, referring to black NFL players peacefully protesting racism, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now; he’s fired’?” He has called journalists enemies of American the people.

September 29, 2017
Spicer, Press

All Is Not Forgiven, Sean Spicer

On his first full day as president, Donald Trump showed up at the CIA, described journalists as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth” and accused them of making up stuff about him. He blamed journalists for a perceived rift between him and the intelligence agencies — failing to mention that earlier that same month, he had compared the intelligence community to Nazis. Trump also said journalists had deliberately underreported the size of his inauguration crowd. Why, 1.5 million people showed up, he brayed.

September 22, 2017
Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns makes a catch on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York

All Rise, Or Not, For The United States Of Football

This column isn’t about baseball. It’s about Cleveland Browns football players, the national anthem and a police union president who has a habit of making us sound like a town of time travelers who just arrived with a thud from somewhere in the 1950s.

September 16, 2017
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Remember When You, Too, Were A Dreamer?

Did you move around much as a child? Was one of your parents in the military, or did one work for a company that transferred employees with abandon? You were just getting used to your new school, your new friends, your new neighborhood and — boom — you had to leave. But if at least one of your parents was with you, you could tell yourself you would be OK. Or not. Some parents are scary.

September 7, 2017

There Is No Pardoning Joe Arpaio

In this perilous time for our country, I feel the need to keep reminding people that our words reveal us. When President Trump says “some very fine people” marched with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who inflicted their hate on Charlottesville, Virginia, it’s clear which side he’s on. When Joe Arpaio says it’s “an honor” to be lumped with the KKK, there’s no doubt how he feels about the people this hate group targets.

September 5, 2017
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Let’s Not Mirror Trump

This week the City Club has stirred up things again by inviting Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump. He is not a president, but he influences our current one. He is also, in my view, a full-time troll.

July 22, 2017
Senate Health Bill

No Recess For The American Public

Two hours later, I stood with a loved one in an emergency room in small-town Ohio and got an earful from the nurse taking care of him. The nurse, with more than 20 years in the profession, had spent the workday running nonstop and hadn’t heard the news. When I told her, she was relieved — and outraged.

June 29, 2017
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Run, Woman, Run

“What I’m seeing this year are women who aren’t waiting to be asked,” Walsh said. “You know that line, ‘If we aren’t at the table, we’re on the menu’? Well, a lot of women feel they’re on the chopping block. What they care about is in jeopardy, and they’re not sitting on the sidelines anymore.”

June 23, 2017

A Gunman Shoots, And We Become A Family

This has been increasingly true since Jan. 8, 2011, when a gunman shot then-Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head and killed six others in a supermarket parking lot. All congressional spouses, as we’re often called, can tell you where they were when they first heard about that tragedy.

June 15, 2017
Trump family values: Outraged calls flood House Oversight Committee phone lines over conflicts of interest

Poor Eric Trump

Instead of weaving yet another magical tale about how the brothers Trump are now rulers of the family empire and keeping it totally separate from Daddy’s day job, Eric instead vented his simmering rage against the Democrats. He did this in a rant to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.

June 8, 2017
Jun 9, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tadar Muhammad (right) and Jeremy Brustein (left) demonstrate in support of Tamir Rice outside of Quicken Loans Arena prior to game three of the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps You Remember Tamir Rice

On Tuesday, Cleveland police announced that Timothy Loehmann, the officer who pulled the trigger within seconds of his arrival, has been fired. Not for killing Tamir. That wasn’t even mentioned. He was fired for lying on his job application with Cleveland police.

June 2, 2017

Cheer, Cheer For The Protesters Of Notre Dame

As protester Bryan Ricketts told CNN, after explaining how Pence’s homophobia has affected him as a gay man, many graduates at Notre Dame have been directly targeted by other policies — for example, those students and their families who are undocumented and who risked deportation to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

May 25, 2017
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Strange Fruit, 2017

Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Similar protests have cropped up in New Orleans, where three statues commemorating the Confederacy were removed in recent weeks.

May 18, 2017
#Russia

#Russia

Chances are that no matter when you are reading this column, more has already been discovered about Comey’s firing. Just as surely, it’s bound to make us feel even worse about this Den of Disaster, formerly known as the White House — where, by the way, less than 24 hours after Comey was fired, Trump (presumably still president of the United States) met with #Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

May 11, 2017
Jordan Edwards

His Name Was Jordan Edwards

I wanted to start with these details about Jordan, because how else can we even try to comprehend his loss? I am writing from the city of Cleveland, where less than three years ago, another black boy, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, was shot and killed by police. If I learned anything from the immediate coverage after his death, it’s that we must emphasize early that this boy — this black boy — did not deserve to die. Jordan Edwards spent his last conscious moments in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother in another Dallas suburb.

May 5, 2017

For Hope, Stick With Millennials

These are the students filling my life these days. It’s my privilege to help them learn in whatever way I can. Sometimes I also remind them that there was a time when I was one of them, right down to the multiple jobs to make it through. However, I went to school with the help of low-interest student loans, government grants and the occasional scholarship. I graduated with barely $2,000 of debt.

April 27, 2017
Jorge Ramos Bill O'Reilly The O'Reilly Factor

O’Reilly’s Ouster Is No Victory For Women

I heard the news of O’Reilly’s dismissal just minutes after finishing up a day of teaching journalism at Kent State, where so many young women have shared personal stories about rape or sexual harassment. Their experiences sound so similar to those of my generation of women. So many of us believed back then that it would be different by now. So many of us were wrong. As one young rape survivor said to me the day after the election, “My country just told me that what happened to me doesn’t matter.”

April 20, 2017
Sean Spicer, Press Secretary

Sean Spicer’s Regret Is Not Enough

On the first day of Passover, Spicer attempted to cast Syria’s Bashar Assad, who recently used sarin gas on his own citizens, as more evil than Hitler. He did this by misrepresenting the Holocaust. “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Spicer said during a press briefing. “You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

April 13, 2017