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Connie Schultz from Creators Syndicate

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What We're Seeing Are Student Walkouts to the Polls for 03/14/2018

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students across Ohio walked out of schools to pay tribute to the 17 people killed — 14 of them teenagers — in last month's gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In this same hour, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman sent an email to Ohio journalists with this subject line: "OH — pro-Second Amendment HS students to counter gun control protests."

Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018

A New Lesson Plan in West Virginia for 03/07/2018

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800

What a glorious thing, watching West Virginia teachers, most of them women, shut down the state's public schools for nearly two weeks to force their elected officials to give them the 5 percent raise they surely deserve.

On the brink of victory, the crowd of teachers gathered in the West Virginia Capitol started singing the state anthem. Seeing so many people, of such a mix of ages and colors, swaying together as they belt out John Denver's 1971 hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" can make you believe we really are making progress in this country.

In addition to the teachers, many of the unsung heroes in this nine-day strike were the people most immediately affected by it: parents.

Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018

After Another Massacre, a Change in Inventory for 02/28/2018

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Interesting how some conservative pundits, gun zealots and other cynics have tried to dismiss the activism of the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. It's just a pit stop for these kids, they argue, on the way to the rest of their lives.

Even more interesting is just how wrong some pundits, gun zealots and other cynics can be.

Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018

And the Children Shall Lead Us for 02/21/2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

At 8:18 p.m. on May 4, 1970, just hours after Ohio National Guardsmen killed four students and wounded nine others during an anti-war rally at Kent State University, R.J. Casey of Pittsburgh sent this telegram to the mayor of Kent:

"As (the) father of a Kent State student as a graduate of Kent State University and as an American I demand immediate action against the Hitler youth who are trying to destroy our universities and plunge America into anarchy."

Updated: Wed Feb 21, 2018

Clinging to Moments of Unexpected Grace for 02/14/2018

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don't have to cook.

Updated: Wed Feb 14, 2018

Tip Thievery, Codified for 02/07/2018

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Fourteen years ago, I wrote a column about a tip jar in Cleveland and how the managers took all the money in it instead of giving it to the workers who had earned it.

Fourteen years later, I could still write that column about tip jars in too many restaurants and party centers across the country. I know this because when I see a tip jar, I almost always ask an employee who gets to keep the money in it. I am long accustomed to that soft and often nervous response: Management either skims the tips or steals all of them.

Updated: Wed Feb 07, 2018

Greetings From This 'Career Obsessed Banshee' for 01/31/2018

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Thanks to recent national coverage of Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes and his self-declared expertise on "nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils," we're all getting a glimpse into the darker recesses of his mind.

It's as if he threw open the doors to his cranial cellar and yelled, "C'mon in, folks!" I'm here to lead you on the tour, but it's a dank and musty place, so let's walk in twos — and do hold hands.

Last September, Sykes, who is a Republican, gave a wide-ranging interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which included a section on his views about his version of feminists. He is apparently so proud of these comments that he decided to trot them out on his Facebook page last week. The man has the judgment of tree moss.

Updated: Wed Jan 31, 2018

A Second Wave of Reflection for 01/24/2018

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

For decades, an old metal sign used to hang over the toolshed at the coal-fired plant where my father worked. Now it sits on top of the bookcase in my campus office.

It is about 2 feet by 3 feet in size and painted dark green with large white block letters that read:

Updated: Wed Jan 24, 2018

Quote the President, and Skip the Asterisks for 01/17/2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and testament.

I spruce it up where I can, and I always include a few thoughts about how we will conduct ourselves for the next 15 weeks:

Updated: Wed Jan 17, 2018

A Few Divorce Tips for Steve Bannon for 01/10/2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

It occurred to me this week that many of us who've gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon.

We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, "Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?"

Updated: Wed Jan 10, 2018

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? for 01/03/2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast:

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

Updated: Wed Jan 03, 2018

Treading Gently Into This New Year for 12/27/2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In the first hour of Christmas Eve, our 9-year-old grandson and his parents arrived here in Ohio after two long flights from their home in hurricane-ravaged St. Croix.

His recent life included 10 weeks without electricity in the U.S. territory full of U.S. citizens. In advance of his visit, Clayton asked for only one thing for Christmas: "Please have snow in Cleveland."

Updated: Wed Dec 27, 2017

A Timely Rescue for 12/20/2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Two days after Thanksgiving, our son-in-law left our home to go out for a run and, upon his return, rang our doorbell.

This is not his habit when he stays with us.

"Why is Matt ringing the doorbell?" my husband said as we all made our way to the front of the house. You would think no one ever visits us the way we all rush for the door whenever someone does, which is often.

Updated: Wed Dec 20, 2017

Hope Bloomed in Alabama for 12/13/2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Just two years ago, 65-year-old Peggy Wallace Kennedy stood on the steps of the Alabama Capitol and renounced the acts of hate her father had committed there.

This was no small moment. Kennedy's father was the late Gov. George Wallace, who was an over-my-dead-body champion of segregation in the South.

Updated: Wed Dec 13, 2017

Time Magazine Gets It Right: We've Changed for 12/06/2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

It's that sleeved elbow in the Time cover photo — the one attached to an unidentified woman sitting to the right — that magnifies the message.

Five elegant women — actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu and Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual — are pictured on the cover in all of their fierce glory.

Updated: Wed Dec 06, 2017

Our Caribbean Families Are Your Fellow Americans for 11/30/2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix.

The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes.

Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017

'Tis Never the Season for Revenge Parenting for 11/22/2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Ever have one of those moments when you hear a song and it sums up exactly how you're feeling?

It's as if someone, somewhere out there, heard the call of your heart and set it to music. Maybe for just a second or two, you think, "Yes, that, exactly that." And then you remind yourself to breathe.

Updated: Wed Nov 22, 2017

Our Country Turns to You, Alabama for 11/15/2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Like so many women in recent days, I've discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14.

My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most "forever" postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about the world in one of the cups of my starter bra.

Updated: Wed Nov 15, 2017

She Took On the Bully, and She Won for 11/08/2017

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Last January, John Carman returned from Donald Trump's inauguration apparently so puffed up that he decided to make fun of the much larger crowd at the Women's March the next day.

This, in itself, is not news. There are plenty of men in America who would rather mock women than try to understand them. Carman, however, is one of nine elected members of Atlantic County's freeholder board in New Jersey.

Updated: Wed Nov 08, 2017

Once Falsely Incarcerated, Now a Police Academy Graduate for 11/01/2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In the fall of 2001, Michael Green walked out of prison after serving 13 years for a crime he did not commit.

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. Eventually, the woman, who had never before seen Michael Green, identified him as her rapist.

Updated: Wed Nov 01, 2017