A tragic wakeup call for taking control of our own story

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We’re going to be OK. The June 30 murder of Jim Brennan was wrenching in so many ways, but within a couple days I knew, as I watched the community circle around those closest to the tragedy, this is still the kind of place I want to live. The impromptu memorial that formed immediately outside […]

The problem isn’t really winter walking; it’s lack of commitment to public safety

As bad as walking conditions have been, the real problem isn't snow removal; it's lack of commitment to public safety. Photo by Jim Miller.
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Social media has been filled over the past few weeks with complaints about walking throughout Cleveland Heights as the snow piles up. This Facebook post by Jim Miller sums up the frustration, but – to use the appropriate cliche – it’s only the tip of the iceberg. While I continue to clear boulders of ice […]

Reign of Error: Finding a better path for public education

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Diane Ravitch is a well-credentialed education historian and was the assistant secretary of education in the George W. Bush administration. In her book “Reign of Error,” Ravitch documents why the accelerating privatization of education is destroying a public education system that – contrary to conventional wisdom – is doing better work than it ever has. […]

What REALLY goes on at Heights High

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Local blogger Jan Resseger spent the better part of a school day observing the goings on at Cleveland Heights High School. A friend pointed out her blog and suggested I post it here. I’m happy to oblige: Yesterday through a lucky coincidence I spent the morning visiting Cleveland Heights High School.  Ours is an inner-ring […]

The Summer Swing: The rewards of interning small

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FutureHeights intern Simone Jasper writes about her experience working on the Heights Observer: By Simone Jasper This summer, I have another opportunity to intern at The Heights Observer, a community-based newspaper that serves two Cleveland, Ohio, suburbs. I first interned at the newspaper for my high school senior project, and I returned this summer because the […]

Cool people I know: Daniel Stashower

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Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril, was in town this weekend on a publicity tour scheduled tighter than the subject of his new book: Lincoln’s perilous 1861 train trip from Springfield, Ill. to his inauguration in Washington. About 200 people packed the Beachwood Public Library on Sunday to hear Stashower – an accomplished […]

Tommy Talks

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Yes, that Tommy. The owner of 40-year-old Tommy’s Restaurant doesn’t say “no” to very many reasonable requests. He’s just that kind of guy; it seems like he’ll help out with just about anything the community needs. But I’ve never heard him talk about himself, until I saw this video, posted on the Friends of Coventry […]

The value in a (slightly) more expensive can of tuna

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I was at Dave’s the other day at Cedar and Fairmount. This is the store that might have become a giant Giant Eagle a decade ago, if a small group of vocal citizens hadn’t stood up to object. They succeeded in halting a proposal by the Pittsburgh-based supermarket chain to greatly increase the store’s footprint […]