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. […]

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 […]

A great day for a haircut for a cause

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On Sunday, March 11, my 14-year-old son sat to have his head shaved in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser for childhood cancer research. Usually I keep my family out of my public posts. But Adam is such a sport and, frankly, he looks pretty good with a tight shave. Below is the “before” photo. That’s […]

What to do with Millikin: If you listen, you can hear the community’s voice

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In rejecting a $550,000 offer for the decaying Millikin School building by Orthodox-Jewish school Mosdos Ohr Hatorah, I think the CH-UH School Board might be making a mistake. Millikin hasn’t been used as a public school since the ’70s; it was left vacant in 2006 when the Heights Parent Center moved out. The facility sits […]