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Local advocates call for preserving net neutrality

February 8, 2018

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken and others expressed support Thursday for preserving net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to repeal net neutrality. Advocates for its preservation said this removal allows broadband providers to block websites and charge for higher-quality service.

Local network engineer Sean Nestor and Move to Amend Toledo activist Doug Jambard-Sweet joined Mr. Gerken during a news conference at The Sojourner's Truth office, 1811 Adams St.

The backstory to Democracy Day

January 1, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Cleveland Heights City Council will convene the city’s fifth annual Democracy Day, and you, dear reader, are most cordially invited.

For the uninitiated, Democracy Day gives the public an opportunity to address council about how the political influence of corporate entities, added to obscene amounts of money spent in the political process, is degrading the democratic institutions of our city, our state and our nation. Following the hearing each year, a letter stating the reason for the event and summarizing citizens’ remarks is sent by council to our U.S. senators, our U.S. congress member, and the presidents of the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House. That letter, the full text of the petition, plus written minutes and a video, can be viewed on the city’s website under Government, Archived Agendas and Minutes, Public Hearings.

Fourth of July Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

June 27, 2017

Clearly, there are reasons to ask what the Founders of Our Country were up to and what our fireworks every Fourth of July about.

But this year, let’s investigate further: was war the only or even the best way to achieve what we now see was more limited than what we were taught?

Who better to proffer that question than the people’s historian, Howard Zinn?