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Where Nick Lachey: Hey Black People!
Divergent Keeping the No News for You!
Views Collide Faith (p. 8) (p. 4)

Cincinnati’s Missing Strippers


by Jason A. Haap, MA Enter Cincinnati's missing ing some of the country's big-
The Dean of Cincinnati strippers – a key piece to suc- gest adult business. According
cessful economic development to Atlanta Magazine, this city
that no one wants to talk about. is home to more nude dance
City of Cincinnati. 6 pm. Morality aside (even if just for clubs than any other in the
What do you find? Mostly a moment), adult entertain- United States. The metro area
closed businesses. A ghost ment might be the answer to boasts over forty that earn a
town. But how can this be? jump-starting struggling urban respectable $80-$100 million
Shouldn't Cincinnati be bus- economies. per year, not to mention the
tling with business – especially over $20 million dancers make
with a major hub airport, two In a study available online by as independent contractors
major league sports teams, a the Woodhull Freedom Foun- (Rebecca Poyner-Burns,
brand new center Square, and dation and Federation, Ange- 2000). Even a conservative
a convention center? What lina Spencer writes about the estimate of the economic im-
makes Cincinnati different? relationship between economy pact of such clubs translates to
The answer, surprisingly, and adult entertainment. From a whopping $200-$240 mil-
might have nothing to do with her piece entitled "The Erotic lion, which is far above the
urban planning, or streetcars, Economy": economic impact of the
Cities like Atlanta have reaped the economic benefit of upscale adult or The Banks, and everything Braves, Hawks and Falcons
entertainment. Chris Bortz, Cincinnati’s Economic Development Com- to do with adult entertainment. "The city of Atlanta is the best
mittee Chair, says banning adult entertainment is niche marketing.
example of a sleepy town do- (con’t on p. 2)

Henry Heimlich’s
Notes ‘n Dotes Sweetheart Deals! Manuever: World
Leaves Cincinnati
! Do you deserve to know if
an elected leader takes prescrip- Doctor Behind
tion painkillers daily? Might
such drugs affect their ability to by Jason A. Haap, MA
make sound and reasoned deci- Cincinnati native Henry Heim-
sions? Is it fair to even ask lich is a world-famous, house-
such a question? hold name. But the maneuver
that has brought him fame has
! Did you know that 3CDC become a left-behind.
originally said the City would
be in charge of permitting for To: Richard Weiland Did you know, for example,
Fountain Square, and then they From: Cincinnati that the American Red Cross
took over permitting for Foun- has changed their guidelines
tain Square? Should we be for first response to choking?
concerned about the privatiza- Instead of the Maneuver, you
tion of our public spaces? should use a combo called the
five-and-five. That’s five
What’s Inside? backslaps followed by five
abdominal thrusts (the Red
A Closer Look ............ p. 4 Cross no longer calls the move
Your Tax Dollars Recycled into Campaign a “Heimlich Maneuver”).
The Labor Report ........ p. 6 Contributions And even the American Heart
Lifestyle ...................... p. 8 much of the initial funding The Freedom Center pays no Association – whose guide-
by Michael Earl Patton, came from the state. Many income tax, but it does file a lines are the model for emer-
The Soapbox ............... p. 10 Senior Analyst people thought that the mu- form 990 which gives many gency response professionals –
seum would be self-supporting financial details. The form recently issued a press state-
How does a non-profit or- when built and oppose giving 990 for 2005 (2006 was not ment which suggests a possi-
ganization convince govern- it additional taxpayer dollars. available when this article was ble replacement for abdominal
ment officials to give it more Others point to what they con- written) gives the salaries of thrusts: chest thrusts.
money in the face of contro- sider high executive salaries – the top officers and also re-
It’s Avtar versy? The National Under- its president, Spencer Crew, veals that the center spent We recently talked to Dr.
Gill! ground Railroad Freedom earned over $300,000 in 2005. $162,124 in lobbying ex- Charles Guildner, who first
Center is a non-profit organi- Nonetheless, it will be given penses. The purpose of this identified chests thrusts for
aka “City zation that has received both $800,000 in Cincinnati tax lobbying is revealed right in choking rescue in 1976.
Hall Guy” private contributions and dollars this year. Last year, the form 990: "... to secure
or “Crazy (con’t on p. 2)
government funding. It was the Ohio legislature voted to funding for the center from the
Hat Guy” built on public land in a prime give them $2,000,000.
riverfront scenic location, and (con’t on p. 2)

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people spend more money on worth the potential economic
Recycling Strippers adult entertainment products and social costs?" Heimlich
and services than any other (con’t from p. 1)
(con’t from p. 1) form of entertainment." So the chair of our city's Eco-
(con’t from p. 1) nomic Development office “[The chest thrust] is near and
government at all levels of For Bortz, avoiding adult en- will not explore adult enter- dear to my heart as I am the
government." combined, according to Geor- tertainment is akin to pursuing tainment as a way to boost our one who first described the
gia state economist Donald a niche market for Cincinnati. city's economic development. Chest Thrust and first gave it
All of this is perfectly legal. I Ratajczak.” "There will likely always be Perhaps this is the moral it's name,” said Guildner. “It
want to emphasize that I have cities in this country that offer choice in line with most of has been a long time coming.”
selected the Freedom Center “Atlanta Magazine claims the adult entertainment," con- Cincinnati's thinking. Or, per-
for this article because it has city has formed a silent alli- cluded Bortz. "The simple haps Atlanta, in the heart of “I thought that someday the
been in the news lately. ance with adult entertainment question is, need we follow the Bible Belt, shows an ex- logic and common sense of the
and some council members suit? Is our economic growth ample of how adult business Chest Thrust over the Ab-
Two lobbyists (people who are say the adult clubs are more of lagging because of a lack of can thrive alongside conserva- dominal Thrust finally would
specially paid by a company an asset to the city than an such entertainment? Or have tive religious values. be recognized,” continued
or organization in order to try annoyance. More people work we survived the industrial de- Guildner. “The studies indicate
to influence legislation) are in adult entertainment in At- cline because of our conserva- Time will tell how attractive is the Chest location of the
currently employed by the lanta than one of their largest tive values? Is taking the leap the niche for a city with no Thrust to be more effective
center: Stanley J. Aronoff and employers: Coca-cola. And adult entertainment. than the Abdominal ap-
Richard A. Weiland. proach.”
simple reason that he has who lost her race for attorney tries to influence legislation to
I only mention them to give made more contributions. general. Many contributions obtain more money for the A few months ago, The
specific examples of certain were relatively small. Repre- Freedom Center. That lobbyist American Heart Association
money flows. Mr. Weiland contributed sentative Steve Driehaus re- also earns money, and some of and the American Red Cross
$1000 each to the 2005 elec- ceived only $100, and Jim that money is donated to po- issued a joint statement: “The
Campaign contributions from tion campaigns of Jeff Berd- Raussen only $150. litical candidates. Many of American Heart Association
Messrs. Aronoff and Weiland ing, Laketa Cole, and John those candidates are the ones recommends the use of chest
can be found in the Ohio Sec- Cranley. He contributed $500 Some of these donations who made it possible for the thrusts if the initial use of ab-
retary of State and the City of each to Leslie Ghiz and Chris doubtless come from money Freedom Center to receive dominal thrusts does not suc-
Cincinnati websites, and these Monzel, and the same in "in- earned while lobbying for the those tax dollars in the first cessfully dislodge the foreign
contributions were reported as kind" contributions (office Freedom Center or another place. body. (Chest thrusts are simi-
legally required. supplies, mailing work) to non-profit. lar to abdominal thrusts but
Chris Bortz. He donated to All of this is perfectly legal. performed higher on the chest;
Richard Weiland is employed the 2006 campaigns of dozens Regardless of the amount, is But is it proper? the American Heart Associa-
as a lobbyist by many firms of others, such as $500 to state this a proper use of tax dol- tion also recommends their use
and organizations. A listing senator Eric Kearney and $500 lars? for pregnant women or people
from the Ohio Joint Legisla- to the candidate who won the who are obese.)”
tive Ethics Committee shows Ohio Secretary of State office, The Freedom Center has re-
other non-profits such as the Jennifer Brunner. ceived, and is still receiving, “For many years, no new
Museum Center and the Cin- tax dollars. Money is sup- compelling scientific evidence
cinnati Zoo. Mr. Weiland also Large donations did not al- posed to be used for capital has suggested that any one
represents for-profit organiza- ways indicate a winner: Ted expenses – not lobbying – but technique as first line treat-
tions. The overall total is 36 Strickland received over money freed in one account ment is superior to another,”
as of June 25. Both Messrs. $5,000 in various donations can easily be spent from an- the statement continues. “In
Aronoff and Weiland make for his successful race for other. fact, the current international
campaign contributions. I have governor, but this was sur- standard, developed by the
chosen Mr. Weiland for the passed by $6,000 in contribu- And some of that money is International Liaison Commit-
following examples for the tions to Betty Montgomery, used to pay a lobbyist, who tee on Resuscitation (ILCOR),
states that a combination of
more than one technique—
abdominal thrusts, back slaps
and chest thrusts—is generally
needed.”

Between the lines of the joint


statement may be an acknowl-
edgment that The Heimlich
may be going the way of the
buggy whip. No new studies
indicate that one technique is
superior to another.

But across the ocean, the Aus-


tralian Resuscitation Council
says that back blows, chest
thrusts, and abdominal thrusts
can all clear the airway, but
that abdominal thrusts have
been known to cause injury,
they have been replaced with
chest thrusts.

We’ve all heard that Cincin-


nati is behind the times, and it
looks like the same might be
true of our City’s most famous
Maneuverer.

Since chest thrusts are already


a part of CPR, moving to stan-
dardize chest thrusts makes
sense – as that would simplify
an overall strategy for saving
lives in emergency situations.

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Defending The Freedom Center zens from all around the globe. Indeed,
one of the great values of visiting is
hear, that “Cincinnati is not what it
used to be.” Well, neither is any place
In this letter, a reader responds to Ja- to become a member of the Center. As not only the exhibits, but others’ ob- else. The locals who complain the
son Haap’s article last month about implied by Mr. Haap, the Center is not servations. When I last visited two longest and the hardest are those who
how the Freedom Center should be- an art gallery, so should not be com- weeks ago, I followed along behind a give the least support to the merchants
come an Ohio River Museum. pared to one. Rather, it is a memorial family reunion, whose members en- located in the heart of this historical
in much the same way the Holocaust compassed four generations. How city.
I am responding to Mr. Haap’s com- Museum located in Washington, DC is. bonding and life affirming is that, and
ments as they relate to the Freedom Additionally, it was not built as an en- how many other places can one visit as I challenge Mr. Haap to become an
Center. He has by his own admission tertainment center, per se, but as an a family unit that inspires open dia- annual member and begin to partici-
visited the Freedom Center only once, archival center meant to inform, edu- logue? pate in many of the upcoming events
yet claims to be an authority of what it cate and preserve the shameful history scheduled for the remainder of the
offers. Contrary to his statements, there of slavery not only within our country, The Freedom Center does have some- year. If he chooses not to visit, then let
is always something new going on at but in other areas of the world as well. thing for those who live in this area, a membership fee reflect his support of
the Center, and had he cared to notice, should they choose to be open to it. what the Freedom Center stands for. I,
he would have realized how much he While one can only hope that in future However, my own view is that this city for one, am looking forwarded to the
has missed as a result of his one- more Cincinnatians will begin to ap- has not liberated itself from outmoded new summer exhibits, beginning with
minded thinking. preciate the value of the Freedom Cen- attitudes–too much racism on both Global Shoes.
ter, it must be remembered that the sides, for starters. And then there is
I moved to Cincinnati about 2-1/2 Center is open to and visited by citi- –Dora Schield, Clifton
that constant under appreciation I often
years ago, and one of my first acts was

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A Closer Look
Fountaingate II: The corporatization of our
public square
by Samantha Brockfield
Meet the people behind
The fate of downtown Cincinnati is in-
The Cincinnati Beacon! separable from that of our Fountain
Square. As a pivotal public space, its
role should be one of community, dis-
Jason A. Haap, MA sent, discussion and celebration; in
The Dean of Cincinnati, short, a space for us to exercise democ-
President, Content and Audi- racy.
ence Awareness There are some however in the corpo-
rate world who are threatened by the
Justin P. Jeffre prospects of a public space such as this;
who wants to go shopping at Macy’s
Minister of Information, when there are people protesting the war
President, Community Out- on Fountain Square? Unfortunately it
reach seems that our city leaders have sided
with big business yet again. They have
contracted the management of the
Michael Earl Patton square to 3CDC, a private development
Senior Analyst corporation made up of power-players
from Cincinnati’s biggest corporations, According to 3CDC’s website, “The Who are the stakeholders: regular peo-
for the next 40 years. Fountain Square District is envisioned ple like you and me or large corpora-
Other Contributors:
Samantha Brockfield, Jim as a District of high value retail… draw- tions and their profits? It is this question
The city made efforts in 2003 to outlaw ing Cincinnatians into downtown to that has placed our Fountain Square in
Clingman, Nick Lachey, Zak public use of the square during Christ- shop…” the center of the debate between two
Nordyke, Kevin O’Donnell, mas shopping season, which was de- visions for the area: a diverse commu-
clared unconstitutional by the US Su- Kevin Armstrong, spokesman for nity with a powerful voice on one side
Dylan Speeg. preme Court. Is this management con- 3CDC, identified “Other stakeholders in and a lucrative shopping destination on
tract an extension of the city govern- the area” as “Westin hotel, Fifth Third the other.
Photo Credits: Pictures of Jim ment’s desire to attract shoppers? Center, Carew Tower, and 525 Vine.”
Clingman, Nick Lachey, Mitch (con’t on p. 5)
Painter and Michael Earl Patton
provided by themselves; picture Roselawn? Nope. Bond Hill? Nope.
of The Genius of Water, Steven
Pavelish, and Avtar Gill by An-
Black Out! No Equal Access to Avondale? Nope. Kennedy Heights?
Nope. Over-the-Rhine? Nope. South
toinette Haap; all other photog-
raphy is royalty free stock foot-
age.
Print News for Black People? Cumminsville? Nope.

At this point, Bonnie had to stop me for


by Jason A. Haap, MA glance: an insert entitled “Your Home- the sake of time, so I got right to the
The Dean of Cincinnati town.” point and asked why they didn’t seem to
Corrections: The June edi-
tion of The Cincinnati Bea- deliver to neighborhoods with black
George Haggis lives in Walnut Hills, “I called The Enquirer and found out people.
con incorrectly listed us as which he describes as racially and eco- they only include neighborhoods as dic-
an LLC with an address of nomically diverse. tated by the market,” explained Haggis. I was forwarded to the voicemail of
“In other words, the residents of Walnut Steve Barraco, Circulation Manager. He
407 Vine Street, Suite 210. “Walnut Hills is the best example of a Hills don’t have enough money to spend
We no longer have that mail- never responded to my call.
community with the poorest and to warrant a ‘Hometown’ insert. I took
box, and we have not been wealthiest of Cincinnati,” said Haggis. that as an insult, not only because I think (con’t on p. 5)
registered as an LLC. Addi- there is money here, but because poor
Haggis gets a subscription to The Cin- people buy things too!”
tionally, Rick Hines no cinnati Enquirer, but not for its news
longer has any connection to coverage. “I subscribe because I’m a “Why do I live in Walnut Hills and eve-
this project. We apologize landlord and I want to see what the ryone once in awhile I get an insert tell-
for any inconvenience. If competition is charging for rent,” he ing me about what’s happening in the
explained. But one day, Haggis re- suburbs, but not what’s happening in
you need to reach us, email ceived something in his daily paper, and Walnut Hills, or Evanston. I feel like we
dean@cincinnatibeacon.com, something didn’t seem right. don’t count.”

“It bugged the hell out of me,” said But The Enquirer isn’t the only print
Haggis. paper in town that seems to profile
based on neighborhoods.
What could be so sinister as to really get
under the skin of someone who doesn’t I called The Community Press (also
even read The Enquirer for its news? owned by Gannett), and spoke with
Turned out it was something that seems Bonnie, who answered the phone. I
simple and non-threatening upon first started asking about whether certain Does a guy like this deserve to get
neighborhoods received their papers. equal access to printed news?

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Chartergate: City’s Fountaingate II It’s not that we shouldn’t change or
develop the square; we just shouldn’t
Third Political (con’t from p. 4)
let corporations do it for us. We should
be the driving force behind the deci-
Party Shutting Out “Our goal is not to control people’s
sions that create its future because the
space is ours to use to build public
civil liberties,” said Stephen Leeper,
Candidates? CEO of 3CDC.
power and grow public resources.

“Early on people were under the mis-


by Jason A. Haap, MA Some argue that the design of the new conception that the square was going
The Dean of Cincinnati square is not conducive to large pro- to become a private space. But that is
tests. The larger issue at hand is not true; it is still going to be a public
Democratic front-runner Greg Harris whether it is right to spend tax dollars space.” said Kevin Armstrong.
says Charter gave him the cold- on a project that prioritizes private
shoulder while Jeff Cramerding, Char- profit. But what does the idea of “public
ter’s executive director, explored run- space” mean? Is it that no one can get
ning for City Council himself. Chad Munitz, former Director of Eco- kicked off the square for an event
nomic Development for the city, tried planned by 3CDC, or does public
In the battle for a seat on City Coun- to reassure me in March of 2006 about space mean that the citizenry drives
cil, non-incumbents always face an the public nature of the square, “It will every aspect of its use?
uphill struggle. But former congres- not differ. It is still a public space.” as possible, and if they are not granted
sional candidate Greg Harris, who has And added, “If you want an event “We welcome inquiries from people from upon high I suggest that it is
been endorsed by the Hamilton there, the public process has remained with ideas for events they’d like to put within our First Amendment rights to
County Democrats, did not always the same. This remains the city’s prop- on the square,” said Armstrong. implement them anyway.
intend to seek the endorsement of a erty - it all comes through the city for
major party. He wanted to run as a permitting not 3CDC.” That has al- The idea of a citizen making an inquiry In the face of the privatization of our
Charterite. ready changed; the permitting process to a private corporation as to whether public space, we should all start asking
now involves 3CDC. (Oh, and Munitz they can use their space for an event is ourselves, “Where do the solutions to
Harris did not materialize out of thin now works for 3CDC.) I do not feel unsettling. But I do think we should be our most important urban problems lie:
air to seek a Charter endorsement. "I reassured. making as many “inquiries” for events in shopping or in public participation?
served on the Charter board in two
different stints," explained Harris. "I
also worked in partnership with Char-
For people like Greg Harris, this new
ter in coalition efforts like the Fair
trend towards secrecy and insider deal-
Elections campaign to implement pub-
ings signals a real problem for Cincin-
lic financing of city elections."
nati's independent political party. "I'd
like to see the 'old guard' reassert it-
So he was a natural candidate for be-
self," said Harris. "There are so many
ing endorsed by the Charter Party,
good people at Charter, and I very
which is under the so-called leadership
much hope they redouble their efforts
of Jeff Cramerding – who some char-
to be the good government watchdog
acterize as an exclusionary elitist more
for the city."
concerned with his own agenda than
the well-being of the City as a whole.
So why would Charter leaders like
Cramerding and Goldman seek to stop
"When I first put out feelers about
a viable candidate like Greg Harris
running for Council last Fall, Chris
from obtaining an endorsement?
Bortz was very helpful and respon-
sive," explained Harris. "But Michael
"It seemed like they were already plot-
Goldman and Jeff Crammerding
ting and scheming around the ‘07 elec-
weren't responsive and [they were]
tions, and being tight lipped about
even a little cryptic."
their plans," explained Harris. "In ret-
rospect, I think it may have had to do
Such unresponsiveness is nothing new
with their plotting Jeff's own candi-
from the secret leadership of the mod- and then decided against the move,
dacy and Melanie Bates' surprise can-
ern Charter Party. Despite their stump may cause some to wonder if he It would not look good for Cramerd-
didacy. But I can only speculate."
speeches about inclusion, openness, bowed out of the race given the new ing's if he used his leadership in the
and transparency, they deny member- scrutiny being applied to the Charter Charter Party to shut out viable candi-
Such speculations fuel a growing mis-
ship to their club based on inconsis- Party. (Their recent shenanigans have dates as a strategy for launching his
trust with both the Charter Party and
tently applied standards, and they re- been written about in The Cincinnati own political career.
Jeff Cramerding. News that he was
fuse to share their membership roster Beacon, CityBeat, and The Cincinnati
considering a run for City Council,
or by-laws with curious critics. Post.)

town around certain issues and a sec-


Black Out! George Haggis has some pertinent
questions that may shed light on these
I emailed various editors of The En-
quirer with questions along the lines
ond paper to other parts of town,” ex-
plained Smitherman, who once had
kinds of decisions. “How many mil- of those posed by Haggis. No one two radically different headlines writ-
(con’t from p. 4) lionaires do we have to have before we responded to my inquires. ten about him on the same day for the
qualify for inclusion in the insert?” same story – with the negative story
Ultimately, this is an example of an asked Haggis rhetorically. “What does Christopher Smitherman, president of going to the Westside and the positive
ethical clash. What responsibility do our median income have to be?” the Cincinnati NAACP, expressed headline going to the Eastside.
the distributors of news have in mak- concern over this apparent discrep-
ing information available to everyone, “Why would I care about a festival in ancy. “This is unacceptable,” concluded
versus how much should a standard a park in West Chester,” concluded Smitherman. “The paper of record
business model work to shut out Haggis. “Those are the people who “Media in Cincinnati is often biased,” created two papers on the same day.”
neighborhoods from inclusion in the ran from the City. Why do I want to said Smitherman. “The paper of record
network of news? know about them?” sends one paper to the Westside of

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The Labor Report
approaching one-third the rate in the
Tale of Two Cincinnatis, Separate and Unequal 10 lowest-poverty ZIP codes (29 per-
by Kevin O’Donnell, SEIU cent vs. 79 percent).
• Poverty has a face in Cincinnati, and
While Cincinnati's wealthiest residents that face is usually black. The 10 • The poor often lack access to vehi-
have enjoyed soaring earnings over the highest-poverty ZIP codes are 55.3 cles, which can cut off access to well-
past 25 years, many of the city's work- percent African American. The 10 low- paying jobs. People in the 10 highest-
ing families have seen their wages est poverty ZIPs are just 2.1 percent poverty ZIP codes are over six times
stagnate. As a result, the social fabric African American. more likely to lack access to a vehicle
of the metropolitan area is being in- (30 percent vs. 4.7 percent).
creasingly torn in two, leaving one • Cincinnati is economically polarized.
Cincinnati prosperous and the other The median income in the highest- • The long-time American value of re-
impoverished, each isolated from the poverty ZIP codes ($31,442) is well warding work has
other. under half the median income of the been weakened. The
lowest-poverty ZIPs ($74,092). percentage of peo-
Cincinnati's worsening income gap ple in the labor
presents serious problems – economic, • Poverty is concentrated. In the 10 force is not dra-
social, and moral. The growing divide highest-poverty ZIP codes, 38 percent matically different
is not just about money, but also fair- of individuals live below the poverty between the two
ness, education and the kind of city line, as compared to just 3.2 percent in groups—58 percent
where we want to live. The recent the 10 lowest-poverty ZIPs. for those in the
surge in inequality has interrupted a highest-poverty ZIP
long-term trend toward greater equal- • Cincinnati is divided along educa- codes vs. 67 percent
ity during much of the 20 th century tional lines. In the highest-poverty ZIP for those in the
and runs counter to our most cherished codes, an individual is half as likely to lowest-poverty ZIPs.
American values. have a college degree as someone in This suggests that
the 10 lowest-poverty ZIPs (20 percent poor people in Ham-
In Cincinnati, ZIP Code Is Destiny vs. 40 percent). ilton County are
working, but in
An analysis of Cincinnati's census data • Home ownership, a primary way to poverty-wage jobs.
(see census.gov ) reveals the depth of build wealth, is lagging far behind in
inequality in our city, and the disturb- poor areas. The home ownership rate (con’t on p. 7)
ing correlation between class and race. in the 10 highest-poverty ZIP codes is

The Banks – What? So what? Now what? We now have an “equal” partnership Agreement, which
between two developers, Carter and have never produced significant results
Associates (White-owned) and the for Black people in Cincinnati; but we
by Jim Clingman, Chairman,
Dawson Company (Black-owned), are encouraged by the cooperation we
Economic Development Committee, “What?” and “So what?” have brought
both Atlanta-based, which has been have seen and the willingness to enter-
Cincinnati Branch - NAACP us to an agreement of the terms under
agreed upon by the BWG, accepted tain a new way of doing business when
which Cincinnati’s riverfront will be
and lauded by the County and City, it comes to these kinds of projects. The
Most of us know built, albeit, nonbinding terms at this
and celebrated by the citizenry. Now Dawson Company is a very positive
the answer to point, which brings us to the “Now
what? first step, a victorious first step, but it
the “What?” what?” question. What should the pub-
is not yet the final victory. If at the end
question by lic expect from the Banks Working
Our main priority is to assure broad- of the day, most of the assets, equity,
now. After all, it Group (BWG), the Port Authority, the
based, long-term, economic opportuni- ownership, and profit go to Atlanta,
has taken nearly City, and the County, in their relation-
ties for a wide range of African Ameri- Georgia, the larger Black constituency
a decade to get a ship with the Master Developers, Car-
cans, unlike previous development of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
deal on The ter & Associates and the Dawson
projects during the past ten years. The will have, yet again, seen the same old
Banks. The “So Company?
main criteria for accessing those op- song and dance.
what?” question
portunities comprise a fair, equal, and
was answered
open process, in all phases, from the Harold Dawson, Jr., during his public
by the commit- After a great deal of work and, yes,
development level on down, for 45% introduction to the City and County,
ment and determination of both “out- arm-twisting, victories, and conces-
of Cincinnati’s population: African made some interesting and powerful
siders” and “insiders” to finally change sions, Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Americans. Historically, Black people comments regarding his participation
the status quo. Rather than sit idly by have a plan to move forward with the
have to wait for ownership and control in The Banks as an equal partner. We
and watch The Banks be built without long-awaited Banks Project. From its
to be decided before they enter the de- are certainly proud of his company’s
the input of those who are traditionally conception, The Banks has been a hot-
velopment game, at which time the tradition and track record, and we have
“left out” of the process as well as the bed of controversy, especially among
same “chosen” circle of Black people heard good things about Carter & As-
economic benefits, the NAACP, the Cincinnati’s Black population, because
would receive a few subcontracts and sociates as well. We look forward to
AMOS Group, Trade Unions, and just of its tremendous potential to posi-
jobs. We have insisted on a different working with both. However, if there
“plain folk” said enough is enough. tively impact our local economy, the
approach with The Banks and, thus far, are no local equity investment oppor-
The “So what?” question was an- opportunity it poses for construction
we are on target. tunities, no local ownership or control
swered by our proactive response to and employment, and for the hope it
of the assets available to a broad seg-
the $700 million project. No longer brings to local entrepreneurs and their
Now what? We are not satisfied with ment of Black people in Cincinnati, we
would the reaction merely be, “They children.
the SBE, DBE, and WBE language will be asking another question: “Why
are building The Banks; so what?”
and requirements in the Terms of not?”

Christopher Smitherman Bold Leadership,


Determination,
and Vision.
for Cincinnati City Council, 2007
Paid for by Smitherman for City Council, John Harris JR. Treasurer

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choose between putting food on the most people possible? Wouldn’t it be
Unequal ZIP Codes table and visiting the doctor; and the Early Landscape and great to be excited about a politician
(con’t from p. 6) constant fear of being homeless. The whose value system appeared to be
working poor are hurting and all Cin- Groundswells solid?
When we compare the richest zip code cinnati pays a price.
in Cincinnati (45174, Terrace Park) to by Gavin Leonard Hope is More Important than the
the poorest (45203, the West End), an Janitors Offer a Solution Issues Themselves
even gloomier picture emerges. Ter- As I talk with people in the progres-
race Park's median family income Today, Cincinnati's great challenge is sive community – non-profit staffers, I won’t get into all of the politics re-
($103, 357) dwarfs that of the poorest to mitigate inequality. The best way to those connected to political offices, garding the jail tax, but I will say this
West End neighborhood ($10,362), do this is to help those at the bottom of union representatives, and others – a – I hope that we are voting in 2007 on
where residents are 26 times more the economic ladder lift themselves couple themes have begun to emerge whether or not to raise our sales tax.
likely to live below the poverty line. out of poverty. This can be done by in 2007. But not nearly so much because I dis-
Those living in Terrace Park are seven transforming dead-end service sector agree with the plan, or don’t want to
times more likely to graduate from jobs into good jobs with health care Stop Focusing on Self-Preservation see my taxes go up. I want to vote on
college and eight times more likely to that allow families to begin to move – We Need People Who Work For the jail tax because it will mean that
own a home. While 61.5 percent of the up both the skills ladder and the in- Us citizens got together and gathered the
poorest ZIP code has no access to a come ladder in the long run. The con- nearly 30,000 signatures needed to
vehicle, 30.1 percent of Terrace Park tract that more than 1,200 Cincinnati Everybody’s tired of politicians who keep democracy alive. I want to vote
residents own three or more vehicles. janitors are currently negotiating with politic for themselves rather than the on the jail tax because I think it will be
Statistically speaking, one might ex- their employers will do just that. By folks they supposedly represent. Ex- turned down in November, and then
pect these two communities to be in setting minimum standards of decency amples abound, but I’ll share one. everyone who gathered 20 signatures,
different countries or even on different that let people live a normal life, it will Laketa Cole has been catching flack went to a county commissioners meet-
continents. Yet in reality, they are only grow and strengthen the middle class, for months, her staffers have walked, ing, or spoke up on talk radio just
a few miles apart. which will make Cincinnati more and the general consensus on the ques- might feel like what they say and do
competitive in the long run. tion I’ve heard about a hundred times matters – and they’d be right! What
– “What’s going on with Laketa?” – is this city needs more than anything is
The High Cost of Working Poverty Cincinnati's business community has that she doesn’t want to lose the voting hope. It sucks that it might all happen
the resources to help create the good support of the West Side or the cam- to the soundtrack of demise of Demo-
Of course, these statistics do not tell jobs Cincinnati needs. Public compa- paign dollars promised by Jeff Berd- cratic politics in Hamilton County, but
the entire story. Inequality exacts a nies—including Procter and Gamble, ing. It’s sad to me. She gave a few of I won’t shed a tear for the lesser of
steep social cost as insecurity and Western and Southern Financial our staff last summer on the Campaign two evils. If Big D democracy (the
hopelessness take their toll on family Group, and Fifth/Third Bank—in the for Youth the book Rules for Radicals Democratic Party) takes a hit at the
and neighborhood life. The data do not region earned nearly $16.1 billion in by Sual Alinsky. If I hadn’t already expense of Little D democracy (yes,
convey what it feels like to be one ill- profits last year. They have the power passed it on (already in my collection), just democracy), then it’s been a vic-
ness or accident away from destitution to help mend a Cincinnati that has I’d send it back right about now and tory. More people getting involved in
due to lack of health coverage. Nor do been torn asunder, creating a viable remind her to read it herself. So in their communities and believing they
they tell us of the human talents that local economy that works for every- 2007, how about we vote for folks make a difference will do more for
are squandered due to undereducation; one. who don’t have scary connections and Cincinnati than a jail or two county
the stress created when one must will make decisions that benefit the commissioners ever could.

by Dylan Speeg

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Lifestyle
Keeping the Faith But fear not my fellow Cincy sports junk-
ies, help is on the way, and I'm not just
by Nick Lachey talking about the start of the high school
sports season (although in Cincinnati that is
There are moments in life that force us to ask the something to aways look forward to!).
question, "Who did I piss off to deserve this?" As an These things have proven to be cyclical,
avid Cincinnati sports fan, this is one of those such and they must change! Remember, before
moments. I wasn't born when the Bearcats had their Huggins there was Yates, before Lewis
consecutive Final Four streak and championship there was Shula...and Coslet...and Lebeau,
bragging rights. I was far too young to remember the before Clinton there was Bush....oh, and
Big Red Machine, though I still brag on them as if it after Clinton there was Bush as well.
were yesterday! I am old enough, however, to have Hmmm, well Clinton looks especially good
enjoyed my share of Cincinnati sports heartbreak. in comparison! You get the point though.
It's only through the hard times that we can
I can vividly remember my beloved Bengals losing truly appreciate the good times, and the
two of the most memorable and climactic Super good times will come once again.
Bowls ever. I'll never forget the sight of Kenyon
Martin's leg snapping in Memphis, or of my Bear- Coach Cronin can and will make the Bear-
cats losing in the Final Four to a Michigan team cats national contenders again, Coach
since cited for violations and ruled ineligible. I even Lewis has restored pride and winning to a
still carry the sting of the 1995 Reds being dismissed once defeated franchise, and the Reds will
by one of the greatest pitching staffs ever in the At- turn it around eventually because the fran-
lanta Braves, as well as Al Leiter's domination of the chise has too much history and pride not to.
1999 team in a one game playoff with the Mets. In the meantime, keep the faith and re-
member that we are fans and fans stick by
Things have seemed to get especially dire of late, their teams. Anyone who's been to Wrigley
though. The Reds are mired in last place in the knows what I mean. Imagine how good
league, the Bearcats are now known as a football Red Sox fans must have felt winning the
school whose once proud basketball team finished Series after so much frustration. So, let's
the Big East in last place, and the Bengals have be- keep going to the stadium and cheering on
come better known for their jail time than their play- our boys because we're Cincinnatians and
ing time. Our regional racetrack can't land a Nextel these are our teams, our pride, our history, and our Cincinnati native Nick Lachey has also
Cup race, the Cyclones unceremoniously fell to Day- future! Besides, the beer is still cold, the hot dogs contributed sports commentary to ESPN’s
ton, and even our 2nd division arena league team is still taste good, and the Bengal cheerleaders are still “College GameDay.”
suffering. I've heard the Harlem Globetrotters won't nice to watch.
come to town anymore for fear of losing, and they're
guaranteed to win! All we need is for the ATP to pull
the tennis tourney out of town and we'll know that
the coffin has found its final nail.
There's a lot of pride in this city and it's sports his-
tory and there will be again. That is why i'll see you
at the game!
"
phone and see if you can try an ex- amount of calcium but does not contain cholesterol
Breakfast of Champions perimental nutrition plan to coincide
with you exercise program for the
like an animal product. The organic protein powder
helps as a superb ingredient to support muscle recov-
by Zak Nordyke next three months in an attempt to ery and proper organ function.
naturally balance out your blood pressure and choles-
Last month, I wrote about a client that is “near and terol.” The doctor thought the experiment would be * Before both lunch and dinner, a fresh salad with
dear to my heart” who received tremendous benefits worth performing and he could check for improve- vinaigrette dressing and 16oz. of water would be
from a simple exercise program that I designed for ment at the end of the three months. From that day consumed to prevent any overeating.
her. This client happens to my 60 year old mother forward, there was no looking back. My mom was
who is in the best shape of her life because she de- “hooked on natural health.” * Lunch was composed of a baked or broiled lean
cided that an intelligent, nutritional regiment along meat, sweet potato or wild rice, and assorted
with staying committed to physical fitness beats the steamed vegetables. To add flavor, herbal sea-
“hell” out of taking pharmaceuticals and feeling sick sonings were used instead of traditional condi-
all the time. I mentioned in the last article that my ments
mom went from 145 lbs. and 28% body fat to
127.5lbs and 23% body fat in approximately 6 * Dinner was typically a home-cooked meal that
months. There was more that went into to her trans- consisted of all organic foods. Often the dish
formation than just hitting the weights a few days per was vegetarian because 99% of the time, plant-
week. based food contains no cholesterol.

About twelve weeks into the program, my mom had * The final element in the nutritional plan was a
lost ten pounds and appeared to have hit a plateau. fiber-rich snack, 2 hour before bed. A bran muf-
My suggestion was to formulate a nutrition plan that fin or oatmeal with soy milk was used to help
would contain plenty of nutrient-dense whole foods, the digestive track “run and eliminate properly.”
which is just complicated language for fresh vegeta-
bles, fruits, and whole grains. She insisted on seeing This simple yet non-conventional program was
the doctor first, just to make sure nothing was medi- put to the test when my mom revisited the doc-
cally wrong. When she returned from the good doc- Here is an overview of the nutritional program we tor 3 months later. The verdict was undeniable…the
tor’s office, I asked facetiously, “Did they give you utilized: program delivered serious results. The blood pressure
clearance to compete in the Iron Woman Competi- had stabilize to within a healthy range and the cho-
tion?” * Breakfast was a liquid meal that consisted of fresh lesterol was now a perfect 198 with HDL levels, bet-
fruit, flaxseed oil, soy milk and organic protein pow- ter know as good cholesterol, at optimal heights.
“No,” she said. “The doctor thinks I need medication der. Fresh fruit is loaded with essential vitamins and There was an additional nearly 10 more pounds of
for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.” the natural sugars are excellent transporters of nutri- weight loss. This is living proof that the best preven-
Just standing there with a perplexed look, I was at ents. Flaxseed oil is like a lubricant for the veins and tative medicine is a blend of physical activity and
momentary loss for words. Suddenly, out of an un- arteries which allows better blood flow. Soy milk is a smart nutrition, not a trip to the pharmacist.
comfortable silence I said, “Get the doctor on the great cow milk alternative that gives you the same

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by giving the maximum as himself,

Loophole! and as all his different companies.

To the right of this story, you will see


by Jason A. Haap, MA a nice sized advertisement for Mi-
The Dean of Cincinnati chael Earl Patton’s City Council
Campaign. There is a dollar amount
Recently, Michael Earl Patton, Senior associated with advertisements at The
Analyst for The Cincinnati Beacon Cincinnati Beacon, and we have
and candidate for City Council in given that advertisement to Patton as
2007, discovered a ruling from the an in-kind contribution to his cam-
Cincinnati Elections Commission – paign.
where they informed John Cranley
that Limited Liability Companies can Now, here is where the fun begins!
give up to $1,000 contributions to As of right now, The Cincinnati Bea-
candidates, just like human beings. con is not a company. It’s just a pro-
(Remember, LLCs are considered ject by some individuals. So, we can
“persons” under the law, which is keep giving Michael Earl Patton these
different from being a “human be- kinds of contributions as individuals
ing.”) until we reach the maximum amount.

So, this means that John Cranley dis- By then, we will likely be registered
covered a convenient way of increas- as an LLC. Then we get to start over,
ing fundraising dollars. Any individ- giving him even more in-kind contri-
ual who also owns an LLC can re- butions, well in excess of what we
peatedly give $1,000 contributions by should be able to give as individuals.
simply doing it under the name of his
or her company! At least that’s our plan. We’ll keep
you posted if it works. But if so, let’s
Let’s say, for example, that 3CDC all thank John Cranley for discover-
wanted to line the pockets of a politi- ing a loophole that allows us to give
cian. They have a large number of more to the candidates of our choos-
nested LLCs that take care of various ing than we are supposed to be al-
development projects downtown and lowed to give!
in Over-the-Rhine. Each of the
LLCs, legally considered “persons,” Nothing like some legalese from law-
could probably give $1,000 to their yer politicians to find weird ways to
favorite corporate candidates. bend the rules for making even more
money!
Or let’s say one person has a handful
of LLCs. That single person could At least we have the integrity to do
run around the contribution limit laws this openly, and with a sense of hu-
mor!

City Council, 2005 - Big Money


Contribution Amounts
Ackermann !4350 Leffler ! ! 6500
Anderson ! 5250 Lindner ! ! 67500
Atkins ! ! 4000 Maas ! ! 8000
Blackburn ! 3000 Pepper ! ! 12250
Bortz ! ! 17900 Rhein ! ! 7000
Brown ! ! 14000 Richards ! 6100
Budig, Jr. ! 4000 Rouse ! ! 4800
Cassady ! 2000 Ruby ! ! 2000
Castellini ! 11200 Rumpke ! 5250
Chavez ! ! 2500 Schiff ! ! 5800
Chesley ! 5500 Sinclaire ! 2000
Coletti ! ! 2500 Smyjunas ! 4700
Crain ! ! 11000 Verdin ! ! 2000
Davies ! ! 1000 Warm ! ! 3000
Dodds ! ! 3000 Warner ! ! 3000
Dornette ! 4750 Weiland ! 6515.87
Farmer ! ! 3000 Zimmerman !3510
Hendy ! ! 3250
Kohlhepp ! 4500 Total !256625.90

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The Soapbox
Unknown and Unendorsed: What’s
the point in running for office?
by Jason A. Haap, MA bother? What motivates work will overcome the lack
The Dean of Cincinnati these citizens to run for office of present day name recogni- Paying for
against the odds? We spoke tion and money."
Just like in 2005, over 30 with two candidates, Mitch Imaginary
candidates have entered the Painter and Steve Pavelish, It's a nice sentiment – that
race for Cincinnati City about these issues. hard work can overcome the Flushes
Council in 2007. Nineteen power of easy money – but
candidates have been en- Mitch Painter remains confi- history does not support the by Michael Earl Patton
dorsed by a party, which dent in his fundraising abili- case. In 2005, Paul McGhee
means nineteen candidates ties despite having no en- (my brother-in-law) ran one It seems obvious, but people gen-
will get lots of fundraising dorsement. "I am confident of the hardest working cam- Mitch Painter lacks an en- erally use less of something if
dollars and media exposure. that I will be able to raise a paigns of the race. McGhee dorsement, but he says he has they have to pay for it. Most peo-
And if history is a guide, the substantial amount of was not endorsed by a party. the fundraising ability to be-
come a serious contender. ple would assume that the more
rest of the candidates – the money," explained Painter. Where did his hard work lead they use, the more they pay. The
unknown and the unendorsed "My family has proven itself him? To his credit, he was more you drive, the more gasoline
– will rank at the bottom of to have the political courage the top vote earner of any you have to buy, and the more you
the polls. They will get rela- necessary to push our city unendorsed candidate, which a large scale that Cincinnati
pay for that gasoline. The more
tively few fundraising dol- forward at a rapid rate. A means he came in 18th place is the new ‘Green’ city and
you run your air conditioner, the
lars, and even fewer mentions large group of businessmen, behind the 17 endorsed can- follow through on this prom-
more you pay in electricity. No
in the so-called mainstream lawyers, and environmentally didates. ise. From ‘green’ develop-
one would ever imagine a system
press. So why do they conscious people are all sup- ment to mandatory recycling
where one paid for running the air
porting me. Anyone who So why bother? to a better transportation sys-
conditioner 24 hours a day, 7 days
knows of me and what I do tem, we must do these things
a week, no matter if it were turned
supports me!" "Our environment is in des- and many more now!"
on or off. Yet something similar
perate need of attention," ex- happens to many customers when
Pavelish, who admits he has plained Painter. "We can no Pavelish's inspiration comes
they pay their water bills.
significantly less fundraising longer produce the carbon from different observations
abilities, still maintains opti- emissions of the past and ex- about things like recycling. "I
For Cincinnati residents and many
mism. "I am at a disadvan- pect to survive as a species. noticed that some of the old
in the suburbs, the Greater Cin-
tage financially not being Hamilton County has the Council members from years
cinnati Water Works sends out the
endorsed by a party and not 18th worst air quality in the ago were being recycled to
bills not only for the water, but
having its big money people entire nation. To be attractive run again because of this
also for the Metropolitan Sewer
holding fundraising events," to people and businesses name recognition and Party
District (MSD). Unless you have
admits Pavelish. "But I do looking to move here we loyalty," explained Pavelish.
a septic tank, you pay for your
Steven Pavelish believe that hard campaign need to send the message on water twice -- once as it comes
(con’t p. 11)
out of the faucet or shower head,
and again as it goes down the
a diesel hybrid, as are some drain. Most of the charge is for
A Dark Vision, with Streetcars busses? The overhead wires when it goes down the drain.
are a visual clutter, an extra
by Michael Earl Patton attained by an improved bus way. Then they don't move expense, and are a mainte- There is a base rate for the clean
system. So, is there another with traffic, but faster. nance item themselves. water, and an additional charge for
Because the proposal for Cin- reason? I have come up with the amount. For a single-family
cinnati streetcars is the focus a possibility, but it is a dark Proponents claim that a And the emphasis does seem house in Cincinnati the base
of a major publicity cam- vision, and I hope that it is streetcar line shows everyone to be on constructing electric charge is $10.75 per quarter; to
paign, I have wondered if wrong. that the city has made a streetcar lines. Here's where this is added a charge of $1.67 per
there are motivations other commitment. Apparently the the vision gets dark. Suppose hundred cubic feet, or ccf, of wa-
than the ones we have been First, I lived for a year in a hundreds of millions spent on "peak oil" is very close. Sup- ter used (up to 60 ccf, after which
told. After all, $100 million city with streetcars and loved two stadiums, the relocation pose that almost all the oil the use charges go down some-
is a lot to pay for what is ba- them. Regardless of cost, of Fort Washington Way, the fields are in terminal decline what).
sically a bus on rails. Most of they really come into their convention center, and Foun- or soon will be. Suppose the
the reasons given are warm own only where they have at tain Square, are insufficient. oil situation is far worse than The sewer charges are handled
and fuzzy; the rest could be least some dedicated right-of- But if we would just spend a anyone is publicly saying, differently. A single-family house
$100 million more, that and the natural gas situation in Cincinnati is charged for send-
would tip the balance. is also very severe. All of the ing 900 cubic feet down the drain
non-government people who
Then we are told that riders have tried to analyze the (con’t on p. 11)
can see the tracks and imme- situation complain that most
diately tell the general direc- of the needed data are gov-
tion where the streetcar goes. ernment secrets.
This is very true and con-
forms to my own experience. Oil is vital to our economy,
But the same could be done especially transportation of
with a broad colored stripe goods. Natural gas is used to
down the street corresponding make fertilizer so that, for
to a bus route much as hospi- now at least, we produce a
tals do to direct people to the food surplus. If supplies
different departments. And were to tighten we would ex-
even if rails must be used, pect oil and natural gas prices
why do the streetcars have to
run via electricity provided (con’t p. 11)
by overhead wires? Why not

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means that we shouldn't do everything Those who would automatically dis-
Unendorsed! we can to work with big businesses Streetcars miss this hypotheses must consider
(con’t from p. 10) though because they are a large part of that our government has already de-
our economic stability." (con’t from p. 10) cided that production of ethanol shall
For Pavelish, too many politicians take precedence over cheaper food.
Pavelish agreed. "I don't believe that to escalate and the U.S. to send troops Also, the governments at the recent G-
treat service to the City as a part time
lobbyists would find me an attractive to protect its oil supplies. Food prices 8 conference rejected the idea of re-
job, and he wants to run on a platform
target," he said. "Yes. I will take a would climb as millions of bushels of ducing greenhouse gasses. In this
about being available to serve Cincin-
pledge to make public any and all corn are diverted to make ethanol, a dark vision, oil and natural gas use
nati in a full-time capacity.
meetings that I or a staff member partial substitute for gasoline. All of declines, but coal (an even bigger
would have with a registered lobby- these things have indeed started to greenhouse gas contributor) use would
If a political outsider were to win a
ist." happen. go up.
seat to City Council, how would Cin-
cinnati's power structure respond?
Can we find such bold resolve – to But what happens as the situation gets So far I have not been able to come up
With no inside roads established
pledge to make public all contact with increasingly worse? There could be with another, fully fleshed-out hy-
through political contributions, would
lobbyists – from the big money candi- general unrest and even food riots. pothesis. Maybe it's just boys who
a victorious independent get hit with
dates? When we asked a number of The rich would want to move back never out-grew their love for trains.
intense lobbying from corporate inter-
candidates and the incumbents to take into the city where they can be better Maybe it's because streetcars routes,
ests? We asked Painter and Pavelish
the pledge, only David Crowley protected by the police. (Of course, by their nature, lend themselves to
if they would agree to make public
agreed. Let’s see if he shares details! there would have to be a bigger jail to government control freaks. Bus
every meeting they had with regis-
(Greg Harris said these details are hold the troublemakers who refused to routes can change with the next ad-
tered lobbyists, should they win.
already public record.) Maybe this is move to make room for the rich.) ministration, but streetcar routes are
one of the biggest elements that sepa- Those who live in the inner city, who much harder to change.
"I would be more than happy to make
rates the endorsed from the unen- would now be mostly the well-to-do
all meetings with lobbyists public re-
dorsed: a willingness to hear special and rich, wouldn't have to worry so But maybe the dark vision is correct.
cord," stated Painter. "In all honesty
interests in secret. much about transportation fuel since "[W]hen you have eliminated the im-
lobbying in our government is a very
the streetcars would be powered by possible, then whatever remains, how-
suspicious act in and of itself, being
We wish Painter and Pavelish well. electricity. The electricity can come ever improbable, must be the truth"
that large companies get their needs
Regular citizens running against the from coal, nuclear, or renewables. (spoken by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
heard and often addressed before any-
one else. I am not saying by any odds are a more likely source for hon- Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of
esty in any political campaign. Four).

You Say "Hip", I Say "Huh?": Where is Hip Hop In Cincinnati? Flushes
by M.O. (con’t from p. 10)
As a kid born and raised in Evanston, plus a charge for any amount above
why is it that everyone I know–kids that. It doesn't matter if one actually
as young as seven years old–have no uses less than 900 ccf -- I myself only
goals any higher than getting on used 420 cubic feet in the past quarter.
"Crime Stoppers?" My generation, Still, I was charged for the full 900,
and generations under me, grow up which came to $56.40. This is over
too readily into stereotypes set up for and above the charge for the fresh
their race. My name is M.O, and I'm water itself, which was $7.01.
a new leader of the Hip Hop Con-
gress for youth. There is therefore almost no incentive
for many of us to save water. If I
Growing up in Cincinnati, I've found were to cut my usage in half, I would
that there are few, if any, legit venues save only $3.50 in fresh water charges
for youth – let alone hip hop or "ur- and still have to pay $56.40 for the
ban" youth – to express themselves, sewage, even though the amount sent
perform, or just generally have fun in down the drain was also cut in half.
a safe environment. It's no wonder Yet MSD tells us that the sewer plants
there's so much violent crime and need activity to keep citizens happy, are given opportunities to build often cannot handle the usage so they
outlash when there are no places for healthy and creative, and Cincinnati foundations for themselves and oth- will be investing hundreds of millions
kids to just be themselves. This is is a place that has always disap- ers, that decision becomes much eas- to expand capacity. Shouldn't the
why I was so excited when I heard pointed me in that aspect. Then peo- ier. When it's been proven time and charges be designed to encourage
about "Elementz", the OTR-based ple (generally older folks) complain again that venues like Elementz are water-saving? I had been trying to
Hip Hop Youth Center that has been when they see herds of kids out on so effective in helping kids like me, save water, and was even considering
offering free, well-needed opportuni- the street all summer long–well, If there are no excuses for not allowing a water-saving type washer, but why
ties for at-risk youth to learn break- there were somewhere to go or some- kids that drive to succeed. What we should I invest extra money?
dance, DJ-ing and graffiti techniques, thing to do, I'd probably be there do- need now are more places that offer
as well as making beats in the record- ing it! Though artistic, progressive similar services; This, by the way, does not affect
ing studio since 2005. venues such as Baba Budan's, The apartments and most condos because
Greenwich, Top Cat's, The Mad What we need now is for the general they almost always share a single me-
Despite how fantastic Elementz has Frog, and a couple other spots offer public (schools, business owners, ter and so their total usage is high.
proven as a way to get kids off the acoustic or hip-hop open mic nights, parents, anybody) to see this suc- Households that use a lot of water are
street, I think we need more. Ele- activity at them and accessibility to cess, acknowledge hip hop as a posi- also not affected. But somewhat per-
mentz is open mainly three days a young people (these nights are often tive thing, and to give us the support versely, it affects precisely those
week, and recording sessions are 18+ or 21+) is few and far between. and resources that we need to households that use relatively little
only one hour long; as someone who achieve. Otherwise, we will never water. The more successful they are
basically lives on the Metro, not eve- I will not lie: It's summer, and I am see a change in the way we're headed at saving water, the more they pay per
ryone has a schedule that works like bored. Bored, bored, bored, with the as a city. gallon. They wind up paying for
that. A kid coming down from Mt. few things this city has to offer me. I imaginary shower drain water and
Healthy, who relies on Elementz as myself am an on-the-rise local musi- There are no excuses. toilet flushes.
their only real outlet for expression, cian; I record my own music, sell my
can't always make it down. Not only own music, and put most of my time
that, but for real–the year is 2007, into self-promotion, and I know it's a Want to help support Cincinnati’s most exciting media
and I have same problem I always fact that my love for music has kept movement? The Cincinnati Beacon has great advertising
have: there is nothing to do in Cin- me out of trouble the past couple of
cinnati.
rates! For more information, contact us via email or
years.
voicemail: dean@cincinnatibeacon.com
Maybe it's just my ADD generation Making the decision to be a leader
that thinks so, but I'm pretty sure you and not a punk is hard, but when kids (513) 407-4233

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The Dean’s Phrase Maze
H E B E R A L

T G N I D K E

N G V Y T O T

O R A T O G A

D E A R F F T

P P I R T E H

O ! N A I L E

H D N A N O C

! Start in the top right corner, and draw a line through any
side (top, left, right, bottom), without crossing, and the
path of the maze will spell out this month’s phrase.

HINT: End at the exclamation point.

Last month’s phrase: “Jeff Berding will lose in Novem-


ber please”

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