The Press Newspaper
I recently perused my column files for the annual Press Clutter Olympics and sent these dog-eared, yellowed clippings to the recycle bin.
Today, California and Colorado are experimenting with decriminalizing marijuana, which could be the first step in legalizing, regulating and taxing it to help pay for government services. Legalization won’t be a panacea, however. Home growers will undercut corporate growers in price, thieves will break into homes to steal the crop and many tokers will avoid paying the tax by buying on the black market. Given all that, the experiment is welcome as it gives states more solid information on which to base modern drug policy.
A 1984 column in Advertising Age stating the American household averaged under three persons for the first time in history. The decline continues 26 years later. The U.S. Census Bureau now pegs it at 2.53. The average household consists of less than one child. We already know one result of this demographic shift. Painful change is here for school districts who will find it increasingly harder to downsize their systems and pass levies.
This population loss, a moribund economy, an expanded Westfield Mall at Franklin Park and two new lifestyle shopping centers at Levis Commons and Fallen Timbers have made the Woodville Mall irrelevant for many shoppers.
Toledo was pushing regionalism at the time, citing the advantages Indianapolis had by consolidating government. However, Oregon and Northwood distrusted Toledo, the bully that once attempted to annex their industrial areas and take their tax revenue. The distrust in still here, but sub-regionalism has had some success. Oregon and Northwood have cooperated on the Meijer and Menards projects. Meanwhile, Toledo has formed joint economic development zones with Oregon, Lake Township and Troy Township. Trust takes time.
A compilation of national stories about the O J Simpson case. The stories raised questions about the black-white divide in racial relations in 1994. Black America believed The Juice was innocent of murdering his ex-wife and her friend; white America not so much. Thirteen years later, neither black nor white America believed The Juice was innocent when he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in another matter. He’s currently behind bars, leaving no one to search the golf courses for the murderer of Nicole Brown Simpson
I vowed the same. You can’t profess to support family values unless you commit the time.
I think I’ll put this one back in the file until the next Clutter Olympics.
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