The Oberlin Review

Voting Rights Crucial to America’s Future

Alice Koeninger, Contributing Writer

October 6, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Over the past nine months, the American Civil Liberties Union has taken a prominent role in fighting the Trump administration’s attempts to oppress marginalized communities across the country. Many of the ACLU’s battles take place in the courts and seem distant from everyday activism, but their outcomes impact daily life. The policies set down by this administration are so blatantly discriminatory that facing them as an individual can be overwhelming and terrifying — having institutional support from a group accustomed to fighting battles for civil liberties is both helpful and comforting. One of those battles is for one of our most important civil responsibilities: voting. Voting in a non-presidential election may ...

Pillich Offers Pragmatic Choice for Ohio Voters

Ezra Andres-Tysch and Harris Walker

September 22, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Although it seems that the last election cycle only just ended, it is already time to start thinking about the upcoming races this academic year. While smaller in scale than the presidential race we all just endured, these elections are incredibly important — especially in such a politically fragile time. This is why the Oberlin College Democrats, in partnership with local grassroots activist group Lorain County Rising, have invited every candidate for the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination to speak at Oberlin leading up to this spring’s primary. These forums are an opportunity for Oberlin students and community members to engage with candidates for governor in a race that will not feature curre...

Ohio Must End Death Penalty, Torture

Editorial Board

April 7, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: This article discusses the death penalty, rape, and murder. The last time the state of Ohio ended a life with capital punishment, Dennis McGuire choked, gasped for air and writhed in agony for 26 minutes before finally dying. Unable to procure reliable lethal execution drugs — the Danish company that produces them now refuses to sell to the U.S. government — Ohio decided to experiment with an untested drug cocktail that had never been used in an execution. Doctors told state officials that McGuire might suffocate to death; they decided to run the risk and suffocated him anyway. As the old adage goes, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” McGuire’s crime — raping and murdering a pregna...

Protest Votes Selfish With Trump at Stake

September 30, 2016

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Ohio’s electoral votes have favored the winning candidate in 93 percent of presidential elections since 1900, and most polls currently show Republican nominee Donald Trump winning Ohio by a small margin this November. With so much at stake in the Buckeye state, now is not the time for a protest vote. While most Obies will likely not cast a ballot for Trump, they might commit an act just as dangerous by voting for a third-party candidate this election or deciding not to vote at all. Perhaps this decision is motivated by a desire to abstain from an election in which many feel like they must choose between “the lesser of two evils.” Or maybe some are still riding Senator Bernie Sanders’ momentum from the primary a...

Issue 3 Will Boost Ohio’s Economy

Aaron Pressman, Columnist

September 25, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for nonviolent possession of marijuana in the U.S. In 2010, the U.S. spent over $3.5 billion on marijuana law enforcement. In 2012, 42.4 percent of FBI drug arrests were for marijuana. The war on drugs has failed, and draconian, racist and expensive marijuana laws must be taken off the books. Come November, Ohio voters will have the ability to vote “Yes” on Issue 3 and legalize both medical and recreational marijuana in the state. Voting in favor of this initiative will save lives, help counteract mass incarceration and boost Ohio’s economy. Issue 3 is a fairly straightforward marijuana legalization measure, similar to those of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washingto...

Governor Vetoes Out-of-State Student Voting Provision

Governor Vetoes Out-of-State Student Voting Provision

April 3, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, line-item vetoed a provision in a transportation bill this Wednesday — a provision that some argued would, if put into effect, create unnecessary barriers to voting for out-of-state students. The Oberlin College Democrats, joining in the push to remove this provision from the bill, wrote a resolution in opposition that Student Senate unanimously endorsed over spring break. “The reality is that we live here, and we deserve to have our say, and that shouldn’t...

Brine Storage, Not Fracking, Warrants Concern

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Contributing Writer

March 6, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Just last week, Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled that the decision to ban hydraulic fracking can only be made by the state government and no longer by county and city municipalities. As staff writer Bob Downing summarized in the Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 17, “The decision takes local control of drilling away from communities and supports the state as the continued main overseer of drilling.” The 4–3 vote comes to the great disappointment of many in our community, as it counteracts the city of Oberlin’s Nov. 2013 vote to prohibit all extraction of natural gases in this district. While the Supreme Court’s decision is a definite step back, it should be used as motivation to refocus our attention within the lo...

Groups Collect Signatures for Legal Marijuana

Katherine Kingma

February 13, 2015

Filed under Community News, NEWS

ResponsibleOhio, a large and well-funded group pushing for the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Ohio, listed the city of Lorain as one of 10 suggested growing locations around the state in ballot language released this past Monday. The group is one of many marijuana legalization organizations in Ohio. However, proposals regarding what weed legalization should look like vary, with many organizations raising questions about who should be able to grow, sell or use and for what reasons. Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis supports legalizing marijuana for all adults, and representative Tonya Davis emphasized the personal, rather than financial, benefit to legalization. “Right now, marijuana is...

Obies Must Support Public Transit

Jillian Hostetler, College sophomore

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It’s no secret that the millennial generation is recognized as an agent of change. Millennials are already hailed as people who will take the ideas of past generations and make them a reality. As Oberlin students, this is something many of us realize. In a lot of ways, we have already taken action to benefit the world around us. We are known as a place where people have strong opinions that they stand up and fight for. We know what we want the world around us to look like, so we aim to change whatever holds us back, whether that is a social norm or a public policy. Earlier this year, Governor of Ohio John Kasich approved a $3 billion transportation plan, with most of the money going towards...

Local Restaurants Host OCS Fundraiser

Local Restaurants Host OCS Fundraiser

October 10, 2014

Oberlin Community Services will be partnering with WOBC next week to host Oberlin’s first-ever Restaurant Week. This event will be a fundraiser for OCS to help the organization keep up with increasing demand for its services, which include programs such as food distribution and mentoring in support of those without financial resources. Five local businesses and organizations will be participating: The Feve, Slow Train Cafe, Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, Burgermeister food truck and the Rota...

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