Ohio’s little-known contribution to 1964 Civil Rights Act

Ohio’s little-known contribution to 1964 Civil Rights Act

The 50th anniversary of the enacting of the 1964 Civil Rights Act got plenty of attention earlier this month, but there is a piece of the story that has a lot to do with Ohio, though it’s little remembered today. William M. McCulloch, a longtime congressman from the Miami Valley, was instrumental in creating and passing that law and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His rarely told story is now the subject of the biography, “McCulloch of Ohio: For The Republic,” by Mark Bernstein. Bernstein, now based in Washington, D.C., is a former Yellow Springs resident who has written a number of book about Ohio and Dayton-area history.


Readers’ thoughts on gay marriage

In this column, we recently asked whether Ohio law should acknowledge same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

Here are some responses:

Freedom requires that one is allowed to do anything that does not restrict the freedom of someone else. No one loses freedom by granting marriage benefits to gays and their children. Consequently, the appellate court cannot uphold Ohio’s 2004 amendment banning gay marriage.




Blind ideological justice

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.”

By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality.


What needs resetting

The bodies of 298 passengers and crew of Malaysia Air Flight 17, 80 of them children, lie unburied in a Ukrainian field while Vladimir Putin’s men fire their weapons into the air to keep international investigators from approaching the site. Yes, “Putin’s men.” Calling them “Russian separatists” unnecessarily dignifies them. They are supplied, armed and trained by the despot in the Kremlin.


Illness threatens the best of barbecuers

This could be a terrifying tale right out of the Book of Meat Science Fiction, only this one isn’t fiction.

It involves the elemental bond between humans and the critters we like to cook on a grill, or roast, or saute.

But that could all end, because a tiny bloodthirsty bug known as the lone star tick carries something that can trigger a rare and mysterious meat allergy.


Reader’s thoughts about CDC safety

CDC needs outside audits

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Infectious Diseases issued a progress report regarding prevention of infectious diseases last year. The report was meant to be a roadmap to improve the ability to prevent known infectious disease and to control rare and highly dangerous new emerging threats. The charges of this office are to strengthen public health fundamentals, including infectious disease surveillance, laboratory detection and epidemiologic investigation, identify and implement high-impact public health interventions to reduce infectious diseases, develop and advance policies to prevent, detect, and control infectious diseases.


Playfulness may combat stress

From The Boston Globe: “Researchers are discovering that playfulness, as a personality trait, is not only complex but consequential. People who exhibit high levels of playfulness — those who are predisposed to being spontaneous, outgoing, creative, fun-loving, and lighthearted — appear to be better at coping with stress, more likely to report leading active lifestyles, and more likely to succeed academically.


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