Editorial: Enough with the dog-whistle politics

In this weekly column, the editorial board celebrates successes from across our region and calls out those who stand in the way of progress.

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Wishing a speedy recovery to Cincinnati Police Officer Ronald Schultz, who was struck by a bullet in the forearm when a fellow officer opened fire on a suspect who pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband and charged at officers. Schultz is expected to make a full recovery, but the incident is a reminder of the dangers police face every day in apprehending criminals and keeping our city streets safe. Schultz and the other officers involved have our gratitude.

The little things can tell you a lot about the quality of life in a city. That’s why no one should overlook the significance of what city workers did Thursday when they painted a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet crosswalk at 12th and Vine streets in Over-the-Rhine in honor of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ community. It might seem like a small development, but it represents the progress Cincinnati – a city which once prohibited offering LGBTQ people protections against discrimination – has made toward being more inclusive. Kudos to Councilman Chris Seelbach for proposing the idea last year and to the anonymous donor who covered the $8,000 cost. The Queen City can take pride in its new pride crosswalk.

Cincinnati’s riverfront is going to new heights this weekend. About 150 feet to be exact. The SkyStar observation wheel will make its debut on Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Banks and will have special extended hours for the Labor Day weekend. The 15-story observation wheel will sit on Freedom Way across from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and has 36 climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six people. The attraction is…

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