The three-game suspension for Urban Meyer was the right call by OSU’s Board of Trustees.
Ohio State’s Board of Trustees handed Mr. Meyer a three-game suspension (suspended for Oregon State, allowed to prep team for Rutgers and TCU, but not be on the sideline during the games) for not completely reporting the alleged abuse by his former assistant coach Zach Smith to his then wife Courtney Smith back in 2015, and for lying about his knowledge of this situation at this year’s B1G Ten Media Day.
Additionally, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith will be suspended from August 31 to September 16 for his part in all of this.
This situation returns to the question of Urban Meyer’s indirect loyalty to his mentor Earle Bruce for putting and keeping his grandson on his staff despite Zach Smith’s problems stemming from 2009 that has rightly been pushed to the top of public concern and scrutiny in the #MeToo era in 2018.
Now to the question of this football season.
Will Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension ultimately hobble the high aspirations of the 2018 Buckeye football team?
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If Ohio State, with all of its talent—veterans and rising stars—cannot defeat Oregon State and Rutgers by at least one point without Urban Meyer on the sidelines, then this team has problems beyond any three-game suspension. However, The OSU Buckeyes will beat the OSU Beavers and Scarlet Knights so that’s a non-issue.
And let’s not forget that this Ohio State team has very capable assistant coaches who were hired by Urban Meyer and they are, like the players, a collection of veterans and rising stars.
While the players have been deliberately kept from speaking with the press during this process, Buckeye football players and coaches will likely use their coach’s three-game suspension as a galvanizing moment for this season on the field and up in the booth.
Now if Ohio State ends up beating TCU, then they’ve just beaten the Horned Frogs and, equally important, national expectations.
If Ohio State is 2-0 and then loses to TCU in a non-blowout sans Urban Meyer on the sideline yet wins out the rest of the season, then they just might receive the benefit of the doubt from the Playoff Committee if the team’s only (potential) negative performance on the field was without their head coach—barring any new bombshell evidence against Urban Meyer—when the next moment of truth for the 2018 football Buckeyes arrives later this fall.
The passage of Ohio’s recent “heartbeat bill,” signed by Governor DeWine, marks a massive and distressing win in the conservative quest to outright ban abortion. All parties supporting the bill—from DeWine to legislators and lobbyists—are well aware that the action will be blocked by courts as they uphold Roe v. Wade, which protects the right to abortion until 24 weeks gestation. We should be frightened as we explore whether their big picture goal is to get Roe v. Wade overturned by the decidedly conservative Court.
By banning abortion after a heartbeat is detected, the law prohibits abortion as early as eight weeks, well before many women know they are pregnant. Add in the already mandatory twenty-four hour waiting period between first appointment and procedure, and the likelihood of legal abortion for even a pregnancy detected early seems slim. The law is an blatant attempt to ban women’s right to choose.
The Guttmacher Institute found that 1 in 4 women has had an abortion before age 45. The Pew Research Center found that 58% of Americans support legal abortion in all or most cases, with polarizing views against abortion coming mostly from Republican and religious Americans. These statistics fail to depict, though, how traumatic the impact can be for women forced to carry a child to term when she does not have the means or support to do so. The law is meant to protect the fetus at a term that is far earlier than the 22 to 24 weeks at which it is viable, all at the cost of the mother.
Heartbeat bills do not ban abortion; they ban legal abortion. I think of a sign I saw during the
2017 Women’s March: a metal coat hanger with the words “WE WON’T GO BACK” scrawled
below. The passage of this recent law achingly raises questions of whether or not we will go
Women who now find themselves pregnant could have their lives forever changed. Even if they
choose to surrender the baby after birth, the cost of a pregnancy is astronomical and healthcare
is far from a certainty in this country. If the pregnancy was caused by rape, the potential for
trauma only escalates. Women will have few places to turn, with the most vulnerable unable to
seek safe healthcare and the potential high for maternal deaths as part of botched abortions.
The ACLU and other organizations are already moving to challenge the ban in court. I can’t
shake the looming feeling that these challenges will only play into the hands of those
anti-abortion supporters, and that we may be entering the most important fight of our generation
in this fight for a woman’s right to choose.
Last weekend, a man entered a synagogue in Poway, California armed with a rifle. The Washington Post reports that prior to him entering the place of worship, the accused shooter wrote a 7-page letter about his hatred for Jewish people. He believed killing them would “glorify God.” Below is an op-ed from one Columbus mother who believes Ohio should be taking a stronger stance against guns following of the Poway tragedy.
Even in light of this past weekend’s synagogue shooting, DeWine is still unwilling to change Ohio’s gun laws. He is, however, advocating for Ohio to pass a red flag law, which would allow law enforcement to seize guns from individuals deemed a societal risk.
This isn’t the first time the red flag law was floated in the Ohio Legislature. In the wake of last year’s Parkland High School shooting in Florida, former Gov. Kasich backed the proposed law, which ultimately failed to gain support.
Opposition to the legislation stems from Republican lawmakers’ belief that it infringes on the constitution rights to bear arms and proper due process of law. However, 14 other states have already implemented the red flag law.
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Moms Demand Action, a national gun control organization, notes that 42% of attackers exhibit warning signs before shootings occur. And although this legislation would only be a small step in the right direction, it could help save lives.
But ultimately, statistics don’t matter to politicians, who are dependent on dollars from the gun lobby. And until our elected officials decide that Ohioans‘ safety comes first, any measure, regardless of how small and sensible, will fail.
Ohio Republicans need to take a long hard look at their agenda and ask themselves if it truly serves our needs. Which is more important: our children feeling safe at school or campaign contributions?
The red flag law is a common-sense measure, and while it’s a far cry from where Ohio gun restriction needs to be, it’s certainly a start.
On a warm and windy day in April, after bringing everyone in the (614) the 4-11, I had the immense pleasure of enjoying taste profiles, textures, and pairings unlike anything else I’ve experienced in all my 24 years.
The scene: Veritas. The food: Josh Dalton’s new Chef’s Tasting Menu
As Columbus’ only exclusively tasting menu experience, Veritas takes all the guesswork out of ordering and puts all its confidence into a small, meticulously-crafted, multi-course menu. Never having experienced a tasting menu before, I didn’t know what to expect, but having read a great deal about Veritas prior to my visit, my expectations were high.
Boy, did they deliver.
My guest and I were seated front and center at a table with a view of the pristine kitchen. Hm, dinner and a show, I thought as I met eyes with a man wearing a white chefs coat through the glass. We both smiled. I was excitedly nervous! Veritas was tastefully decorated, lit lowly, and populated by middle aged people wearing mostly business formal attire who, I guessed, were fluent in the language and etiquette of tasting menus. I spun my nose ring nervously.
Then, our host Mitch approached us and put my nerves at ease. He delivered two Snapdragon cocktails (Junmai sake-based and gorgeous) and warmly welcomed us to Veritas.
Our snacks would be right out, Mitch said. But, the snacks we got weren’t like any Fritos or Rice Krispy treats I’d had before. Three bite-sized goodies spaced out evenly on a long white plate lay before me and my grumbling stomach.
Course 1 Snacks
First (left to right) was a small radish dipped in rendered A5 Waygy beef tallow and sprinkled with smoke sea salt—savory beyond belief. I finished the radish and impolitely dabbed up the salt remnants with my fingertip. Next was a walnut cheddar wine cracker topped with whipped smokey blue cheese roasted red grape, balsamic reduction—delectable. And the grand finale: New Zealand Deep-Sea Red Crab salad wrapped in daikon radish, topped with chive. I could’ve eaten a bale of this seafood concoction.
But alas, Veritas likes to keep you hungry as not to spoil any of the riches ahead.
This delicacy is made from a molded goat cheese shell, filled with a beet-based foam, and garnished with compressed apples and tarragon. The cold and airy feel of the foam, sweet firmness of the shell, chewiness of the apples, and freshness of the tarragon all joined hands and sang “Kumbaya” as I consumed. Or, maybe that was me singing…
This was by far the best and most complex mix of flavors and textures I had ever had.
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Course 3 Celeriac + Frisee + Black Garlic
I was already juggling my cocktail, my mildly sweet and tart champagne flute from the snack course, and a glass of white wine from the last course when the knowledgable Veritas Sommelier delivered a glasses of “orange” wine to the table. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it, too: no, the wine is not made from oranges, but rather blends both the red and white style of winemaking to create a unique vino. Don’t mind if I do, I thought as I indulged.
As I wolfed down this obscure looking but totally delicious dish, I had absolutely no idea what Celeriac was and my only knowledge about croquet exists because of the movie Alice in Wonderland. Beneath the frisee salad and bursting beads of smoked trout roe was a black garlic sauce-soaked celery root lightly fried in bread crumbs. This was the first warm dish and I was officially in love with Celeriac. Still not sold on the game of croquet.
Course 4 Monkfish + Prosciutto + Hen of the Woods
Prosciutto wrapped anything is a delicacy. Prosciutto wrapped monkfish is a prize. And I was just straight up spoiled with the sautéed hen of the woods mushrooms.
Course 5 Way Flank + Sunflower + Pomegranate
Wagyu, come to mama. Twice pan-seared—once in garlic and butter—laying on a bed of pomegranate yuzukoshu black garlic reduction that I could see myself swimming in a vat of. This was my favorite course by a mile. My only complaint is that my affection for it far outweighed its actual weight.
Course 6 Gjegost + Lychee + Sumac
Full disclosure, the ingredients in this dish may as well have been written in another language, because I had never heard of gjetost foam, lychee sorbet, or sumac. But, it cooly calmed my palate and I was a happy little lychee.
Course 7 Butternut Squash “Tart”
Ah, the seventh and final course. Plated to perfection, the dessert entree was a modest one, bringing in savory profiles and unique textures. My favorite bites were those of the sponge cake and mole ice cream. Call me traditional.
Coming in at $75, the Chef’s Tasting isn’t going to be your Thursday Happy Hour Plans. But, that’s okay because what it does offer is a uniquely special experience that cannot be had anywhere else in the city. Everyone can can offer 1/2 off appetizers, only Veritas can delivery an exceptionally high level of service, quality, taste, character, and creativity each and every time.
Veritas is located at 11 West Gay Street and is open 5pm – 10pm Tuesday through Saturday. To learn more about Veritas and the Tasting Menus, visit Veritas.com.