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Ben Marrison

Columbus, Ohio
As seen in: The Columbus Dispatch

Alan D. Miller is Editor of The Columbus Dispatch / Retweets are not endorsements.

The Inside Story | Ben Marrison commentary: Thank you for 16 years of reading and writing — At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, I stood in the spot where I began my career at The Dispatch to tell my fantastic team I was ending it. (A staff member immediately raced to the window behind me to make sure it was locked.)

Benjamin J. Marrison commentary: ‘Dispatch’ to turn another page with new owner — An 87-year-old woman called the newsroom in tears on Thursday morning after learning that The Dispatch is being sold. She has read the paper her entire life, she said, and feels like she is losing a friend. The paper isn't closing, thank goodness. It's changing hands.

Benjamin Marrison commentary: So many ‘Dispatch’ readers pay it forward — I have something to share that should warm your heart. A hand-written letter that came to me recently made me pause, and reminded me of how many caring people we have in our community.

Some Ohio income-tax refunds are whoppers — Guess the size of the largest Ohio income-tax refund check in the past five years. Guess again. Bigger. Still bigger. If your guess isn't in the mid-seven figures, you're not even close. It was $5,002,300. Who said taxes couldn't be fun? With the stress of Wednesday's tax deadline building, it's a good time for some tax trivia.

Benjamin J. Marrison commentary: ‘Dispatch’ readers can help define ‘local news’

The Inside Story | Benjamin J. Marrison: Placement of stories a subjective endeavor — Wednesday's front page featured a story reporting that airline fees had more than quadrupled between 2007 and 2013. Quadrupled. From $1.4 billion to $6.2 billion. That's billion with a "b." That story, by business Reporter Steve Wartenberg, is the kind of coverage I like to see because it represents our mission to watch out for you.

Elder abuse definitions updated with House-approved proposal — A bill aimed at improving responses to elder abuse victims got unanimous support from the Ohio House today. House Bill 24 would update Ohio's current definitions for elder abuse, which are "significantly outdated," said prime sponsor, Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea.

Benjamin J. Marrison commentary: Reports scrutinize nationwide road woes — Everyone wants good roads, but no one wants to pay for them. An editor in our newsroom saw that on a friend's Facebook status update one day last fall, and it made an impression. That off-hand comment from a caterer in Georgia led to the report on our nation's infrastructure that you see on today's front page - and in papers across America.

Benjamin J. Marrison commentary: Placement of ‘Fifty Shades’ stories riles some readers — Story placement in the newspaper is often a point of debate, usually rooted in an individual's political leanings. That debate intensifies when it touches on a taboo or highly controversial topic. And the movie Fifty Shades of Grey is high on the controversy scale as it offended just about everybody even before its release.

Benjamin Marrison commentary: We analyze state budget with readers in mind — If you care about your money, the future of your children and state, the regulations surrounding things such as nursing homes, dependent-care providers and charter schools, you need to pay attention to what state officials are discussing. We're digging into different aspects of the budget daily.
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