Theodore Decker, The Columbus Dispatch

Theodore Decker

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Theodore:

Theodore Decker: Recent shootings in Columbus show a cycle of violence that must be broken

A recent report on homicides in Columbus found that many are the work of a very few individuals, who tend to be both victims and perpetrators. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Ohio's State Board of Education stand on 'division' has unexpected consequences

The State Board of Education replaced an anti-racism resolution with one condemning teachings that "seek to divide." That might have been a mistake. → Read More

Theodore Decker: About internal theft, Community Shelter Board has more explaining to do

The Community Shelter Board has confirmed that a former employee stole $350,000. Let's hope the $4.9 million now promised by the city is secure. → Read More

Theodore Decker: A conversion to Ohio State fandom, years in the making, Rushed to completion

When my wife and I moved to central Ohio 16 years ago, we had no idea who Brutus Buckeye was. On Saturday, my wife's conversion was complete. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Mr. Mayor, 'the violence we're seeing today' in Columbus is not different

In revealing results of a recent study on homicidal violence, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said, "The violence we're seeing today is different." It is not. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Victims of homicide are more than the circumstances of their deaths

Connor Reynolds, 23, was killed in 2018 during a drug robbery at a house where he was staying. That doesn't begin to tell the full story of his life. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Since you're probably not going to win the Powerball tonight, here's what money can't buy

When the lottery jackpots grow as big as they did on Monday, everyone talks about what they would do with the cash. This is not that discussion. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Officers in corruption probe have much in common with those they arrested

Two officers charged by the FBI with drug trafficking faces charges much like those they brought against suspects for years. → Read More

Theodore Decker: From life-saving heroics to feces-smearing theatrics, this is patriotism

Patriotism is undergoing a change in meaning. Whereas you might say "unhinged radical bent on committing violence," someone else might say "patriot." → Read More

Theodore Decker: Yes, $87 million in taxpayer money is a big ask. But did we say, 'Green?'

Yes, $87 million in taxpayer money is a big ask. But did we say, 'Green?' Because green and green and green... → Read More

Theodore Decker: On deadly stretch of I-71, the road may be getting a bad rap

A recent report singled out the five-mile stretch of I-71 between 11th Avenue and Morse Road as the deadliest in the state. There's more to the story. → Read More

Theodore Decker: As pandemic drags, night of live music offers light at end of the tunnel

It had been nearly two years since the author took in a live show at a small bar. It was everything he'd hoped for and more. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Man released after 21 years in prison looks back on slog toward freedom

Ralph Blaine Smith was convicted 21 years ago of a home invasion that even police thought might have been staged. Now, finally, he is free. → Read More

Theodore Decker: In a Hilltop basement, a horrific view of Columbus' drug trade

In 2018, two people were killed and their bodies entombed in the concrete of a Hilltop basement. Federal documents pull back the curtain on the crime. → Read More

Theodore Decker: In police reform, consent decree isn't always what it's cracked up to be

The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to review how the Columbus Police Division operates. That could trade one set of problems for another. → Read More

Theodore Decker: As pandemic drags on, only a shadow remains of the Mike DeWine we knew

Gov. Mike DeWine earned high marks at home and abroad for his early handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Then he backed down. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Bishop Sycamore debacle about so much more than high school football

The Bishop Sycamore debacle appears to be all about football. In reality, it's about the ways adults shortchange future generations. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Troubles at Colonial Village apartments call for deeper investigation

The city of Columbus has tried for years to force owners of a troubled East Side apartment complex to clean up their act. State and federal officials have grounds to help. → Read More

Theodore Decker: With firstborn in college, family moves forward while parents look back

As firstborn begins college, parents and sibling come home to an emptier house, and whatever comes next. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Ohio legislator pledges to protect First Amendment – by violating it

Rep. Al Cutrona, a Republican from the Youngstown area, wants to protect your First Amendment rights by violating the First Amendment to do it. → Read More