Words We Heard: ‘The arts aren’t just nice, they’re necessary’

Cincinnati has been the center of crazy weather and exciting basketball this week! You might have caught some major news coming out of Washington as well. We as women certainly have a lot to consider.

  • “As a city of 50-plus neighborhoods, and a region of 15 counties in three states, the arts allow us to bridge cultural divides and connect our communities. They become the common language we can rally behind. … The arts aren’t just nice, they’re necessary.” -Alecia Kintner, CEO of ArtsWave, in a special edition e-newsletter in response to President Trump’s budget proposal
  • “Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” -Ben Okri, Nigerian poet and novelist
  • “Repealing and replacing Obamacare is going to be a complicated, multi-step process. The legislation introduced this week begins the process by taking control away from federal bureaucrats and returning health care decisions to patients and their doctors. I expect that changes to improve the legislation will be made as it works its way through Congress, and I hope to be able to support the legislation in its final form.” -Steve Chabot, Republican Congressman for the 1st district of Ohio, in an emailed statement to NPR on the new proposed healthcare bill
  • “This plan will raise prices for Ohioans – particularly older Ohioans – and kick people off of the coverage they have today. It will threaten jobs across our state by cutting funding for local hospitals that employ hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. This plan does nothing to lower healthcare costs for Ohioans, but hands a huge tax break to drug companies and insurance executives who jack up their prices.” -Sherrod Brown, Democratic Senator for the state of Ohio, in a press release on his website
  • “We are celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by highlighting some of the amazing local companies ran by women in Ohio.” -Ohio Explored’s website regarding their new “Woman-Led Businesses” page

  • “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who celebrated her 84th birthday this week
  • “A generation of children in Syria have known nothing but brutal conflict and fear during their short lives.” -Stephen O’Brien, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, as quoted in an article on CNN.com