Archive | February, 2012

Forum Left, 2/28/12

Uninspiring Leadership Why the USPS Exemplifies Bad Policy By Ben Tomkins The closing of the Dayton mail-processing plant and subsequent laying off of hundreds of employees, despite a union contract expressly forbidding this practice, is yet another example of the price of the failed business policies and practices of administrators being paid by hard-working employees […]

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Forum Right, 2/28/12

Time, Technology March On By David H. Landon Last week there were two announcements that affected employment in the Miami Valley. First, there was the announcement by Eastman Kodak that it would trim its Kettering workforce by 80 jobs from their film processing operation. Second, the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that it was […]

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Forum Center, 2/28/12

USPS Announces Closure of Dayton Processing Plant Last Thursday the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced new plans to consolidate or close 223 mail-processing plants across the US.  The plan affects 35,000 jobs starting in late May or June. The USPS has a total workforce of over 574,000 employees. The plan is a response to serious […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz

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Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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Ready For The End

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Doomsday Preppers in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 You just can’t argue with faith. Be it faith in a person’s religion, faith in the Cleveland Browns or faith in a belief that civilization as […]

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The Dining Experience

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Fleming’s: Breaking Boundaries By Brian P. Sharp As an epicurean critic, I normally swear off “chain” restaurants.  However, recently I have thought a lot about whether certain chain restaurants deliver a “dining experience,” a white tablecloth environment that delivers great food and quality service that sets them above the other “chains.” Can a “chain restaurant” […]

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Standing With The Rank And File

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Anti-Flag Empowers People with Punk Music By Tim Anderl The roots of punk music have always intersected with politics.  Meant to be a headache for power and imperialism, political punk bands combine volume, attitude and commentary meant to infuriate, inspire and instigate grass-roots action aimed at change. Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag picked up this torch […]

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Gaining Speed

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Sweden’s Truckfighters Bring High-energy Fuzz Rock to Dayton By Gary Spencer In the dog-eat-dog world of music most bands never make it to a level of international acclaim and recognition, and even for the ones that do, to climb their way out of obscurity sometimes takes years.  One such band is Swedish trio Truckfighters, an […]

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A Separation

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Iranian Film Separates Melodrama from the Complex Realities of Life Rating: PG-13 Grade: A In an awards season when we celebrate the idea of George Clooney playing a beleaguered father/husband/family trustee who discovers that his comatose wife has been having an affair, while also juggling a monumental decision about the land rights to his family’s […]

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The Trenchant Art of James Pate

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Kin Killin’ Kin and Attack By Jud Yalkut The masterful African American artist James Pate was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but raised in Cincinnati where he earned a scholarship to attend the Art Academy there through a Corbett Award. After attending Central State University and continuing to self-educate himself, he has since been a recipient […]

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The Jury Process

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Behind the Scenes of the 22cd Annual Works on Paper By Shayna McConville Beyond merely creating a piece of art, an artist has to navigate a situation in which to showcase his/her work to an audience.  Often, that situation is in a gallery or a museum, and often it is alongside many other artists.  A […]

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Miss Maha’s March

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Fun Things to Do Around Dayton This Month By Maha Kashani Well, I survived Dayton “Knockout.”  I took a few punches to the face in front of hundreds and hundreds of people, but we raised a lot of money for the Aids Resource Center of Ohio in addition to bringing some well-needed awareness to Dayton […]

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Woodland Cemetery

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A Must-See Historic Place, for Everyone By Emma Jarman In college, we go there to have a beer atop Lookout Point and watch the sun rise over the Dayton skyline. As new parents, we take our children to hike the wooded grounds, dip their toes in the duck pond and visit Frosty the Snowman’s final […]

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Bands to Watch

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Sixteen Local Bands to Keep an Eye Out For By Kyle Melton, Tim Anderl and W.C. Ruffnel In any given year, the Dayton indie scene seems to be boiling over with young talent just waiting to be discovered by local audiences and those beyond the boundaries of the Gem City. As we move into another […]

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Forum Left, 2/21/12

Property Rights Are the Source of Civil Rights by Mark Luedtke There’s an old saying: Your right to swing your fist ends at my nose. In the same way, your right to free speech ends at my property line. While every individual has a natural right to free speech, no individual may seize the property […]

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Forum Right, 2/21/12

Can’t Rent Out Your Rights By A.J. Wagner It is seldom as easy as saying “I have Constitutional right!” because the likely response is, “So do I!” When a court hears these two statements, or something similar, a fair amount of analysis is brought to bear on the two sides with the outcome dependent on […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]