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Debate Forum 02/04

Debate Center: Separation of cash and curriculum – teaching creationism with public funds Illustration: Joel Pett By Alex Culpepper John Freshwater made his Dayton City Paper debut in the March 5, 2013 Commentary Forum (“Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water”). Freshwater was a science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who was fired for using […]

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Debate Forum 01/28

DEBATE CENTER: Is it high time for more discussion about alcohol and marijuana? Illustration: Chris Britt By Alex Culpepper  The 1936 movie “Reefer Madness” is a cult classic that portrays the lives of urban youth getting hooked on marijuana and becoming raving lunatics, who in some cases go insane, commit suicide or even kill someone else. […]

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Debate Forum 01/21

Debate Center: Judge aims to write the ending to blogger’s story of scandal Illustration: Elliot Ward By Alex Culpepper What do Chen Wei of China, Mojtaba Lotfi of Iran, Nikolai Yarst of Russia and Roger Shuler of Alabama all have in common? Answer: They are all journalists who have been imprisoned. The first three are among hundreds […]

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Debate Forum 01/14

Debate Center: Public debates about secret actions Illustration: Nate Beeler By Alex Culpepper A book comes out this week titled “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” In this book, author Betty Medsger unfolds her research and interviews she had with a group who, in 1971, actually burglarized a Philadelphia FBI office and […]

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Debate Forum 01/07

Debate Center: Texas court seizes Fourth Amendment issue By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   Normally, the police cannot just come to a house, walk in and begin searching for evidence, even if a person has been suspected of a crime. Under the Fourth Amendment, the police need probable cause and a search warrant, […]

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Changing the game

A final word with outgoing dayton mayor gary leitzell By Alex Culpepper In May of this year, Dayton’s mayoral primary election was the end of the road for incumbent Gary Leitzell. In that election, A.J. Wagner and Nan Whaley received the most votes and went on to face each other in the November election in […]

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Debate forum 12/10

Debate Center: Company seeks new name for anonymous blogger: Defendant  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by:  Dayton artist Elliot Ward The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is in place to protect people who speak or publish criticisms of government, other people, businesses and so on. It protects opinions that may make people feel awkward, angry […]

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Debate Forum 12/03

Debate Center: Ohio gun bill seeks to break new ground in self-defense  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Paul Fell Killing in self-defense has had a varied heritage throughout history, depending on where in the world you lived. The notion of “personal defense” was even different from what we have today. In ancient Rome, if one person […]

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Debate forum 11/26

Debate Center: New law may be primary problem for minority party candidates  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   The Ohio Libertarian Party has some problems with Governor John Kasich’s latest executive decision. Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 193 into law earlier this month. In the law, the new ballot access rules have […]

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commentary forum 11/19

State lawmakers seek a red light on traffic camera programs  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Elliot Ward.   Up until a few years ago, the only driving-related photograph Ohio’s drivers worried about was the one on their driver’s license. Since then, the state has set up what are called speed and red light cameras to take […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]