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Commentary Forum 02/18

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Debate Center: Fatal dog attack raises questions about Ohio dog laws and enforcement By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Aside from accidents or attacks caused by other humans, people in this country are far more likely to suffer injury from the teeth of a dog than from any other animal. The Centers for Disease Control claim about […]

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Debate Forum 02/11

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Debate Center: Federal court hits delete on FCC’s net neutrality rules Illustration: Monte Wolverton By Alex Culpepper The Internet may be about to change. Back in January, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can no longer enforce network neutrality, often called “net neutrality.” Net neutrality requires Internet service providers […]

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Debate Forum 02/04

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 11/12

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Debate Center: Stimulus rollback has created a food stamp fight  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Signe Wilkinson As part of the federal stimulus package in 2009, Congress voted to increase benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, as a measure to fight recession. As of Nov. 1 of this year, those extra […]

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Debate Forum 11/05

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Debate Center: Ohio’s new untested execution lethal drug mixture  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   The United States has a history of executing convicted criminals who have committed the most antisocial of crimes. For a long time, hanging was the preferred method, used either formally or informally. By the 20th century, the electric chair […]

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10/29 Debate

Debate Center: Texas school district decides teacher is the wrong classroom model  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Cristy Nicole Deweese, a Texas resident, began modeling when she was 12 years old. After she entered college years later she landed modeling gigs for Playboy magazine. While working for Playboy, she posed in videos, […]

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How it REALLY works

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A discussion of Dayton’s city commission system By: Alex Culpepper  Photo: John H. Patterson of NCR helped establish Dayton’s city commission form of government following the Great Flood of 1913     Government at Large It is probably an understatement to say right now that people in this country have a dim view of government. In […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]