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Debate Forum, 4/23

Debate Center: Is there a way to unplug the pressure cooker that is the United States?  By Alex Culpepper Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Fort Hood, Texas; Blacksburg, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Boston, Mass. – all these places have one particular characteristic in common: they are sites of mass carnage generating huge casualties. Even though they share […]

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Debate Forum, 4/16

Debate Forum Center: Facebook posting can make you liable for libel By Alex Culpepper For the most part, Facebook is a place where users promote themselves, share what they’re doing at the present moment or maybe what they did the previous night and generally write about anything from the mundane to the sublime. It is […]

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Debate Forum, 4/9

Debate Forum Center: Genuine product protection or seedy backroom deal?  By Alex Culpepper The recent passage of the measure to prevent a government shutdown allows U.S. lawmakers to step back and exhale for a moment. On March 26, President Obama signed H.R. 933, and with it comes funding to keep the government operational through September. This […]

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Debate Forum, 4/2

Debate Forum Center: Pay your tax or get the axe  By Alex Culpepper As part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collects money for the U.S. government in the form of tax payments from citizens. In many cases, people send in their tax bills around the time of the tax return […]

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Commentary Forum 3/26

Forum Center: Shall the ‘truth serum’ set you free from Fifth Amendment rights?  By Alex Culpepper James Holmes is the man accused of walking into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, 2012, taking out his guns and opening fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. After the incident, he was promptly arrested and […]

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Debate Forum, 3/19

Debate Forum Center: Medicine or marketing?  By Alex Culpepper Doctors and pharmaceutical companies in the United States have worked together for a long time. After all, both are in the business of helping patients prevent, manage and even cure health problems. For the past several years, both have teamed up in another way to spread the […]

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Debate Forum, 3/12

Debate Center: Should voting really be this controversial?  By Alex Culpepper The period in the United States from Reconstruction through the 1960s hosted a great deal of historic events and changes. Repression and racism were rampant, while at the same time African Americans attempted to exercise their rights to vote. Even if one could get to […]

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Commentary Forum, 3/5

Commentary Forum Center: Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water  By Alex Culpepper People refer to it as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” but it is officially known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Basically, this 1925 case charged John Scopes, a Tennessee high school science teacher, with teaching evolution in […]

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Debate Forum, 2/26

Debate Forum Center: Has probable cause gone to the dogs?  By Alex Culpepper Florida is a realm of resort hotels, blazing year-round summer sunshine and salty sea breezes. It’s also the U.S. Supreme Court’s proving ground for drug-sniffing dog cases regarding probable cause in searches. The Court has decided one case – Florida v. Harris – […]

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Debate Forum, 2/19

Debate Center: Senator Brown sponsors perk to keep the sick from going to work By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden When you get sick, it’s probably because someone made you sick. The frustration is that you don’t always know who to blame, and now you are sick because a gang of pathogens, either bacteria or […]

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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 […]