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Commentary 6/19: Call Me by My Name

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About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, which doubles a widely used previous estimate of 700,000. The debate on how and when to accommodate the transgender population, now thought to make up 0.6 percent of the population, continues to escalate. Recently in the news is the report of an Indiana high […]

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Orange is the new grey area

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When a transgender inmate enters prison housing, should they be housed according to their biological sex, or the gender by which they identify? According to Obama-era legislation, prison housing, like the use of public restrooms, should be determined by a person’s identified gender. But President Donald Trump—on a roll to reverse a number of his […]

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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents and school administrators, it’s a time for admonishing students against underage drinking, sex, and various risky behavior. Both can expect a healthy dose of drama. This year alone, a few dramatic dress-related incidents have hit […]

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Debate 5/8: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

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Here’s a name you may have heard recently: Randa Jarrar. Here’s another: Barbara Bush. The latter, former first lady and mother to Bush 43, died on April 17 at the age of 92. The former, a tenured creative-writing professor at California State University, Fresno, was pretty happy about it. So happy, in fact, that just […]

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Could Ohio be the next Colorado?

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September 8th is in sight, but what’s in store? Colorado retail dispensaries vary from slick corporate style storefronts to shops that retain the “hippie head shop” motif By Ben Tomkins It looks like Ohio will be opening up medical marijuana to the public this September 8th, and it’s about time. For those of you who […]

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Debate 3/20: Money walks

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Ohio lawmakers set sights improving bail system Q: Should Ohio’s bail system be overhauled to treat suspects more uniformly regardless of income level? By Sarah Sidlow Fifty-seven percent: the amount of inmates in Ohio jails who are not serving a sentence. You read that right. According to Dayton Daily News, just over half of the […]

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Debate 3/6: Waste of Time?

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Does daylight savings cost more than time? Q: Does Daylight Saving Time serve any practical purpose or is it a waste of time? The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to […]

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Debate 2/27: Just a number?

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Should Ohio raise the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21? Q: Should Ohio raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21? By Sarah Sidlow How much difference can three years make? According to local proponents of the “Tobacco 21” initiative, enough to make noise about. The push to raise the minimum tobacco purchasing […]

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The Cuban time warp

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Discovering an old world in the present day Reminders of the Cuban Revolution still remain very visible. Story and Photos by Ben Tomkins Every travel site warned me that I was only to travel to Cuba if I was engaging in official business, journalism, the arts, or some nonsense about “support for the Cuban people.” […]

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Debate Forum: 1/30

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Taking a stand Should students be disciplined for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? By Sarah Sidlow Violating the dress code, fighting in the hallway, wandering the halls – these are all things that will get an average elementary student sent to the principal’s office. But what about refusing to stand for the […]

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Debate Forum: 01/23

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Judge not, lest ye be judged Should California-elected judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner? By Sarah Sidlow Ninety-five thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many signatures were submitted in the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara, California. What’s the reason for all the petition signing? […]

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Debate Center: 01/16

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Naughty or nice? Should someone be prohibited from displaying a painting of crucified Santa outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral whether it is Christmas or not? By Sarah Sidlow “It’s ho-ho-horrifying!” began the New York Post article on Christmas Eve. The subject: artwork displayed outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which depicted Santa Claus crucified—literally hanging from a […]

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Debate Forum: 01/09

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Soul(less) train Should self-driving technology that doesn’t require a human at the controls be mandatory on US Railroads? By Sarah Sidlow This past December, an Amtrak train making its inaugural run of a new service between Seattle and Portland jumped the tracks on a highway overpass, and 132 tons of train hurled onto Interstate 5. At […]

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Debate Center: 10/3

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Title IX 101 How should schools handle sexual assault cases? Artwork: caglecartoons.com By Sarah Sidlow Education Secretary  Betsy Devos has been busy. Last month, her department announced that it would be calling a mulligan on an Obama-era policy regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Quick refresher: Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 […]

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Debate Forum: 9/19

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It’s a draw Artwork: Jed Helmers Should drawing blood for evidence-gathering be illegal? By Sarah Sidlow Who is Alex Wubbels? Glad you asked. She’s a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recently made waves when bodycam footage of her July 26 arrest became a viral sensation. Why was she arrested? Ask Detective Jeff Payne. […]

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Debate Forum: 8/22

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Which right write is right? In Charlottesville, what isn’t the debate? By Sarah Sidlow Overwhelmed by the Charlottesville news cycle recently? Likewise. Let’s catch up. On Saturday, August 12, white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” march. Turns out, a few other people were there as well: counterprotesters, opposed to the […]

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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 […]