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Forum Left. 4/10/12

The Long Finger of the Law By Ben Tomkins This had better be the one and only time I have to write about spreading butt cheeks in a publically distributed forum.  I do get paid for this, but there is no known way to argue that it’s not OK for the state to force me […]

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Forum Left, 3/27/12

Progress Depends on People By Ben Tomkins The lasting value of the declaration of intent by the Dayton police department and prominent members of the Dayton community will prove to be as valuable as the signers choose to make it.  That’s about all I have to say about this particular aspect of the topic.  Either […]

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Forum Left. 3/20/12

Ludicrously Obvious Facts We Don’t Want to Face By Ben Tomkins I am constantly amazed at the lengths to which people in this country will go to avoid dealing with an obvious but unpleasant reality. Everyone in this country knows our elementary and high school students tend to underperform against other industrialized countries, particularly Asian […]

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Forum Left, 3/6/12

Blame, Blame, Blame, Blame … By Ben Tomkins We are wired to search for reasons behind unthinkable things, and when satisfactory reasons don’t present themselves, we are wired to manufacture reasons from the best available information. In many ways blame is nothing more than a crude tool for absolving ourselves from the difficulties of dealing […]

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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 Left, 2/14/12

Who Dictates Your Standards? By Ben Tompkins Maybe even as recently as six months ago I would have dismissed this issue entirely on the grounds that any law that compels people of faith to submit to a state-mandated miscarriage of their otherwise semi-harmless beliefs is generally frowned upon by the Constitution.  I don’t like that […]

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Forum Left, 1/31/12

The Degradation of the American Public By Ben Thomkins I have long suspected, despite the endless torrent of lip service they offer to the contrary in the guise of Christianity, trickle-down economics, unregulated mortgage firms and insurance companies, that Republican Congressmen and women actually don’t give a single crap about any human being who isn’t […]

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Forum Left, 1/17/12

And The Senate Was Without Form, And Void By Ben Tomkins President Obama’s decision to appoint Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau despite the Senate holding pro forma sessions is a victory of principle over policy. The original intention of recess appointments was to allow the president to carry on with necessary business […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/27/11

Call of Duty: Black Ops By  Benjamin Tompkins As 2011 closes its eyes, so too has our country borne witness to the death of the two most influential and venomous propagators of fear and hate. The first, of course, is Osama bin Laden. By any account, left or right, this was a gutsy foray by […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/29/11

The parade of the little penguins By Benjamin Tompkins Six little penguins can’t decide to dive- One falls in, and now there are five… — “Penguin’s First Swim” It’s friggin’ freezing out here. Seriously. I clearly remember my father telling me not to bother packing my down jacket because “Australian winters are not like Ohio […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]