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Debate Forum, 2/26

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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, 2/12

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Debate Forum Center Whatever happened to due process?  By Alex Culpepper According to the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Government has the authority to target and kill American citizens, usually by drone strike, who it believes are allied with al-Qaida and pose an imminent threat to engage in violent attack against this country. At least […]

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Debate Forum, 1/29

Fake people causing real problems  By Alex Culpepper Famed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o claims to be a victim of catfishing: a prank or hoax in which a person uses a false identity in order to mislead someone into an online relationship. His story goes something like this: Beginning in 2009, he began an online […]

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Debate Forum, 1/8

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Being attractive can lead to ugly termination  By Alex Culpepper Melissa Nelson of Iowa is a physically attractive woman. In fact, she’s so attractive that it led to her losing her job. Her former employer Dr. James Knight believed that her beauty and sexy clothes were powerful distractions that would one day tempt him to […]

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Debate Forum, 1/1

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Right to work or right to get ripped off? We have so many rights in this country: we can peacefully assemble, we can criticize our government and its officials and, in some states, we can even smoke weed. In Michigan, residents now have the “right-to-work” thanks to the Michigan legislature and their passing of the […]

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Debate Forum, 12/4

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Should there be a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled? Last month in California, a statewide ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food known as Proposition 37 was defeated on Election Day. The initiative was defeated by voters statewide 53 percent to 47 percent. Those voters who opposed Proposition 37 were worried that […]

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Debate 11/13

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Voting for a Rocky Mountain high Colorado and the state of Washington made history this past Tuesday when voters in both states passed ballot measures which removed all civil and criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana. While a majority of voters in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, these new […]

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Debate 11/6

Eminent domain comes to Austin Road If Isaac Austin were alive today he might not be too pleased with Montgomery County officials. The namesake of Austin Road died in 1869.  His original farm was located between Yankee Road and Springboro Pike along what is known today as Austin Road. That corner of Montgomery County has […]

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Debate Forum, 10/30

Google at odds with French government over proposed new tax Google, Inc. is an American multinational corporation which provides Internet-related products and services, including internet search, cloud computing, software and advertising technologies. Advertising revenues from its AdWords feature generates almost all of the company’s profits. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin […]

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Debate Forum, 10/16

Affirmative Action once again reviewed by high court Last week, attorneys argued the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, before the United States Supreme Court. The case concerned the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Texas at Austin. Brought by undergraduate Abigail Fisher, who was denied admission in 2008, the case asked […]

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Debate Left, 10/02

The Leeches – by Dr. Seuss By Ben Tomkins – Now, the Star-Bell Sneetches had bellies with stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars. Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small. You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all. – Dr. Seuss The 47 percent are exactly who Mitt […]

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Debate Left, 9/18

Preachers’ Unions By Ben Tomkins This conversation is wearing me out. The Chicago teachers strike is not about money.  It’s about the pressure being put on teachers to extract a certain level of performance from students regardless of their socio-economic status by people who have no concept of the reality of education. Many teachers in […]

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Debate Left, 9/4

Bob Costas Puts Hammer to Nail By Ben Tomkins I’ll be real quick and then I’ll let Bob Costas close it out. If you follow the top 10 riders in each Tour de France from Lance’s prime years, 1999 to 2005, you see an obvious trend: progressively more and more of them were sanctioned for […]

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Debate Left, 8/21

Gerrypandering By Ben Tomkins Redistricting a state like Ohio is a fairly complex task, particularly when radical changes are necessitated by the loss of two representatives.  When I started to think of all the variables that must be taken into account, I nearly shot myself in the head.  Trying to break a state like Ohio […]

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Debate Left, 8/7

Which came first: the chicken or the faith? By Ben Tompkins Nobody has the right to specifically single out Chik-fil-A and ban them from their town on purely ideological grounds.  It has never once happened in any way shape or form that was even remotely constitutional.  While a few towns in the country have kept […]

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Debate Left, 7/17

The Jim Breech School of Dog Psychology By Ben Tompkins Begin innocently explaining to a pit bull enthusiast why you think it’s a good idea to place extra controls on pit bulls, given their history as fighting dogs, and you are immediately inundated with wild-eyed, teary pseudo-profundities like “Punish the deed, not the breed!” and […]

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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 […]