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Debate Forum, 1/8

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

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

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

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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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]