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Debate Forum 08/13

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Debate Center: Some schools are handing out more than just free lunch  By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Ted Rall Most schools in the country provide some form of sex education, whether it’s abstinence-based, safe-sex contraceptive information or both. Here in Ohio, an amendment nearly made its way into the budget bill last spring that would have […]

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Debate Forum 08/06

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Debate Center: Has the government blown the whistle on the whistle-blowers?  Illustration by:  Signe WilkinsonBy Alex Culpepper Bradley Manning released for publication to WikiLeaks several official documents about the United States’ actions in the Iraq and Afghan wars, as well as detainee files from Guantanamo Bay. Manning now faces sentencing after a military court found him […]

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Debate Forum 07/30

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Debate Center: Local school district gives principals extra authority By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Monte Wolverton Since the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, the issue of allowing armed teachers in schools has been a national debate. It has also been an Ohio debate leading to three school districts in the state passing […]

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Debate Forum 07/23

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Debate Center: The DUI checkpoint that became a checkpoint on constitutional rights  By Alex Culpepper  On July 4, Chris Kalbaugh, a 21-year-old college student, drove to a DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County Tennessee. He was armed with a camera, and he covertly filmed his experience at the checkpoint. He later loaded the video on YouTube, and […]

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Debate Forum 07/09

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Debate Forum Center:  Will the buses stop at the Fairfield Mall? By Alex Culpepper Illstration by:  Sam Rhoden For years the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has wanted bus stops close to the Mall at Fairfield Commons, and in 2011 the Beavercreek City Council voted unanimously to reject the RTA’s application for those bus stops. […]

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Debate Forum, 6/25

Debate Forum Center: The federal government made voter registration easy, but some think it’s too easy By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joel Pett The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) was an attempt to make voting registration simple and easy for a number of people. Potential voters can register to vote when they renew a driver’s […]

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Debate forum, 6/4

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Debate Center: The IRS may need some health care after the recent beating it has taken  By Alex Culpepper The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has hardly been a favorite government agency among Americans, and now it is clearly in trouble over the controversy involving its interpretive role in determining whether certain groups would be eligible […]

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Debate Forum, 05/21

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Debate Forum Center: Club owners feeling the heat about late-night violence By Alex Culpepper Dayton residents Charles W. Bell III and Keenan Hall made the news recently, but it’s the news no one likes to hear. They were killed in a late-night shootout in the parking lot of Heat nightclub in Huber Heights. Because of that tragedy, […]

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Debate, 5/7

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Debate Forum Center: Bill could allow revelers to have ‘one for the road’ By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden With the exception of a few states, towns and cities in this country prohibit people from roaming the streets with open containers of alcohol, whether it’s a glass of beer or a partially consumed bottle of wine […]

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Debate Forum, 4/23

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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: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]