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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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Forum Left, 7/10

Greenhouse Asses By Ben Tompkins URGENT:  This article assumes a belief in global warming.  Anyone who doesn’t believe in global warming should not read this article because they obviously can’t read or understand facts. Ah, the “War on Coal.”  Funny how you search “Obama Coal” and the first billion hits are from FoxNews and the […]

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Commentary Forum, 5/15/12

The Right Power By Ben Tomkins Ladies and gentlemen, I call your attention to the case of Darnell Young.  A 17-year-old boy walking the land as an abomination to the Lord!  An evil boy who engaged in every manner of homosexuality, gayness, faggery and all things unchristian.  For as it was written in the Bible […]

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Forum Left, 4/24/12

A World That’s Already Gone Crazy By Ben Tomkins The first thing that sticks out in my mind regarding the student group Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus, is that they chose to protest outside a Starbucks because Starbucks has taken a neutral position on the issue of concealed carry on campus. Yeah.  Neutral.  Because […]

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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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