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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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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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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 […]