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Debate Forum: 6/20

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Preserve, protect, de-friend Is Trump’s Twitter a public forum? Artwork: Nate Beeler By Sarah Sidlow Newsflash: President Trump loves Twitter. A lot. And his fondness for the Little Blue Bird has raised a lot of questions: Can tweets be official statements? Should Trump be using his personal account in the capacity of the president? What […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/23

Illustration by Jed Helmers Prisoners and pacifiers Some women care for their babies in prison—should they? By Sarah Sidlow Nobody puts baby in the…correctional facility. Except when it happens in Marysville, Ohio, where the nursery in the Ohio Reformatory for Women has served 289 female inmates and their children since 2001. It’s part of the […]

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Debate Forum: 5/16

Too weird for Austin? Texas bill protects religious liberties, probably not same-sex couples By Sarah Sidlow “This bill is not a license to discriminate. Rather, it is a license to participate.” That was Texas Senator Charles Perry—not at karaoke. Actually, Perry was at a hearing on SB 892 before the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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Debate Forum: 5/9

Knowledge is power Ohio’s violent criminal registry: could it hurt? By Sarah Sidlow Sierah Joughin, 20, of Fulton County was riding her bicycle when she was abducted and killed last year. Joughin wasn’t her killer’s first victim. In fact, James D. Worley, 57, had been charged for abducting another girl, this one in Lucas County, […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/2

Scared to death Ohio’s battle with lethal injection By Sarah Sidlow There’s nothing like a good deadline to increase productivity. That’s what the state of Arkansas decided when it realized its supply of one of the drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail, midazolam, expires at the end of April. Cue death row executions in […]

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Debate Forum: 4/25

As if flying wasn’t stressful enough United Airlines overbooking policy up in the air By Sarah Sidlow Is there a doctor on board? Not anymore! By now, you’ve likely seen or heard about a video of a physical confrontation between United Airlines passenger David Dao and the security officer who forcibly removed him from United flight […]

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Commentary Forum: 4/18

In need of re-leaf Is marijuana a gateway drug? By Sarah Sidlow “Yeah, marijuana is a gateway drug…” Blue Ash City Council member and Ohio Patient Network Executive Director Rob Ryan told me in a recent conversation, “a gateway off of opioids.” In fact, the potential for marijuana as a treatment for opiate addiction is […]

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Debate Forum: 4/11

The curse of cursive Should schools still teach cursive? By Sarah Sidlow In school, we learned all sorts of important things that set us up for a lifetime of success. Like how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder, the difference between a rhombus and a regular parallelogram, and how to write in cursive. […]

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Debate Forum: 3/28

Killing Big Bird? Trump moves to defund public broadcasting By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: President Donald Trump used to be a Muppet. Before he was the commander in chief; before he was the leader of the free world; he was a garbage-throwing puppet who lived in a multi-story trashcan empire called “Grump Tower” in […]

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Debate Forum: 3/14

Remove and replace? New Orleans Confederate monuments are up for removal By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Ron Rogers   Apparently, what happens in New Orleans might not always stay in New Orleans. In fact, a U.S. federal court ruled March 6 that NOLA has permission to move forward with the plan to remove three monuments many […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/31

  The ‘art’ of the deal No room for arts in Trump’s budget By Sarah Sidlow It didn’t take President Trump very long to find the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk, or the presidential rubber stamp. In addition to other symbolic executive actions, Trump and his team have been working diligently to uphold his campaign promise […]

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Debate Forum: 1/17

Drink your haterade Should the legal ‘hate crime’ classification exist? By Sarah Sidlow Eyes on Chicago, where four young black men and women kidnapped, bound, beat, humiliated, and threatened to kill a mentally disabled teen—and filmed it for Facebook. The victim is white; he’s 18-years-old and suffers from schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. Prosecutors said […]

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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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debate forum: 12/28

Faking it Apparently, not everything on the internet is true By Sarah Sidlow Breaking news: maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read online. Still here? Great! Read on—we won’t lie to you. According to Pew Research Center, 62 percent of adults get news on social media. Two-thirds of Facebook users get news from the site. […]

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Hawthorn Hill: The origin of East Bank hip-hop and Public Frenemy By Ben Tomkins Photo: Wood-grilled Whyte Knigght of Public Frenemy hails from Oakwood, also known as the ‘wood’; photo: Ben Tomkins For the past decade, West Dayton has spearheaded the Christian hip-hop movement. Styled as West Bank hip-hop—owing to its originations on the west […]

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]