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Debate, 5/7

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

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, 4/2

Debate Forum Center: Pay your tax or get the axe  By Alex Culpepper As part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collects money for the U.S. government in the form of tax payments from citizens. In many cases, people send in their tax bills around the time of the tax return […]

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Debate Forum, 3/19

Debate Forum Center: Medicine or marketing?  By Alex Culpepper Doctors and pharmaceutical companies in the United States have worked together for a long time. After all, both are in the business of helping patients prevent, manage and even cure health problems. For the past several years, both have teamed up in another way to spread the […]

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Debate Forum, 2/26

Debate Forum Center: Has probable cause gone to the dogs?  By Alex Culpepper Florida is a realm of resort hotels, blazing year-round summer sunshine and salty sea breezes. It’s also the U.S. Supreme Court’s proving ground for drug-sniffing dog cases regarding probable cause in searches. The Court has decided one case – Florida v. Harris – […]

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Debate forum, 2/12

Debate Forum Center Whatever happened to due process?  By Alex Culpepper According to the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Government has the authority to target and kill American citizens, usually by drone strike, who it believes are allied with al-Qaida and pose an imminent threat to engage in violent attack against this country. At least […]

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Debate Forum, 1/29

Fake people causing real problems  By Alex Culpepper Famed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o claims to be a victim of catfishing: a prank or hoax in which a person uses a false identity in order to mislead someone into an online relationship. His story goes something like this: Beginning in 2009, he began an online […]

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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 Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]