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Debate Forum 10/08

Debate Center: Do we get the government we deserve?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Ed Gamble So, we finally have a government shutdown. Although Capitol Hill scrambled for last-minute deals and eleventh-hour bargains, the shutdown train kept rolling. There were meetings, phone calls, briefings and discussions, but all efforts were futile. We could rightly call some of […]

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Debate Forum, 9/17

Massachusetts family believes the Pledge challenges their patriotism By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Elliot Ward A man named Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance in 1891. In part, it owes its existence to Christopher Columbus and the Civil War. Bellamy composed the Pledge as part of a program to promote patriotism and complement the opening […]

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Debate Forum 09/03

Debate Center: Rapists in many states can have child custody rights  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.    A woman in Massachusetts is involved in a legal battle to overturn a state court order requiring the father of her child to assume partial parental responsibilities. She is doing this because he was also […]

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Debate Forum 08/13

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

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

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

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

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

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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]