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commentary forum 11/19

State lawmakers seek a red light on traffic camera programs  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Elliot Ward.   Up until a few years ago, the only driving-related photograph Ohio’s drivers worried about was the one on their driver’s license. Since then, the state has set up what are called speed and red light cameras to take […]

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Debate Forum 11/12

Debate Center: Stimulus rollback has created a food stamp fight  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Signe Wilkinson As part of the federal stimulus package in 2009, Congress voted to increase benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, as a measure to fight recession. As of Nov. 1 of this year, those extra […]

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Debate Forum 10/22

Debate Center: Sales and privacy in Google’s terms of service  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward When talk of endorsements comes up, it usually involves famous people who tell how great a product is, just like Shaquille O’Neill endorsing Gold Bond or Tina Fey with Garnier. The whole point is to get […]

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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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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]