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Debate Forum 12/1/15

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Need a light? Should the government ban smoking in public housing? By Tim Walker Cigarette smoking, it might be said, is a dying habit. The percentage of American adults who smoke has now reached an all-time low, according to a study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of adults over […]

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Debate Forum 11/17/15

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Does Alma Matter? Should the University of Missouri’s president have resigned? By Tim Walker   In a move which calls to mind the 1960s and the days of civil rights unrest, anti-war protests and student activism, students attending the University of Missouri were recently successful in their demands that University of Missouri System President Tim […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15

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Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Debate Forum 10/27

Monopolies, or monoplease? By Tim Walker What if the consumer is shopping for the cheapest price on his monthly digital cable service? Or the best deal on satellite radio? Or, in the state of Ohio, he wants a number of options when visiting a casino? In each of these situations, choices are limited. Why? These […]

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Debate Forum: 10/20

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What is reasonable? By Tim Walker On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a city park in Cleveland, Ohio when he was shot twice by police officer Timothy Loehmann, one of two officers who responded to a 911 call which alerted officials to the young man’s actions. Rice […]

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Debate Forum: 10/13

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Is ‘good enough’ good enough? By Timothy Walker James Harrison is a pro linebacker in the National Football League. The Kent State graduate has won two Super Bowl rings during his career, has been to the Pro Bowl multiple times, and has played football professionally since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Pittsburgh […]

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Debate Forum: 10/06

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U.S. considers dipping toes into international oil exports ‘Texas Tea’ party?   By Tim Walker Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in The U.S. House of Representatives has announced that they will vote this month on a bill to lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Ending the ban, which was […]

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Debate Forum 09/29

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CEO for POTUS? By Tim Walker Americans no longer trust politicians—as if they ever did. In April of 2015, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll, which stated that fewer than one in four Americans trusted the federal government “most of the time.” Similarly, a 2014 Harvard Institute of Politics survey revealed […]

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Poetry – For the Kitty Stretching in the Sunlight with Questionable Motives

For the Kitty Stretching in the Sunlight with Questionable Motives Kitty is pretty and sits in the sun, Her black fur is temptingly warm and inviting. If I were to stroke her would she come undone? Who knows, who knows? What Kitty is thinking I cannot suppose. For though she lies still On the warm […]

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Peotry – Veronica

Veronica Her delicate purple flowers Gaze into my eyes. I mark the hours As Helios’ chariot flies.   Veronica’s lovely eyes close. For dusk overtakes As the moon bull lows. I must leave her till dawn breaks.   How intimate was it to share The tender embrace Of my love so fair As sleep overtook […]

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Peotry – Graying Light

Graying Light My senses chase a graying light, As grains of memory slip through the fingertips Of the hourglass of my brain.   My world turns and slips to night, For memories dissolve like slow departing ships On a salty sea of ebbing pain.   But through this world of dimming sight Where tears and […]

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Poetry – The Mouse in My Pocket

The Mouse in My Pocket I have a mouse in my pocket. I told my friend Thomas, and he said “There’s no way! Your pocket isn’t near big enough for a mouse!” “But I do!” I told him. “Sure you do,” he said.   Then my friend Philip spoke up. “Hey,” he said, “I’ve got […]

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Poetry Clear Blue Sky

Clear Blue Sky   Today as I was walking in a field, alone, a single white rose petal fell from a clear blue sky. As I watched, it fell, it seemed, with purpose. Gently it drew to me, softly caressing my forehead, Touching my cheek, Brushing my lips With such a tender, subtle stroke, Tracing […]

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Poetry – Christopher

Christopher I bought a Betta fish last week. I named him Christopher, and I picked him out Because he was white and pale grey. But when I brought him home and put him in his new warm tank, He erupted in reds and purples and blues over the next three days. I never would have […]

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Poetry You Followed the Moon

You Followed the Moon You came from the East with the rising sun; Bounding through the flowers as we traced our waning shadows Towards a noonday picnic under cloudless skies.   So happy were we in the morning light, Late we noticed, lost in joy at your carefree abandon, You were off and chasing West […]

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Poetry: The Trees Grow Out of the Air

The Trees Grow Out of the Air A Broken Sonnet   The old contented gentlemen will say That of the mighty tree; it grows from root And over years of nurturing it may Grow tall and broad from this established foot. On this they will repose and gently sigh When young men dare to dream […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]