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Debate: 02/13

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Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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The government and abstinence-only sex education By Sarah Sidlow It’s an awkward subject, sex. Especially when you’re talking to a 9-year-old. Or their parents. Where do you begin? What tone do you use? What do you leave out? Luckily, the government is here to help. Since 1981, the federal government has had an influence on […]

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Debate Forum: 4/19/16

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Marijuana, don’t you wanna? National pot peer pressure By Sarah Sidlow Woah, weed. Who knew one little leaf could be so polarizing, so political, so unbelievably complicated? With (cough) 4/20 in the air, and state elections looming through the haze in November, let’s get an update on where we stand at the global, national and […]

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Debate Forum 12/15/15

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Semantics and sensibility What the %$&? does “sensible gun legislation” mean? By Sarah Sidlow Hey, have you heard anything about guns lately? Your answer is probably somewhere between “um, yes” and “please stop talking about guns already.” It’s true—guns are back in the headlines. Why? Recent deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., at a Planned […]

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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 09/15

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“Repent, sodomites!” says Kentucky clerk By Tim Walker   Kim Davis, 49, is currently the Clerk for Rowan County, a small county tucked into the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. A Democrat, she was elected to that position in 2014 and assumed office on Jan. 5 of this year. In […]

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Debate Forum: 08/25

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Use your core What exactly are we teaching our children? By Sarah Sidlow There’s a blissful, almost exciting moment when some nugget of information you learned in elementary school finally becomes applicable to the real world. It’s even more exciting when you not only remember the concept, but how to apply it. For those of […]

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University of Maryland combats binge drinking by selling alcohol By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall. It’s a proposal that has divided the campus community and is opposed […]

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Debate Forum: 07/28

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Forum Center: Turning Amtrak into greenbacks Is Amtrak primed for the private sector? By Sarah Sidlow May’s fatal Philadelphia Amtrak crash has left many believing the agency may finally be derailed for good. On May 12, Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed and crashed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Two hundred of the train’s 238 […]

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Debate Forum: 06/02

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Forum Center: When you gotta go… State legislators weigh sexual identity and bathrooms By Sarah Sidlow Because elected officials don’t have enough to worry about these days, a handful of states have taken to arguing over where you are allowed—or not allowed—to go to the bathroom, particularly if you happen to be a transgender person. Florida’s […]

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Debate Forum: 04/07

Forum Center: Indiana wants me, Lord I can’t go back there By Sarah Sidlow The recent approval of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has businesses, political leaders and social groups up in arms on the grounds that it is anti-gay. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says, essentially, that the government cannot “substantially burden” a […]

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Debate forum: 02/10

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Forum Center: Vaccination-gate By Sarah Sidlow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly “very worried” about the possibility of a large outbreak of measles – a troubling concern, considering measles was officially declared to have been eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. Recent statistics from the CDC confirm the disease is spreading […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

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Forum Center: Is PC passé? The DCP political correctness debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In a unanimous October vote, the Seattle, Washington, City Council voted to recognize Columbus Day, a federal holiday, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Seattle isn’t the first city to do so, having followed the lead of a similar April vote in […]

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Debate Forum: 12/2

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Forum Center: The Internet as a public utility? (or, just google it)  By Sarah Sidlow The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently came under fire for having weak rules in place for regulating the way Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) do business. The video streaming service Netflix, in a widely reported […]

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Debate forum: 11/11

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Debate Center: Ebola: a political tool? By Paul Noah Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is now free to do as she pleases, after returning from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she was treating Ebola patients. In a case that many across the nation have been watching closely, District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected imposing tight […]

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Debate Forum: 10/14

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Forum Center: Murder, he sold By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Ohio has a heroin problem. According to the State Department of Health, a record 680 Ohians died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012 – up 60 percent from the previous year. For 2013, the Ohio Attorney General’s office estimates the heroin overdose total to be more […]

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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]