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Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and Democrats an unfair electoral advantage. Only Republicans and Democrats have a seat at the table at local Boards of Election and only one of the two major parties will ever control the Secretary of State’s […]

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Don’t be cruel to this heart of mine

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Whether or not an inmate deserves to die is not in question here. For the moment, this debate is based on the premise a court of law found that person guilty and sentenced that person to die. How the death penalty is carried out by the various state jurisdictions in this country continues to be […]

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Debate 8/21: What’s the solution for kids who steal?

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Debate Center: Tasered 11-year-old girl stuns Cincinnati public By David Landon The question of when it is appropriate to use a stun gun on a child is in the news after an incident at a Cincinnati supermarket. Recently, an 11-year-old girl, who Cincinnati police say was shoplifting from a supermarket was shocked with a Taser […]

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Debate 8/14: Instant guns cause a stir

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Q: Should the sharing of 3D printed gun technology be illegal? The latest round of debates between the gun rights vs. gun control crowds has taken on a decidedly technological direction. The new battleground is over the legality, as well as other public policy questions, surrounding the use of a 3D printer to create functioning […]

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Commentary 8/7: Nude Dancing and the First Amendment

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Q: Should exotic dancers be subject to arrest for touching patrons? The protections afforded by the First Amendment have been invoked for all kinds of causes and by all types and shapes of individuals. The list of individuals who have claimed the shield of freedom afforded by the First Amendment is long and distinguished. There […]

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Debate 7/31: Non-citizen?

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San Francisco has become the first city in California to allow illegal aliens to vote and in doing so raises an important question: to whom should the right to vote extend? Although San Francisco recently began taking registrations from undocumented aliens, to qualify the alien has to have a school-aged child living with them. This […]

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Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across the country are taking up the difficult question of when the state can remove weapons from an individual who, having legally obtained a gun, begins to display behavior or rhetoric threatening to society. It is […]

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Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something truly remarkable. He has united Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stand against his inane proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS). And, in another astonishing accomplishment not frequently seen in Washington, […]

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Commentary 7/3: Keep your doctor, keep your plan

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Should inmates be allowed to continue their mental health treatment? By Sarah Sidlow | Illustration Michael de Adder Q: After mentally ill inmates are released from jail or prison, should they still have access to their treatment? Fact: American prisons were never designed to be mental health providers. Fact: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, […]

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Commentary 6/19: Call Me by My Name

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About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, which doubles a widely used previous estimate of 700,000. The debate on how and when to accommodate the transgender population, now thought to make up 0.6 percent of the population, continues to escalate. Recently in the news is the report of an Indiana high […]

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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 about everyone last week with, no matter how you slice it, a Tweet that few would argue was racist. She compared former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman, to an ape. The outrage […]

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Orange is the new grey area

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When a transgender inmate enters prison housing, should they be housed according to their biological sex, or the gender by which they identify? According to Obama-era legislation, prison housing, like the use of public restrooms, should be determined by a person’s identified gender. But President Donald Trump—on a roll to reverse a number of his […]

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Debate 5/8: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

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Here’s a name you may have heard recently: Randa Jarrar. Here’s another: Barbara Bush. The latter, former first lady and mother to Bush 43, died on April 17 at the age of 92. The former, a tenured creative-writing professor at California State University, Fresno, was pretty happy about it. So happy, in fact, that just […]

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Debate Forum: 11/7

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Non-starter State proposes changes to teen driving code By Sarah Sidlow What do pimples, teenage heart break, and bad haircuts all have in common? Like Rumspringa, Quinceneras, and the bullet ant initiation of the Brazilian Amazon, they are rites of passage. But for Ohio teens, one important American ritual of adulthood may soon change. Legislation […]

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Debate Center: 9/26

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Life is but a DREAM By Sarah Sidlow DACA—you may have heard that recently. It stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s an Obama-era plan that answers the question, what should we do with undocumented migrants who come to the United States as children? DACA grants those who qualify temporary protection from deportation. It […]

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Debate Forum: 9/5

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Education confrontation Parents to school district: get on my lawn! By Sarah Sidlow If your house were just a stone’s throw away from a better school district, what would you do? If you’re Kevin Kinlin, you petition the Ohio Board of Education to transfer your house into another district. When Kinlin and his wife Pamela […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]