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Debate Forum: 03/31

Forum Center: A cure for apathy? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s make this clear: President Obama did not call for a constitutional amendment that would make voting mandatory. However, during a March appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama did muse that mandatory voting was one strategy that could be useful in offsetting the power of political spending. […]

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Debate Forum: 02/24

Debate Center: Who’s in charge here, anyway? By Sarah Sidlow A coalition of 26 states led by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s November executive orders on immigration. This move, which the White House has promised to appeal, will give the states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to […]

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Debate Forum: 01/27

Forum Center: The highs, the sighs (and the lies?) By Sarah Sidlow Last week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, in front of a congress fully controlled by Republicans for the first time in his presidency. His address, which ran just shy of an hour, called for a number of […]

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Debate Forum: 01/20

Forum Center: When journalism becomes activism By Sarah Sidlow French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently made international headlines when its cover, which is known for lampooning political or religious figures, bore an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, it was not the cover itself that made the world pay attention, but the reaction of two Islamist extremists, […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

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: 12/16

Forum Center: Workplace discrimination?  Or “up in smoke”? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers “Thank you for not smoking” may soon take on a whole new meaning in a major Arizona county as the Pima County Board of Supervisors examines a proposal that would ban employers from hiring smokers as municipal employees. The policy, which would […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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Debate Forum: 11/18

Debate Center: Ivan-ho! (or, another government bailout?) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The 3,500 acre Ivanpah solar electric generating plant, which is the largest solar plant in the world, is allegedly in financial straits. Owned by Google and renewable energy behemoth NRG, the plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas, […]

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Debate Forum: 10/21

Debate Center: Abercrombie gets another look By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The mahogany halls of the Supreme Court may smell a little more strongly of cologne this December, as the high court has decided to hear a case against apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. On behalf of a young Muslim woman who was allegedly not […]

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Debate Forum: 09/30

Forum Center: If it walks like a duck …  By Paul Noah Illustration: Jed Helmers Imagine the following scenario: You live in a state were firearms are legally sold in major department stores such as the one within which you’re currently shopping. As you turn to walk down an aisle there is young African American man casually […]

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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]