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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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Commentary Forum: 5/23

Illustration by Jed Helmers Prisoners and pacifiers Some women care for their babies in prison—should they? By Sarah Sidlow Nobody puts baby in the…correctional facility. Except when it happens in Marysville, Ohio, where the nursery in the Ohio Reformatory for Women has served 289 female inmates and their children since 2001. It’s part of the […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/2

Scared to death Ohio’s battle with lethal injection By Sarah Sidlow There’s nothing like a good deadline to increase productivity. That’s what the state of Arkansas decided when it realized its supply of one of the drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail, midazolam, expires at the end of April. Cue death row executions in […]

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Debate Forum: 4/25

As if flying wasn’t stressful enough United Airlines overbooking policy up in the air By Sarah Sidlow Is there a doctor on board? Not anymore! By now, you’ve likely seen or heard about a video of a physical confrontation between United Airlines passenger David Dao and the security officer who forcibly removed him from United flight […]

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Debate Forum: 3/21

Charge or change Ohio towns try new approach to heroin overdose By Sarah Sidlow Quote of the day: “They can either seek help, or they can go to jail.” That was Miamisburg Det. Sgt. Jeff Muncy. And in case you were wondering, the “they” refers to people who survive heroin overdoses. In 2016, the city […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/24

’Til Trump do us part At the dawn of a new era, was Barack Obama a good president? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle Real talk: Donald Trump has taken over the biggest boardroom in the land. He was put there by 61,900,651 American voters who were ready for a […]

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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/3

What’s in your wallet? The minimum wage debate By Sarah Sidlow It’s been about three years since the “Fight for $15” became a thing. In case you missed it, it’s the most recent movement calling for minimum wage hikes across the country. It was also a hot topic on the campaign trail (is that finally […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]