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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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Debate Forum: 09/16

Forum Center: Affirmative action is alive and well? By Alex Culpepper Jennifer Gratz will be forever linked to Michigan and affirmative action. It was Gratz, a Caucasian woman, who, in 1995, applied for admission to the University of Michigan but was denied – even though she had a 3.8 grade average, as well as some other […]

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Debate Forum: 09/09

Forum Center: Obama and striking workers raise an issue about wages By Alex Culpepper Photo: Robots… I’m lovin’ it [Illustration by Jed Helmers] During the Labor Day weekend, President Obama was out speaking to crowds about Labor Day issues. Part of his speech was a rally for increased wages, especially the minimum wage. He also […]

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Debate Forum 08/05

Forum Center: Are gun-free zones really safety-free zones? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif. and Fort Hood, Texas; were scenes of recent mass shootings. They all have at least one other thing in common, too: they are all gun-free zones. After the shootings, debate about guns was in the news, […]

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Debate forum 07/22

Leaky borders have flooded the country with immigration debates By Alex Culpepper Immigration is in the news again, but that shouldn’t be a surprise in a country with a history of 400 years of people coming and going. They have come from virtually everywhere and for every reason; sometimes they’ve been viewed suspiciously, and other […]

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Debate forum: 06/08

Supreme Court loses faith in the contraception mandate By Alex Culpepper Photo: ©2014 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission The April 1 Debate Forum introduced the case before the Supreme Court regarding the owners of Hobby Lobby and their objections to providing coverage for certain types of contraceptives. The question then was centered on whether a […]

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Debate forum: 06/10

Forum center: Coal might have an image problem By Alex Culpepper Coal is a pretty big deal in the world right now. About 40 percent of the electricity produced on the planet comes from coal. South Africa leads the world in coal-produced electricity, using coal for over 90 percent of its electricity. Poland, China, Australia and […]

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Commentary Forum 05/20

Over the limit? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is an interesting and distinctive beer. First of all, the brewing process requires a tremendous amount of hops to make it. It’s not produced in large amounts, and it allegedly ages well, like wine. This beer is also 20 percent alcohol, […]

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Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that produces luxury electric cars. The company has been around for about 10 years and is headed by South African engineer and entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk. Tesla cars are limited-production and marketed toward affluent […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]