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Debate Forum 10/08

Debate Center: Do we get the government we deserve?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Ed Gamble So, we finally have a government shutdown. Although Capitol Hill scrambled for last-minute deals and eleventh-hour bargains, the shutdown train kept rolling. There were meetings, phone calls, briefings and discussions, but all efforts were futile. We could rightly call some of […]

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Debate Forum, 9/17

Massachusetts family believes the Pledge challenges their patriotism By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Elliot Ward A man named Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance in 1891. In part, it owes its existence to Christopher Columbus and the Civil War. Bellamy composed the Pledge as part of a program to promote patriotism and complement the opening […]

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Debate Forum 09/03

Debate Center: Rapists in many states can have child custody rights  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.    A woman in Massachusetts is involved in a legal battle to overturn a state court order requiring the father of her child to assume partial parental responsibilities. She is doing this because he was also […]

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Debate Forum 07/30

Debate Center: Local school district gives principals extra authority By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Monte Wolverton Since the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, the issue of allowing armed teachers in schools has been a national debate. It has also been an Ohio debate leading to three school districts in the state passing […]

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Debate Forum 07/16

Debate Center: What’s in your landfill? By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Nate Beeler The process of extracting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces a briny, liquid waste during the drilling process. Normally, these liquid wastes are stored in injection wells underground. If certain actions by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the […]

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Debate forum 07/02

Debate forum center: Controversy may reveal who or what can be considered a “person” By: Alex culpepper Illustration:Sam Rhoden   People who closely watch cetaceans have noticed a few things about them. They are intelligent and curious, and they have all the characteristics you would expect to find with well-developed minds. They have language, culture and […]

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Commentary forum, 6/18

Commentary Forum Center: Has Big Brother finally got our numbers? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Nate Beeler Reports are already hailing Edward Snowden as the possible heavyweight champ of whistleblowing for providing information to The Guardian newspaper about the National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering efforts that has the country in uproar. Snowden had access to this […]

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Debate forum, 6/4

Debate Center: The IRS may need some health care after the recent beating it has taken  By Alex Culpepper The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has hardly been a favorite government agency among Americans, and now it is clearly in trouble over the controversy involving its interpretive role in determining whether certain groups would be eligible […]

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Debate Forum, 05/21

Debate Forum Center: Club owners feeling the heat about late-night violence By Alex Culpepper Dayton residents Charles W. Bell III and Keenan Hall made the news recently, but it’s the news no one likes to hear. They were killed in a late-night shootout in the parking lot of Heat nightclub in Huber Heights. Because of that tragedy, […]

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Debate, 5/7

Debate Forum Center: Bill could allow revelers to have ‘one for the road’ By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden With the exception of a few states, towns and cities in this country prohibit people from roaming the streets with open containers of alcohol, whether it’s a glass of beer or a partially consumed bottle of wine […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]