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E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How do I learn about what pesticides may be on the food I eat? — Beatrice Olson, Cleveland, OH Along with the rise in the popularity of organic food has come an increased awareness about the dangers lurking on so-called “conventionally produced” (that is, with chemical pesticides and […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 12/27/11

By Deb Milbrath

2011: It was some kind of year … we’re just not sure what kind 2011. It was really quite a year. And it had its share of winners and losers. But many of the most dramatic events of the year are still being played out. The jury, so to speak, is still deliberating on what […]

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Advice Goddess, 12/27/11

Brief-Stricken A divorced male friend and I recently became “friends with benefits.” However, I’m not receiving the same, uh, level of benefits as he is. He isn’t giving me orgasms from intercourse, and his pleasuring of me is measured in seconds rather than minutes, despite my telling him that this is a problem. (I haven’t […]

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Advice Goddess, 12/20/11

The Cad Catalogue Three years ago, I was divorced six weeks from a 22-year marriage when I got involved with a married co-worker and persuaded him to divorce his wife for me. He has been married five times and cheated on all of his wives. I have reason to believe he’s still having sex with […]

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Free Speech Letters, 12/20/11

A leftist county? It is not surprising that Child Welfare Services in Cuyahoga County removed a fat kid from his parents, because they were not doing enough to make him a skinny kid.  Cleveland and Cuyahoga County are run by Democrat, leftist politicians who are all about forcing everyone to live according to their edicts […]

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Multiple personalities

Bonneville celebrate the release of Amy’s House at Canal Street Tavern By Nick Schwab “Always different, always the same.” This is a famous contradiction by radio personality John Peel when describing the conflicting style of British post-punks, the Fall. Its heart beats on in Bonneville: a Dayton breed indie-rock four piece (now residing in Columbus) […]

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Advice Goddess, 11/29/11

Pest Wife Regression Two years ago, my man left his 22-year marriage to be with me, but he told me he loved his former wife and would always want a friendship with her. I accepted that (I’m friends with my ex), but I’m bothered by the amount of contact they have. They do have two […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 11/22/11

Occupy Wall Street and the First Amendment On November 15, in a predawn operation, New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered the clearing of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) encampment in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. Police in riot gear moved into the park shortly after officers handed out notices to protesters warning them the […]

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Free Speech Letters, 11/22/11

Mortgage mess It’s little wonder the mortgage problem is becoming worse. Judges and lawyers are just playing the banks’ games, which is to do exactly what they want, which is doing nothing for the home owners. Anyone want to know why the banks aren’t negotiating with the homeowners? They don’t have to. Not when Fannie […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 11/8/11

Calls intensify for an aggressive ban on exotic animals in Ohio   The scene last month near Zanesville, Ohio was described by Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, as what one would expect if Noah’s Ark had crashed.  There were at one time 56 wild animals roaming the Muskingum County countryside. […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 11/1/11

Controversial State Issue 2 on the Ohio November ballot The state of Ohio, as well as many of its nearly 5,600 political subdivisions, is still in the grips of a financial crisis with continued reduced revenues and increased demands for service. As part of the Kasich administration’s plan to address the $8 billion dollar deficit […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 10/25/11

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on state smoking ban Last Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that challenges the state’s nearly 5-year-old indoor smoking ban. Sitting in rural Highland County, the Court heard a case against Zeno’s, a Columbus bar, which owes $33,000 in fines for smoking violations. Having been cited […]

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Free Speech Letters, 10/25/11

A talent from the start Craig is a longtime friend of mine from high school. I remember him in printing class. He always had a knack for unique art and just being different. In my own line of work and trying to be different from the norm, I can certainly appreciate the time, care and […]

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Advice Goddess, 10/18/11

All Work And No Foreplay My husband and I are entrepreneurs, developing a new product. We’re both working long hours. He’s miserable because he has no time for his art (painting), and our sex life is in shambles. There isn’t a lot of blame or anger. We simply go about our entire days with little […]

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Advice Goddess, 10/11/11

Prince Harming I feel like a disappointment to my boyfriend of seven months. I’m 28; he’s 35 and Mr. Smart. He is a Brit and was a top student at Cambridge. He says everyone expected him to become Prime Minister, but he decided to buck their expectations and become a portrait painter. Although he earns […]

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Free Speech Letters, 10/4/11

A founding letter As the organizers of SOFT, we would like to respond to some of A.J.’s points. First, we hope that visitors to our Facebook page will forgive us – we have been quite busy over the last month with our full-time graduate studies and research and teaching responsibilities, and haven’t been updating the […]

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A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]