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Debate Forum: 11/28

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Ladies and gentlemen and smizmars… Should federal IDs offer a category other than male and female? By Ron Kozar Everyone has heard of LGBT. Sometimes they add Q, and sometimes more letters. Now, however, maybe they should add N for 2017’s Neologism of the Year, non-binary. Then there are M and F. Should we add […]

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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 Forum: 10/17

February 5, 2015

Mother knows best? When health is concerned, who gets the last word? By Sarah Sidlow Michigan mother  Rebecca Bredow went to jail for defying a judge’s order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. (Record scratch.) You’re probably wondering how we ended up here. Let’s back up. Rebecca Bredow and her husband, James Horne, are in […]

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Disorder in the court

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Black Box Theatre’s lineup rotates for all audiences Jon Sauline and Sarah Ammar, photo: Emmalee Daniels By Don Hurst As alibis go, it wasn’t the worst I ever heard, but it stretched the limits of credibility. According to the defense attorney, the accused could not have committed the burglary because he was at the casino…playing […]

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Debate Forum: 9/19

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It’s a draw Artwork: Jed Helmers Should drawing blood for evidence-gathering be illegal? By Sarah Sidlow Who is Alex Wubbels? Glad you asked. She’s a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recently made waves when bodycam footage of her July 26 arrest became a viral sensation. Why was she arrested? Ask Detective Jeff Payne. […]

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Debate Forum: 8/29

Healthful, or harmful? These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA By Sarah Sidlow The recent death of a 25-year-old Australian bodybuilder has many wondering about how far the government should go to inform people about dietary supplements. Meegan Hefford, a bodybuilder and paramedic trainee, was found unconscious in her home, and rushed to […]

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Debate Forum: 8/22

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Which right write is right? In Charlottesville, what isn’t the debate? By Sarah Sidlow Overwhelmed by the Charlottesville news cycle recently? Likewise. Let’s catch up. On Saturday, August 12, white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” march. Turns out, a few other people were there as well: counterprotesters, opposed to the […]

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Debate Forum: 7/18

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Cat scratch fever? NY makes moves to ban cat declawing By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: onychectomy. Not the feeling one gets when crying over cutting onions. It’s a surgical procedure that declaws cats—and New York is aiming to be the first state to ban the practice. Reports estimate that about a quarter of all […]

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Debate Forum: 7/4

Government stinks Should we fine or be fine with poop? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow As a professional, no-nonsense journalist, I’m always looking for a good opportunity to write about pressing issues in our community. Like poop. That’s what the city of Oakwood was talking about in order to pass an amendment to the […]

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Debate Forum: 6/27

Baby, you’re a firework …but you can’t light one Artwork: Pat Bagley By Sarah Sidlow July 4 is coming, and that means we’re gearing up for a weekend of grillin’, chillin’, and callin’ the cops on the neighbors when they set off fireworks. Why? Because in the state of Ohio, at least for now, it’s […]

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Debate Forum: 5/16

Too weird for Austin? Texas bill protects religious liberties, probably not same-sex couples By Sarah Sidlow “This bill is not a license to discriminate. Rather, it is a license to participate.” That was Texas Senator Charles Perry—not at karaoke. Actually, Perry was at a hearing on SB 892 before the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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Debate Forum: 4/11

The curse of cursive Should schools still teach cursive? By Sarah Sidlow In school, we learned all sorts of important things that set us up for a lifetime of success. Like how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder, the difference between a rhombus and a regular parallelogram, and how to write in cursive. […]

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Debate Forum: 4/4

The carrot on the stick Should SNAP-eligible foods be limited? By Sarah Sidlow   This week, my editor sent me a link to a 49-page study by the USDA titled “Foods Typically Purchased By Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households.” The title and promised contents sounded riveting, and I immediately read the report from cover […]

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Debate Forum: 3/28

Killing Big Bird? Trump moves to defund public broadcasting By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: President Donald Trump used to be a Muppet. Before he was the commander in chief; before he was the leader of the free world; he was a garbage-throwing puppet who lived in a multi-story trashcan empire called “Grump Tower” in […]

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Debate Forum: 3/7

In defense of brunch Should Ohio revisit its Sunday alcohol policy? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Dayton artist Jed Helmers. Reach him at JedHelmers@DaytonCityPaper.com. See more at JedHelmers.com. Thing to know: “blue law”—as in, a law that prohibits certain types of activities on Sundays. Because, why would you want to buy a car (or a […]

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Debate Forum: 1/31

  The ‘art’ of the deal No room for arts in Trump’s budget By Sarah Sidlow It didn’t take President Trump very long to find the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk, or the presidential rubber stamp. In addition to other symbolic executive actions, Trump and his team have been working diligently to uphold his campaign promise […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]