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Debate 04/10: The long and winding road

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Q: Should DACA participants be able to obtain driver’s licenses? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The bolo tie was declared the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. Clearly the Grand Canyon State has a thing for making rules. And following them, it would seem. In more recent (and less fashionable) legal news, Arizona has been embroiled […]

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Follow the yellow bricks…

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Make the “Journey to Oz” at Victoria The Experiential Theatre troup: Dan Brunson, Nicia Carla Moore, Chaz Pofahl, Tiffany Bear, and Tommy Foster, Journey to Oz. Photo: John Merrick By Don Hurst Tornadoes flinging farmhouses to alternate dimensions. Vengeful witches attempting to blow up puppies. Winged monkeys swarming scarecrows, lions, and tin men. The Experiential […]

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Debate 3/20: Money walks

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Ohio lawmakers set sights improving bail system Q: Should Ohio’s bail system be overhauled to treat suspects more uniformly regardless of income level? By Sarah Sidlow Fifty-seven percent: the amount of inmates in Ohio jails who are not serving a sentence. You read that right. According to Dayton Daily News, just over half of the […]

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Debate 3/13: ICE ICE, baby

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California Mayor narcs on ICE, faces charges Q: Should Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf have alerted illegal immigrants about the impending ICE raid?  By Sarah Sidlow When Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf found out about an impending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in her district, the progressive mayor didn’t just keep it to […]

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Debate 2/20: A tip for Change?

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Should employers own employees’ tips? Q: Should the government permit employee tips to be managed by employers to portion to employees, and/or keep the money for themselves? By Sarah Sidlow Imagine you work in a restaurant waiting tables. You make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, plus tips. Because of an Obama administration […]

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Debate: 02/13

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Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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Debate Forum: 01/02

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Data. Driven. Is Uber a tech company, or a taxi service? By Sarah Sidlow Phrase to know: gig economy. As in a labor market characterized by short-term independent contractors. As in your weekend and evening side-hustle. Today’s gig economy has popped up almost overnight; and it’s left a lot of people wondering whether it’s a […]

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Debate Forum: 12/19

Can he do that? Should sanctuary city government decision makers be sued under federal law? By Sarah Sidlow If you’re planning on riding out the holidays without having a political conversation, we salute you. But if you can’t avoid it, or if you’re that guy at the office party who likes to stir the soup, […]

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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

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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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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]