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The country is coupon crazy By Jim Bucher OK, a show of hands out there in Dayton City Paper reader land: How many of you use coupons?Come on, admit it. We’ve all – at one time or another – used a coupon for something. Heck, I saw a young couple coming out of a local hospital […]

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There’s no business like snow business  By Jim Bucher I remember a time when a prediction of snow meant sledding, snowball fights and no school. Why is snow now ostracized? White death – Snowmageddon if you will. Last I looked, snow hasn’t changed in my lifetime. Snow is snow, right? So why, oh why, are we […]

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What makes you happy and smile? By Jim Bucher Have you ever heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, winter blues or seasonal depression? Well, it seems to happen every year at this time. You know, grey and gloomy skies ‘til around May. So, to compensate for this disorder, what we […]

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Muse is doing Seuss  By Jim Bucher   Photo: Muse Machine presents “Seussical!” Jan. 16-19; photo: Thom Meyer The definition of the word “dandy” is “an excellent thing of its kind.” There’s no better word to describe the Muse Machine’s production of “Seussical!” Of course, it’s a musical. Dr. Seuss I’m not, but if you love […]

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The Y2K-Kid/Pett Project continues  By Jim Bucher   Photo: The Y2K Kid – Josie Pett of Miami Township Josie Pett turned 14 years old on Wednesday. Now, why is this a big deal, you ask? Well, it’s because 14 years ago Josie was the first baby born, as far as we can tell, in the new […]

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Christmas decorations – Part Deux By Jim Bucher Depending on when you’re reading my column in the Dayton City Paper, let me cover all the bases – If you’re reading it before Christmas, well, by all means, have a Merry Christmas. If you’re checking it out after Christmas, I hope you had a good one. […]

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In sync with Synergy Incubators By Jim Bucher  Photo: Working at Synergy Incubators; photo: Dolce Photography Hey, have you guys heard of Synergy Incubators? What? You’ve never heard of Synergy Incubators? Wait, for cryin’ out loud, I’ve never heard of Synergy Incubators. So, we’ll all learn together. It sounds like a “Sesame Street” episode, but Synergy […]

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Write the letter now  By Jim Bucher   First, here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday was full of family, friends, fellowship – and to be all inclusive, femaleship – and of course some fun. This, of course, was the day set up to reflect, give thanks and count our blessings, no matter how big or small. […]

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Happy Holiday Festival!  By Jim Bucher   Does anyone remember the old Holiday Festival Jingle from years ago? Now I’m going way back, but you have to add a little holiday music behind the words. OK, here goes. “It’s that very special time of year, very special! The Dayton Holiday Festival is here. Ring, linga, […]

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Kennedy’s Air Force One -– A piece of tragic history  By Jim Bucher  Photo: Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000 (Air Force One) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo) As we pause to reflect a solemn occasion in our country’s history, the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy 50 years […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

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 […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]