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The New Face of Manufacturing in Dayton

The Advantages of Fiber Reinforced Polymer By Mark Luedtke Who said manufacturing is dead in Dayton? Composite Advantage, located on Kiser Street in Old North Dayton, recently unveiled its newest pedestrian bridge in D.C. as part of the city’s sustainability initiative. But this isn’t like bridges of the past. It’s made of fiberglass composite. Scott […]

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Forum Right, 5/8/12

The Boy Scouts Have a Right to Free Association Too By Mark Luedtke Before political correctness chilled speech in America, there used to be a great tradition of free speech summed up by the saying, “I don’t agree with what you say, but I defend your right to say it.” In that tradition, I’m going […]

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Forum Left, 5/1/12

Government Tries to Solve Another Problem It Created By Mark Leudtke It’s a simple law of economics: when government rations a good, it creates a shortage of that good. It doesn’t matter what the good is, the law still applies. The consequences of these shortages are always bad. When government rations alcohol permits, the consequences […]

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Forum Right, 4/24/12

More Infantilization of America By Mark Luedtke The arguments for allowing people to carry concealed firearms are well understood. First, there’s the moral argument. Every individual has a natural right to defend himself to the best of his ability. Firearms are the best tools for self-defense. Banning the concealed carry of firearms makes people easy […]

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Packing Heat

A History of Ohio’s Concealed Carry Laws by Mark Luedtke In 1987, gun owners in Florida shocked the nation by pushing through a statewide shall-issue — meaning officials can’t deny a permit for arbitrary reasons — concealed carry law. Critics claimed this would transform Florida into killing fields. Proponents claimed it would lead to dramatic […]

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Forum Right, 3/27/12

No Good Relations Between Wolves and Sheep By Mark Luedtke Most Americans don’t yet realize that the state is a predatory institution and the police are its fangs. But many blacks do. It begins with taxes. Taxes are the modern version of tribute conquerors have always demanded from the conquered. They are not voluntary. They […]

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Forum Right, 3/20/12

Teachers Aren’t the Problem By Mark Luedtke On the surface, Gov. Kasich’s plan to retest teachers in failing schools might seem like a good idea. Teachers should know their subjects, so why not retest those in failing schools, right? But that kind of superficial analysis, the kind that makes good sound bites, produces bad policy. […]

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Forum Right, 3/6/12

Student Violence is a Reflection of Government Violence By Mark Luedtke Imagine if government passed a law requiring dog owners to enroll their dogs in government training centers seven hours a day, five days a week for nine months. Politicians would declare this a public good and raise taxes to pay for it, making every […]

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Forum Left, 2/21/12

Property Rights Are the Source of Civil Rights by Mark Luedtke There’s an old saying: Your right to swing your fist ends at my nose. In the same way, your right to free speech ends at my property line. While every individual has a natural right to free speech, no individual may seize the property […]

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Commentary Forum Right, 2/7/12

The Copyright Police State by Mark Luedtke For six months, many internet users were monitoring and informing everybody they could reach about SOPA and PIPA. The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) was a draconian House bill that would have given the feds terrible powers to attack the owners of websites ostensibly to combat piracy of copyrighted material. PIPA […]

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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 […]