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Forum Right, 6/26

An Avalanche of Austerity Is Coming One Way or Another by Mark Luedtke We’re the stupidest people in history. Early Americans bequeathed us wealth previously unimagined because they understood economics and the nature of government. With the exception of the very first colonies in the US, which were almost exterminated by socialism, well-educated Americans managed […]

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Playing the Odds

Area Internet Sweepstakes Cafes: Legal or Not? By Mark Leudtke The sign on the sidewalk outside of Roy Smith’s Internet sweepstakes cafe in Middletown says win a TV. The sign on the window advertises Las Vegas-style games and cash prizes. The inside looks similar to a college computer lab, but friendlier. Computer monitors line tables. […]

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Forum RIght, 6/5

Who Owns Your Property? by Mark Luedtke You probably think you own your property. For several centuries in the US, property rights were almost sacrosanct. Our parents believed they owned their property, and their parents believed they owned their property, so we do the same. But that’s always been a charade. None of us really […]

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Water Water Everywhere

Which Drop to Drink? by Mark Luedtke Miami Valley Water Resources Next to air, water is the most important substance necessary for human life. Fortunately for the residents of the Miami Valley, nature provides them some of the best natural water resources in the world. Not only is the region blessed with wonderful rivers and […]

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Forum Right, 5/26/12

The Price of Policy By Mark Luedtke Because nearly all of us were brainwashed in government schools, we have a dangerously warped view about economics and the nature of government. The reality is, because the state is a coercive institution funded by theft, it attracts the worst people to work for it. The worst of […]

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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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International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]

Meet the artist

Abby Rose Maurer on lines, light and the movement of drunk people By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Artist Abby Rose Maurer in […]

Addressing dress

Decked Out! explores culture through costume and adornment By Susan Byrnes Photo: Visitors to the Experiencenter look through a zoetrope, which […]