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Debate Right, 8/14

How to Waste $2.5 Billion by Mark Luedtke The U.S. is suffering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The official unemployment rate is 8.3 percent. The actual rate, which includes the long-term unemployed who were removed from the official statistics in 1994, tops 22 percent. The on-budget federal debt tops $15 trillion. The […]

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Debate Right, 7/31

Socialization of Punishment Harms Penn State Students by Mark Luedtke The actions government agents, the Penn State regents and the NCAA have taken against Penn State students in the wake of revelations about Jerry Sandusky’s serial assault of young boys is deplorable. From the moment Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly decided to call a press […]

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Debate Right, 7/17

A Small Victory for America’s Nanny Dog by Mark Luedtke Blogger Yonah Ward Grossman [I’ve Got Something to Say- ywgrossman.com] makes the case that pit bulls used to have a sterling reputation in America, calling them America’s nanny dog. Americans rich and poor used pit bulls to protect their children. His website displays hundreds of […]

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Forum Right, 7/10

Obama Wields the Terrible Destructive Power of Government by Mark Luedtke Shortly before the 2008 election, then-candidate Obama described how he planned to ruin Americans by regulating their businesses and jobs out of existence, cut the supply of energy and raise energy prices, “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — […]

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Dropping the Hammer

by Mark Luedtke To say Steve Colletti loves racing would be an understatement. He’s been racing for 44 years. “I have been in racing since 1968 when my boss Walter Siemindinger took me to my first race as a helper when he raced an Alfa Romeo GTV. I enjoyed the competition and the mechanical skill […]

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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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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]