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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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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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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]