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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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Big Upgrades at Boonshoft

Museum Engages More Visitors, More Personally By Mark Luedtke 2011 was a busy year at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, one of the premier interactive museums of nature and natural history in the world. Sound boring? It’s not. Colorful and engaging, Boonshoft has about as much in common with the static natural history museums of […]

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Socialism Is Irrational and Deadly

By Mark Luedtke Why People Advocate Socialism In his book The New Evolution Diet, Paleolithic lifestyle pioneer Art DeVany calls humans lazy over-eaters. “We humans evolved when food was scarce and life was full of arduous physical activity. Hence, our bodies instruct us to eat everything we can lay our hands on and to exert […]

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Debate Forum Right, 12/27/11

Losers, losers and more losers By Mark Luedtke Biggest Loser: Barack Obama It’s hard to imagine a bigger loser this year than President Obama. He came into office promoting a message of hope and change, but anybody who took the time to investigate his record knew the change he intended was destructive, not hopeful. Unfortunately, […]

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Extra! Extra! For 2011

In 2011: Casey Anthony was acquitted; Osama bin Laden was killed; Jerry Sandusky was arrested; Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries; Prince William married Kate Middleton; and the recession reigned supreme.

Top 10 news stories of the past year By Mark Luedtke 1. Unemployment National unemployment hovered around 9 percent all year. In November, unemployment dropped to 8.6 percent to great fanfare, but even this was bad news because most of the drop came from 315,000 unemployed workers giving up and dropping out of the system. […]

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Debate Forum Right, 12/20/11

Another problem institutionalized by government By Mark Luedtke Government hates competition, and the nuclear family is government’s strongest competition for the hearts, minds and loyalty of the people, so politicians have designed a myriad of policies that undermine the family unit. Taxes and regulations steal the economic power of the family and elevate the power […]

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Beauty in St. Anne’s Hill

A Victorian Renaissance in downtown Dayton by Mark Luedtke Most Daytonians know the story of the reclamation of the Oregon District, but St. Anne’s Hill is a lesser-known, historic Victorian neighborhood being restored by motivated residents. Just a mile east of the Oregon District, St. Anne’s Hill is bounded by Keowee and Dutoit Streets on […]

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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 […]