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Debate Forum Right, 6/21/11

The Dictator’s Personal Army by Mark Luedtke United States presidents have long known the best way to win popular support is to wage war. In the 19th century, presidents used Manifest Destiny as an excuse to wage war on Native Americans and Mexico. In the 20th century, despite winning the 1916 election as an anti-war […]

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Commentary Forum 6/7/11

Thank Goodness for Property Rights By Mark Luedtke America was founded on property rights. The first colonists at Jamestown were ordered to practice communism and they starved to death in droves as a result. To save the colony, the governor gave each colonist a tract of land and allowed them to keep and trade whatever […]

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Commentary Forum 5/24/11

Playing God with People’s Lives By Mark Luedtke This may come as a shock to federal bureaucrats, but every few decades, the Mississippi River floods, big time. Every century or so, it floods even more impressively. For the entire history of humanity, people have known how to deal with floods. Individuals who chose to live […]

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Debate Forum Right: 5/10/11

Oil and Cotton and Wheat, Oh My! by Mark Luedtke What do oil, cotton and wheat have in common? They’ve all nearly doubled in price in the last year. Worse, all commodities have dramatically increased in price recently. Gold and silver have skyrocketed. Stocks have dramatically increased in price. Groceries are more expensive, but that’s […]

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Commentary Forum: Mark Luedtke 4/26/11

Kasich Counting on Partisan Judges By Mark Luedtke I always smile when Supreme Court decisions break along party lines as they do for nearly every significant decision. An observer from Mars might think we have two different U.S. Constitutions, one for Republicans and another for Democrats. The reality is, justices don’t care what the Constitution […]

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Debate Forum: Left, 4/19/11

NASA’s Decision Is All About Looting by Mark Luedtke According to the Dayton Daily News, “Ohio politicians were smarting from NASA’s announcement Tuesday that it decided not to award an orbiter to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.” No doubt. If NASA had sent a shuttle to Dayton, it would have been a […]

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Debate Forum Right: 4/12/11

Better 10 Years Late Than Never By Mark Luedtke When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Congress subsequently declared war. That’s because it was obvious the Japanese attack was an act of war. When al-Qaida attacked the US on 9/11, Congress subsequently declared war. That’s because the 9/11 attack was obviously an act of war, too. […]

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Unleash your inner carnivore

Local organic meat: It isn’t easy ‘growing green’ By Mark Luedtke From the beginning, man rose to the top of the food chain as a meat eater. Today, the arctic Inuits thrive on diets consisting almost exclusively of meat, and suffer from far fewer cases of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and cancer than their modern-day, […]

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Debate Forum Left: 4/5/11

Criminal gangs war over buses by Mark Luedtke If you read the Dayton Daily News over the last couple of weeks, you might have thought the most important story in the world was whether or not Beavercreek City Council would allow the RTA to run buses to Fairfield Commons. Apparently this is a big deal […]

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Commentary Forum: 3/22/11

Environmentalists Melt Down; Nuclear Reactors Don’t By Mark Luedtke On Friday, March 11, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake was the strongest ever recorded in Japan and the fifth strongest recorded in modern history. It’s estimated the subsequent tsunami triggered by the quake killed over 25,000 people in Japan. […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]