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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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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

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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

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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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A Nobel Prize and class

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Former Wright-Patt scientist wins top chemistry honor By Mark Luedtke With the long-depressed economy around Dayton, it’s easy to forget about the region’s tradition of leadership in science and technology. That’s why it was exciting to discover that this year’s Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry has ties to Dayton from when he worked at the […]

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Debate Forum Right, 11/22/11

The violence and greed of Leftists By Mark Luedtke It’s self-evident that only one person can control a piece of property at any given time. Otherwise conflicts occur. Therefore there’s no such thing as public property. That’s a fiction created by government to manipulate the people. There is only privately-owned property and government-owned property. Further, […]

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Original class of the NFL

The Dayton Triangles took on the Columbus Pan Handles in the first-ever NFL game right here in Dayton by Mark Luedtke The World Series is over, NBA owners have locked out the players and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. For Ohio sports fans that means it’s time for football, football and more football. Especially NFL football. […]

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Debate Forum Right, 11/8/11

You can’t ban nature by Mark Luedtke “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lions and tigers and bears.” Forgive me. I watched the Wizard of Oz Friday night and it was very scary. It had scarecrows, witches and tornadoes in it. I think more Ohioans died while watching the Wizard of Oz on Friday […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]