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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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Look out below

Dayton’s own Team American Chucker is lord of the gourd at national Punkin Chunkin competition By Mark Luedtke Medieval knights and battles are popular shows on the History Channel, and Renaissance festivals have become a modern American tradition — Americans love the romance of the medieval period. Many dream of donning armor, riding a fine […]

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Debate Forum Right, 10/25/11

Ohio Attorney General blows smoke, but you can’t by Mark Luedtke Most Americans are under the misconception that elections mean something to them. Most think if you vote out one party and replace it with the other, the government will go in a new direction. It never happens. No matter which party voters empower, government […]

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Debate Forum Right, 10/18/11

Obama don’t need no stinking trials By Mark Luedtke Are you on President Obama’s hit list? Is your loved one? How can you know? The targets, who selected them and the evidence for putting them on the list are all secret. Did you even know Obama had a hit list? On January 27, 2010 The […]

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Debate Forum Right, 10/11/11

Centrally planned leftist protests fizzle by Mark Luedtke The leftists are desperate, angry and jealous. The 20th century will go down in history as the century in which socialism produced the most war casualties and mass murder in human history. The Marxists, socialists and hardcore leftists were forced into the closet. They’ve been planning and […]

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Igniting innovation

Getting excited about science and technology at the Ignite Innovation Science Festival By Mark Luedtke In a sad commentary on the state of our society, the Department of Education reports that in 2007, U.S. fourth graders ranked 12th among developed nations in math and science scores and eighth graders ranked 10th in both. Despite having […]

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Commentary Forum: Mark Luedtke, 9/13/11

Denying social media to predators by Mark Luedtke The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the number one target destination of perverts in the U.S. Being a TSA agent is the only job that empowers perverts to molest adults and children or take naked pictures of them with impunity. TSA horror stories are legendary, and it […]

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Debate Forum Right, 9/6/11

There’s no such thing as free birth control by Mark Luedtke When I accepted this assignment, I replied, “I’m against free birth control.” Even though I know darn good and well there’s no such thing as a free lunch, I still fell into that twisted habit of thinking of a government service as free. That […]

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Debate Forum Right, 8/2/11

Government is the problem. Property rights are the solution. By Mark Luedtke It’s hard to separate fact from fear-mongering in the fracking debate. Several months ago  I saw a report that the water supply of people in Pennsylvania was contaminated with methane. One man literally lit his water on fire. He blamed this on fracking […]

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Debate Forum Left, 7/19/11

The ends can’t justify the means by Mark Luedtke   This may come as a surprise to most Americans, but judges and prosecutors, like all politicians, are not Jesus Christ. They’re not angels. They’re not saints. In the most fundamental way, they’re normal people like everybody else. Like you and me, they work to advance […]

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Debate Forum Left, 7/12/11

Dog oppression by Mark Luedtke A quick Google search of the top issues facing America turns up the economy, jobs, debt, etc., but nothing about dogs. But Americans are passionate about their best friends, so action by local city councils in Toledo and Cleveland initiated a snowball effect across Ohio. Both councils removed Pit Bulls […]

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Debate Forum Right, 7/5/11

A small step in the right direction by Mark Luedtke The Founding Fathers understood human nature and how government perverted human nature to the detriment of the people in general. The anti-Federalists understood the Federalists had pulled a fast one on the people when they created the Constitution. They understood the Constitution would enable the […]

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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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