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Let them eat dirt by Mark Luedtke    Prices are rising everywhere, but every news story hides the root cause. For example, the Columbus Dispatch blamed storms for rising home and auto insurance rates in Ohio. Storms are a convenient scapegoat for rising prices because people have short memories. They tend to believe this year’s […]

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Dayton following Detroit down the looting hole  by Mark Luedtke  Eric Peters argued the Soviets conquered the U.S., “One of the hallmarks of the Soviet System was top-down central planning – with ‘incentives’ provided by the government. Natural market mechanisms were crippled. You got what the government decided you needed – at whatever price the […]

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Taxation without representation is alive and well  by Mark Luedtke  America’s Founding Fathers fought a war to put an end to England’s taxation of the American colonies without allowing the colonists representation in the English Parliament. Today, Americans gleefully tax others without representation. In a practically secret election on Aug. 6, Butler Township residents created […]

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Debate Forum 08/13

Debate Center: Some schools are handing out more than just free lunch  By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Ted Rall Most schools in the country provide some form of sex education, whether it’s abstinence-based, safe-sex contraceptive information or both. Here in Ohio, an amendment nearly made its way into the budget bill last spring that would have […]

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Government claims ownership of your body by Mark Luedtke    You might think that self-ownership is an uncontroversial idea because the alternative is unconscionable. Besides which, Americans supposedly fought a Civil War to end slavery. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t see it that way. Government believes it exercises ultimate control over – and therefore owns – the […]

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Hope for Americans against the Spy State  By: Mark Luedtke  Al Qaeda recently busted 500 prisoners – including senior al Qaeda leaders – out of two prisons in Iraq. The Taliban freed 248 prisoners from a prison in northwest Pakistan. The Pink Panther jewelry heist gang has broken three members out of three Swiss prisons […]

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Rolling Stone works for the FBI By: Mark Luedtke  If you believe the mainstream media, Rolling Stone really messed up when it put a flattering picture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. He, along with his older brother Tamerlan, killed by police in an alleged shootout, is accused of killing three […]

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Government attacks bar owners to cover up its failure  by Mark Luedtke  The interaction of government and citizens is supposedly defined by a social contract, which grants government the power to steal our money and order us around at the point of a gun. In return, it provides justice and security. Of course, this is ridiculous. […]

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Those 19 firefighters didn’t need to die by Mark Luedtke Every year, wildfires burn an outrageous amount of territory. Homes and property are consumed by fires. Forests are wiped out. Millions of animals are killed. These fires are perennial personal, economic and environmental disasters on a massive scale. It doesn’t have to be that way. […]

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Parasites destroy local businesses By: Mark Luedtke Downtown bar J Alans is out of business. I spent a lot of time in that bar with owners Phil, Carla, Jeff and Junior – all of whom I like a lot – as well as the bartenders and regulars. J Alans was the cultural center for live music […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]