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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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Drive into history

At Dayton’s Packard Museum  By: Mark Luedtke Photo: 1930 745 Brewster Convertible Sedan Photo Credit: Andrew Thompson Daytonians take it as an article of faith that Dayton was a big time car town a century ago. Everybody says so. Visitors can view an historic automobile exhibit at Carillon Park to validate this claim, but few really […]

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Abandoned puppies by Mark Luedtke   Photo: [l to r] The author’s daschund and the two puppies left outside his house   On January 31 of this year, my girlfriend and I were forced to take care of two abandoned puppies. I took my dachshund out in the evening as usual, but as we walked onto […]

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What does the Dayton City Commission have to do with right to work? By: Mark Luedtke Right-to-work laws are determined at the state level, not the local level, so it might seem like the Dayton City Commission wasted a bunch of taxpayers’ money a couple of weeks ago when they passed a resolution unanimously opposing any right-to-work […]

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Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]

News of the weird: 02/24

By Chuck Shepherd Lead story – Weird news you can use It turns out that a person having a heart […]

Advice Goddess: 2/24

By Amy Alkon Beak experience I recently started dating this new girl. I asked her whether her lips and boobs […]

Under the spell

Yellow Springs Theater Company stages “Godspell” By Gary Spencer Photo: Director Robert Campbell [standing, forefront] rehearses with Yellow Springs Theater […]

The Artsy Adventures of the JafaGirls

Just when you thought you had seen everything By Tor Gregory Simms Photo: Nancy Mellon and Corrine Bayraktaroglu; photo: Scott […]