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Commentary Forum: 05/13

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Forum Center: The smartphone may be the new home By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers An old saying tells us a person’s home is his or her castle. A 21st century version of that saying might become something like this: a person’s home, and smartphone, are his or her castles. It all depends on what ruling […]

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Commentary forum: 4/29

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Debate Center: City tax may be permanent, at least until it changes again By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter The year 1984 was a big one in Dayton. The city was recovering after a big recession swept the land. People in town were introduced to Madonna. Consumers could finally get one of Apple’s personal computers. The […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

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Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. Right now, nearly half of the states in this country have either approved it for medical use or have decriminalized it and simply issue civil fines for possession and use. Our neighbors to the north […]

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Debate Forum: 04/08

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Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The separation of church and state within political functions was apparently decided in the case Marsh v. Chambers in 1983. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing prayer at the opening of legislative and other […]

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Debate Forum: 03/25

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Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that produces luxury electric cars. The company has been around for about 10 years and is headed by South African engineer and entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk. Tesla cars are limited-production and marketed toward affluent […]

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Debate Commentary 03/11

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Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still hear it? By Alex Culpepper Police have been legally allowed to enter and search a private business or residence under three conditions: with a warrant from a judge who believes the police have shown a […]

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Commentary Forum 02/18

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Debate Center: Fatal dog attack raises questions about Ohio dog laws and enforcement By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Aside from accidents or attacks caused by other humans, people in this country are far more likely to suffer injury from the teeth of a dog than from any other animal. The Centers for Disease Control claim about […]

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Debate Forum 02/04

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Debate Center: Separation of cash and curriculum – teaching creationism with public funds Illustration: Joel Pett By Alex Culpepper John Freshwater made his Dayton City Paper debut in the March 5, 2013 Commentary Forum (“Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water”). Freshwater was a science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who was fired for using […]

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Debate Forum 01/14

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Debate Center: Public debates about secret actions Illustration: Nate Beeler By Alex Culpepper A book comes out this week titled “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.” In this book, author Betty Medsger unfolds her research and interviews she had with a group who, in 1971, actually burglarized a Philadelphia FBI office and […]

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Debate Forum 12/03

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Debate Center: Ohio gun bill seeks to break new ground in self-defense  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Paul Fell Killing in self-defense has had a varied heritage throughout history, depending on where in the world you lived. The notion of “personal defense” was even different from what we have today. In ancient Rome, if one person […]

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Debate Forum 11/05

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Debate Center: Ohio’s new untested execution lethal drug mixture  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   The United States has a history of executing convicted criminals who have committed the most antisocial of crimes. For a long time, hanging was the preferred method, used either formally or informally. By the 20th century, the electric chair […]

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10/29 Debate

Debate Center: Texas school district decides teacher is the wrong classroom model  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Cristy Nicole Deweese, a Texas resident, began modeling when she was 12 years old. After she entered college years later she landed modeling gigs for Playboy magazine. While working for Playboy, she posed in videos, […]

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Debate Forum 10/15

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Debate Center: Does Amish family get fair treatment from court-sanctioned medical care?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Sarah Hershberger is a 10-year-old girl who lives in northeastern Ohio, and she has leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital, and doctors say with the treatment she has an 85 percent […]

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Debate Forum 10/01

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Debate Center: The Affordable Care Act has a day in court  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward   Sometimes when news turns to issues of religious freedom, it involves the Catholic Church. In most cases, the problem centers on the church facing a challenge to their religious positions in the form of an employee who has […]

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Debate Forum 09/10

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Debate Center: Another reason to smile for that driver’s license photo  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   By some reports, 26 states use what is known as facial recognition software to ID suspected criminals. Beginning this summer, Ohio joined those states by using the facial recognition software in a program called the Ohio […]

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Debate Forum 08/27

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Debate Center:Is Governor Christie playing it straight with gay conversion therapy? Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward By Alex Culpepper  Supporters of gay rights can claim another victory with the decision by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to ban what is known as gay conversion therapy. The governor made it official last week by signing legislation […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]