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Debate Forum 07/16

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Debate Center: What’s in your landfill? By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Nate Beeler The process of extracting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces a briny, liquid waste during the drilling process. Normally, these liquid wastes are stored in injection wells underground. If certain actions by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the […]

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Debate forum 07/02

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Debate forum center: Controversy may reveal who or what can be considered a “person” By: Alex culpepper Illustration:Sam Rhoden   People who closely watch cetaceans have noticed a few things about them. They are intelligent and curious, and they have all the characteristics you would expect to find with well-developed minds. They have language, culture and […]

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Debate Forum, 5/28

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Debate Forum Center: Wedding bells will ring if Ohio passes same-sex marriage amendment By Alex Culpepper Not that long ago in this country, it was illegal in nearly every state for people of the same sex to have sexual encounters. Law enforcement routinely attempted to stop the activity, but events like the Stonewall Riots in New […]

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Debate Forum, 4/9

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Debate Forum Center: Genuine product protection or seedy backroom deal?  By Alex Culpepper The recent passage of the measure to prevent a government shutdown allows U.S. lawmakers to step back and exhale for a moment. On March 26, President Obama signed H.R. 933, and with it comes funding to keep the government operational through September. This […]

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Commentary Forum 3/26

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Forum Center: Shall the ‘truth serum’ set you free from Fifth Amendment rights?  By Alex Culpepper James Holmes is the man accused of walking into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, 2012, taking out his guns and opening fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. After the incident, he was promptly arrested and […]

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Commentary Forum, 3/5

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Commentary Forum Center: Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water  By Alex Culpepper People refer to it as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” but it is officially known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Basically, this 1925 case charged John Scopes, a Tennessee high school science teacher, with teaching evolution in […]

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Debate Forum, 2/19

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Debate Center: Senator Brown sponsors perk to keep the sick from going to work By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden When you get sick, it’s probably because someone made you sick. The frustration is that you don’t always know who to blame, and now you are sick because a gang of pathogens, either bacteria or […]

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Debate Forum, 2/5

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Will it be surveillance, or will they just be watching us?  By Alex Culpepper If there are not enough reasons already to look your best when you step out, just know that you might be caught by a new camera here in town – and that camera might be attached to an aircraft flying overhead. […]

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Debate Forum, 1/15

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The sky is falling! No, it’s just the Fiscal Cliff  By Paul Noah The U.S. Congress are once again acting like clowns and proving they’re not worthy of the offices they hold by playing the media to go along with their staged “fiscal cliff” scenario. Hollywood has indeed annexed themselves in Washington, D.C. We no […]

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Debate Forum, 12/25

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This is the end … maybe Sadly, this might likely be the final installment of the debate series. You all are surely reading this from some smoking bunker while you get pissed on looted booze. Perhaps you’ve managed to fleece some cigarettes from a shattered convenience store as well. So it seems the Mayans were […]

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Forum Debate, 12/11

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Is making Plan B a non-prescription drug a good idea?  The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recently recommended that pediatricians treating teenage girls should consider writing “just-in-case” prescriptions for the morning-after pill so their teenage patients would already have the Plan B pill on hand in the event it was needed. The AAP is now […]

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Cabin Fever

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DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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If a tree falls …

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What really happened to the trees along Riverview Avenue By Marianne Stanley “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.”  Cree Indian Proverb For more than half a century, 16 trees stood sentry on Riverview Avenue, along […]

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Debate Forum, 11/20

Was General Petraeus ousted because of his Benghazi narrative? Despite the fact that world events seem to be spiraling out of control, the national media on Friday was focused on catching a glimpse of former CIA Director General David Petraeus as he slipped onto Capitol Hill to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. The question […]

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Debate Left, 9/11

When the media muddies the waters By Marianne Stanley With all the quite serious, even life-threatening, issues swirling around us right now, getting caught up in whether or not an imprisoned person with severe Gender Identity Disorder (GID) should be granted “sex reassignment” surgery, also known as a sex change operation, seems pretty trite by […]

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Debate Left, 8/14

DOD gets cake; NASA gets crumbs By Marianne Stanley Hmmm.  This is a really tough one (not!).  Can we justify the $2.5 billion cost of NASA’s Curiosity rover that recently landed successfully on Mars, a planet that’s a minimum of 36 million miles from Earth?  After all, these are fiscally rough times for this country, […]

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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 […]