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Forum Left, 6/5

Objections to ban go up in smoke By Marianne Stanley Before there can be any meaningful discussion of whether or not the Ohio Supreme Court overstepped its bounds in upholding the ban on smoking in bars and restaurants and other public places, it just might help to take a look at the definition of a […]

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Forum Left, 5/26/12

Want to Text in the Car? Pull Over! By Marianne Stanley Really?  There’s even a question of whether texting while driving should be illegal?    To be sitting behind the wheel of 1,000-plus pounds of rolling metal is a huge responsibility.   Study after study has shown the tragic consequences of taking our eyes off the road […]

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Commentary Forum, 5/15/12

Bullying Starts at The Top By Marianne Stanley When things get this turned-around-upside-down-and-backwards, it’s time to stop for a while so that we can sit down and do some serious thinking about where we are and what got us here. We jail the harmless in the form of pot smokers and peaceful protestors while allowing the […]

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Forum Left, 5/8/12

Pandering to a Fundamentalist Minority By Marianne Stanley The irony of this whole thing is that Jennifer Tyrrell’s removal from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is based on utter disrespect and exclusion, contrary to the founding principles of the BSA, as enunciated in 1908 by its founder, British general Robert Baden-Powell.  Two years later, […]

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Debate Forum Left, 1/10/12

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We earn it, they take it By  Marianne Stanley Double-dipping, huh? So now this is the “big thing” that needs to be addressed as something that is hurting our country? You can bet that you’re hearing a carefully crafted marketing campaign when complex things are boiled down to simplistic phrases or words. And if it’s […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/20/11

How the “pro-life” movement really isn’t By  Marianne Stanley If there’s one consistent thing in government today, it’s that it has become utterly predictable. This makes it easier for intelligent citizens to determine what’s right or wrong. If it’s a new law or policy, it’s wrong. Gone are the days when science had merit and […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/13/11

Cain was all blame, no shame By Marianne Stanley OK, here’s the problem. We are living in a time when lying has become so commonplace that the only reaction elicited from the public anymore is a stifled yawn. Truth, we are told, doesn’t really exist. Instead, “opinion” is all there is. Your opinion vs. my […]

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Afghanistan War’s 10th anniversary

By Marianne Stanley The Afghanistan War is an abomination, a travesty and a testament to all that is wrong with American foreign policy today.  Woefully misnamed “Operation Enduring Freedom”, it should instead be called “Operation Enduring Misery.”   After 10 years, it has cost us more than $450 billion, left more than 1,800 young Americans dead, […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/15/11

The so-called Heartbeat Bill has no heart By Marianne Stanley Good grief! If our country hadn’t been surreptitiously led so far away from its constitutional bedrock principles, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.  The day that our politicians began closing their speeches with, “God bless America,” the nation’s wisely and solidly erected wall between […]

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Debate Forum Left, 10/25/11

Where there’s smoke, there’s ire By Marianne Stanley One of the problems with having a multitude of freedoms in society is that some folks confuse it with license to do whatever they want. Each freedom carries with it a corresponding responsibility. We can have freedom of speech but that speech must not incite to riot. […]

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Debate Forum Left, 9/6/11

A sorry attempt at dominance By Marianne Stanley This should be a no-brainer. That there is an uproar about something so commonsensical is testimony to the successful skewing (or should I say, screwing?) of general public opinion by the forces-that-be. The question:  Should family planning services be available to women at no charge? The answer:  […]

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Debate Forum Right, 7/19/11

A reasonable man’s verdict? Guilty. by Marianne Stanley The Casey Anthony trial has created a tremor across America, with two-thirds of us saying the verdict was wrong. While we’re busy being angry at the thought of a murderer walking free, most of us forget to be grateful for the light it has thrown onto the […]

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Debate Forum Left: 3/29/11

Planned Parenthood is not the problem By Marianne Stanley Under the guise of cutting the deficit, Republicans have launched a full-frontal assault on American women. They masquerade behind a carefully structured mask of “Christianity,” coupled with a trumped-up need for “deficit reduction,” as they “slash and burn” their way through women’s rights. Take the current […]

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You Are What You Eat

Getting ‘naked’ at the dinner table By Marianne Stanley Food has become a new “hot topic” as food-borne illnesses like e-coli contamination and salmonella poisoning continue to skyrocket during this age of factory farming and environmental pollutants. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), food-borne illnesses make 76 million Americans sick, with more than […]

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Debate Forum Left 10/27/10

We Are Under Assault By Moneyed Interests By Marianne Stanley To simplify: we have two kinds of non-profits under federal law, the 501(c) and the 527. Both are tax-exempt.  The 501s are generally “social welfare” charitable organizations and, as such, do not have to disclose the names of their donors.  The 501s are prohibited from […]

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A Deeper Look at Corn

what we don’t know can hurt us It’s straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting – the whole family sitting down to Sunday dinner with chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and … .corn. It’s as American as apple pie. On the cob, it’s a sought-out treat at county fairs and summer festivals. Corn is the United […]

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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 […]