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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

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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]