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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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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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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]