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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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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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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]