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Commentary 6/19: Call Me by My Name

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About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, which doubles a widely used previous estimate of 700,000. The debate on how and when to accommodate the transgender population, now thought to make up 0.6 percent of the population, continues to escalate. Recently in the news is the report of an Indiana high […]

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Debate 6/5: Does the punishment fit the crime?

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On May 18, 2018, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people were killed; 10 more injured. Pagourtzis was arrested the same afternoon, and booked into Galveston County Jail on one charge of capital murder of multiple persons and one charge of aggravated assault against a public […]

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Orange is the new grey area

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When a transgender inmate enters prison housing, should they be housed according to their biological sex, or the gender by which they identify? According to Obama-era legislation, prison housing, like the use of public restrooms, should be determined by a person’s identified gender. But President Donald Trump—on a roll to reverse a number of his […]

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Debate 04/03: Reaching consensus… or not

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What you need to know about the census citizenship question Q: Should the 2020 U.S. Census include a question about citizenship status? By Sarah Sidlow DTR. It stands for “Define the Relationship”—that seriously sweat-inducing conversation between two people about where their relationship is heading. This week, the Department of Commerce announced it would be having “the […]

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Debate 3/13: ICE ICE, baby

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California Mayor narcs on ICE, faces charges Q: Should Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf have alerted illegal immigrants about the impending ICE raid?  By Sarah Sidlow When Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf found out about an impending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in her district, the progressive mayor didn’t just keep it to […]

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Debate Forum: 2/6 The Chief Objection

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Have the Cleveland Indians done enough? By Sarah Sidlow New year, new us? Not yet. But for the Cleveland Indians, 2019 will be a year of transformation. That’s because the Native American caricature, Chief Wahoo, which has appeared on their jerseys in one form or another since 1947, is on the way out. The chief […]

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Debate Forum: 12/19

Can he do that? Should sanctuary city government decision makers be sued under federal law? By Sarah Sidlow If you’re planning on riding out the holidays without having a political conversation, we salute you. But if you can’t avoid it, or if you’re that guy at the office party who likes to stir the soup, […]

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Debate Forum: 11/28

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Ladies and gentlemen and smizmars… Should federal IDs offer a category other than male and female? By Ron Kozar Everyone has heard of LGBT. Sometimes they add Q, and sometimes more letters. Now, however, maybe they should add N for 2017’s Neologism of the Year, non-binary. Then there are M and F. Should we add […]

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Debate Forum: 8/22

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Which right write is right? In Charlottesville, what isn’t the debate? By Sarah Sidlow Overwhelmed by the Charlottesville news cycle recently? Likewise. Let’s catch up. On Saturday, August 12, white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” march. Turns out, a few other people were there as well: counterprotesters, opposed to the […]

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Debate Forum: 8/1

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Of bits and Big Brother What’s the deal with net neutrality? Artwork: Steve Sack By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: net neutrality. You may remember this from a few years ago, when President Obama formally submitted his support for it. Or recently, when President Trump’s FCC chairman suggested, instead, to take a weed whacker to […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/6

Portlandia Free speech, hate speech, loud jerks By Sarah Sidlow When one loud jerk started verbally harassing two young women on a train in Portland, Oregon, three good Samaritans stood up to stop him. The loud jerk was yelling racist slurs. One of the young women is African-American; the other was wearing a hijab. Two […]

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Debate Forum: 2/21

Milkshakes and manslaughter DQ manager on the hook for teen’s suicide By Sarah Sidlow When the Dairy Queen ice cream franchise conglomerate changed its slogan to “DQ: Something Different,” it probably didn’t have involuntary manslaughter in mind. But in Missouri, recent events have the two going hand-in-hand. It starts with 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner—overweight and speaking […]

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Debate Forum: 12/20

School’s out forever For-profit ITT Tech loses federal funding, and everything else By Sarah Sidlow The back-to-school season was even more stressful than usual for one big group of students this year. Recently, the company that operates one of the country’s largest for-profit chains of colleges, ITT Technical Institute, announced it was closing the school’s […]

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Debate Forum: 12/6

On the offensive The Slants, the Redskins, and the law against disparaging trademarks By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes are cleaning out their summer inbox.  Among the hundreds of petitions seeking review, the High Court has hand-picked eight to address. One item up for consideration: an Asian-American dance-rock band, and possibly by extension, the Washington Redskins […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Debate Forum: 10/11

JASTAfarians So you want to sue Saudi Arabia By Sarah Sidlow Congress, it seems, has finally done something. In one of the most sweeping bipartisan efforts in recent memory, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill allowing victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role the […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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Paddle on, Dayton

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Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]