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Debate forum, 6/11

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Debate Forum Center: Supreme Court says your DNA is not private matter  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Chris Britt In 2003, a woman was raped and robbed in Salisbury, Md. Her assailant was never caught. That is, until 2009, when Alonzo King was arrested for an assault in a town near Salisbury. At that time, Maryland had […]

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Debate Forum, 4/30

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Debate Forum Center: Columbus teacher dismissed by Catholic Church By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Sam Rhoden In March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the U.S. v. Windsor case, which will decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional. The media reports and polling numbers surrounding the case revealed Americans are truly softening their stances […]

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Debate Forum, 3/12

Debate Center: Should voting really be this controversial?  By Alex Culpepper The period in the United States from Reconstruction through the 1960s hosted a great deal of historic events and changes. Repression and racism were rampant, while at the same time African Americans attempted to exercise their rights to vote. Even if one could get to […]

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Debate Forum, 1/22

Arm the teachers? By Alex Culpepper America’s largest pro-Second Amendment lobbying organization, the National Rifle Association (NRA), has pointed out that “gun free” public places such as banks and airports have made popular exceptions with armed security for decades. In reaction to the killings in Sandy Hook, Conn., last month, the NRA’s latest proposal is that […]

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Cabin Fever

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DCP writers’ confessions on Seasonal Affective Disorder Sweaty palms, dizziness, heart beating out of my chest, nausea, but yet I’m shivering. I need to run, get away, get away from wherever I am. I need to walk, feel the cool air on my face, tell myself everything is going to be OK and hope this […]

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Debate Forum 11/27

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RIP … “Twinkie the Kid” Last Wednesday, the maker of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread placed the brands up for sale. A bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands, Inc., whose workers have been on strike, to fire those 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike […]

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Debate Forum, 10/23

Who should moderate presidential debates? Presidential debates have long since become a fixture during presidential elections in the United States. Often, the behavior of the moderator of the debate is as heatedly discussed in the post-debate analysis as the argument over who won the debate. Traditionally, members of the media have been invited to act […]

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Debate Forum

Can U.S. presidential debates really affect the outcome of the race? Last week at the University of Denver was the first debate between presidential candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Both candidates were touted by their own camps to be formidable debaters. President Obama’s camp was comfortable with his debating skills, having witnessed his […]

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Debate Left, 9/25

It’s not just about the video By Rana Odeh “In Libya, to speak of a protest is misleading. The assault in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens died was probably a coordinated, complex undertaking by an organized militant group, perhaps in concert with al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate. It represents broader Libyan opinion no more than Anders […]

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Debate Left, 8/28

Defend Hour Early Voting Privilege By Rana Odeh “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban – read African-American – voter turnout machine.” – Doug Preisse, Franklin County Republican Party Chairman and Elections Board member I am dumbfounded by the racist, incredibly revealing comment above, made by […]

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Debate Left, 7/24

Voter ID Laws suppress oppressed voices By Rana Odeh The Brennan Center’s “Policy Brief on the Truth About ‘Voter Fraud’” challenges the ever-increasing claims of voter fraud in the U.S. and highlights that the closely analyzed 2004 election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004 percent. National Weather Service data shows that Americans […]

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Forum Left, 6/26

Austerity = Great Depression 2.0 By Rana Odeh The most common confusion surrounding the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis is the assumption that the United States is heading towards the same fiscal cliff that the 17 Eurozone countries are facing right now. The best way to understand it is to imagine that each one of the […]

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Forum Left, 6/12

It Takes More than a Tweet By Rana Odeh The victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker over Milwaukee Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett in last week’s recall election was the first time in U.S. history that a Governor survived a recall election. Walker’s triumph was also a victory for neoliberals and free market advocates across the […]

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Commentary Forum Left, 2/7/12

Dire Straits for Entertainment: A Hollywood Fiction By Rana Odeh First, let me make it clear that I do not support any copyright infringements. SOPA and PIPA are not designed to protect intellectual property rights, creativity or artists. They are simply bad laws that jeopardize freedom of expression and the openness of the internet. We […]

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Why Not Democratic Socialism?

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By Rana Odeh Can you imagine getting paid 100% of your salary for 18 months of maternity leave? What about never stressing over health care costs when you, your child, or your family members get sick? What about free college education, free childcare, and subsidized (healthy) food and housing? Does it sound too good to […]

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Commentary Forum, 12/6/11

Feed people, not squirrels By  Rana Odeh A Kettering woman is facing jail time for selling Hydrocodone, OxyContin and other prescription drugs to children in her neighborhood, on which a 14-year-old overdosed … OK, not really. Annick Richardson is, instead, facing up to 60 days in jail and a “hefty” fine for committing the crime […]

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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 […]