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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?

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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Debate Forum Left, 11/1/11

SB5: A recipe for economic disaster By Rana Odeh What do the following things have in common? Ohio Senate Bill 5 (SB5), Governor John Kasich, the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -the answer is: the Koch brothers, or to be more accurate, it is “Koch […]

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Debate Forum Left, 9/20/11

For-profit prisons: More inmates = more $$ By Rana Odeh In June 2011, Governor Kasich signed a sentencing reform bill that will favor rehab over prison for non-violent offenders, and will allow inmates convicted of non-violent crimes to get out early. This reform would greatly reduce the number of inmates in Ohio’s prison system and […]

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Debate Forum Left, 8/30/11

Obama’s prosecutorial discretion: Setting our priorities straight By  Rana Odeh The Obama administration has announced a policy change in immigration that would suspend the deportation of several thousand undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to the U.S. and meet certain criteria based on the Morton Memo, which are similar to ones proposed for the DREAM […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/1/11

The Myth of the Deficit By Rana Odeh Republican governors in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are attacking public service unions and blaming them for the states’ budget deficits. Limiting collective bargaining by public employees is by no means going to solve the deficit problem. State budget deficits are caused by recessions rather than collective […]

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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

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 […]