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Debate Forum: 5/3/16

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Down, Periscope When crimes are live-streamed, who it responsible? By Sarah Sidlow In this century, the law has been thrown into a footrace with technology. Matters of privacy, taste and culpability are in the spotlight, and a digital-native generation is driven by an online community of praise in the form of “likes” and action in […]

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Debate Forum: 3/29/16

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I’m too text-y Can/should laws protect us from our own stupidity? By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: petextrian. As in, someone who is texting while walking, typically prone to walking into things like walls, parking meters, light poles and traffic. It turns out, texting pedestrians reported more than 1,500 serious injuries in 2010, more than […]

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Debate Forum 1/5/16

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Should tipping be eliminated? By Tim Walker Tipping the server after dinner—do you do it, or not? If so, how much do you leave—18 percent? 20 percent? If you leave less, are you a cheapskate? And why is tipping expected at some establishments, but not at others? Questions like these have puzzled diners for years, […]

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Debate Forum 12/29/15

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Subtext 2015’s language ends with a 💥 By Sarah Sidlow Hold the phone! No, literally, hold your phone. Within that device lies 2015’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Now, you may be thinking the possibilities are seemingly endless; your phone holds all sorts of technology, information and access that one wouldn’t have dreamed imaginable 10 […]

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Debate Forum 12/8/15

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Does video kill? Could manipulated Planned Parenthood videos be responsible for murder? By Tim Walker Abortion is a subject that has always stirred passionate debate in this country. Ever since the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the Roe V. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States, citizens on both sides of this controversial issue […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15

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Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Debate Forum: 10/13

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Is ‘good enough’ good enough? By Timothy Walker James Harrison is a pro linebacker in the National Football League. The Kent State graduate has won two Super Bowl rings during his career, has been to the Pro Bowl multiple times, and has played football professionally since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Pittsburgh […]

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Debate Forum 09/22

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With friends like these… By Tim Walker Here are a few sobering statistics: according to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death in this country for young people aged 10 to 24. It takes 4,600 young lives each year, and more teenagers—more than those who die from cancer, heart […]

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Debate Forum: 09/08

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Go online. Get screwed. Hacking Ashley Madison By Tim Walker   fi-del-i-ty (n) – faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. It goes without saying; there was a shocking lack of fidelity at AshleyMadison.com. Since its launch in 2001, Ashley Madison, a popular online dating website based in Canada […]

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Debate Forum: 08/18

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Forum Center: EPA uh-oh A river of oops leads to EPA questions By Sarah Sidlow No, that’s not a Kraft macaroni and cheese commercial—that’s the Animas River. Yep, nearly three million gallons of contaminated wastewater from Colorado’s Gold King mine snaked its way through New Mexico last week. The cause? The Environmental Protection Agency. That’s […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]