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Debate Forum 11/03/15

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

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

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

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 Since its launch in 2001, Ashley Madison, a popular online dating website based in Canada […]

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Debate Forum: 08/18

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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Haven and hell

Forum Center: What’s the deal with sanctuary cities? By Sarah Sidlow Recent events in San Francisco have rendered the phrase “sanctuary city” downright buzzworthy. Last week, a widely publicized funeral was held for Kathryn Steinle. Why? Because 32-year-old Steinle was shot and killed on a pier in San Francisco. And? Her accused killer, Juan Francisco […]

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Well, this is awkward

She lied about her age, he lost everything By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Zach Anderson is 19 years old, and is a registered sex offender. At the moment, he’s serving a 90-day sentence in jail. After that he’ll still be on a five-year probationary period during which he must live in a home where […]

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Debate Forum: 06/30

Flag, you’re it! The future of the Confederate banner By Sarah Sidlow There’s been a lot of talk these days about a certain flag. You know… red, white, blue, some stars, some stripes—that’s right, the Confederate banner. Apparently, it’s going down, and not just to half-staff. The news—well, most of it anyway—comes straight out of […]

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Debate Forum: 06/16

Forum Center: Butt out FDA considers e-cig regulation By Sarah Sidlow Vapes are so hot right now. Particularly popular among teenagers and young adults, these sweet-scented solo- smoke machines are creating a buzz because of their cleaner-than-tobacco profile, their purported smoking-cessation benefits, and because they’re just damn cool. The vapor pens, or e-cigarettes, often filled […]

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Debate Forum: 06/09

Circumcision indecision Florida mom not allowed to change her mind By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most cringeworthy court cases in recent history, Heather Hironimus has finally, begrudgingly signed a legal document agreeing to have her 4-year-old son, Chase, circumcised. Her signature marks the end of […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]