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Debate Forum, 12/4

Should there be a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled? Last month in California, a statewide ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food known as Proposition 37 was defeated on Election Day. The initiative was defeated by voters statewide 53 percent to 47 percent. Those voters who opposed Proposition 37 were worried that […]

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Debate Forum 11/27

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, 11/20

Was General Petraeus ousted because of his Benghazi narrative? Despite the fact that world events seem to be spiraling out of control, the national media on Friday was focused on catching a glimpse of former CIA Director General David Petraeus as he slipped onto Capitol Hill to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. The question […]

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Debate 11/13

Voting for a Rocky Mountain high Colorado and the state of Washington made history this past Tuesday when voters in both states passed ballot measures which removed all civil and criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana. While a majority of voters in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, these new […]

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Debate 11/6

Eminent domain comes to Austin Road If Isaac Austin were alive today he might not be too pleased with Montgomery County officials. The namesake of Austin Road died in 1869.  His original farm was located between Yankee Road and Springboro Pike along what is known today as Austin Road. That corner of Montgomery County has […]

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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 Right, 9/18

Teacher evaluations necessary but need to be fair By Rob Scott The tools for teaching have drastically changed over the years. However, the constant fundamental is the teachers themselves. Teachers do hold a special status in our society that is much different from that of plumbers, lawyers or accountants. Anyone can remember their best teachers […]

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Debate Right, 9/4

Armstrong still a winner By Rob Scott When you think of any sports, most people associate prime athletes with those sports. In basketball, you think of the all-time great Michael Jordan. Baseball, you think of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth. Tennis, you think of Andre Agassi or the Williams sisters. Hockey is Wayne Gretzky. This […]

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Debate Right, 8/21

Voters First Ballot Initiative is about sore losing By Rob Scott Redistricting has always been a hot topic in politics. Commonly referred to as gerrymandering, the practice attempts to gain a political advantage for a particular party by manipulating geographic boundaries to create safe districts. Gerrymandering even occurred before the first election of the U.S. […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]