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Debate Forum: 11/28

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Ladies and gentlemen and smizmars… Should federal IDs offer a category other than male and female? By Ron Kozar Everyone has heard of LGBT. Sometimes they add Q, and sometimes more letters. Now, however, maybe they should add N for 2017’s Neologism of the Year, non-binary. Then there are M and F. Should we add […]

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Debate Forum: 11/14

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Pick your poison Should those awaiting execution get a say in how they die? By Ron Kozar Lethal injections, gas chambers, electric chairs… whatever the method, the prisoner still ends up dead. So what difference does it make? To hear Alva Campbell tell it, it makes a big difference.  Years on death row, awaiting lethal […]

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Debate Center: 9/26

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Life is but a DREAM By Sarah Sidlow DACA—you may have heard that recently. It stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s an Obama-era plan that answers the question, what should we do with undocumented migrants who come to the United States as children? DACA grants those who qualify temporary protection from deportation. It […]

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Vocalist Jon Anderson and Yes aim for perfection at Fraze Rick Wakerman of Yes; photo: Fred Kuhlman by Ron Kozar Yes, the classic progressive-rock band inducted last year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be performing at Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion on Tuesday, September 12. The Dayton City Paper interviewed Yes vocalist Jon […]

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Debate Forum: 7/25

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The H-word Is health care a right, privilege, curse word? By Sarah Sidlow Did you ever have a parent, teacher, or mentor tell you, “It’s not a right, it’s a privilege”? Was it about recess? A driver’s license? What about your health care? There’s been a lot of kerfuffle about the H-word these days. But […]

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Debate Forum: 7/11

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Nar-can-do? What can cities do about repeat overdoses? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: What’s the best way to solve a city’s drug epidemic? Jail time? Rehab? How about good old fashioned tough love? In Middletown, Ohio, a town overcome by drug overdose emergencies, that question is a tough one to answer. One […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/6

Portlandia Free speech, hate speech, loud jerks By Sarah Sidlow When one loud jerk started verbally harassing two young women on a train in Portland, Oregon, three good Samaritans stood up to stop him. The loud jerk was yelling racist slurs. One of the young women is African-American; the other was wearing a hijab. Two […]

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Debate Forum: 2/28

Le disconnect Should we consider French ‘unplugging’ law in the US? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration by Angel Boligan   From the country that brought you Coco Chanel, universal health care, and the Statue of Liberty comes the latest in French fashion: the right to disconnect. Oui. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, French lawmakers introduced a series […]

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Debate Forum: 2/21

Milkshakes and manslaughter DQ manager on the hook for teen’s suicide By Sarah Sidlow When the Dairy Queen ice cream franchise conglomerate changed its slogan to “DQ: Something Different,” it probably didn’t have involuntary manslaughter in mind. But in Missouri, recent events have the two going hand-in-hand. It starts with 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner—overweight and speaking […]

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Debate Forum: 12/6

On the offensive The Slants, the Redskins, and the law against disparaging trademarks By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes are cleaning out their summer inbox.  Among the hundreds of petitions seeking review, the High Court has hand-picked eight to address. One item up for consideration: an Asian-American dance-rock band, and possibly by extension, the Washington Redskins […]

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Debate Forum: 11/15

Because she couldn’t just go as a cat Law professor’s blackface raises First Amendment concerns By Sarah Sidlow Costumes and bad judgment are often the bookend cornerstones of Halloween. And since 2016 seems to be a hallmark year for bad decisions, it’s no surprise that this was a headline: “Law professor placed on leave after […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Debate Forum 9/20

‘Just doing my job’ Obama strongly suggests pipeline pipes down By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: “Dakota.” It’s the name of two states in the U.S., as well as the name of an indigenous Native American tribe. Translated in the Yankton-Yanktonai and Santee dialects of the Lakota Sioux language, it means “friendly.” Ironic, considering the […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16

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‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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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 […]