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Debate 04/10: The long and winding road

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Q: Should DACA participants be able to obtain driver’s licenses? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The bolo tie was declared the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. Clearly the Grand Canyon State has a thing for making rules. And following them, it would seem. In more recent (and less fashionable) legal news, Arizona has been embroiled […]

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Debate 2/27: Just a number?

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Should Ohio raise the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21? Q: Should Ohio raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21? By Sarah Sidlow How much difference can three years make? According to local proponents of the “Tobacco 21” initiative, enough to make noise about. The push to raise the minimum tobacco purchasing […]

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Debate 2/20: A tip for Change?

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Should employers own employees’ tips? Q: Should the government permit employee tips to be managed by employers to portion to employees, and/or keep the money for themselves? By Sarah Sidlow Imagine you work in a restaurant waiting tables. You make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, plus tips. Because of an Obama administration […]

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Debate Forum: 2/6 The Chief Objection

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Have the Cleveland Indians done enough? By Sarah Sidlow New year, new us? Not yet. But for the Cleveland Indians, 2019 will be a year of transformation. That’s because the Native American caricature, Chief Wahoo, which has appeared on their jerseys in one form or another since 1947, is on the way out. The chief […]

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Words, words, words

2017’s big English language changes By Ron Kozar It was the first year of the Age of Trump. It was a year marked by a new militancy among blacks, pink-hatted feminists, and campus leftists. And it was the year the T in LGBT took the spotlight. As our culture begins clearing the wreckage from these […]

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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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Loved and lonely hearts abound at Yes

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]