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Commentary 7/3: Keep your doctor, keep your plan

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Should inmates be allowed to continue their mental health treatment? By Sarah Sidlow | Illustration Michael de Adder Q: After mentally ill inmates are released from jail or prison, should they still have access to their treatment? Fact: American prisons were never designed to be mental health providers. Fact: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, […]

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Debate 6/5: Does the punishment fit the crime?

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On May 18, 2018, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people were killed; 10 more injured. Pagourtzis was arrested the same afternoon, and booked into Galveston County Jail on one charge of capital murder of multiple persons and one charge of aggravated assault against a public […]

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Orange is the new grey area

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When a transgender inmate enters prison housing, should they be housed according to their biological sex, or the gender by which they identify? According to Obama-era legislation, prison housing, like the use of public restrooms, should be determined by a person’s identified gender. But President Donald Trump—on a roll to reverse a number of his […]

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we get an emotional support Chardonnay over here?) It turns out, all domesticated animals may qualify as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). ESAs are animals whose mere presence works to calm their owner. In order to […]

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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents and school administrators, it’s a time for admonishing students against underage drinking, sex, and various risky behavior. Both can expect a healthy dose of drama. This year alone, a few dramatic dress-related incidents have hit […]

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Debate 5/8: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

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Here’s a name you may have heard recently: Randa Jarrar. Here’s another: Barbara Bush. The latter, former first lady and mother to Bush 43, died on April 17 at the age of 92. The former, a tenured creative-writing professor at California State University, Fresno, was pretty happy about it. So happy, in fact, that just […]

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Debate 5/01: Wright or Wrong

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WSU messed up its budget; now the state might get involved By Sarah Sidlow Cartoon by Greenville’s Paul Ackley, PaulAckley@DaytonCityPaper.com Q: Should the State take over the management of WSU’s finances? Managing a budget is hard—just ask Wright State University (WSU). This year, the school’s budget has hit a new low: Just $31 million dollars […]

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Debate 4/24: The Death Debate

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Should terminal patients choose when to die? Q: Should doctors be allowed to end a terminally ill patient’s life by painless means if the patient requests it? By Sarah Sidlow In America, there are rules. Rules about how you drive, rules about what food is available to you, and even rules about how you die. In […]

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Debate 4/17: Green certified

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How should workplaces handle medical marijuana? Q: Should a medical-marijuana patient be prevented from using medical marijuana at work? By Sarah Sidlow When the leaves change color in Ohio this year, a few more of them may be green. The state’s medical marijuana law is expected to go into effect in September, allowing residents with […]

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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 04/03: Reaching consensus… or not

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What you need to know about the census citizenship question Q: Should the 2020 U.S. Census include a question about citizenship status? By Sarah Sidlow DTR. It stands for “Define the Relationship”—that seriously sweat-inducing conversation between two people about where their relationship is heading. This week, the Department of Commerce announced it would be having “the […]

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Debate 3/27: Facing the music

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In Cleveland, police enjoy extra privacy guarantees, even when they break the law Q: Should public record body cam videos be censored by police prior to release? By Sarah Sidlow So that happened… It’s been a rough month for Cleveland police officer Angelia Gaston. Last week, a fellow police officer tried to have Gaston’s car […]

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Debate 3/20: Money walks

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Ohio lawmakers set sights improving bail system Q: Should Ohio’s bail system be overhauled to treat suspects more uniformly regardless of income level? By Sarah Sidlow Fifty-seven percent: the amount of inmates in Ohio jails who are not serving a sentence. You read that right. According to Dayton Daily News, just over half of the […]

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Debate 3/13: ICE ICE, baby

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California Mayor narcs on ICE, faces charges Q: Should Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf have alerted illegal immigrants about the impending ICE raid?  By Sarah Sidlow When Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf found out about an impending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in her district, the progressive mayor didn’t just keep it to […]

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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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Yes, Flying Saucers Do Exist!

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Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something […]

Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. […]

Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, […]

A Monument to Insurrection

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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith […]