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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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Debate: 02/13

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Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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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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Debate Forum: 1/30

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Taking a stand Should students be disciplined for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? By Sarah Sidlow Violating the dress code, fighting in the hallway, wandering the halls – these are all things that will get an average elementary student sent to the principal’s office. But what about refusing to stand for the […]

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Debate Forum: 01/23

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Judge not, lest ye be judged Should California-elected judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner? By Sarah Sidlow Ninety-five thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many signatures were submitted in the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara, California. What’s the reason for all the petition signing? […]

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Debate Center: 01/16

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Naughty or nice? Should someone be prohibited from displaying a painting of crucified Santa outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral whether it is Christmas or not? By Sarah Sidlow “It’s ho-ho-horrifying!” began the New York Post article on Christmas Eve. The subject: artwork displayed outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which depicted Santa Claus crucified—literally hanging from a […]

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Debate Forum: 01/09

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Soul(less) train Should self-driving technology that doesn’t require a human at the controls be mandatory on US Railroads? By Sarah Sidlow This past December, an Amtrak train making its inaugural run of a new service between Seattle and Portland jumped the tracks on a highway overpass, and 132 tons of train hurled onto Interstate 5. At […]

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Debate Forum: 01/02

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Data. Driven. Is Uber a tech company, or a taxi service? By Sarah Sidlow Phrase to know: gig economy. As in a labor market characterized by short-term independent contractors. As in your weekend and evening side-hustle. Today’s gig economy has popped up almost overnight; and it’s left a lot of people wondering whether it’s a […]

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Commentary Forum: 12/26

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Cheers to Auld Lang Syne What topics of 2017 should we have never bothered to talk about? By Sarah Sidlow Well folks, it’s been a year. And here at Dayton City Paper, we’ve covered it all (well, some of it, anyway). We’ve looked at local issues [Are Dayton traffic cameras effective at increasing road safety? Should […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]