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Debate Forum: 7/4

Government stinks Should we fine or be fine with poop? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow As a professional, no-nonsense journalist, I’m always looking for a good opportunity to write about pressing issues in our community. Like poop. That’s what the city of Oakwood was talking about in order to pass an amendment to the […]

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Debate Forum: 6/27

Baby, you’re a firework …but you can’t light one Artwork: Pat Bagley By Sarah Sidlow July 4 is coming, and that means we’re gearing up for a weekend of grillin’, chillin’, and callin’ the cops on the neighbors when they set off fireworks. Why? Because in the state of Ohio, at least for now, it’s […]

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Debate Forum: 6/20


Preserve, protect, de-friend Is Trump’s Twitter a public forum? Artwork: Nate Beeler By Sarah Sidlow Newsflash: President Trump loves Twitter. A lot. And his fondness for the Little Blue Bird has raised a lot of questions: Can tweets be official statements? Should Trump be using his personal account in the capacity of the president? What […]

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Debate Forum: 6/13

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The guns on the bus… RTA allows licensed weapons By Sarah Sidlow Forget bus fare—riders hoping to board Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) buses must now also show proof of a valid Ohio Concealed Handgun License with their ticket to ride. That is, if they want to bring a gun aboard. You read that […]

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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: 5/30

Pro-noun When gender meets grammar Artwork by Paul Berge By Sarah Sidlow Like most of you, I’m pretty religious about following the changes made to the AP Stylebook—you know, the bible for all things punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. Just me? Oh. Well, for copy editors and nerds of all stripes, changes to AP Style are […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/23

Illustration by Jed Helmers Prisoners and pacifiers Some women care for their babies in prison—should they? By Sarah Sidlow Nobody puts baby in the…correctional facility. Except when it happens in Marysville, Ohio, where the nursery in the Ohio Reformatory for Women has served 289 female inmates and their children since 2001. It’s part of the […]

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Debate Forum: 5/16

Too weird for Austin? Texas bill protects religious liberties, probably not same-sex couples By Sarah Sidlow “This bill is not a license to discriminate. Rather, it is a license to participate.” That was Texas Senator Charles Perry—not at karaoke. Actually, Perry was at a hearing on SB 892 before the Senate Health and Human Services […]

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Debate Forum: 5/9

Knowledge is power Ohio’s violent criminal registry: could it hurt? By Sarah Sidlow Sierah Joughin, 20, of Fulton County was riding her bicycle when she was abducted and killed last year. Joughin wasn’t her killer’s first victim. In fact, James D. Worley, 57, had been charged for abducting another girl, this one in Lucas County, […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/2

Scared to death Ohio’s battle with lethal injection By Sarah Sidlow There’s nothing like a good deadline to increase productivity. That’s what the state of Arkansas decided when it realized its supply of one of the drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail, midazolam, expires at the end of April. Cue death row executions in […]

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Debate Forum: 4/25

As if flying wasn’t stressful enough United Airlines overbooking policy up in the air By Sarah Sidlow Is there a doctor on board? Not anymore! By now, you’ve likely seen or heard about a video of a physical confrontation between United Airlines passenger David Dao and the security officer who forcibly removed him from United flight […]

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Green Medicine: Medical Marijuana Rolls Out In Ohio


Take Two (Hits) & Call Me In The Morning: Continuing the Medical Marijuana Conversation By Sarah Sidlow   It started with survivor’s guilt. Robert Kowalski’s Air Force lieutenant was the first Air Force officer to be killed once Operation Iraqi Freedom had commenced. Kowalski was supposed to be in the truck when it was hit. In 2010, after […]

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Commentary Forum: 4/18

In need of re-leaf Is marijuana a gateway drug? By Sarah Sidlow “Yeah, marijuana is a gateway drug…” Blue Ash City Council member and Ohio Patient Network Executive Director Rob Ryan told me in a recent conversation, “a gateway off of opioids.” In fact, the potential for marijuana as a treatment for opiate addiction is […]

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Eat it, then tweet it


Wright State researchers weave tweets into big cannabis data By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Developed by local researchers, eDrugTrends software combs Twitter for information and trends related to cannabis products You spent all that time agonizing over just the right phrasing, paired it with the right hashtag, and tagged the right people. Well, it turns out […]

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Debate Forum: 4/11

The curse of cursive Should schools still teach cursive? By Sarah Sidlow In school, we learned all sorts of important things that set us up for a lifetime of success. Like how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder, the difference between a rhombus and a regular parallelogram, and how to write in cursive. […]

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Debate Forum: 4/4

The carrot on the stick Should SNAP-eligible foods be limited? By Sarah Sidlow   This week, my editor sent me a link to a 49-page study by the USDA titled “Foods Typically Purchased By Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households.” The title and promised contents sounded riveting, and I immediately read the report from cover […]

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]