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Debate Forum 1/5/16

Should tipping be eliminated? By Tim Walker Tipping the server after dinner—do you do it, or not? If so, how much do you leave—18 percent? 20 percent? If you leave less, are you a cheapskate? And why is tipping expected at some establishments, but not at others? Questions like these have puzzled diners for years, […]

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2015: Drugs

Disturbing trends, and the strides taken to break them By Tim Walker Photo: “The past few years have seen a massive increase in overdoses from heroin and fentanyl abuse in the Miami Valley.” If one subject dominated our local news headlines in 2015, it was drugs. Fentanyl, caps, Narcan, rigs, boy—local residents have been forced […]

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Loy to the world

Local guitarist’s tunes on a 24-string harp-guitar By Tim Walker Photo: Eric Loy plays traditional Christmas carols on his 24-string harp-guitar on his album The Second Noel Eric Loy, guitarist extraordinaire, has a wonderful gift for understatement. For the Dayton-based musician, teacher, fan favorite and recording artist to say he plays guitar is akin to…well, […]

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Debate Forum 12/22/15

Of God and government By Tim Walker Recent polls state that 83 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians. God is everywhere, they say, and they may be right—you can’t pick up the newspaper these days, it seems, without seeing His (or her) name. Oklahoma state officials voted recently to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument […]

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Debate Forum 12/8/15

Does video kill? Could manipulated Planned Parenthood videos be responsible for murder? By Tim Walker Abortion is a subject that has always stirred passionate debate in this country. Ever since the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the Roe V. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States, citizens on both sides of this controversial issue […]

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It’s about time

Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe and trio return to Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: The Bill Cunliffe Trio performs at Gilly’s Dec. 9 Bill Cunliffe is a respected artist in the world of jazz today—but jazz music, surprisingly, wasn’t his first love. “I didn’t originally start out as a jazz pianist,” the 59-year-old Grammy-winner said […]

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Debate Forum 12/1/15

Need a light? Should the government ban smoking in public housing? By Tim Walker Cigarette smoking, it might be said, is a dying habit. The percentage of American adults who smoke has now reached an all-time low, according to a study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of adults over […]

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Debate Forum 11/17/15

Does Alma Matter? Should the University of Missouri’s president have resigned? By Tim Walker   In a move which calls to mind the 1960s and the days of civil rights unrest, anti-war protests and student activism, students attending the University of Missouri were recently successful in their demands that University of Missouri System President Tim […]

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Debate Forum 11/10/15

Readin’, writin’, really? Do police officers belong in schools? By Tim Walker “When I was young,” an old man once wrote in the Dayton City Paper, “there weren’t any policemen in school. You got out of line, they dragged you to the principal’s office and paddled your little ass.” Times change, however. …Or do they? […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15

Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]