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Commentary 8/7: Nude Dancing and the First Amendment

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Q: Should exotic dancers be subject to arrest for touching patrons? The protections afforded by the First Amendment have been invoked for all kinds of causes and by all types and shapes of individuals. The list of individuals who have claimed the shield of freedom afforded by the First Amendment is long and distinguished. There […]

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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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Commentary 6/19: Call Me by My Name

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About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, which doubles a widely used previous estimate of 700,000. The debate on how and when to accommodate the transgender population, now thought to make up 0.6 percent of the population, continues to escalate. Recently in the news is the report of an Indiana high […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16

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‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/19

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Forum Center: Trouble in Texas By Sarah Sidlow Recently, in Garland, Texas, two gunmen opened fire. Their target: the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). According to AFDI President Pamela Geller, the contest was held as a demonstration of free speech. “After [January’s] Charlie Hebdo massacre – […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

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Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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Debate Forum: 11/04

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Debate Center: Blame the messenger? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The Washington Supreme Court has elected to hear a case by three Seattle women who claim they were raped multiple times as teenagers and argue the classified service Backpage.com not only made it possible, but profited from it. The case began in 2012 in Pierce […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/28

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Debate Center: Lost Angeles By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers  Last week, the Supreme Court decided it would consider a legislative push by the City of Los Angeles that would allow police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without obtaining search warrants or permission from judges. This is the latest in a series of […]

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Commentary Forum 05/20

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Over the limit? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is an interesting and distinctive beer. First of all, the brewing process requires a tremendous amount of hops to make it. It’s not produced in large amounts, and it allegedly ages well, like wine. This beer is also 20 percent alcohol, […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/13

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Forum Center: The smartphone may be the new home By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers An old saying tells us a person’s home is his or her castle. A 21st century version of that saying might become something like this: a person’s home, and smartphone, are his or her castles. It all depends on what ruling […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]