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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 truly remarkable. He has united Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stand against his inane proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS). And, in another astonishing accomplishment not frequently seen in Washington, […]

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Debate 6/26: Importing domestic violence?

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Q: Should persons seeking to escape domestic violence be granted asylum in the United States? Another week, and more drama on the immigration front. This past week, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned a decision enacted by the Obama administration that would allow women fleeing domestic violence in foreign countries to be granted asylum […]

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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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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just about everyone last week with, no matter how you slice it, a Tweet that few would argue was racist. She compared former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman, to an ape. The outrage […]

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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…

Ackley DCP 5-4-2018

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 4/17: 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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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]