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Debate Center, 8/21

Ohio ballot initiative takes on gerrymandering Every ten years as a result of the U.S. decennial census and pursuant to state and federal law, Ohio legislative districts and Ohio congressional districts are redrawn according to changes in population. According to current Ohio law, a five-person commission has the final say on the where the lines […]

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Debate Left, 8/21

Gerrypandering By Ben Tomkins Redistricting a state like Ohio is a fairly complex task, particularly when radical changes are necessitated by the loss of two representatives.  When I started to think of all the variables that must be taken into account, I nearly shot myself in the head.  Trying to break a state like Ohio […]

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Debate Right, 8/21

Voters First Ballot Initiative is about sore losing By Rob Scott Redistricting has always been a hot topic in politics. Commonly referred to as gerrymandering, the practice attempts to gain a political advantage for a particular party by manipulating geographic boundaries to create safe districts. Gerrymandering even occurred before the first election of the U.S. […]

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Debate Center, 8/14

Curiously Curiosity Kudos to NASA, but what if the Mars landing failed? In the recent climate of Olympic competition we’re conditioned to cheer on winners.  NASA’s recent Olympic-level engineering victory in landing the one-ton Curiosity robotic vehicle 100 percent intact on the surface of Mars makes it easy to cheer on NASA and its mission […]

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Debate Left, 8/14

DOD gets cake; NASA gets crumbs By Marianne Stanley Hmmm.  This is a really tough one (not!).  Can we justify the $2.5 billion cost of NASA’s Curiosity rover that recently landed successfully on Mars, a planet that’s a minimum of 36 million miles from Earth?  After all, these are fiscally rough times for this country, […]

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Debate Right, 8/14

How to Waste $2.5 Billion by Mark Luedtke The U.S. is suffering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The official unemployment rate is 8.3 percent. The actual rate, which includes the long-term unemployed who were removed from the official statistics in 1994, tops 22 percent. The on-budget federal debt tops $15 trillion. The […]

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Debate Center, 8/7

Chick-fil-A President Sparks Controversy Chick-fil-A is a family owned business that originated in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946. As of April 2012, Chick-fil-A has 1,614 restaurants in 39 states.  The corporate culture is heavily influenced by its founder’s Christian beliefs, and unlike the vast majority of fast food franchises, Chick-fil-A is closed for business on Sunday. […]

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Debate Left, 8/7

Which came first: the chicken or the faith? By Ben Tompkins Nobody has the right to specifically single out Chik-fil-A and ban them from their town on purely ideological grounds.  It has never once happened in any way shape or form that was even remotely constitutional.  While a few towns in the country have kept […]

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Debate Right, 8/7

Free speech only OK when liberals agree with it By Rob Scott One of the greatest pillars of a nation is its Freedom of Speech. The famous French writer and historian Voltaire wrote on the topic stating “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” […]

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Debate Center, 7/31

NCAA Hands Down Tough Punishment to Penn State Football Last week, the NCAA handed down their punishment against Penn State University’s men’s football program for the cover-up at the highest levels in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The penalties handed down include a $60 million fine, a ban from appearing in postseason games for […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]