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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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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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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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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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Debate Forum: 3/28

Killing Big Bird? Trump moves to defund public broadcasting By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: President Donald Trump used to be a Muppet. Before he was the commander in chief; before he was the leader of the free world; he was a garbage-throwing puppet who lived in a multi-story trashcan empire called “Grump Tower” in […]

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Debate Forum: 3/21

Charge or change Ohio towns try new approach to heroin overdose By Sarah Sidlow Quote of the day: “They can either seek help, or they can go to jail.” That was Miamisburg Det. Sgt. Jeff Muncy. And in case you were wondering, the “they” refers to people who survive heroin overdoses. In 2016, the city […]

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Debate Forum: 3/14

Remove and replace? New Orleans Confederate monuments are up for removal By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Ron Rogers   Apparently, what happens in New Orleans might not always stay in New Orleans. In fact, a U.S. federal court ruled March 6 that NOLA has permission to move forward with the plan to remove three monuments many […]

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Debate Forum: 3/7

In defense of brunch Should Ohio revisit its Sunday alcohol policy? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Dayton artist Jed Helmers. Reach him at JedHelmers@DaytonCityPaper.com. See more at JedHelmers.com. Thing to know: “blue law”—as in, a law that prohibits certain types of activities on Sundays. Because, why would you want to buy a car (or a […]

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Debate Forum: 2/28

Le disconnect Should we consider French ‘unplugging’ law in the US? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration by Angel Boligan   From the country that brought you Coco Chanel, universal health care, and the Statue of Liberty comes the latest in French fashion: the right to disconnect. Oui. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, French lawmakers introduced a series […]

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Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


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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 […]