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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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Debate Left, 7/31

Explaining the Inexplicable By Jolene Pohl There is only one way to prevent future Penn State incidents and that is to create a system of transparency. The psychological explanations for why the university board did not take stronger action to stop Sandusky are quite simple. The bystander effect kicked in, which means when faced with […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]