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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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Debate Right, 7/31

Socialization of Punishment Harms Penn State Students by Mark Luedtke The actions government agents, the Penn State regents and the NCAA have taken against Penn State students in the wake of revelations about Jerry Sandusky’s serial assault of young boys is deplorable. From the moment Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly decided to call a press […]

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Debate Center, 7/24

In recent years, in a number of states, Republican lawmakers have been pushing legislation that requires voters to present a photo ID or other proof of residency in order to receive a ballot and to be allowed to vote in an election. The lawmakers pushing for the change in legislation argue that the proof of […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]