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Debate Forum: 03/10

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Forum Center: One for the road By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers One Republican and one Democratic Ohio senator have found something they can agree on: outdoor refreshment areas. Senators Bill Seitz (R) and Cecil Thomas (D) have introduced Ohio Senate Bill 95, which would allow adult drinkers to consume alcoholic beverages in outdoor entertainment districts […]

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Debate Forum: 03/03

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Forum Center: What the truck? By Sarah Sidlow Last November, 52-year-old Mike McDonald had a very, very bad day. While on his morning commute to work on High Knoll Drive, McDonald spotted a pool of water at the bottom of a hill. Not thinking much of it (it was probably melted snow, he thought), McDonald […]

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Debate Forum: 02/24


Debate Center: Who’s in charge here, anyway? By Sarah Sidlow A coalition of 26 states led by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s November executive orders on immigration. This move, which the White House has promised to appeal, will give the states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to […]

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Debate Forum: 02/17


Forum Center: Offensive or comprehensive? By Sarah Sidlow President Obama made waves last week with his comments about the ability of religious faith to inspire not only acts of good, but acts of evil. During his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama urged his fellow Christians, who make up a majority of the United […]

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Debate forum: 02/10

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Forum Center: Vaccination-gate By Sarah Sidlow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly “very worried” about the possibility of a large outbreak of measles – a troubling concern, considering measles was officially declared to have been eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. Recent statistics from the CDC confirm the disease is spreading […]

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Debate Forum: 02/03

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Forum Center: The death debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers You’ve just been told you have six months to live. Because your brain tumor is so large, doctors prescribe full brain radiation – a procedure that will result not only in the loss of your hair, but first-degree burns on your scalp. At 29 […]

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Debate Forum: 01/27


Forum Center: The highs, the sighs (and the lies?) By Sarah Sidlow Last week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, in front of a congress fully controlled by Republicans for the first time in his presidency. His address, which ran just shy of an hour, called for a number of […]

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Debate Forum: 01/13


Forum Center: That toy is not a toy! By Sarah Sidlow Lately, there has been no shortage of news reports of incidents involving unarmed citizens being fatally shot by police officers who suspect them of carrying concealed weapons. A number of these stories have involved citizens – particularly young, African American males – carrying toy guns […]

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Debate Forum: 01/06

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Forum Center: Next time, please RSVP By Sarah Sidlow The following letter from U.S. Congressman Michael R. Turner’s office was received by Dayton City Paper reader Mark Smith in September. It outlines the decision of the House of Representatives to pass a resolution condemning President Obama for failing to comply with the National Defense Authorization […]

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Debate Forum: 12/30

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Debate Center: A little friendly fire(ball)  By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Since the 1930s, comic book giants DC and Marvel have engaged in a friendly rivalry. You know, a friendly fireball to the face, a Batarang through the spleen a … whatever Aquaman does… That rivalry has recently come into the public eye to a greater […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

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Forum Center: Is PC passé? The DCP political correctness debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In a unanimous October vote, the Seattle, Washington, City Council voted to recognize Columbus Day, a federal holiday, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Seattle isn’t the first city to do so, having followed the lead of a similar April vote in […]

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Debate Forum: 12/16

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Forum Center: Workplace discrimination?  Or “up in smoke”? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers “Thank you for not smoking” may soon take on a whole new meaning in a major Arizona county as the Pima County Board of Supervisors examines a proposal that would ban employers from hiring smokers as municipal employees. The policy, which would […]

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Debate Forum: 12/9


Debate Center: The eyes have it By Sarah Sidlow The country may still be recovering from the upheaval which came as a result of the recent Grand Jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of a teenager. The event has caused citizens, law enforcement officials and even […]

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Debate Forum: 11/18

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Debate Center: Ivan-ho! (or, another government bailout?) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The 3,500 acre Ivanpah solar electric generating plant, which is the largest solar plant in the world, is allegedly in financial straits. Owned by Google and renewable energy behemoth NRG, the plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas, […]

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Debate forum: 11/11


Debate Center: Ebola: a political tool? By Paul Noah Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is now free to do as she pleases, after returning from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she was treating Ebola patients. In a case that many across the nation have been watching closely, District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected imposing tight […]

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Debate Forum: 10/21

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Debate Center: Abercrombie gets another look By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The mahogany halls of the Supreme Court may smell a little more strongly of cologne this December, as the high court has decided to hear a case against apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. On behalf of a young Muslim woman who was allegedly not […]

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