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Why Not Democratic Socialism?

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By Rana Odeh Can you imagine getting paid 100% of your salary for 18 months of maternity leave? What about never stressing over health care costs when you, your child, or your family members get sick? What about free college education, free childcare, and subsidized (healthy) food and housing? Does it sound too good to […]

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Socialism Is Irrational and Deadly

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By Mark Luedtke Why People Advocate Socialism In his book The New Evolution Diet, Paleolithic lifestyle pioneer Art DeVany calls humans lazy over-eaters. “We humans evolved when food was scarce and life was full of arduous physical activity. Hence, our bodies instruct us to eat everything we can lay our hands on and to exert […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 1/10/12

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Ohio legislature to review practice of double-dipping The troublesome issue of public double-dipping, the practice of retiring and receiving a government pension and then being rehired by the same or even a different government entity, and receiving a second salary, is once again before the Ohio legislature. State Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) is introducing legislation […]

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Debate Forum Right, 1/10/12

David H. Landon

What is it about “double-dipping” that rubs us the wrong way? By David H. Landon Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who are public employees who are “double-dipping.” You know some. I know some. Everyone knows someone who is managing to nail down what is the equivalent of two paychecks. And if […]

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Debate Forum Left, 1/10/12

Marianne Stanley

We earn it, they take it By  Marianne Stanley Double-dipping, huh? So now this is the “big thing” that needs to be addressed as something that is hurting our country? You can bet that you’re hearing a carefully crafted marketing campaign when complex things are boiled down to simplistic phrases or words. And if it’s […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 1/3/12

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What does it mean to be a Democrat and a Republican in 2012? What does it mean to be a Democrat today? What does it mean to be a Republican today? As we watch the U.S. Congress stymied in partisan gridlock, what principals do each of the two major parties hold onto during this increasingly […]

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Debate Forum Left, 1/3/12

Jolene Pohl

The future started yesterday By  Jolene Pohl I became an official Democrat in 2003 when the U.S. decided to start a war with Iraq. I no longer wanted to be considered Independent because I definitely had a stance against the Republican Party. I wanted Republicans to know their fear and lies agenda was not OK […]

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Debate Forum Right, 1/3/12

David H. Landon

I know what it means… By David H. Landon I am a politically predisposed to support the Republican Party and its candidates. I come by my Republican credentials honestly. In 1963 when I was 10 years old, my father ran for office as a Republican for a city council seat in Union City, Ind. When […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 12/27/11

By Deb Milbrath

2011: It was some kind of year … we’re just not sure what kind 2011. It was really quite a year. And it had its share of winners and losers. But many of the most dramatic events of the year are still being played out. The jury, so to speak, is still deliberating on what […]

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Debate Forum Right, 12/27/11

Losers, losers and more losers By Mark Luedtke Biggest Loser: Barack Obama It’s hard to imagine a bigger loser this year than President Obama. He came into office promoting a message of hope and change, but anybody who took the time to investigate his record knew the change he intended was destructive, not hopeful. Unfortunately, […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/27/11

Call of Duty: Black Ops By  Benjamin Tompkins As 2011 closes its eyes, so too has our country borne witness to the death of the two most influential and venomous propagators of fear and hate. The first, of course, is Osama bin Laden. By any account, left or right, this was a gutsy foray by […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 12/20/11

Obama administration says “No” to lowering age for Plan B Last week, in a surprise move, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, stopped the Plan B One-Step pill (commonly known as the Morning-after Pill) from moving onto drugstore shelves where even young women would have access without a prescription. Plan B instead will remain […]

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Debate Forum Right, 12/20/11

Another problem institutionalized by government By Mark Luedtke Government hates competition, and the nuclear family is government’s strongest competition for the hearts, minds and loyalty of the people, so politicians have designed a myriad of policies that undermine the family unit. Taxes and regulations steal the economic power of the family and elevate the power […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/20/11

How the “pro-life” movement really isn’t By  Marianne Stanley If there’s one consistent thing in government today, it’s that it has become utterly predictable. This makes it easier for intelligent citizens to determine what’s right or wrong. If it’s a new law or policy, it’s wrong. Gone are the days when science had merit and […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 12/13/11

By Chris Britt

Herman Cain withdraws: Media conspiracy or self-inflicted wound? Twelve weeks after his surprise victory in the Republican Party of Florida’s presidential straw poll and following weeks of scrutiny over an alleged 13-year extramarital affair and allegations of sexual harassment at the workplace during his time with the National Restaurant Association, last week Herman Cain withdrew […]

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Debate Forum Left, 12/13/11

Cain was all blame, no shame By Marianne Stanley OK, here’s the problem. We are living in a time when lying has become so commonplace that the only reaction elicited from the public anymore is a stifled yawn. Truth, we are told, doesn’t really exist. Instead, “opinion” is all there is. Your opinion vs. my […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]