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Debate 2/27: Just a number?

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Should Ohio raise the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21? Q: Should Ohio raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21? By Sarah Sidlow How much difference can three years make? According to local proponents of the “Tobacco 21” initiative, enough to make noise about. The push to raise the minimum tobacco purchasing […]

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Debate 2/20: A tip for Change?

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Should employers own employees’ tips? Q: Should the government permit employee tips to be managed by employers to portion to employees, and/or keep the money for themselves? By Sarah Sidlow Imagine you work in a restaurant waiting tables. You make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, plus tips. Because of an Obama administration […]

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Debate: 02/13

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Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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Debate Forum: 2/6 The Chief Objection

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Have the Cleveland Indians done enough? By Sarah Sidlow New year, new us? Not yet. But for the Cleveland Indians, 2019 will be a year of transformation. That’s because the Native American caricature, Chief Wahoo, which has appeared on their jerseys in one form or another since 1947, is on the way out. The chief […]

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Debate Forum: 1/30

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Taking a stand Should students be disciplined for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? By Sarah Sidlow Violating the dress code, fighting in the hallway, wandering the halls – these are all things that will get an average elementary student sent to the principal’s office. But what about refusing to stand for the […]

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Debate Forum: 8/1

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Of bits and Big Brother What’s the deal with net neutrality? Artwork: Steve Sack By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: net neutrality. You may remember this from a few years ago, when President Obama formally submitted his support for it. Or recently, when President Trump’s FCC chairman suggested, instead, to take a weed whacker to […]

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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

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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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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest in Ohio. That’s right—it’s Wayne National Forest (WNF), and portions of it are found in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Lawrence, Perry, Scioto, Vinton, and Washington counties. Why is this relevant, you may […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson is the new guy in the office. Just a month into his new job left vacant by retired House Speaker John Boehner, Davidson snagged his first win: a block on the provision that would require […]

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Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: If all the opioid addicts in Ohio lived in one place, it would be roughly the size of Akron, the fifth largest city in the state. Those 200,000 statewide addicts are the face of a […]

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Con-dumb?

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The government and abstinence-only sex education By Sarah Sidlow It’s an awkward subject, sex. Especially when you’re talking to a 9-year-old. Or their parents. Where do you begin? What tone do you use? What do you leave out? Luckily, the government is here to help. Since 1981, the federal government has had an influence on […]

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Debate Forum: 5/31/16

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Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]