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Debate Forum 2/16/16

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Do you feel a draft? As women enter military combat roles, should the draft be rewritten? By Sarah Sidlow On Dec. 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Department of Defense would lift all gender-based restrictions in military services. Translation: women are now eligible to serve in combat roles. The announcement was a […]

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Debate Forum 2/9/16

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Does gun-free mean safety? Tim Walker We, the people of these United States, are a nation of gun-owners. The Second Amendment to our Constitution, ratified in 1791, grants all American citizens the right to arm themselves, and this right is a cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, one which cannot be infringed upon by our […]

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Debate Forum 2/2/16

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Pure Michigan Who’s to blame for Flint’s water crisis? by Sarah Sidlow Flint, Michigan: long known for its cars, high crime rates and two—count ‘em, two—states of financial emergency in one decade, is in the soup again. This time, there’s something in the water. Hint: it’s lead. The city is currently in a state of […]

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Debate Forum 1/26/16

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Oscars the grouch Little Gold Man is now a black-and-white issue By Sarah Sidlow For the second year running, the four Oscars acting categories are conspicuously monochromatic. And by that, we mean white. Oh yeah, Hollywood noticed. There’s even a trending hashtag, “#OscarsSoWhite,” which makes it really, really serious. Recently—actually on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Debate Forum 1/19

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Monkey see, monkey sue The case for macaque copyright By Sarah Sidlow It’s a jungle out there in copyright land and all the monkeys are getting in on it. If you’ve recently seen a winsome little monkey on your newsfeed, chances are it’s not your ex. This magnetic macaque is at the center of a […]

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Debate Forum 1/12/16

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Cattle call An armed militia in Oregon: crazies or Constitutionalists? By Sarah Sidlow Are your friends talking about the mess in Oregon? Here’s what you need to know. A militia group going by the name Citizens for Constitutional Freedoms is engaged in the armed takeover of a vacant building in a federal wildlife refuge in […]

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Debate Forum 12/29/15

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Subtext 2015’s language ends with a 💥 By Sarah Sidlow Hold the phone! No, literally, hold your phone. Within that device lies 2015’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Now, you may be thinking the possibilities are seemingly endless; your phone holds all sorts of technology, information and access that one wouldn’t have dreamed imaginable 10 […]

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Debate Forum 12/22/15

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Of God and government By Tim Walker Recent polls state that 83 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians. God is everywhere, they say, and they may be right—you can’t pick up the newspaper these days, it seems, without seeing His (or her) name. Oklahoma state officials voted recently to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument […]

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Debate Forum 12/15/15

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Semantics and sensibility What the %$&? does “sensible gun legislation” mean? By Sarah Sidlow Hey, have you heard anything about guns lately? Your answer is probably somewhere between “um, yes” and “please stop talking about guns already.” It’s true—guns are back in the headlines. Why? Recent deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., at a Planned […]

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Debate Forum 12/8/15

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Does video kill? Could manipulated Planned Parenthood videos be responsible for murder? By Tim Walker Abortion is a subject that has always stirred passionate debate in this country. Ever since the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the Roe V. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States, citizens on both sides of this controversial issue […]

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Debate Forum 12/1/15

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Need a light? Should the government ban smoking in public housing? By Tim Walker Cigarette smoking, it might be said, is a dying habit. The percentage of American adults who smoke has now reached an all-time low, according to a study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of adults over […]

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Debate Forum 11/24/15

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Personal foul? Fantasy sports flagged in New York By Sarah Sidlow Recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “time out” to fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel, sending them cease-and-desist notices on the grounds that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in his state. While gambling (read: casinos) has long been regulated in the […]

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Debate Forum 11/17/15

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Does Alma Matter? Should the University of Missouri’s president have resigned? By Tim Walker   In a move which calls to mind the 1960s and the days of civil rights unrest, anti-war protests and student activism, students attending the University of Missouri were recently successful in their demands that University of Missouri System President Tim […]

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Debate Forum 11/10/15

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Readin’, writin’, really? Do police officers belong in schools? By Tim Walker “When I was young,” an old man once wrote in the Dayton City Paper, “there weren’t any policemen in school. You got out of line, they dragged you to the principal’s office and paddled your little ass.” Times change, however. …Or do they? […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15

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Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Debate Forum 10/27

Monopolies, or monoplease? By Tim Walker What if the consumer is shopping for the cheapest price on his monthly digital cable service? Or the best deal on satellite radio? Or, in the state of Ohio, he wants a number of options when visiting a casino? In each of these situations, choices are limited. Why? These […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]