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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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Debate Forum: 10/20

April 10, 2015

What is reasonable? By Tim Walker On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a city park in Cleveland, Ohio when he was shot twice by police officer Timothy Loehmann, one of two officers who responded to a 911 call which alerted officials to the young man’s actions. Rice […]

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Debate Forum: 10/13

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Is ‘good enough’ good enough? By Timothy Walker James Harrison is a pro linebacker in the National Football League. The Kent State graduate has won two Super Bowl rings during his career, has been to the Pro Bowl multiple times, and has played football professionally since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Pittsburgh […]

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Debate Forum: 10/06

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U.S. considers dipping toes into international oil exports ‘Texas Tea’ party?   By Tim Walker Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in The U.S. House of Representatives has announced that they will vote this month on a bill to lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Ending the ban, which was […]

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Debate Forum 09/29

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CEO for POTUS? By Tim Walker Americans no longer trust politicians—as if they ever did. In April of 2015, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll, which stated that fewer than one in four Americans trusted the federal government “most of the time.” Similarly, a 2014 Harvard Institute of Politics survey revealed […]

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Debate Forum 09/15

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“Repent, sodomites!” says Kentucky clerk By Tim Walker   Kim Davis, 49, is currently the Clerk for Rowan County, a small county tucked into the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. A Democrat, she was elected to that position in 2014 and assumed office on Jan. 5 of this year. In […]

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Debate Forum: 09/08

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Go online. Get screwed. Hacking Ashley Madison By Tim Walker   fi-del-i-ty (n) – faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. It goes without saying; there was a shocking lack of fidelity at AshleyMadison.com. Since its launch in 2001, Ashley Madison, a popular online dating website based in Canada […]

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Debate Forum: 08/25

September 4, 2013

Use your core What exactly are we teaching our children? By Sarah Sidlow There’s a blissful, almost exciting moment when some nugget of information you learned in elementary school finally becomes applicable to the real world. It’s even more exciting when you not only remember the concept, but how to apply it. For those of […]

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Debate Forum 09/01

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Anchors away? Are babies born to illegal aliens Americans? By Tim Walker What makes you an American citizen? The Constitution, for one thing. Most interpret it as saying that if you were born in this country, then you are automatically, by definition, a citizen of the United States, with all the rights and privileges that […]

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Debate Forum: 07/14

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Forum Center: Hit the road, frack New York bans controversial practice By Sarah Sidlow To frack, or not to frack? For some time, that has been the question. Questions also include: what the frack is fracking? Fracking—high-volume hydraulic fracturing for those keeping score at home—involves blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals (dubbed by […]

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Debate Forum: 03/17

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Forum Center: ‘Sooner’ or later… By Sarah Sidlow The University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter closed last week after an incendiary video of members singing racist lyrics surfaced online. “There will never be a n***** in SAE,” the members chant in the video, “You can hang him from a tree, but he can […]

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Debate Forum: 01/20

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Forum Center: When journalism becomes activism By Sarah Sidlow French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently made international headlines when its cover, which is known for lampooning political or religious figures, bore an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, it was not the cover itself that made the world pay attention, but the reaction of two Islamist extremists, […]

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Debate Forum: 12/2

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Forum Center: The Internet as a public utility? (or, just google it)  By Sarah Sidlow The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently came under fire for having weak rules in place for regulating the way Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) do business. The video streaming service Netflix, in a widely reported […]

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Debate Forum: 09/09

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Forum Center: Obama and striking workers raise an issue about wages By Alex Culpepper Photo: Robots… I’m lovin’ it [Illustration by Jed Helmers] During the Labor Day weekend, President Obama was out speaking to crowds about Labor Day issues. Part of his speech was a rally for increased wages, especially the minimum wage. He also […]

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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 […]