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Debate Center, 9/18

Chicago Teachers Go On Strike A week ago from yesterday, 25,000 Chicago teachers (average salary: $76,000 before benefits) walked out of their classrooms, leaving nearly 350,000 schoolchildren and their parents with no school. The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending the standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The teachers are fighting […]

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Debate Left, 9/18

Preachers’ Unions By Ben Tomkins This conversation is wearing me out. The Chicago teachers strike is not about money.  It’s about the pressure being put on teachers to extract a certain level of performance from students regardless of their socio-economic status by people who have no concept of the reality of education. Many teachers in […]

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Debate Right, 9/18

Teacher evaluations necessary but need to be fair By Rob Scott The tools for teaching have drastically changed over the years. However, the constant fundamental is the teachers themselves. Teachers do hold a special status in our society that is much different from that of plumbers, lawyers or accountants. Anyone can remember their best teachers […]

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Debate Center, 9/4

Armstrong Stripped of Tour De France Titles for Suspected Doping For nearly a decade, American cyclist Lance Armstrong dominated the world of bike racing, winning a number of titles including seven consecutive Tour De France victories. Throughout that time, many in the world of professional cycling suspected Armstrong of cheating, although he consistently passed all […]

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Debate Left, 9/4

Bob Costas Puts Hammer to Nail By Ben Tomkins I’ll be real quick and then I’ll let Bob Costas close it out. If you follow the top 10 riders in each Tour de France from Lance’s prime years, 1999 to 2005, you see an obvious trend: progressively more and more of them were sanctioned for […]

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Debate Right, 9/4

Armstrong still a winner By Rob Scott When you think of any sports, most people associate prime athletes with those sports. In basketball, you think of the all-time great Michael Jordan. Baseball, you think of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth. Tennis, you think of Andre Agassi or the Williams sisters. Hockey is Wayne Gretzky. This […]

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Forum Left, 6/12

It Takes More than a Tweet By Rana Odeh The victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker over Milwaukee Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett in last week’s recall election was the first time in U.S. history that a Governor survived a recall election. Walker’s triumph was also a victory for neoliberals and free market advocates across the […]

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Forum Right, 5/8/12

The Boy Scouts Have a Right to Free Association Too By Mark Luedtke Before political correctness chilled speech in America, there used to be a great tradition of free speech summed up by the saying, “I don’t agree with what you say, but I defend your right to say it.” In that tradition, I’m going […]

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Forum Left, 5/8/12

Pandering to a Fundamentalist Minority By Marianne Stanley The irony of this whole thing is that Jennifer Tyrrell’s removal from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is based on utter disrespect and exclusion, contrary to the founding principles of the BSA, as enunciated in 1908 by its founder, British general Robert Baden-Powell.  Two years later, […]

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Forum Center, 5/8/12

Boy Scouts of America Removes Lesbian Troop Leader The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest private youth organizations in the United States. The organization’s fundamental policies are very conservative and would not be considered by most to be politically correct.  The BSA has policies that not only prohibit atheists and agnostics […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]