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Forum Center, 2/21/12

Fairborn’s Free Speech Fiasco Every August, Fairborn, Ohio is the home of the annual Sweet Corn Festival. The festival is held at Community Park in Fairborn and is sponsored by the Fairborn Art Association and the Fairborn Lions Club.  In 2009, two men, Tracy Bays and Kerrigan Skelly, attended the festival and attempted to display […]

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Forum Left, 2/14/12

Who Dictates Your Standards? By Ben Tompkins Maybe even as recently as six months ago I would have dismissed this issue entirely on the grounds that any law that compels people of faith to submit to a state-mandated miscarriage of their otherwise semi-harmless beliefs is generally frowned upon by the Constitution.  I don’t like that […]

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Forum Right, 2/14/12

Obama Tries to Alienate Catholic Vote By David H. Landon Last month the President managed to find a way to anger construction workers, many of whom were union members, with the brilliant decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline. Last week in an effort to alienate yet another voting block, the Obama administration ruled that, […]

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Forum Center, 2/14/12

Federal Birth Control Mandate Vs. Religious Freedom A recent decision by the Obama administration is putting it at odds with the Catholic Church and the social issue conservatives. The political battle lines have been drawn over a provision in the 2010 healthcare bill which required health insurance to cover basic preventative services dealing with pregnancy […]

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Forum Left, 1/31/12

The Degradation of the American Public By Ben Thomkins I have long suspected, despite the endless torrent of lip service they offer to the contrary in the guise of Christianity, trickle-down economics, unregulated mortgage firms and insurance companies, that Republican Congressmen and women actually don’t give a single crap about any human being who isn’t […]

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Forum Right, 1/31/12

For Obama:  Politics Trumps Sound Energy Policy By David H. Landon Two weeks ago in a symbolic act to appease environmental groups, Barack Obama placed his presidential re-election above the economic health of the country. There is no other way to make sense of the President’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Not only […]

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Forum Center, 1/31/12

Was the Keystone XL Pipeline an Election Year Casualty? In late 2011 the President announced that he was delaying any decision on whether or not to approve the Keystone Pipeline XL project until 2013, after the next presidential election. In December 2011, Congress voted to give the Obama Administration a 60-day deadline to make a […]

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Forum Left, 1/17/12

And The Senate Was Without Form, And Void By Ben Tomkins President Obama’s decision to appoint Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau despite the Senate holding pro forma sessions is a victory of principle over policy. The original intention of recess appointments was to allow the president to carry on with necessary business […]

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Forum Right, 1/17/12

Obama Violates the Separation of Powers Clause with Cordray Appointment By David H. Landon On January 4th President Obama violated the “separation of powers” clause of the U.S. Constitution with his attempt to name Richard Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB) and three others to the National Labor Relations Board. The Republicans […]

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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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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]