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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 Center, 1/17/12

Obama Uses Recess Appointment to Bypass Congress on Cordray On January 4th, President Obama named Richard Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB). Using an appointment process known as a “recess appointment,” one made while Congress is in recess, Obama appointed Cordray to the post.  He used the “recess appointment” because Republican senators […]

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Commentary Forum Right, 2/7/12

The Copyright Police State by Mark Luedtke For six months, many internet users were monitoring and informing everybody they could reach about SOPA and PIPA. The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) was a draconian House bill that would have given the feds terrible powers to attack the owners of websites ostensibly to combat piracy of copyrighted material. PIPA […]

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Commentary Forum Left, 2/7/12

Dire Straits for Entertainment: A Hollywood Fiction By Rana Odeh First, let me make it clear that I do not support any copyright infringements. SOPA and PIPA are not designed to protect intellectual property rights, creativity or artists. They are simply bad laws that jeopardize freedom of expression and the openness of the internet. We […]

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Commentary Forum Center, 2/7/12

SOPA, PIPA, and Policing Internet Piracy Online piracy costs U.S. copyright owners and producers billions of dollars every year, but legislation in Congress to block foreign Internet thieves and swindlers has met strong resistance from high-tech companies. There’s a strong argument that more needs to be done to protect artists, innovators and industries from copyright […]

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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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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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Debate Forum Right, 1/3/12

David H. Landon

I know what it means… By David H. Landon I am a politically predisposed to support the Republican Party and its candidates. I come by my Republican credentials honestly. In 1963 when I was 10 years old, my father ran for office as a Republican for a city council seat in Union City, Ind. When […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 12/27/11

By Deb Milbrath

2011: It was some kind of year … we’re just not sure what kind 2011. It was really quite a year. And it had its share of winners and losers. But many of the most dramatic events of the year are still being played out. The jury, so to speak, is still deliberating on what […]

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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 […]