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Predator High

Government schools are dangerous and deadly places. For twenty years we’ve been reading about school shootings yet schools have done little or nothing to stop them. Even Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has called on schools to take action with no success. Our perverse media promotes the shooters, churning out hundreds of stories about them, […]

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A top-notch education

It is more than two hours before game time, and Dragons pitching coach Seth Etherton is hunched over a pile of stats on his desk. He has already spent several hours on the field with his charges, running them through warm-up drills and going over their pitching mechanics.

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Debate 6/5: Does the punishment fit the crime?

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On May 18, 2018, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people were killed; 10 more injured. Pagourtzis was arrested the same afternoon, and booked into Galveston County Jail on one charge of capital murder of multiple persons and one charge of aggravated assault against a public […]

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The wrong message

Somehow, in all the daily tumult out of Washington, I had forgotten about Roseanne Barr’s screech of a National Anthem before a July, 1990, game between the Reds and Padres in San Diego. Barr’s the comedienne who was not so funny last week tweeting racist remarks about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett and anti-Semitic […]

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Going Nuclear

Pat Buchanan wrote, “Iran is making no demands on the United States. Its patrol boats have ceased harassing our warships in the Persian Gulf. Its forces in Iraq and Syria do not interfere with our operations against ISIS. And, according to U.N. inspectors, Iran is abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal.” Nobody was […]

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On your marc 5/29: Looking for equality

Early in our discussion about how far we’ve progressed concerning the acceptance of gays and lesbians on the playing fields of life, UD softball coach Cara LaPlaca hit me with a signature quote. “We’ve had parents ask if we have athletes who are gay on our team,” LaPlaca said, “with the concern they don’t want […]

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Conspiracy 5/29: LGBTQ in the military

I’m confused about the conflict over allowing transgender people in the military. LGBTQ—the letters seem to change every year, and that confuses me too—activists are pushing to become legalized killers and President Trump wants to prevent that. But it seems to me both sides are acting against their interests. Trump recently banned most transgender people […]

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

Ackley DCP 5-18-2018

Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we get an emotional support Chardonnay over here?) It turns out, all domesticated animals may qualify as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). ESAs are animals whose mere presence works to calm their owner. In order to […]

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On your marc 5/22: Best in shows

I’m going to revisit my Westminster Dog Show stories just so you’ll know I don’t dislike pets even though I’ve hardly ever owned one. Well, there was that dog, Scamp, my brothers and I had when I was a pre-teen. I believe it was a collie mix, and friends of my parents thought we needed […]

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Conspiracy 5/22: Save the rhinos

The last male northern white rhinoceros, named Sudan, recently died. His daughter and granddaughter are the last of his species. Hundreds of thousands of the animals roamed African plains 100 years ago, but they were exterminated for their valuable horn. But this story makes no sense without context. Cows, pigs, and chickens aren’t wiped out […]

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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

Ackley DCP 5-11-2018

Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents and school administrators, it’s a time for admonishing students against underage drinking, sex, and various risky behavior. Both can expect a healthy dose of drama. This year alone, a few dramatic dress-related incidents have hit […]

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On your marc 5/15: Traded, without baggage

Try as I might, I can’t feel sorry for former Reds catcher Devon Mesoraco, and not because he had so many injuries and was being paid so far beyond his production he had to be traded. He’s with the Mets now, after about as clean a break a team can make with a player. The […]

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Conspiracy 5/15: Modern Useful Idiots

Sometimes I wonder if people know what capitalism is. Wikipedia states, “Capitalism is an economic system based upon private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Characteristics central to capitalism include private property, capital accumulation, wage labor, voluntary exchange, a price system, and competitive markets.”

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Debate 5/8: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

Ackley DCP 5-4-2018

Here’s a name you may have heard recently: Randa Jarrar. Here’s another: Barbara Bush. The latter, former first lady and mother to Bush 43, died on April 17 at the age of 92. The former, a tenured creative-writing professor at California State University, Fresno, was pretty happy about it. So happy, in fact, that just […]

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Conspiracy 5/8: Ford surrenders

Arch-thieves kill a giant business By Mark Luedtke Even steel can only bend so far before it breaks. The same with businesses and the economy. For decades, free market supporters have warned that government interventions in the market—taxes, regulations, money-printing, and strong-arm tactics—burden, pervert, and ultimately break companies and markets. Progressively onerous interventions inevitably destroy […]

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On your marc 5/8: Taking the Browns to the Super Bowl

Cleveland’s less-than-spectacular history with the NFL Draft By Marc Katz This draft thing the NFL held recently. Plenty of beer and popcorn, a comfortable seat at an indoor stadium without a ride through snow and cold to get home. Oh, and nobody loses because it’s only some self-appointed analyst handing out grades, not wins and […]

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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 […]