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On the beat: 6/28/16

Light, camera, Jake Owen by Jim Bucher First of all, show of hands: how many of you experienced the Jake Owen concert at Fraze Friday night? Wow, lots of hands in the air. Know why? Jake sold out.  It was a beautiful Ohio evening, a little warm, but perfect for an outdoor concert. Plus, Owen […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/28/16

Governments and religions should be measured by peace by Mark Ludetke Governments should be measured by the extent to which they limit aggression and promote peace, not by their form. The more aggression and violence employed by a state, the worse it is. The more governments reject aggression and promote peace, the better. Taxes, regulations, […]

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On Your Marc: 6/21/16

 First Dayton keeps playing By Marc Katz If I told you Keith Byars, Jeff Graham and Michael McCray were all standout baseball players for First Dayton’s Little League, would you believe me? Or even remember? All went on to play standout football at Ohio State, and Byars and Graham had pro careers as well. Except […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16


‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 6/21/16

A target-rich environment for mass murderers and politicians Mark Leudtke Once again, we mourn the dead in the wake of spectacular government failure, this time in Orlando. But politicians don’t mourn. Like serial killers, politicians tend to be psychopaths. Even government’s Smithsonian Magazine admits, “… you don’t have to be an ax-wielding murderer to possess […]

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On The Beat: 6/21/16

Lion King the first time, the fourth time By Jim Bucher It’s funny, sitting in the beautiful Schuster Center about five minutes before curtain, soaking in the sights and sounds of families, grown-ups and little ones giddy with excitement over the number one musical in the world, Disney’s The Lion King. Count me in as […]

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On the Beat: 6/14/16

Drivers Ed: Enough to drive ’ya nuts By Jim Bucher The rigors of child-rearing. Every day seems like a range of emotions from furious, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged and, lastly, proud. Too bad there’s not more of the latter. My youngest is 16 and the owner of a temporary driver’s permit. If you’re not aware, “temps” means […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/14/16


Rape escape Oakwood native’s wrist-slap raises eyebrows By Sarah Sidlow Meet Brock. He’s clean-cut, relatively good looking, smiling. He went to Stanford University, and he can swim really fast. He has Olympic dreams. But things changed on a dime for this Oakwood, Ohio, 20-year-old, who is now preparing for six months (with a chance of […]

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On the Beat: 6/7/16

Thinking Summer? Then think Summerfest By Jim Bucher By now, hopefully, you know one of our world-class venues here in the Miami Valley is celebrating its 25th anniversary. I’m talking, of course, about Fraze Pavilion. I can remember working at Channel 2 back in the day, covering the groundbreaking on a patch of land in […]

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Debate Forum: 6/7/16


Revenge of the nerd? Should we rewrite whistleblower laws for Edward Snowden? By Sarah Sidlow “We can certainly argue about the way in which [Edward] Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.” […]

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On Your Marc: 6/7/16

On a brush of greatness, Muhammad Ali By Marc Katz I could lie to you and tell you I’ve got all these personal Muhammad Ali stories, which I don’t. But I do know some people who brushed up against Ali’s fame before his fame reached its apex, and I know Ali held a boxing exhibition […]

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Debate Forum: 5/31/16


Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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On Your Marc: 5/31/16

It’s what’s on the scoreboard that counts By Marc Katz One day the lead editorial writer for the Dayton Daily News called me on my office phone to accuse me of not writing about Billie Jean King because she was a lesbian. I told her I wasn’t writing about King because she wasn’t a very […]

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On the Beat: 5/31/16

The transgender foot in the proverbial mouth disease By Jim Bucher I, like many of my friends, are very sensitive to others. Hope you are too. But I have had a few faux pas in my life. For instance, a few years ago when I was brought home from the nursery at Grandview Hospital the […]

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Debate Forum: 5/24/16


The best thing since sliced bread Fast food with food stamps: delicious or diabolical By Sarah Sidlow Since 1934, qualified Americans have relied on the USDA’s food stamp assistance program to buy grocery staples like bread and milk. But, back in 1934, you couldn’t drive up to a window and leave five seconds later with […]

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On the Beat: 5/24/16


Fraze on Fraze By Jim Bucher I had a wonderful conversation with Ermal and Martha Fraze’s son, Mark, from his home in Arizona. His pops, of course, owner of Dayton Reliable Tool Co., invented the pop top can, which made it super easy for beer lovers round-the-world to enjoy a cold one sans a can […]

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