Tag Archives: opinion

Debate forum: 06/08

Supreme Court loses faith in the contraception mandate By Alex Culpepper Photo: ©2014 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission The April 1 Debate Forum introduced the case before the Supreme Court regarding the owners of Hobby Lobby and their objections to providing coverage for certain types of contraceptives. The question then was centered on whether a […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Schizophrenic Middle East policy By Mark Luedtke Iraq as we knew it is gone. In a modern blitzkrieg, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL), allied with Sunni militias and carved the Sunni Triangle out of Iraq. Formerly called al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) – the main enemy U.S. […]

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On the beat

We have lost a gentle soul By Jim Bucher James Oliver Bozdech passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Who was Jim “Boz” Bozdech? For those who knew him, this article will not do the man justice; but for those who didn’t know this wonderful human being, here’s a bit on […]

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Debate forum: 07/01

Forum Center: Watch out, your neighbor’s dog may be able to sue you By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers So, dogs have been hanging with us for a long time. They apparently were drawn to our campfires, food and generally curious nature. For at least the last 15,000 years, they’ve partnered with us to get scraps […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

America has gone to the police dogs By Mark Luedtke The topic of dangerous dogs has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the news rarely covers the most dangerous dogs of all: police dogs. The German shepherd was a ubiquitous symbol of the Nazi police state, so much so German shepherds were […]

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On the beat

Pet Adoption 101 By Jim Bucher As a long-time pet owner, currently with a dog, two cats and two kids, I can sort of speak from experience on adopting pets. But instead, I’m turning this column over to an expert. Meet Jessica Garringer, the Marketing and Development Project Manager for the Humane Society of Greater […]

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On the beat

High gas prices give me gas! By Jim Bucher OK, time for my ongoing rant against the oil companies and high gas prices. But first, a couple of observations: How come gas goes up 30 cents in two minutes, but drops a couple of cents every week? By the time it gets to something I […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Obama unleashed By Mark Luedtke With the 2014 election all but sure to be a wave election for Republicans, President Obama must feel he’s finally unleashed to do things he’s wanted to do for over five years, but was reluctant to because of political consequences. For those of us who put in the work before […]

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Debate forum: 06/17

Forum Center: Has the United States exchanged more than just prisoners? By Alex Culpepper Dealing with prisoners of war was fairly simple in ancient times: prisoners were either killed or became slaves. Sometimes it was beneficial for both sides to have exchanges, but that was complicated. By the Middle Ages and beyond, exchanges and ransoms were […]

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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]