Tag Archives: opinion

‘Out’ on the beat: 06/02

By Jim Bucher Way back in 1977 when I graduated high school, being gay was a no-no. Can you imagine the scorn and ridicule in that earlier time? Well, we knew who was and who wasn’t, or who was suspected of being, but it was never revealed. Cut to today’s high school atmosphere and you […]

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Debate Forum: 06/02

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Forum Center: When you gotta go… State legislators weigh sexual identity and bathrooms By Sarah Sidlow Because elected officials don’t have enough to worry about these days, a handful of states have taken to arguing over where you are allowed—or not allowed—to go to the bathroom, particularly if you happen to be a transgender person. Florida’s […]

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Debate Forum: 05/26

Forum Center: Oooh-oooh, I wanna be like you-ooh Should chimps be granted legal rights? By Sarah Sidlow Could chimpanzees soon enjoy the same rights as human beings? Two New York chimps and the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), an organization seeking legal rights for nonhumans, seem to think so. The chimps, Leo and Hercules, currently live […]

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On the beat: 05/26

A conversation with Chris Botti By Jim Bucher My many gigs after leaving the local TV news world include writing (or at least attempts at writing), producing and hosting social media videos, emcee work and, of course, changing urinal cakes (whatever pays the bills, right?). One of my ab-fab things to do is work for […]

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On the beat: 05/19

Patriot Freedom Festival returns By Jim Bucher One of the wonderful things about my 20 years plus as a TV feature reporter in Dayton was all the lifelong friends I made. From local business owners to nonprofit-owners, it was an eye-opening experience that showed me what’s here in Dayton and the Miami Valley. One of […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/19

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Forum Center: Trouble in Texas By Sarah Sidlow Recently, in Garland, Texas, two gunmen opened fire. Their target: the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). According to AFDI President Pamela Geller, the contest was held as a demonstration of free speech. “After [January’s] Charlie Hebdo massacre – […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 5/19

The truth about U.S. medical care By Mark Luedtke The debate about Obamacare was breathtakingly dishonest. Republicans claimed it was a government takeover of health care, but government had already taken over health care, with Republican support, long ago. Obamacare just increased government’s stranglehold on health care and made it worse. The other day, I […]

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Debate Forum: 05/12

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Forum Center: Leggo my liver! By Katie Christoff Illustration: Jed Helmers In early January, a federal judge overturned a California law banning the sale of foie gras, which had originally taken effect in July 2012. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” has been under scrutiny by animal rights activists because in its making, ducks are force-fed […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 5/5

‘Colossal financial event’ coming… But nobody knows exactly when By Mark Luedtke It’s easy to predict the U.S. economy will soon experience an unprecedented crash. It’s easy to predict the global economy will do the same. Booms and busts are created by the artificial expansion of credit triggered by the printing of counterfeit money by […]

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Debate forum: 05/05

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Forum Center: Stayin’ alive By Sarah Sidlow “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.” So begins a recent story published by […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]