Tag Archives: opinion

Conspiracy Theorist: 4/18

Cannabis cronies Drug kingpins strike it rich in Ohio By Mark Luedtke People literally kill to become part of the exclusive marijuana producers’ cartel. That’s because marijuana producers rapidly become obscenely rich. Of course, there’s a risk because marijuana is banned. Drug kingpins risk being murdered by competing producers. They risk being murdered by cops, […]

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On Your Marc: 4/18

In a puff of smoke Marijuana is still considered bad news for athletes By Marc Katz Speaking of sports and marijuana, which I wasn’t, I do have a confession to make up front: I’ve never tried marijuana. I also don’t care if you have, unless you’re driving in a car coming the other way from […]

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On The Beat: 4/18

Military green Cannabis can help our vets By Jim Bucher Can cannabis help our vets? Answer to my own question: YES. Our state is beginning to roll out legal medical cannabis (or pot, to you and I)—and frankly, it’s about time. To prove it, I spoke with a vet who dealt with some dark stuff […]

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Commentary Forum: 4/18

In need of re-leaf Is marijuana a gateway drug? By Sarah Sidlow “Yeah, marijuana is a gateway drug…” Blue Ash City Council member and Ohio Patient Network Executive Director Rob Ryan told me in a recent conversation, “a gateway off of opioids.” In fact, the potential for marijuana as a treatment for opiate addiction is […]

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Law and Disorder: The Buzz 4/18

Grow at your own risk By Michael Brice Keller   The Constitution, I am told, is written on hemp, and I can’t say I haven’t benefited from the use of therapeutic cannabis products. Since about the 1930s, however, there has been purported illegality of marijuana on some level. Many cite the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 […]

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On The Beat: 4/11

A journey like the Amazon By Jim Bucher Chicago is my kind of town. Years ago, my dad occasionally had business there (all legal of course—you know, the organized crime stuff) and he would bring the family along, always staying at the Executive House in “The Loop.” It still exists after many a name change, […]

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Debate Forum: 4/11

The curse of cursive Should schools still teach cursive? By Sarah Sidlow In school, we learned all sorts of important things that set us up for a lifetime of success. Like how to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder, the difference between a rhombus and a regular parallelogram, and how to write in cursive. […]

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On Your Marc: 4/11

Flying home Basketball coach Anthony Grant returns to UD By Marc Katz A not so funny story: Two coaches prior to Anthony Grant becoming the Alabama basketball coach in 2009, plaid coat-clad Wimp Sanderson was the ultra successful coach of the Tide, until it was discovered he was having a long-term affair with his secretary. […]

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On the Beat: 4/4

Guarding early morning memories Live at Winter Guard International By Jim Bucher   About this time every year, my friend Carly Davidson gets a little “verklempt,” choked up. “Buch, my kids are grown and in college, but for years I schlepped them around in the soccer mom van, with flags and costumes hither and yon […]

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On your Marc: 4/4

Winning big It’s Archie Miller’s time to shine at Indiana By Marc Katz   What Archie Miller has been asked to deliver as the new coach at Indiana and Brad Brownell is being asked to deliver at Clemson—where he has coached seven years since leaving Wright State—are the same thing. Except they’re not. What Miller […]

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Debate Forum: 4/4

The carrot on the stick Should SNAP-eligible foods be limited? By Sarah Sidlow   This week, my editor sent me a link to a 49-page study by the USDA titled “Foods Typically Purchased By Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Households.” The title and promised contents sounded riveting, and I immediately read the report from cover […]

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On the Beat: 3/28

Where are they now? Back on the air with Z-93’s Jeff Wicker By Jim Bucher photo: (l-r) Producer Dave Redelberger, Kim Faris, and Jeff Wicker Anybody remember Eaton, Dayton, Springfield Alive: Z-93? Bring back memories? Well, in the ’90s, I became friends with the radio station’s morning madman, Jeff Wicker and his 1992-1995 Wicker in the […]

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On The Beat: 3/7

First car, first love A drive on memory lane By Jim Bucher   What is it about a first car? For some it was our first true love. It was a time of freedom. Freedom from your parents lugging you around everywhere. The first time you could really feel independence. Mine was the parents’ two-door […]

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Debate Forum: 2/21

Milkshakes and manslaughter DQ manager on the hook for teen’s suicide By Sarah Sidlow When the Dairy Queen ice cream franchise conglomerate changed its slogan to “DQ: Something Different,” it probably didn’t have involuntary manslaughter in mind. But in Missouri, recent events have the two going hand-in-hand. It starts with 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner—overweight and speaking […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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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 […]