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The Dayton Socialist Railroad Company  by Mark Luedtke   Dayton city government owns a railroad. I’m not kidding. I know crony socialism runs rampant in Dayton, destroying wealth and turning the city into a ghost town, but I had no idea our rulers would go so far as to purchase and operate a railroad. Mayor […]

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Minimum wage, maximum ignorance  by Mark Luedtke   If we lived in a rational, moral society, there’d be a lot of job openings at Walmart right now. On Nov. 18, Walmart employees rallied outside the Butler Township store. The rally was announced by UFCW Local 75, even though Walmart employees are not unionized. When employees […]

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Israel torpedoes U.S. again  by Mark Luedtke   On June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War, Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats attacked a U.S. intelligence ship in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula. Famed war correspondent Eric Margolis described the attack: “[…] Eight Israeli recon flights flew over ‘Liberty,’ which was flying a […]

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Your doctor’s treatments are based on lies  by Mark Luedtke  Like every other human being, your doctor works to advance his personal interests and the interests of his family first. But unlike most people, doctors work for the government. Doctors are trained in government schools to government standards, licensed by government, then they either work […]

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Banks plan to steal your money  by Mark Luedtke   There’s an old saying, “Give a man a gun, and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob the world.” This saying only tells half the story. The banker can only rob the world because he is backed by […]

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Scenes from the phony federal shutdown by Mark Luedtke   I don’t care much about the pseudo-shutdown or its politics (it has no impact on the vast majority of Americans), but the spectacle is entertaining. The details of the deal to end the farce, at least temporarily, will likely be determined shortly after Wednesday, Oct. […]

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Ohio law shuts down 800 businesses  by Mark Luedtke   And people wonder why our economy is so bad. In June, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law effectively banning Internet cafés. Attorney General Mike DeWine began enforcing the law this week. With the stroke of a pen, Ohio’s rulers wiped out 800 businesses that […]

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Shut the government down for real, please  by Mark Luedtke  If you believe the government-controlled media, what I call the accomplice press, the sky is falling because the government shut down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Imagine how wonderful life would be if government really did shut down. No more U.S. soldiers would […]

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Robbing Peter to pay Good Sam by Mark Luedtke   Dayton is in a general state of decline as the people struggle to overcome the looting done to them by government at all levels. Even the Oregon District, despite the city shutting down competitive bars all over town, does significantly less business than it did […]

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Drunk driving laws make roads less safe  by Mark Luedtke  Security expert Bruce Schneier said Americans need to relearn how to assess risks and their costs: “We’re afraid of risk. It’s a normal part of life, but we’re increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So, we turn to technology to protect us. The […]

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On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]

International flavor, Midwest vibe

Annual Festival of Nations returns By Andy Hertel Photo: The Brazil delegation proudly represents its country at the 2012 Festival of […]

It’s my party

Troy Hayner Cultural Center rings in 100 years By Alyssa Reck Photo: Hayner Days will begin at 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

Scene around the fence

Beautifying a Yellow Springs construction space By Tammy Newsom Photo:  This is a wall of many capers. A Young’s Dairy […]

Drawn on the lawn

Annual Art on the Lawn event returns By Evan Shaub Photo: A musician performs at 2013’s Art on the Lawn event; […]