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Pat Flanagan: The Godfather of St. Patrick’s Day in Dayton By Jim Bucher What can you say about a life that touched so many in 63 short years? Well, this life was well-lived and stretched many lifetimes. I’m talking about Pat Flanagan, who we lost this past December. He, along with his beloved wife Melissa, […]

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Ukraine illustrates upside-down world  By Mark Luedtke Sixty years ago, the Soviet Union was instigating coups and starting civil wars all around the globe to spread communism. The U.S. fought against communist aggression in Korea, Vietnam and South America. Today, we live in an upside-down world. In the last decade or so, the U.S. has […]

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The modern dark age of science

By Mark Luedtke We live in a modern world of technological advance, and we think of society as an enlightened civilization because of it. But much of the technology we enjoy today is based on science that’s over a hundred years old. Despite our impressive technology, and partly because of it, much of what passes […]

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Managing peanut and tree nut allergies

By Caroline Shannon-Karasik There’s no denying it: peanuts and their BFF peanut butter are classic foods. Without peanuts, a jelly sandwich would seem incomplete and the Cracker Jacks in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” – an ode to America’s favorite pastime – would get a stand-alone shout out. For those who are allergic […]

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Musings and mumblings from a meandering mind

By Jim Bucher This column will be all about what’s on my mind, and there’s plenty, so here goes. First, the I-75 construction – or should I say reconstruction – through downtown Dayton: Now I know it’s nowhere near completion, but with the closings of the downtown exit ramps northbound, I foresee a problem. If […]

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Socialist snow follies by Mark Luedtke Examining the abject failure of socialism on relatively minor issues exposes the horrific failure of socialism on the big issues – security, criminal justice, health care, running the economy and waging war. The ubiquitous failure of local governments to clear the roads of snow this winter is a perfect […]

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Unconditional love: A cat’s tail By Jim Bucher It has been almost a year since my new career path took me to the doorstep of the Dayton City Paper, and it’s been a fun journey so far. Going from a TV reporter/dude for almost 25 years to pages in print hasn’t been that difficult of a […]

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Sunday is the day to care  By Jim Bucher As a result of the long line of Germans in my family tree, I was bombarded with German foods growing up. I never much cared for sauerkraut or bratwurst and when it came to German pancakes, well, forget about it. My dad said I must be adopted. […]

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The war on terror is a racket By Mark Luedtke It’s been a terrible month for the military. Generally considered above reproach, even worshiped, Stars and Stripes reported corruption runs rampant among military personnel: “The laundry list of wrongdoing, in the Defense Department and in various other government agencies, is contained in a surprisingly readable […]

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Dayton’s income tax makes every year terrible for jobs By Mark Luedtke Reality forced the Dayton Daily News to write a story titled “2013 was bad year for jobs in Dayton.” That must have hurt. There’s no better propaganda organ for Dayton’s thieving rulers than the Dayton Daily News. They seem to publish fantasies about […]

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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 […]