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Conspiracy 2/20: The Bust is Coming

Bust stories overtaking boom stories By Mark Luedtke Boom-bust cycles are caused by an artificial increase in credit. When interest rates are held artificially low, like the Federal Reserve (Fed) has done not only since 2008, but since the 1970s, it confuses entrepreneurs into believing more real resources have been saved and can be borrowed […]

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Football’s biggest threat

Risk of concussions may effect participation By Marc Katz Jeff Graham piled up 542 receptions during an 11-year NFL career, gaining more than 8,000 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns. He also figures he suffered only one concussion in college, at Ohio State, and, “Maybe 5-10 in the NFL, just had my bell rung. You see […]

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Debate 2/20: A tip for Change?

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Should employers own employees’ tips? Q: Should the government permit employee tips to be managed by employers to portion to employees, and/or keep the money for themselves? By Sarah Sidlow Imagine you work in a restaurant waiting tables. You make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, plus tips. Because of an Obama administration […]

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Debate: 02/13

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Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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Conspiracy: 2/13

No Good Samaritans The battle for Good Sam isn’t over By Mark Luedtke Everybody has heard the news: Premier Health is closing Good Samaritan Hospital. It’s the talk of the town. In a peaceful society, one ordered by property rights, that would be the end of the story. But we don’t live in a peaceful […]

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On Your Marc: 2/6

The home team The family business of sports legacies By Marc Katz Athletic mentors and idols come from everywhere: the coaching ranks, the playing rosters, the pros showcasing their wares to idolizing eyes on all devices from cell phones to big screen televisions. Sometimes, those mentors and idols are sitting across the breakfast table. Trey […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 2/6

The Next US War Situation may lead to action against NATO ally Turkey By Mark Luedtke Turks, Syrians, Kurds, and Americans. One of these things is not like the others. If you picked Americans, you’re right. The Turks, Syrians, and Kurds control territory that overlaps in the Levant. They share history, cooperation, and conflict that […]

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Debate Forum: 2/6 The Chief Objection

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Have the Cleveland Indians done enough? By Sarah Sidlow New year, new us? Not yet. But for the Cleveland Indians, 2019 will be a year of transformation. That’s because the Native American caricature, Chief Wahoo, which has appeared on their jerseys in one form or another since 1947, is on the way out. The chief […]

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On Your Marc: 1/30

Yeah, Marty said that Marty Brennaman lives by his words It’s not quite accurate to say in less than a month, you will be listening to the Reds. In reality, you’ll be listening to Marty Brennaman, and what could be better than that? His voice stands out. His accuracy stands out. His clarity stands out. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/30

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Taking a stand Should students be disciplined for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? By Sarah Sidlow Violating the dress code, fighting in the hallway, wandering the halls – these are all things that will get an average elementary student sent to the principal’s office. But what about refusing to stand for the […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 1/30

I’m sure you noticed the recent kerfuffle about President Trump supposedly calling certain chronically poverty-stricken countries a bad name. Propagandists jumped on the story like starving Venezuelans on a stray dog. Whether he said it or not, it was fake news. Whenever some worthless story like that takes over the news, our rulers are doing […]

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Free Speech: 1/30

Busting Brock Turner Re: “Debate: Should California elected Judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner; January 23, 2018; Vol 15: No 4 Every time I see Brock Turner, I throw up a little in my mouth I wish he had gotten the death penalty so I’d know the woman […]

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On Your Marc: 01/23

The good immigrant Luis Bolivar to manage Dragons for second season by Marc Katz This would be a good time to talk about all those ghastly, unwanted immigrants crowding into our country, taking our jobs, threatening our society. Guys like Luis Bolivar, who last week was confirmed for his second season as manager of the […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 01/23

Flu-mageddon Bad flu meets government vaccine By Mark Luedtke Government is making Americans dumber. My parents and grandparents knew government was bad for your health. The common wisdom about government was a joke: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” There was no punchline. That was the whole joke. It’s funny because government […]

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Debate Forum: 01/23

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Judge not, lest ye be judged Should California-elected judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner? By Sarah Sidlow Ninety-five thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many signatures were submitted in the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara, California. What’s the reason for all the petition signing? […]

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Free Speech: 01/23

Sound Ideas Re:”Squandering Wealth” by Mark Luedtke; January 26, 2017; Vol. 14, No. 51 Hi Mark, I read your article in the City Paper.   I have no direct knowledge regarding Dayton’s politics and spending but I do have interest in the proposed Levitt Pavillion.  I am a avid music fan and I have a […]

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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 […]