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Commentary Forum: 6/6

Portlandia Free speech, hate speech, loud jerks By Sarah Sidlow When one loud jerk started verbally harassing two young women on a train in Portland, Oregon, three good Samaritans stood up to stop him. The loud jerk was yelling racist slurs. One of the young women is African-American; the other was wearing a hijab. Two […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/23

Illustration by Jed Helmers Prisoners and pacifiers Some women care for their babies in prison—should they? By Sarah Sidlow Nobody puts baby in the…correctional facility. Except when it happens in Marysville, Ohio, where the nursery in the Ohio Reformatory for Women has served 289 female inmates and their children since 2001. It’s part of the […]

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Commentary Forum: 5/2

Scared to death Ohio’s battle with lethal injection By Sarah Sidlow There’s nothing like a good deadline to increase productivity. That’s what the state of Arkansas decided when it realized its supply of one of the drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail, midazolam, expires at the end of April. Cue death row executions in […]

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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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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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The government and abstinence-only sex education By Sarah Sidlow It’s an awkward subject, sex. Especially when you’re talking to a 9-year-old. Or their parents. Where do you begin? What tone do you use? What do you leave out? Luckily, the government is here to help. Since 1981, the federal government has had an influence on […]

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Commentary Forum: 6/21/16

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‘Hate’ is a strong word, but… Is “hate speech” protected speech—and who gets to decide? By Sarah Sidlow   Check out this asshole: His name is Roger Jimenez, and he’s a pastor at Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento, California. He’s the guy who delivered a 45-minute sermon praising last week’s mass shooting at an Orlando, […]

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On Your Marc 3/1/16

A coach at the movies By Marc Katz Dick Schofield, the new manager of the Dayton Dragons, played with several guys who became Hall of Famers, including Rod Carew, Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson. Derrin Ebert, his pitching coach, played in a movie opposite Brad Pitt. You decide who had the more glorious experience. Did […]

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On Your Marc 2/9/16

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Marc Katz introduces the good ol’ days of sports journalism By Marc Katz You learn a lot of stuff when you become a sports writer. Some of it isn’t even related to sports. The late, revered sports editor Si Burick used to insist on leaving the tip if he also paid for the meal. “If […]

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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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Commentary Forum: 11/25

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Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/28

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Debate Center: Lost Angeles By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers  Last week, the Supreme Court decided it would consider a legislative push by the City of Los Angeles that would allow police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without obtaining search warrants or permission from judges. This is the latest in a series of […]

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Commentary Forum 05/20

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Over the limit? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is an interesting and distinctive beer. First of all, the brewing process requires a tremendous amount of hops to make it. It’s not produced in large amounts, and it allegedly ages well, like wine. This beer is also 20 percent alcohol, […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/13

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Forum Center: The smartphone may be the new home By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers An old saying tells us a person’s home is his or her castle. A 21st century version of that saying might become something like this: a person’s home, and smartphone, are his or her castles. It all depends on what ruling […]

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Commentary forum: 4/29

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Debate Center: City tax may be permanent, at least until it changes again By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter The year 1984 was a big one in Dayton. The city was recovering after a big recession swept the land. People in town were introduced to Madonna. Consumers could finally get one of Apple’s personal computers. The […]

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Debate Commentary 03/18

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Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under the Fifth Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves from self-incrimination, and when the police slap the cuffs on and “read you your rights,” what they’re doing is honoring the amendment. It doesn’t end there, though, […]

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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 […]