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Debate Commentary 03/11

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Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still hear it? By Alex Culpepper Police have been legally allowed to enter and search a private business or residence under three conditions: with a warrant from a judge who believes the police have shown a […]

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Commentary Forum 02/25

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Ohio prosecutors defend warrantless GPS tracking By Alex Culpepper Ohio police actively seek technology and gadgetry to prevent crime and catch suspects who may have committed crimes. Just last year, Dayton leaders held a meeting to decide whether to hire a local company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, to send up an aircraft with a surveillance camera […]

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Commentary Forum 02/18

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Debate Center: Fatal dog attack raises questions about Ohio dog laws and enforcement By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Aside from accidents or attacks caused by other humans, people in this country are far more likely to suffer injury from the teeth of a dog than from any other animal. The Centers for Disease Control claim about […]

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commentary forum 11/19

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State lawmakers seek a red light on traffic camera programs  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration: Elliot Ward.   Up until a few years ago, the only driving-related photograph Ohio’s drivers worried about was the one on their driver’s license. Since then, the state has set up what are called speed and red light cameras to take […]

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Commentary Forum 08/20

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Commentary  Center: Twitter takes a seat at the Washington lobbying table Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   By Alex Culpepper On Aug. 9, Twitter became the latest Internet/tech company to form a Political Action Committee (PAC), complete with a lobbyist and a Washington, D.C., office. Called Twitter#PAC, it joins companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, […]

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Commentary forum, 6/18

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Commentary Forum Center: Has Big Brother finally got our numbers? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Nate Beeler Reports are already hailing Edward Snowden as the possible heavyweight champ of whistleblowing for providing information to The Guardian newspaper about the National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering efforts that has the country in uproar. Snowden had access to this […]

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Commentary Forum 3/26

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Forum Center: Shall the ‘truth serum’ set you free from Fifth Amendment rights?  By Alex Culpepper James Holmes is the man accused of walking into an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, 2012, taking out his guns and opening fire, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. After the incident, he was promptly arrested and […]

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Commentary Forum, 3/5

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Commentary Forum Center: Court will decide whether Freshwater can teach with holy water  By Alex Culpepper People refer to it as the “Scopes Monkey Trial,” but it is officially known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes. Basically, this 1925 case charged John Scopes, a Tennessee high school science teacher, with teaching evolution in […]

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Commentary Forum, 5/15/12

Bullying Starts at The Top By Marianne Stanley When things get this turned-around-upside-down-and-backwards, it’s time to stop for a while so that we can sit down and do some serious thinking about where we are and what got us here. We jail the harmless in the form of pot smokers and peaceful protestors while allowing the […]

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Commentary Forum, 5/15/12

The Right Power By Ben Tomkins Ladies and gentlemen, I call your attention to the case of Darnell Young.  A 17-year-old boy walking the land as an abomination to the Lord!  An evil boy who engaged in every manner of homosexuality, gayness, faggery and all things unchristian.  For as it was written in the Bible […]

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Forum Center, 5/15/12

Bullied Seventeen Year Old Expelled for Taking Stun Gun to School People of normal sensibilities are offended by the boorish behavior of bullies. Watching someone being bullied invokes different responses from different people. The responses range from watching bullying tactics with a level of discomfort, but in silence, to a decision to intervene and stop […]

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Forum Right, 3/20/12

Teachers Aren’t the Problem By Mark Luedtke On the surface, Gov. Kasich’s plan to retest teachers in failing schools might seem like a good idea. Teachers should know their subjects, so why not retest those in failing schools, right? But that kind of superficial analysis, the kind that makes good sound bites, produces bad policy. […]

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Forum Left. 3/20/12

Ludicrously Obvious Facts We Don’t Want to Face By Ben Tomkins I am constantly amazed at the lengths to which people in this country will go to avoid dealing with an obvious but unpleasant reality. Everyone in this country knows our elementary and high school students tend to underperform against other industrialized countries, particularly Asian […]

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Forum Center, 3/20/12

Teachers in Ohio’s Lowest Performing Schools Face Retesting A provision in the Ohio budget will require thousands of teachers in Ohio’s lowest-performing schools to take new licensing tests for the first time. The testing would affect teachers in their core subject areas in any school whose performance has been ranked in the bottom 10 percent […]

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Commentary Forum Right, 2/7/12

The Copyright Police State by Mark Luedtke For six months, many internet users were monitoring and informing everybody they could reach about SOPA and PIPA. The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) was a draconian House bill that would have given the feds terrible powers to attack the owners of websites ostensibly to combat piracy of copyrighted material. PIPA […]

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Commentary Forum Left, 2/7/12

Dire Straits for Entertainment: A Hollywood Fiction By Rana Odeh First, let me make it clear that I do not support any copyright infringements. SOPA and PIPA are not designed to protect intellectual property rights, creativity or artists. They are simply bad laws that jeopardize freedom of expression and the openness of the internet. We […]

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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 […]