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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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Commentary Forum Center, 2/7/12

SOPA, PIPA, and Policing Internet Piracy Online piracy costs U.S. copyright owners and producers billions of dollars every year, but legislation in Congress to block foreign Internet thieves and swindlers has met strong resistance from high-tech companies. There’s a strong argument that more needs to be done to protect artists, innovators and industries from copyright […]

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Why Not Democratic Socialism?

By Rana Odeh Can you imagine getting paid 100% of your salary for 18 months of maternity leave? What about never stressing over health care costs when you, your child, or your family members get sick? What about free college education, free childcare, and subsidized (healthy) food and housing? Does it sound too good to […]

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Socialism Is Irrational and Deadly

By Mark Luedtke Why People Advocate Socialism In his book The New Evolution Diet, Paleolithic lifestyle pioneer Art DeVany calls humans lazy over-eaters. “We humans evolved when food was scarce and life was full of arduous physical activity. Hence, our bodies instruct us to eat everything we can lay our hands on and to exert […]

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Commentary Forum, 12/6/11

Feed people, not squirrels By  Rana Odeh A Kettering woman is facing jail time for selling Hydrocodone, OxyContin and other prescription drugs to children in her neighborhood, on which a 14-year-old overdosed … OK, not really. Annick Richardson is, instead, facing up to 60 days in jail and a “hefty” fine for committing the crime […]

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Commentary Forum, 12/6/11

Nuts? “Squirrel Lady” is guilty of a big heart By  Tim Anderl Trespassing: present participle of trespass (Verb). Enter the owner’s land or property without permission. — Merriam Webster’s Dictionary During the winter of 2010, Dayton was hit with a storm that filled streets, sidewalks and driveways with inches of snow. I returned from my […]

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Commentary Forum Topic, 9/13/11

No Facebook or Twitter “friending” for Dayton teachers and students In the age of new social media like Facebook and Twitter, school administrators are dealing with the problem of the propriety of high tech communication between students and faculty and where boundaries for such communication should be placed. Perhaps erring on the side of caution, […]

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Commentary Forum: Mark Luedtke, 9/13/11

Denying social media to predators by Mark Luedtke The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the number one target destination of perverts in the U.S. Being a TSA agent is the only job that empowers perverts to molest adults and children or take naked pictures of them with impunity. TSA horror stories are legendary, and it […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]