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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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Commentary Forum: Ben Tompkins, 9/13/11

Know your role, shut your Facebook page to students By Ben Tompkins I would be very, very surprised indeed to hear any serious professional educator strongly disagree with the decision of Dayton Public Schools (DPS) to ban teachers from adding their students as friends on Facebook. I’ve been involved in professional music education for the […]

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Commentary Forum Topic 6/7/11

Outdoor media: Cowardly? Or, socially responsible? In their mission statement, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) define their organization as “the largest animal rights organization in the world.” PETA claims their first priority above all else is animal liberation. And let’s be clear, from PETA’s point of view, one doesn’t liberate an […]

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Commentary Forum 6/7/11

Thank Goodness for Property Rights By Mark Luedtke America was founded on property rights. The first colonists at Jamestown were ordered to practice communism and they starved to death in droves as a result. To save the colony, the governor gave each colonist a tract of land and allowed them to keep and trade whatever […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]