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Debate 8/14: Instant guns cause a stir

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Q: Should the sharing of 3D printed gun technology be illegal? The latest round of debates between the gun rights vs. gun control crowds has taken on a decidedly technological direction. The new battleground is over the legality, as well as other public policy questions, surrounding the use of a 3D printer to create functioning […]

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Debate 7/31: Non-citizen?

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San Francisco has become the first city in California to allow illegal aliens to vote and in doing so raises an important question: to whom should the right to vote extend? Although San Francisco recently began taking registrations from undocumented aliens, to qualify the alien has to have a school-aged child living with them. This […]

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Debate 7/24: Who’s life is it anyway?

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Bad parenting decisions aren’t new. Some bad parental decisions can last a child’s lifetime (like Michael Jackson’s kid Blanket or Frank Zappa’s daughter Moon Unit). In fact, other countries know better and actually forbid scores of names (sorry Donald, but you wouldn’t have been permitted to name your son Baron if you lived in New […]

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Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across the country are taking up the difficult question of when the state can remove weapons from an individual who, having legally obtained a gun, begins to display behavior or rhetoric threatening to society. It is […]

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Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something truly remarkable. He has united Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a stand against his inane proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS). And, in another astonishing accomplishment not frequently seen in Washington, […]

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Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just about everyone last week with, no matter how you slice it, a Tweet that few would argue was racist. She compared former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman, to an ape. The outrage […]

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Debate 6/5: Does the punishment fit the crime?

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On May 18, 2018, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Ten people were killed; 10 more injured. Pagourtzis was arrested the same afternoon, and booked into Galveston County Jail on one charge of capital murder of multiple persons and one charge of aggravated assault against a public […]

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Orange is the new grey area

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When a transgender inmate enters prison housing, should they be housed according to their biological sex, or the gender by which they identify? According to Obama-era legislation, prison housing, like the use of public restrooms, should be determined by a person’s identified gender. But President Donald Trump—on a roll to reverse a number of his […]

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Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we get an emotional support Chardonnay over here?) It turns out, all domesticated animals may qualify as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). ESAs are animals whose mere presence works to calm their owner. In order to […]

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Debate 5/15: Say yes to the dress?

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Ah, prom season. For students, it can be a time of nervous waiting, giddy overthinking, and expensive planning. For parents and school administrators, it’s a time for admonishing students against underage drinking, sex, and various risky behavior. Both can expect a healthy dose of drama. This year alone, a few dramatic dress-related incidents have hit […]

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Debate 5/8: If you don’t have anything nice to say…

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Here’s a name you may have heard recently: Randa Jarrar. Here’s another: Barbara Bush. The latter, former first lady and mother to Bush 43, died on April 17 at the age of 92. The former, a tenured creative-writing professor at California State University, Fresno, was pretty happy about it. So happy, in fact, that just […]

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Debate 5/01: Wright or Wrong

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WSU messed up its budget; now the state might get involved By Sarah Sidlow Cartoon by Greenville’s Paul Ackley, PaulAckley@DaytonCityPaper.com Q: Should the State take over the management of WSU’s finances? Managing a budget is hard—just ask Wright State University (WSU). This year, the school’s budget has hit a new low: Just $31 million dollars […]

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Debate 4/24: The Death Debate

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Should terminal patients choose when to die? Q: Should doctors be allowed to end a terminally ill patient’s life by painless means if the patient requests it? By Sarah Sidlow In America, there are rules. Rules about how you drive, rules about what food is available to you, and even rules about how you die. In […]

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Debate 4/17: Green certified

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How should workplaces handle medical marijuana? Q: Should a medical-marijuana patient be prevented from using medical marijuana at work? By Sarah Sidlow When the leaves change color in Ohio this year, a few more of them may be green. The state’s medical marijuana law is expected to go into effect in September, allowing residents with […]

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Debate 04/10: The long and winding road

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Q: Should DACA participants be able to obtain driver’s licenses? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: The bolo tie was declared the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. Clearly the Grand Canyon State has a thing for making rules. And following them, it would seem. In more recent (and less fashionable) legal news, Arizona has been embroiled […]

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Debate 04/03: Reaching consensus… or not

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What you need to know about the census citizenship question Q: Should the 2020 U.S. Census include a question about citizenship status? By Sarah Sidlow DTR. It stands for “Define the Relationship”—that seriously sweat-inducing conversation between two people about where their relationship is heading. This week, the Department of Commerce announced it would be having “the […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]