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Debate 2/27: Just a number?

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Should Ohio raise the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21? Q: Should Ohio raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21? By Sarah Sidlow How much difference can three years make? According to local proponents of the “Tobacco 21” initiative, enough to make noise about. The push to raise the minimum tobacco purchasing […]

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Debate 2/20: A tip for Change?

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Should employers own employees’ tips? Q: Should the government permit employee tips to be managed by employers to portion to employees, and/or keep the money for themselves? By Sarah Sidlow Imagine you work in a restaurant waiting tables. You make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, plus tips. Because of an Obama administration […]

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Debate: 02/13

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Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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Debate Forum: 2/6 The Chief Objection

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Have the Cleveland Indians done enough? By Sarah Sidlow New year, new us? Not yet. But for the Cleveland Indians, 2019 will be a year of transformation. That’s because the Native American caricature, Chief Wahoo, which has appeared on their jerseys in one form or another since 1947, is on the way out. The chief […]

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Debate Forum: 1/30

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Taking a stand Should students be disciplined for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? By Sarah Sidlow Violating the dress code, fighting in the hallway, wandering the halls – these are all things that will get an average elementary student sent to the principal’s office. But what about refusing to stand for the […]

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Debate Forum: 01/23

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Judge not, lest ye be judged Should California-elected judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner? By Sarah Sidlow Ninety-five thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many signatures were submitted in the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara, California. What’s the reason for all the petition signing? […]

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Debate Center: 01/16

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Naughty or nice? Should someone be prohibited from displaying a painting of crucified Santa outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral whether it is Christmas or not? By Sarah Sidlow “It’s ho-ho-horrifying!” began the New York Post article on Christmas Eve. The subject: artwork displayed outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which depicted Santa Claus crucified—literally hanging from a […]

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Debate Forum: 01/09

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Soul(less) train Should self-driving technology that doesn’t require a human at the controls be mandatory on US Railroads? By Sarah Sidlow This past December, an Amtrak train making its inaugural run of a new service between Seattle and Portland jumped the tracks on a highway overpass, and 132 tons of train hurled onto Interstate 5. At […]

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Debate Forum: 01/02

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Data. Driven. Is Uber a tech company, or a taxi service? By Sarah Sidlow Phrase to know: gig economy. As in a labor market characterized by short-term independent contractors. As in your weekend and evening side-hustle. Today’s gig economy has popped up almost overnight; and it’s left a lot of people wondering whether it’s a […]

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Debate Forum: 12/19

Can he do that? Should sanctuary city government decision makers be sued under federal law? By Sarah Sidlow If you’re planning on riding out the holidays without having a political conversation, we salute you. But if you can’t avoid it, or if you’re that guy at the office party who likes to stir the soup, […]

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Debate Forum: 12/12

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Smoking guns or smoking trees? Ohio residents may have to choose between marijuana and gun ownership By Sarah Sidlow   Folks in Ohio may soon have to choose between the green and the machine. OK that was lame. What are we talking about? According to guidance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, gun […]

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How will it end?

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The social tsunami against authority-related power Introduction by Sarah Conard Like it or not, history will remember the final months of 2017 as the beginning of the end of an abuse-of-power era in American business and politics that has been occurring since the dawn of patriarchal society. All potential future legal consequences aside, we are […]

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Debate Forum: 11/28

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Ladies and gentlemen and smizmars… Should federal IDs offer a category other than male and female? By Ron Kozar Everyone has heard of LGBT. Sometimes they add Q, and sometimes more letters. Now, however, maybe they should add N for 2017’s Neologism of the Year, non-binary. Then there are M and F. Should we add […]

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Debate Forum: 11/21

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Mommy Dearest So, a mother marries her own daughter. What else is new? By Ron Kozar Dateline:  Comanche County, Oklahoma.  In 2014, Patricia Spann, then 42, met up with her long-lost daughter Misty, 21.  They “hit it off,” says Patricia, and became (cough!) lovers.  In March 2016, after same-sex marriage came along, Patricia and Misty […]

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Debate Forum: 11/14

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Pick your poison Should those awaiting execution get a say in how they die? By Ron Kozar Lethal injections, gas chambers, electric chairs… whatever the method, the prisoner still ends up dead. So what difference does it make? To hear Alva Campbell tell it, it makes a big difference.  Years on death row, awaiting lethal […]

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Debate Forum: 11/7

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Non-starter State proposes changes to teen driving code By Sarah Sidlow What do pimples, teenage heart break, and bad haircuts all have in common? Like Rumspringa, Quinceneras, and the bullet ant initiation of the Brazilian Amazon, they are rites of passage. But for Ohio teens, one important American ritual of adulthood may soon change. Legislation […]

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Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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