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Debate Forum 08/05

Forum Center: Are gun-free zones really safety-free zones? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; Santa Barbara, Calif. and Fort Hood, Texas; were scenes of recent mass shootings. They all have at least one other thing in common, too: they are all gun-free zones. After the shootings, debate about guns was in the news, […]

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Debate Forum 07/29

Forum Center: Federal judge claims a computer is the same as a file cabinet By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers The protocol for searching through digital evidence with and without warrants has been tested in an increasing number of cases. In June, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously law enforcement cannot search cellphones without a warrant. […]

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Debate forum 07/22

Leaky borders have flooded the country with immigration debates By Alex Culpepper Immigration is in the news again, but that shouldn’t be a surprise in a country with a history of 400 years of people coming and going. They have come from virtually everywhere and for every reason; sometimes they’ve been viewed suspiciously, and other […]

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Debate forum: 07/15

Forum Center: Enforcement of No-Fly List may face long delays By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Shortly after 9/11, the FBI received from the U.S. Attorney General a new office called the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Its charter and purpose is to develop and maintain a database list of suspected terrorists. When the TSC uses the database […]

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Debate forum: 06/08

Supreme Court loses faith in the contraception mandate By Alex Culpepper Photo: ©2014 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission The April 1 Debate Forum introduced the case before the Supreme Court regarding the owners of Hobby Lobby and their objections to providing coverage for certain types of contraceptives. The question then was centered on whether a […]

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Debate forum: 07/01

Forum Center: Watch out, your neighbor’s dog may be able to sue you By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers So, dogs have been hanging with us for a long time. They apparently were drawn to our campfires, food and generally curious nature. For at least the last 15,000 years, they’ve partnered with us to get scraps […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Obama unleashed By Mark Luedtke With the 2014 election all but sure to be a wave election for Republicans, President Obama must feel he’s finally unleashed to do things he’s wanted to do for over five years, but was reluctant to because of political consequences. For those of us who put in the work before […]

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Debate forum: 06/17

Forum Center: Has the United States exchanged more than just prisoners? By Alex Culpepper Dealing with prisoners of war was fairly simple in ancient times: prisoners were either killed or became slaves. Sometimes it was beneficial for both sides to have exchanges, but that was complicated. By the Middle Ages and beyond, exchanges and ransoms were […]

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Debate forum: 06/10

Forum center: Coal might have an image problem By Alex Culpepper Coal is a pretty big deal in the world right now. About 40 percent of the electricity produced on the planet comes from coal. South Africa leads the world in coal-produced electricity, using coal for over 90 percent of its electricity. Poland, China, Australia and […]

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The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]

Advice Goddess: 10/14

By Amy Alkon Fasten your Bible belt My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Heavy meddle Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently […]