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Debate Forum: 10/24

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Anything you can do, I can do better Do gender-specific scouting groups still make sense? By Sarah Sidlow Did you hear about the one where Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are now accepting girls? We thought so. Long considered a traditional American bastion on the order of baseball and apple pie, the Boy Scouts of […]

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Debate Forum: 10/17

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Mother knows best? When health is concerned, who gets the last word? By Sarah Sidlow Michigan mother  Rebecca Bredow went to jail for defying a judge’s order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. (Record scratch.) You’re probably wondering how we ended up here. Let’s back up. Rebecca Bredow and her husband, James Horne, are in […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/10

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Sex sells Did Hugh Hefner affect American society? If so, how? By Sarah Sidlow The first issue of Playboy, published in 1953, contained no date. That was just in case it wasn’t successful enough for a second issue. Twenty years later, his business would be an empire including a string of TV shows, a jazz […]

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Debate Center: 10/3

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Title IX 101 How should schools handle sexual assault cases? Artwork: caglecartoons.com By Sarah Sidlow Education Secretary  Betsy Devos has been busy. Last month, her department announced that it would be calling a mulligan on an Obama-era policy regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Quick refresher: Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 […]

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Debate Center: 9/26

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Life is but a DREAM By Sarah Sidlow DACA—you may have heard that recently. It stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s an Obama-era plan that answers the question, what should we do with undocumented migrants who come to the United States as children? DACA grants those who qualify temporary protection from deportation. It […]

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Debate Forum: 9/19

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It’s a draw Artwork: Jed Helmers Should drawing blood for evidence-gathering be illegal? By Sarah Sidlow Who is Alex Wubbels? Glad you asked. She’s a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah, who recently made waves when bodycam footage of her July 26 arrest became a viral sensation. Why was she arrested? Ask Detective Jeff Payne. […]

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Debate Forum: 9/12

Don’t call it a comeback Dayton green-lights the traffic camera revival By Sarah Sidlow Everyone loves a good comeback story: Michael Jordan’s heralded return to the NBA, Aerosmith’s late ’80s Permanent Vacation re-debut, City of Dayton’s traffic camera reboot… Well, maybe not that last one. In July, the City of Dayton announced it would re-introduce […]

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Debate Forum: 9/5

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Education confrontation Parents to school district: get on my lawn! By Sarah Sidlow If your house were just a stone’s throw away from a better school district, what would you do? If you’re Kevin Kinlin, you petition the Ohio Board of Education to transfer your house into another district. When Kinlin and his wife Pamela […]

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Debate Forum: 8/29

Healthful, or harmful? These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA By Sarah Sidlow The recent death of a 25-year-old Australian bodybuilder has many wondering about how far the government should go to inform people about dietary supplements. Meegan Hefford, a bodybuilder and paramedic trainee, was found unconscious in her home, and rushed to […]

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Debate Forum: 8/22

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Which right write is right? In Charlottesville, what isn’t the debate? By Sarah Sidlow Overwhelmed by the Charlottesville news cycle recently? Likewise. Let’s catch up. On Saturday, August 12, white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite the Right” march. Turns out, a few other people were there as well: counterprotesters, opposed to the […]

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Debate Forum: 8/15

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 Titillating conversations Should public female nudity be legal? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Does anyone remember  Chelsea Handler posing topless on a horse in an imitation of a photo of Vladimir Putin? Instagram does, probably. Twitter probably also remembers all of the nude Chelsea Handler photos they had to remove because of its policy […]

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Debate Forum: 8/8

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Blowing smoke Will raising the smoking age to 21 make a difference? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s play a numbers game: In 2015, about 15 out of every 100 U.S. adults (ages 18 and over) reported smoking cigarettes on a regular basis—that’s an estimated 36.5 million adults. Every year, cigarette smoking is the cause of more […]

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Debate Forum: 8/1

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Of bits and Big Brother What’s the deal with net neutrality? Artwork: Steve Sack By Sarah Sidlow Thing to know: net neutrality. You may remember this from a few years ago, when President Obama formally submitted his support for it. Or recently, when President Trump’s FCC chairman suggested, instead, to take a weed whacker to […]

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Debate Forum: 7/25

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The H-word Is health care a right, privilege, curse word? By Sarah Sidlow Did you ever have a parent, teacher, or mentor tell you, “It’s not a right, it’s a privilege”? Was it about recess? A driver’s license? What about your health care? There’s been a lot of kerfuffle about the H-word these days. But […]

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Debate Forum: 7/18

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Cat scratch fever? NY makes moves to ban cat declawing By Sarah Sidlow Word to know: onychectomy. Not the feeling one gets when crying over cutting onions. It’s a surgical procedure that declaws cats—and New York is aiming to be the first state to ban the practice. Reports estimate that about a quarter of all […]

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Debate Forum: 7/11

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Nar-can-do? What can cities do about repeat overdoses? Artwork: Jed Helmers By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: What’s the best way to solve a city’s drug epidemic? Jail time? Rehab? How about good old fashioned tough love? In Middletown, Ohio, a town overcome by drug overdose emergencies, that question is a tough one to answer. One […]

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