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Debate Forum: Left 3/15/11

… And Stay Out By Ben Tompkins I think the country … may … be growing up a     bit.  A few days ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton articulated the U.S. policy on the ongoing crisis in Libya with the following statement: “I think it is very important that this not be a U.S.-led effort […]

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Debate Forum: Right 3/15/11

To The Shores of Tripoli By David H. Landon Last week, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution which referred Muammar Gadhafi to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. If Gadhafi attempts to leave Libya, he is likely to be arrested. With no other options, Gadhafi is waging a brutal campaign against his own people […]

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Debate Forum 3/8/11

Shall We Continue to Fund NPR and PBS? As the Congress debates over how to reduce the rapid growth in federal spending, many programs which receive federal funding are standing by and anxiously waiting to see if the budget cutting ax will fall on them. Among the groups that are concerned about their funding is […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/8/11

‘V’ for Vendetta By Ben Tompkins Hi children. Today’s letter is “V.” “V” is for “vendetta.” Can you say “vendetta”? Kids: No Big Bird, we can’t. Big Bird: Why not, kids? Kids: Because “Sesame Street” isn’t on TV anymore. Nobody can hear us since conservatives and libertarians cut our funding because they believe the Corporation […]

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Debate Forum: Right 3/8/11

Stop the looting By Mark Luedtke Wouldn’t it be great to run a business that never had to turn a profit because government stole money from taxpayers and dumped it on you? You could produce anything you wanted without ever worrying about pleasing customers, while getting rich off taxpayer money. The only people you would […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/11

The Showdown between State Government and its Workers The Wisconsin Assembly, early Friday, passed a bill that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. This legislation is part of Republican Governor Scott Walker’s legislative agenda as he sets out to tackle the problem of the state’s $137 million deficit for the remaining […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/1/11

The Myth of the Deficit By Rana Odeh Republican governors in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are attacking public service unions and blaming them for the states’ budget deficits. Limiting collective bargaining by public employees is by no means going to solve the deficit problem. State budget deficits are caused by recessions rather than collective […]

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Debate Forum: Right 3/1/11

Time to tell the truth about public service unions By David H. Landon How do we tell the police officer that risks his life for his community every time he goes to work that he has to begin paying a higher percentage of his health insurance premiums?  Or tell the firefighter, who runs towards the […]

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Debate Forum 2/23/11

Congress agrees to 90-day extension of the Patriot Act The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Fortunately, everyone knows it today as simply the Patriot Act. It was signed into law with little debate or opposition only 43 days after […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/23/11

Patriot Smacked By Ben Tompkins With the possible exception of the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act is the premier piece of post-9/11 action that made most moderate people go “wait, what?” “You heard us.  If you want to keep your children safe, you’re going to have to accept that the Constitution only works when […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/23/11

The Patriot Act Continues to Keep Americans Safe By David H. Landon The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 is almost upon us. The more time that passes, the more difficult it becomes to remember the raw feelings of fear and anger that were triggered by the cowardly attack on civilians who were simply going about their […]

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Debate Forum: Topic 2/16/11

President Obama Doubles Down on High-Speed Rail Vice President Joe Biden announced last week that President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve a six-year, $53 billion program for construction of a national high-speed and intercity rail network, which he envisions will “jump-start job creation.” Biden stated during the announcement that there is a pressing […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/16/11

High-speed rail can’t wait By Maha Kashani “There’s a fundamentally new competition going on in the rest of the world,” said Vice President Joe Biden on Feb. 8 when he announced the six-year, $53 billion plan to invest in high-speed rail for the future of our nation. I cannot understand how the rest of the […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/16/11

Obama Plays Railroad Tycoon with Our Tax Dollars By Mark Luedtke I loved electric trains when I was a kid. My first model train was a classic “O” gauge model I got for Christmas. You could put drops in the smokestack and it would smoke as it chugged around the tracks. My family used to […]

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Debate Forum Topic 2/9/11

ARAB EARLY SPRING 2011 It seems that the famed and failed “Arab Spring of 2005” was only delayed. In 2005, the world media bantered about a catch phrase to describe the budding signs of democratic reform in states throughout the Middle East. They called it the “Arab Spring.” We are now looking at the Arab […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/9/11

Leave it to the people to create real change By Rana Odeh For decades, we have seen enough American and European interventions in the Middle East, and with that interference, an insurmountable amount of corruption, oppression and violence. It is time for the voice of the people in the region to be heard, and it […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]