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Debate Forum Topic, 11/15/11

Republican “Heartbeat Bill” challenges Roe v. Wade On June 28, the Republican-controlled Ohio House brought the “Heartbeat Bill” (HB 125) to a vote on the House floor. Introduced by Rep. Lynn Watchmann (R-Napoleon) and with 48 co-sponsors, House members approved the bill with a 54-43 vote. The bill has not yet been taken up by […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/15/11

The so-called Heartbeat Bill has no heart By Marianne Stanley Good grief! If our country hadn’t been surreptitiously led so far away from its constitutional bedrock principles, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.  The day that our politicians began closing their speeches with, “God bless America,” the nation’s wisely and solidly erected wall between […]

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Debate Forum Right, 11/15/11

Protecting the Heartbeat of America By David H. Landon I’ve always believed that science would eventually play a critical role in shrinking the period of time that a civilized society would allow for a legal abortion. Poll after poll shows that when the unborn child is viewed as a small person rather than a mass […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 11/8/11

Calls intensify for an aggressive ban on exotic animals in Ohio   The scene last month near Zanesville, Ohio was described by Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, as what one would expect if Noah’s Ark had crashed.  There were at one time 56 wild animals roaming the Muskingum County countryside. […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/8/11

What kind of cage would the make the governor happy? By Ben Tompkins “Ben, I was wondering if you think the proposed ban which exempts some facilities accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) goes far enough to reasonably insure that animals will be treated safely and humanely?” No sweetie. No it doesn’t. “But […]

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Debate Forum Right, 11/8/11

You can’t ban nature by Mark Luedtke “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lions and tigers and bears.” Forgive me. I watched the Wizard of Oz Friday night and it was very scary. It had scarecrows, witches and tornadoes in it. I think more Ohioans died while watching the Wizard of Oz on Friday […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 11/1/11

Controversial State Issue 2 on the Ohio November ballot The state of Ohio, as well as many of its nearly 5,600 political subdivisions, is still in the grips of a financial crisis with continued reduced revenues and increased demands for service. As part of the Kasich administration’s plan to address the $8 billion dollar deficit […]

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Debate Forum Right, 11/1/11

Sometimes you have to say no … even to your friends By David H. Landon It’s difficult to say no to your friends. It’s difficult to say no to people you respect that are performing jobs that are both dangerous and vital to the community. Yes … it’s difficult, but sometimes it can’t be helped. […]

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Debate Forum Left, 11/1/11

SB5: A recipe for economic disaster By Rana Odeh What do the following things have in common? Ohio Senate Bill 5 (SB5), Governor John Kasich, the Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -the answer is: the Koch brothers, or to be more accurate, it is “Koch […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 10/25/11

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on state smoking ban Last Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that challenges the state’s nearly 5-year-old indoor smoking ban. Sitting in rural Highland County, the Court heard a case against Zeno’s, a Columbus bar, which owes $33,000 in fines for smoking violations. Having been cited […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]