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Forum Right, 1/31/12

For Obama:  Politics Trumps Sound Energy Policy By David H. Landon Two weeks ago in a symbolic act to appease environmental groups, Barack Obama placed his presidential re-election above the economic health of the country. There is no other way to make sense of the President’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Not only […]

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Forum Center, 1/31/12

Was the Keystone XL Pipeline an Election Year Casualty? In late 2011 the President announced that he was delaying any decision on whether or not to approve the Keystone Pipeline XL project until 2013, after the next presidential election. In December 2011, Congress voted to give the Obama Administration a 60-day deadline to make a […]

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Forum Left, 1/17/12

And The Senate Was Without Form, And Void By Ben Tomkins President Obama’s decision to appoint Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau despite the Senate holding pro forma sessions is a victory of principle over policy. The original intention of recess appointments was to allow the president to carry on with necessary business […]

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Forum Right, 1/17/12

Obama Violates the Separation of Powers Clause with Cordray Appointment By David H. Landon On January 4th President Obama violated the “separation of powers” clause of the U.S. Constitution with his attempt to name Richard Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB) and three others to the National Labor Relations Board. The Republicans […]

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Forum Center, 1/17/12

Obama Uses Recess Appointment to Bypass Congress on Cordray On January 4th, President Obama named Richard Cordray director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB). Using an appointment process known as a “recess appointment,” one made while Congress is in recess, Obama appointed Cordray to the post.  He used the “recess appointment” because Republican senators […]

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Why Not Democratic Socialism?

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By Rana Odeh Can you imagine getting paid 100% of your salary for 18 months of maternity leave? What about never stressing over health care costs when you, your child, or your family members get sick? What about free college education, free childcare, and subsidized (healthy) food and housing? Does it sound too good to […]

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Socialism Is Irrational and Deadly

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By Mark Luedtke Why People Advocate Socialism In his book The New Evolution Diet, Paleolithic lifestyle pioneer Art DeVany calls humans lazy over-eaters. “We humans evolved when food was scarce and life was full of arduous physical activity. Hence, our bodies instruct us to eat everything we can lay our hands on and to exert […]

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Debate Forum Topic, 1/10/12

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Ohio legislature to review practice of double-dipping The troublesome issue of public double-dipping, the practice of retiring and receiving a government pension and then being rehired by the same or even a different government entity, and receiving a second salary, is once again before the Ohio legislature. State Rep. Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) is introducing legislation […]

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Debate Forum Right, 1/10/12

David H. Landon

What is it about “double-dipping” that rubs us the wrong way? By David H. Landon Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who are public employees who are “double-dipping.” You know some. I know some. Everyone knows someone who is managing to nail down what is the equivalent of two paychecks. And if […]

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Debate Forum Left, 1/10/12

Marianne Stanley

We earn it, they take it By  Marianne Stanley Double-dipping, huh? So now this is the “big thing” that needs to be addressed as something that is hurting our country? You can bet that you’re hearing a carefully crafted marketing campaign when complex things are boiled down to simplistic phrases or words. And if it’s […]

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The Docket: 3/21

Regional police blotters, reported and interpreted By Ehron Ostendorf Editor’s Choice Hot case A fire lieutenant responded to a car […]

The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

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 […]