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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 Right, 10/25/11

Ohio Attorney General blows smoke, but you can’t by Mark Luedtke Most Americans are under the misconception that elections mean something to them. Most think if you vote out one party and replace it with the other, the government will go in a new direction. It never happens. No matter which party voters empower, government […]

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Debate Forum Left, 10/25/11

Where there’s smoke, there’s ire By Marianne Stanley One of the problems with having a multitude of freedoms in society is that some folks confuse it with license to do whatever they want. Each freedom carries with it a corresponding responsibility. We can have freedom of speech but that speech must not incite to riot. […]

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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


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


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