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Debate Forum Left 01/12/11

A Working Class Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand By Rana Odeh How about we imagine for a moment what some of the characteristics of the American economy would be had we not had a strong labor movement in the beginning of the 20th century. We would probably still have a child labor economy, low safety […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/12/11

Paying People to Not Work Is Stupid By Mark Luedtke Coercion is always destructive. Pensions are a perfect example. Nobody would voluntarily pay another to not work. Obviously, it makes no sense for an employer. It makes products more expensive and reduces sales and profits. Higher prices make the entire country poorer too. Less obviously, […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/05/11

Finding the Right Balance of Punishment for Teen ‘Sexting’ Technology has once again brought new challenges for parents who are trying to protect their children from the bad decisions made by hormone-driven adolescents.  For “Baby Boomers” who grew up at a time when the telephone was a land line with maybe an extension line or […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/05/11

Teenage “Sexting”: One More Thing To Keep Parents Up At Night By David H. Landon Some consider it a high-tech version of the right-of-passage teenage game of “spin-the-bottle.” But when this new game goes bad, the consequenses are much more serious. Teenage “sexting” – young people providing nude or semi-nude images using digital technology – […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/05/11

Teenagers can’t be punished for their own stupidity By Ben Tompkins Legislators are fixers.  They see a problem, want to help and naturally assume the best way to do so is to make a new law. So in 1996, when the state of Ohio updated chapter 2907:323 of its legal code, it seemed OK to […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/22/10

Who came out on top in 2010? As the dust settles on 2010, the interesting question for a nation that fails to keep track of successes and failures is this: Who had a better year in 2010; Democrats or Republicans? For some, this may seem like a rhetorical question. After all, Republicans rode the anti-government […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/29/10

The Democrats kicked ass. Done and done. By Ben Tompkins The fact that our country’s economy hasn’t collapsed into a post-Roman wasteland is in-and-of-itself a minor miracle.  As of right now, the GDP is slowly and steadily increasing, and the unemployment rate has dropped from a high in January 2010 of 10.6% to around 9.8% […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/29/10

Ruling-Class Wins, Americans Lose by Mark Luedtke Government is like the “Wizard of Oz,” creating illusions enjoyed by the people. But when the curtain collapses, as it inevitably must, the illusion along with the lives of people it affected is shattered. The Wizard is shown to be a petty self-promoter. All that’s left is the […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/22/10

The Obama Tax Deal: Compromise or Surrender? Last week President Obama reached an agreement with the Republican congressional leadership on extending the Bush tax cuts for an additional two years for all taxpayers. As part of the compromise, the Republicans agreed to extend unemployment benefits, currently set at two years, for an additional year. The […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/22/10

The Tax Deal is Just Another “Land Grab” by Republicans By Marianne Stanley Last week, President Obama signed a new tax deal, incredibly called a “compromise,” that shoves the knife even deeper into the belly of the average American. This new tax bill should have all thinking people marching in the streets to protest this […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/22/10

Tax Cut Extension Was the Only Move on the Board for Obama By Dave Landon President Obama found himself in an unusual position last week. He was agreeing with the Republican congressional leadership and going against the very strong wishes of his Democrat base. The President had come to the conclusion that his re-election in […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/15/10

Immigration Debates Flares Up Over Dream Act Legislation. The DREAM Act, officially known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, was first introduced in August 2001. This legislation creates a path to citizenship for children under the age of 16 brought to the U.S. illegally and who attend college or have joined […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/15/10

Mass exodus unrealistic; stop wasting time and pass the DREAM Act By Ben Tompkins I don’t think there’s much to argue with concerning the nuts and bolts of the DREAM Act. It’s been very carefully written and rewritten to ensure that it applies to an extremely narrow slice of the population: the applicants must register […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/15/10

DREAM Act: The Democrat Re-Election Act By David Karki One of the several awful bills that can’t-be-former-Speaker-soon-enough Nancy Pelosi lame-duck-marched through the chamber in the last few days was the DREAM Act. To be sure, the Democrats’ main interest in this is that they can rubber-stamp millions of new Democratic votes to replace all those […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/08/10

Should Wikileaks be considered a Terrorist Organization? Julian Assange, a world-class computer hacker turned crusader-for-full disclosure-of-all-government-secrets, is in the news. After another release of State Department communication cables where the State Department personnel discuss sensitive and often frank evaluations of America’s allies and enemies from around the world, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks has turned […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/08/10

Wikileaks a pivotal point in world politics; one for the history books by Marianne Stanley Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of Wikileaks, the organization that has set about releasing diplomatic cables intended to be secret, has been cast as everything from a traitor to a hero. Some Republicans have even gone so far as to […]

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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 […]