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Debate Forum Right 11/10/10

Since When Is Playing Grand Theft Auto an Expression of Free Speech? By David H. Landon Last week the United States Supreme Court considered the issue of whether a California law which prohibits the sale of violent video games to minors was constitutional. Oral arguments were made before the Court in Schwarzenegger v. EMA and […]

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Debate Forum Topic 11/03/10

Daylight Saving: A Waste Of Time? The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates, but […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/03/10

DST: The Greatest Bargain By Benjamin Tomkins In preparation for this article I spoke to people in all kinds of professions about how Daylight Saving Time impacts their business. The vast majority of them -teachers, gas station attendants, and shopkeepers- find it mildly annoying to lose an hour of sleep once a year, but are […]

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Debate Forum Right 11/03/10

Spring Forward, Fall Asleep By J.T. Ryder Daylight Saving Time is almost here, so go hand crank the ol’ Hudson and we’ll motor down to see a moving picture show down at the Gold Theater! Why, maybe Chaplin’s Modern Times will be playing! Wouldn’t that be swell!? The cool thing about arguing against the continuance […]

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Debate Forum Topic 10/27/10

Should Those Negative Political Ads Be Funded By Anonymous Donors? This is the season for those much-maligned political attack ads that fill our television screens. In many cases, the disclaimers on the ads indicate they are paid for by the candidate’s campaign committee or a by political party. In those instances, the donors who contributed […]

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Debate Forum Left 10/27/10

We Are Under Assault By Moneyed Interests By Marianne Stanley To simplify: we have two kinds of non-profits under federal law, the 501(c) and the 527. Both are tax-exempt.  The 501s are generally “social welfare” charitable organizations and, as such, do not have to disclose the names of their donors.  The 501s are prohibited from […]

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Debate Forum Right 10/27/10

Obama: Do As I Say, Not As I do By David H. Landon With one week to go before the midterm elections, the nation’s airwaves are being saturated with millions of dollars worth of political ads from both parties. There’s really nothing unusual or new about that. However, in addition to these seemingly non-stop ads […]

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Debate Forum Topic 10/20/10

CHILD OBESITY LEGISLATION STALLS IN THE U.S. HOUSE According to a number of studies, childhood obesity in America is at epidemic levels. In the last 30 years the number of children who are overweight has tripled to 15 percent. When you add the overweight and obese statistics together, the problem becomes crystal clear. One-third of […]

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Debate Forum Left 10/20/10

What About Our Children? By Marianne Stanley We lament the rise in crime while creating criminals; enact punitive policies towards the very immigrants who make our food and homes affordable; punish teachers rather than the policies that make it impossible to teach, and not only permit but support the new American attitude of indifference towards […]

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Debate Forum Right 10/20/10

Central Planning Is Our Problem By Mark Luedtke I applaud Michelle Obama for highlighting the issue of childhood obesity. Who doesn’t want children to be healthier? But more central planning is not the solution. From the establishment of the American colonies until 50 or so years ago, the American people were the healthiest, best-educated people in […]

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Debate Forum Topic 10/13/10

Will Ted Strickland Survive As Ohio’s Governor? One of the key races to be decided by Ohioans this fall is the election of the governor. Democrat Ted Strickland is seeking a second term as Ohio’s governor and is being challenged by Republican John Kasich. Strickland is the 68th and current governor of the state of […]

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Debate Forum Left 10/13/10

The Discourse Of Power By J.T. Ryder I was asked to write this forum piece in favor of Ted Strickland in the upcoming gubernatorial race with John Kasich. What follows will not be a direct endorsement of Strickland for the office of governor. I’ve decided instead to use Ted Strickland and the gubernatorial race as a […]

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Debate Forum Right 10/13/10

Ohio Needs A Real Leader By David H. Landon It’s obvious to anyone paying attention that Ohio’s economy is a disaster. The economic recession has had devastating impact on our state and local governments. Unemployment rates have topped 10 percent for the past 20 months. There is an $8 billion hole in the next biennial […]

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Debate Forum Topic 10/06/10

To Text Or Not To Text: Should There Be Legislation? There is now a national movement to ban texting while operating a motor vehicle. While some states have already passed measures making it a crime to text while driving, not all states have followed suit. At present, 14 states, as well as the District of […]

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Debate Forum Left 10/06/10

Text Driving: Unnecessary And Fatal By Rana Odeh Just over two years ago, a Metrolink commuter train collided head on with a Union Pacific freight locomotive in Southern California, killing 25 people and injuring 135 others. What was the cause behind the worst train accident in the U.S. since the early 1990s? Texting. The engineer […]

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Debate Forum Right 10/06/10

Excellent Guess. Wrong, But Excellent By Benjamin Tomkins I was on a bulletin board recently where someone actually posted this comment in reference to their texting while driving habit: “I’m constantly texting while driving and I havent had an accident yet.” Wow. Two things. 1. Apparently all that texting has made you forget how to use […]

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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 […]