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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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Debate Forum Right 12/08/10

Simply Put: Julian Assange is a High-tech Terrorist By David H. Landon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is, very simply, a high-tech terrorist. How can one argue that his actions amount to anything other than terror? A terrorist uses the fear created from an isolated act, usually an act of indescriminate violence, to affect the decision […]

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Debate Forum Topic – 12/01/10

Ohio Legislator Moves to Ban the Sale of Synthetic Marijuana State Rep. Margaret Ruhl, a state lawmaker from Mount Vernon, Ohio, is the sponsor of legislation that would outlaw the sale or possession of a type of synthetic marijuana in Ohio. That legislation, if enacted into law, would classify the synthetic substance now legally sold […]

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Debate Forum Commentary 01 – 12/01/10

Maybe what’s legal shouldn’t be … like thinking ‘Phish is awesome’ By Benjamin Tompkins I challenge any of you to say “Oh my God, did you know that person smokes fake weed?” without sounding like an 8-year-old describing one of his friends who discovered the shredded beef jerky that comes in a dip can.  That […]

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Debate Forum Commentary 02 – 12/01/10

Modern Prohibition Is Even Worse Than the Original by Mark Luedtke Everybody has heard the old saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, yet nobody seems to bother to learn from history. I bet the vast majority of Americans could tell the basic story of the original Prohibition. […]

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Debate Forum Topic 11/24/10

Governor-Elect Kasich Says 3C Rail “DOA” As he promised during the recent gubernatorial campaign, John Kasich, Ohio’s governor-elect, last week restated his opposition to the development of Ohio’s 3C passenger train project. In letters to both Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and President Barack Obama, Kasich announced his decision to terminate the proposed rail project upon […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/24/10

Dear Governor-Elect John Kasich, Ohioans are asking for Due Diligence By Maha Kashani On January 28, 2010, U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was awarding $8 billion to states across the country for a national high-speed passenger rail system as an investment in our country’s transportation infrastructure to create jobs, transform travel in America and […]

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Debate Forum Right 11/24/10

Boondoggle Averted By David H. Landon The future of Ohio’s high-speed rail project is back in the news with the election of governor-elect John Kasich. Where Ohio’s current governor, Ted Strickland, has been a strong advocate of the proposed 3C rail system and the $400 million in federal funds pledged to the project, Kasich has […]

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