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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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Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]

Miamisburg goes to the dogs

Canine Carnival returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Canine Carnival takes place Sept. 21 at Riverfront park; photo: Casey Harshman The […]

Advice goddess

 Beard-death experience This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three […]

Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]