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Debate Forum Left 01/26/11

Let’s Get our Priorities Straight By Rana Odeh The obsession with reducing the national debt is often used as an excuse to cut funding to essential government programs that help support the less fortunate members of society. When conservatives threaten to not increase the national debt ceiling unless government spending is cut to 2008 levels, […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/26/11

Repudiate the National Debt By Mark Luedtke Last February, Congress raised the debt ceiling to $14.29 trillion, and the on-record debt will reach that limit sometime in March. Congress must raise the debt ceiling or the federal government will be forced to default on its debt. But that number is as phony as a $37 […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/19/11

New Versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer lose the “N-word Editor’s note: This conversation contains language that some may find offensive. Reader discretion is advised. Last week, the NewSouth, Inc. publishing company of Alabama, announced it will be releasing an altered version of Mark Twain’s classics, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/19/11

Calm the Huck Down By Ben Tompkins I’m afraid I can’t really answer the question the way it’s worded.  When someone asks me “should ‘X’ be done in art” it presumes that I have the some standing to speak on behalf of other people, which I don’t.  If you mean to ask if “I” would […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/19/11

The Adventures of a Vaccinium Person From Finland By J.T. Ryder When my middle son was in 5th grade, he was harassed mercilessly by several black students in his class, one of whom would pull his hair and call him things like beaner, spic and towel-head. I had spoken with the teacher on many occasions […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/12/11

Public Service Unions Salaries and Benefits on the Chopping Blocks As state legislatures across the country begin the difficult task of balancing their state budgets, the cost of paying the salaries and pensions for public service union employees has become a volatile topic. For the nearly seven million union members who work for the various […]

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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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news of the weird: 10/28

by Chuck Shephard Lead Story – Eye of the beholder The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying […]

The hands-on headless horseman

Zoot Reboots for “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” By Jacqui Theobald Photo: C.J. Suchyta and Natalie Houliston display Ichabod at a Zoot […]

The Docket

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Editor’s Choice: Saucy and stalk-y After […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Knight Terrors I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got […]

Putting the ‘boo’ in book

Inside Troy’s haunted bookstore By Matt Bayman Photo: Around About Books is located at 8 W. Main St. in Troy […]

News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]