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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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Debate Forum Topic 11/17/10

ENHANCED PAT-DOWN TECHNIQUE GIVES FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES NEW MEANING As millions of Americans get ready to take to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday, there’s growing anxiety over new Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security pat-downs and body-imaging scanners at airports. These new techniques come in response to attempts by terrorists, like the underwear bomber, […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/17/10

Ineffectiveness of Invasive Pat-Down By Rana Odeh Once upon a time, U.S. airports were content with metal detectors until the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deemed them incompetent, so they are being replaced with body scanners. Americans are complaining about the body scanners, so U.S. airports are implementing pat-down security measures. Americans are now complaining about […]

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Debate Forum Right 11/17/10

Resisting TSA Perverts a Test of American Character By Mark Luedtke Imagine if armed thugs forced you to strip naked while they took pictures. Worse, imagine they did the same thing to your spouse and children, and you were helpless to stop them. Imagine if they lewdly molested your children while they forced you to […]

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Debate Forum Topic 11/10/10

VIOLENT VIDEO GAME REGULATION REACHES THE SUPREME COURT On November 2, 2010 the United States Supreme Court heard the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA, a case about a California law. The EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association) is asking the Court to determine whether or not a California law dealing with violent video games is unconstitutional. The […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/10/10

Plugging the Leak By Benjamin Tomkins Both the video game industry and the film industry have robust, independent review boards that apply ratings to their respective media.  Video games have the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB), and movies have the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).  Both organizations operate on a strictly voluntary basis, because […]

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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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