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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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Debate Forum Center 09/29/10

Pssst!!! The Recession Is Over… Pass It On!! The private sector National Bureau of Economic Research, (NBER) considered the arbiter of recessions, announced Sept. 20 that it had pegged June 2009 as the end of the recession. The slowdown, which started in December 2007, was 18 months in duration setting a record as our longest […]

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Debate Forum Left 09/29/10

The Facts Are Pretty Clear That… By Benjamin Tomkins Anyone who says we are still in a recession either hasn’t looked at the data, doesn’t care about the data, or isn’t using the word correctly. Now, if you haven’t looked at the data and are claiming that the recession is fervently underway, I would like […]

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Debate Forum Right 09/29/10

Government Economists Embarass Themselves And Fellow Economists By Mark Luedtke As President Obama pushes for another $50 billion stimulus boondoggle, his fifth by my count, and economist after economist warns that the economy is still in decline, the wise men at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the recession that began in […]

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Debate forum topic 09/22/10

Can more federal “Stimulus” spending turn around the sputtering economy? The Obama administration has the difficult task of trying to convince Congress and an even more skeptical American public that additional federal spending can turn the tide on a dormant U.S. economy. After more than $1.1 trillion in earlier stimulus spending, the unemployment rate remains […]

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