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Debate Forum 2/23/16

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Should cops have free speech on social media? By Sarah Sidlow Fairborn police officer Lee Cyr apparently loves a happy ending. At the moment, he’s also enjoying a bit of paid administrative leave for something he said on the Internet. After Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel killed himself on the front steps of the […]

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Debate Forum 2/16/16

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Do you feel a draft? As women enter military combat roles, should the draft be rewritten? By Sarah Sidlow On Dec. 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Department of Defense would lift all gender-based restrictions in military services. Translation: women are now eligible to serve in combat roles. The announcement was a […]

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Debate Forum 2/9/16

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Does gun-free mean safety? Tim Walker We, the people of these United States, are a nation of gun-owners. The Second Amendment to our Constitution, ratified in 1791, grants all American citizens the right to arm themselves, and this right is a cornerstone of our Bill of Rights, one which cannot be infringed upon by our […]

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Debate Forum 2/2/16

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Pure Michigan Who’s to blame for Flint’s water crisis? by Sarah Sidlow Flint, Michigan: long known for its cars, high crime rates and two—count ‘em, two—states of financial emergency in one decade, is in the soup again. This time, there’s something in the water. Hint: it’s lead. The city is currently in a state of […]

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Debate Forum 1/26/16

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Oscars the grouch Little Gold Man is now a black-and-white issue By Sarah Sidlow For the second year running, the four Oscars acting categories are conspicuously monochromatic. And by that, we mean white. Oh yeah, Hollywood noticed. There’s even a trending hashtag, “#OscarsSoWhite,” which makes it really, really serious. Recently—actually on Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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Debate Forum 1/19

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Monkey see, monkey sue The case for macaque copyright By Sarah Sidlow It’s a jungle out there in copyright land and all the monkeys are getting in on it. If you’ve recently seen a winsome little monkey on your newsfeed, chances are it’s not your ex. This magnetic macaque is at the center of a […]

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Debate Forum 1/12/16

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Cattle call An armed militia in Oregon: crazies or Constitutionalists? By Sarah Sidlow Are your friends talking about the mess in Oregon? Here’s what you need to know. A militia group going by the name Citizens for Constitutional Freedoms is engaged in the armed takeover of a vacant building in a federal wildlife refuge in […]

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Debate Forum 1/5/16

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Should tipping be eliminated? By Tim Walker Tipping the server after dinner—do you do it, or not? If so, how much do you leave—18 percent? 20 percent? If you leave less, are you a cheapskate? And why is tipping expected at some establishments, but not at others? Questions like these have puzzled diners for years, […]

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Debate Forum 12/22/15

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Of God and government By Tim Walker Recent polls state that 83 percent of Americans self-identify as Christians. God is everywhere, they say, and they may be right—you can’t pick up the newspaper these days, it seems, without seeing His (or her) name. Oklahoma state officials voted recently to remove a massive Ten Commandments monument […]

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Debate Forum 12/15/15

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Semantics and sensibility What the %$&? does “sensible gun legislation” mean? By Sarah Sidlow Hey, have you heard anything about guns lately? Your answer is probably somewhere between “um, yes” and “please stop talking about guns already.” It’s true—guns are back in the headlines. Why? Recent deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., at a Planned […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]