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Debate Forum 1/12/16


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


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

Bruce Plante Cartoon: OK Ten Commandments Monument ruling

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


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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Debate Forum 12/8/15


Does video kill? Could manipulated Planned Parenthood videos be responsible for murder? By Tim Walker Abortion is a subject that has always stirred passionate debate in this country. Ever since the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the Roe V. Wade case legalized abortion in the United States, citizens on both sides of this controversial issue […]

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Debate Forum 12/1/15


Need a light? Should the government ban smoking in public housing? By Tim Walker Cigarette smoking, it might be said, is a dying habit. The percentage of American adults who smoke has now reached an all-time low, according to a study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of adults over […]

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Debate Forum 11/24/15

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Personal foul? Fantasy sports flagged in New York By Sarah Sidlow Recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “time out” to fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel, sending them cease-and-desist notices on the grounds that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in his state. While gambling (read: casinos) has long been regulated in the […]

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Debate Forum 11/10/15


Readin’, writin’, really? Do police officers belong in schools? By Tim Walker “When I was young,” an old man once wrote in the Dayton City Paper, “there weren’t any policemen in school. You got out of line, they dragged you to the principal’s office and paddled your little ass.” Times change, however. …Or do they? […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15


Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Debate Forum 10/27

Monopolies, or monoplease? By Tim Walker What if the consumer is shopping for the cheapest price on his monthly digital cable service? Or the best deal on satellite radio? Or, in the state of Ohio, he wants a number of options when visiting a casino? In each of these situations, choices are limited. Why? These […]

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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


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


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