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Debate: 02/13

Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Running out of patients Good Sam is closing; what can Dayton do about it? By Sarah Sidlow The federal government isn’t the only thing shutting down in 2018. Good Samaritan Hospital, part of the Premier Health family based on the northwest side of Dayton, will close its doors by the end of the year. And […]

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Conspiracy: 2/13

No Good Samaritans The battle for Good Sam isn’t over By Mark Luedtke Everybody has heard the news: Premier Health is closing Good Samaritan Hospital. It’s the talk of the town. In a peaceful society, one ordered by property rights, that would be the end of the story. But we don’t live in a peaceful […]

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On Your Marc: 2/6

The home team The family business of sports legacies By Marc Katz Athletic mentors and idols come from everywhere: the coaching ranks, the playing rosters, the pros showcasing their wares to idolizing eyes on all devices from cell phones to big screen televisions. Sometimes, those mentors and idols are sitting across the breakfast table. Trey […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 2/6

The Next US War Situation may lead to action against NATO ally Turkey By Mark Luedtke Turks, Syrians, Kurds, and Americans. One of these things is not like the others. If you picked Americans, you’re right. The Turks, Syrians, and Kurds control territory that overlaps in the Levant. They share history, cooperation, and conflict that […]

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Debate Forum: 2/6 The Chief Objection


Have the Cleveland Indians done enough? By Sarah Sidlow New year, new us? Not yet. But for the Cleveland Indians, 2019 will be a year of transformation. That’s because the Native American caricature, Chief Wahoo, which has appeared on their jerseys in one form or another since 1947, is on the way out. The chief […]

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On Your Marc: 1/30

Yeah, Marty said that Marty Brennaman lives by his words It’s not quite accurate to say in less than a month, you will be listening to the Reds. In reality, you’ll be listening to Marty Brennaman, and what could be better than that? His voice stands out. His accuracy stands out. His clarity stands out. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/30


Taking a stand Should students be disciplined for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? By Sarah Sidlow Violating the dress code, fighting in the hallway, wandering the halls – these are all things that will get an average elementary student sent to the principal’s office. But what about refusing to stand for the […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 1/30

I’m sure you noticed the recent kerfuffle about President Trump supposedly calling certain chronically poverty-stricken countries a bad name. Propagandists jumped on the story like starving Venezuelans on a stray dog. Whether he said it or not, it was fake news. Whenever some worthless story like that takes over the news, our rulers are doing […]

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Free Speech: 1/30

Busting Brock Turner Re: “Debate: Should California elected Judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner; January 23, 2018; Vol 15: No 4 Every time I see Brock Turner, I throw up a little in my mouth I wish he had gotten the death penalty so I’d know the woman […]

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On Your Marc: 01/23

The good immigrant Luis Bolivar to manage Dragons for second season by Marc Katz This would be a good time to talk about all those ghastly, unwanted immigrants crowding into our country, taking our jobs, threatening our society. Guys like Luis Bolivar, who last week was confirmed for his second season as manager of the […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 01/23

Flu-mageddon Bad flu meets government vaccine By Mark Luedtke Government is making Americans dumber. My parents and grandparents knew government was bad for your health. The common wisdom about government was a joke: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” There was no punchline. That was the whole joke. It’s funny because government […]

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Debate Forum: 01/23


Judge not, lest ye be judged Should California-elected judge Persky be recalled because of his sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner? By Sarah Sidlow Ninety-five thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many signatures were submitted in the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clara, California. What’s the reason for all the petition signing? […]

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Free Speech: 01/23

Sound Ideas Re:”Squandering Wealth” by Mark Luedtke; January 26, 2017; Vol. 14, No. 51 Hi Mark, I read your article in the City Paper.   I have no direct knowledge regarding Dayton’s politics and spending but I do have interest in the proposed Levitt Pavillion.  I am a avid music fan and I have a […]

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Conspiracy Theorist:01/16

Hey, Republicans Spending is the problem By Mark Luedtke I’m sick of hearing about the Republican tax cuts. Granted, cutting the business rate from 35 percent to 21 percent is good. Lower taxes are always better. Competition will force companies to lower their prices. Some companies, which fled overseas to avoid high US taxes, will […]

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Debate Center: 01/16


Naughty or nice? Should someone be prohibited from displaying a painting of crucified Santa outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral whether it is Christmas or not? By Sarah Sidlow “It’s ho-ho-horrifying!” began the New York Post article on Christmas Eve. The subject: artwork displayed outside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which depicted Santa Claus crucified—literally hanging from a […]

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On your marc: 01/16

I’m a clod The Dayton Clodbusters play 1860s baseball Yes, there are tryouts to play for the Dayton Clodbuster Baseball Club, but they’re not what you think. This isn’t a competition to find the best “baseball” players. “We want to make sure you aren’t going to get hurt,” said 71-year-old retired industrial machinery salesman, Richard […]

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