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Debate Forum: 01/09

Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon

Soul(less) train Should self-driving technology that doesn’t require a human at the controls be mandatory on US Railroads? By Sarah Sidlow This past December, an Amtrak train making its inaugural run of a new service between Seattle and Portland jumped the tracks on a highway overpass, and 132 tons of train hurled onto Interstate 5. At […]

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Free Speech: 01/09

An impressive job Re: “The high stakes of ‘Molly’s Game’” by T.T. Stern-Enzi; January 2, 2018; Vol. 15, No. 1. It would never occur to me to watch the movie “Molly’s Game,” because it isn’t a part of my usual viewing. T.T. Stern-Enzi isn’t tied to a particular aesthetic though, and that’s what makes his […]

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On your Marc:01/02

Bowl me over The fun of football bowl season is upon us By Marc Katz As a fledgling sports writer, I used to think covering bowl games would be a lot of fun. They were, if you weren’t just looking to get a sun tan. Bowl games were created by cities looking for publicity, trying […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 01/02

Flipped script Mueller’s investigation of Trump is under attack By Mark Luedtke Two months ago, special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s assault on team Trump’s fake pre-election collusion with Russia looked like an unstoppable juggernaut. Mueller stacked his team with Clinton supporters and loyalists, and anybody who wanted to oust President Trump. Everybody in power, the press, […]

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On the Beat: 01/02

OTB, so long, but not goodbye Buch jauntily tips his hat farewell By Jim Bucher Remember a few years back, when WDTN Channel 2, where I called home for almost 30 years, was bought by a new broadcasting company? The general manager at the time was quoted as saying, “You won’t notice any difference. Channel […]

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Debate Forum: 01/02

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Data. Driven. Is Uber a tech company, or a taxi service? By Sarah Sidlow Phrase to know: gig economy. As in a labor market characterized by short-term independent contractors. As in your weekend and evening side-hustle. Today’s gig economy has popped up almost overnight; and it’s left a lot of people wondering whether it’s a […]

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Free Speech: 01/02

Christmas Re: “It’s beginning to look a lot like solstice” by Tim Walker; December 19, 2017; Vol. 14, No. 51 I was glad to see an irreverent cover story about celebrations of the winter solstice, because I think irreverence is the only suitable emotional reaction to the holiday season. Not that a solstice is truly […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 12/26

Perpetual war Institutionalized mass murder all around the world By Mark Luedtke   Many people would say war is the worst thing in the world, but there’s one thing worse: perpetual war. US rulers have not officially waged war since invading Afghanistan in 2001, but if you count South America, Somalia, and other unofficial, undeclared, […]

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On the Beat: 12/26

The difficult problem The worst in Dayton is Heroin By Jim Bucher This is an easy one. The worst for 2017 here in the Miami Valley. Easy, yet a very difficult problem. The Heroin epidemic. It is out of control if you hadn’t noticed. We made the national news broadcasts way too many times this […]

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On Your Marc: 12/26

Improve the protest Let’s be better in 2018 By Marc Katz The worst of 2017? You mean worse than whatever’s happening in the White House? I’m going with the Colin Kaepernick controversy, and nothing else in sports comes close. Despite an exemplary message, he was co-opted by a spin minister concerned only with his own […]

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Commentary Forum: 12/26


Cheers to Auld Lang Syne What topics of 2017 should we have never bothered to talk about? By Sarah Sidlow Well folks, it’s been a year. And here at Dayton City Paper, we’ve covered it all (well, some of it, anyway). We’ve looked at local issues [Are Dayton traffic cameras effective at increasing road safety? Should […]

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Free Speech: 12/26

Happy Saturnalia Re: Calendar (pg 35); December 12, 2017; Vol. 14, No. 50 Thank you for putting the announcement of free breakfast with Santa under HOLIDAY, PERFECT! Best wishes for a Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Joyous New Year, enjoyable Kawanza. -Anne from Central Presbyterian Church via U.S. Mail On social punishment Re: “How will it […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 12/19

ICBM launch North Korea tests another missile By Mark Luedtke   The situation with North Korea keeps getting worse, but we only hear half the story. Back in September the New York Times reported on Kim Jong Un’s latest nuclear test. “The underground blast was by far North Korea’s most powerful ever. Though it was […]

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On your Marc: 12/19

Second chances Pitcher Mark Armstrong stays in the game By Marc Katz   Who doesn’t want to play major league baseball, stand on a mound, throw 95 mph fastballs, and have thousands cheer from the stands? Who doesn’t believe that can happen as high school ends and the graduate walks off the stage with two […]

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On the Beat: 12/19

A Christmas Miracle Toy drive helping make christmas very merry By Jim Bucher   Funny sometimes how things work. My friend, Beth Mann, who runs FLOC (For Love Of Childen) emailed me with a plea on behalf of the organization, saying that its toy cottage shelves are bare. Wondering if I could help get the […]

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Debate Forum: 12/19

Can he do that? Should sanctuary city government decision makers be sued under federal law? By Sarah Sidlow If you’re planning on riding out the holidays without having a political conversation, we salute you. But if you can’t avoid it, or if you’re that guy at the office party who likes to stir the soup, […]

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