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‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a natural wonder

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The Academy Award-winner is truly fantastic  Daniela Vega as Marina. By T.T. Stern-Enzi Every year, I find that somehow, no matter how carefully I plan my festival screening schedule, I wind up missing out on a gem or two in Toronto. And typically, the omissions tend to be foreign language titles. This year, I eagerly […]

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Debate 3/13: ICE ICE, baby

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California Mayor narcs on ICE, faces charges Q: Should Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf have alerted illegal immigrants about the impending ICE raid?  By Sarah Sidlow When Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf found out about an impending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in her district, the progressive mayor didn’t just keep it to […]

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On Your Marc 3/13: Cheers at the ballpark

Year of the Dragons By Marc Katz I know kids with massive baseball card collections and player posters on their bedroom walls. I know adults who can’t finish ordering in a restaurant without checking a cellphone for the latest score. I know sports writers who attend games on their days off (and have been one […]

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Conspiracy 3/13: Doing Evil

Google’s Creepy Censorship By Mark Luedtke In order for a republic to work, the people must be educated and informed. The free exchange of ideas, even unpopular ones, is also required. Rulers, because they lie, cheat, steal, and kill for a living, can’t survive those things. That’s why they use government’s power of coercion to […]

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Conspiracy Theorist 3/6: Don’t Cry for the FBI

Watchers hate being watched By Mark Luedtke The good news is Americans are losing faith in the FBI following two recent scandals. The Strzok texts, the FISA court memo, and the Nunes memo exposed FBI malfeasance before and after the 2016 election. The FBI purposely and corruptly exonerated Hillary Clinton for her crimes while lying […]

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Debate 3/6: Waste of Time?

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Does daylight savings cost more than time? Q: Does Daylight Saving Time serve any practical purpose or is it a waste of time? The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called “Summer Time” in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to […]

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On Your Marc 3/6: The Madness of March

NCAA “First Four” returns to University of Dayton Arena By Marc Katz We welcome teams to the First Four as if they’re playing in the Final Four. They get hotel lobbies decorated in their team colors. They get Laura’s Cookies iced to look like basketballs. And they get serenaded by bagpipes. We’re Dayton… Wait a […]

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Conspiracy 2/27: Ban socialism not guns

Leftists don’t want safe schools By Mark Luedtke I’m sick of thoughts and prayers too. After every mass killing, whether the perpetrator uses knives, poison, bombs, or guns, rulers respond by saying something like “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.” Leftists politicize mass murders with calls for gun control before the bodies […]

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Debate 2/27: Just a number?

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Should Ohio raise the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21? Q: Should Ohio raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21? By Sarah Sidlow How much difference can three years make? According to local proponents of the “Tobacco 21” initiative, enough to make noise about. The push to raise the minimum tobacco purchasing […]

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On Your Marc 2/27: Swan Lake and sports

Athletes take the spotlight By Marc Katz You might say I had three surprises recently when I was at the Schuster Center for some Dayton Arts Alliance event. Yeah, that was the first surprise, that I was there. Obviously, the other person in the house is the big arts fan and, you know, the arts […]

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Conspiracy 2/20: The Bust is Coming

Bust stories overtaking boom stories By Mark Luedtke Boom-bust cycles are caused by an artificial increase in credit. When interest rates are held artificially low, like the Federal Reserve (Fed) has done not only since 2008, but since the 1970s, it confuses entrepreneurs into believing more real resources have been saved and can be borrowed […]

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Football’s biggest threat

Risk of concussions may effect participation By Marc Katz Jeff Graham piled up 542 receptions during an 11-year NFL career, gaining more than 8,000 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns. He also figures he suffered only one concussion in college, at Ohio State, and, “Maybe 5-10 in the NFL, just had my bell rung. You see […]

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Debate 2/20: A tip for Change?

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Should employers own employees’ tips? Q: Should the government permit employee tips to be managed by employers to portion to employees, and/or keep the money for themselves? By Sarah Sidlow Imagine you work in a restaurant waiting tables. You make the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, plus tips. Because of an Obama administration […]

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Debate: 02/13

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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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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]