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Debate Forum: 12/30

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Debate Center: A little friendly fire(ball)  By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Since the 1930s, comic book giants DC and Marvel have engaged in a friendly rivalry. You know, a friendly fireball to the face, a Batarang through the spleen a … whatever Aquaman does… That rivalry has recently come into the public eye to a greater […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

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Forum Center: Is PC passé? The DCP political correctness debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In a unanimous October vote, the Seattle, Washington, City Council voted to recognize Columbus Day, a federal holiday, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Seattle isn’t the first city to do so, having followed the lead of a similar April vote in […]

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On the beat

Origins of Christmas songs By Jim Bucher I assume (when you do that though, you make an ASS out of U and ME.) you’ve all heard a Christmas carol – or three – by this time of year. On local radio stations, satellite radio or maybe even on your own playlist … But have you […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Downtown Dayton housing insanity By Mark Luedtke With apologies to The Who: Meet the new housing bubble. It’s the same as the old housing bubble, but worse. In September, 2013, the most expensive home in Manhattan cost $130 million. By May, 2014, somebody paid $147 million for a New York mansion. Similar bubbles are expanding […]

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On the beat

World exclusive: Santa speaks to the DCP By Jim Bucher So what do I have to lose? I logged on to northpole.com and found the “contact us” section. I did just that. To whom it may concern: Hello, my name is Jim Bucher and I’m sure you guys are super busy right now, but is […]

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Conspiracy Theory 12/16/14

White victims matter too By Mark Luedtke On Jan. 18, 2014, a Fairfield, Ohio cop killed a young, unarmed man named Caleb Surface. Nobody protested. Nobody rioted. No media or political agitators flew to Fairfield to instigate trouble. Nobody cared because Surface was white, not black. That’s the norm. Fewer than one in four people […]

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Debate Forum: 12/16

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Forum Center: Workplace discrimination?  Or “up in smoke”? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers “Thank you for not smoking” may soon take on a whole new meaning in a major Arizona county as the Pima County Board of Supervisors examines a proposal that would ban employers from hiring smokers as municipal employees. The policy, which would […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Frigid, inside and out By Mark Luedtke Global warming frauds aren’t like us. They pretend they’re compassionate while skeptics are cold-hearted, but the opposite is true. WhatsUpWithThat.com quoted one fraud, the late Stephen Schneider, pretending compassion motivates scientists to lie about global warming. “‘On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the […]

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Debate Forum: 12/9

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Debate Center: The eyes have it By Sarah Sidlow The country may still be recovering from the upheaval which came as a result of the recent Grand Jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of a teenager. The event has caused citizens, law enforcement officials and even […]

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On the beat

Buch’s Christmas tour By Jim Bucher Thought it would be fun this year to see and experience as many holiday activities as one can stuff in an extra-large Christmas stocking. And, folks, there’s plenty. The following is “Buch’s Christmas Tour 2014” and by no means is this a complete list – just some of my […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Socialism is as destructive as ever By Mark Luedtke I typically think everybody remembers the collapse of the Soviet Union as vividly as I do, but the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this month reminded me otherwise. People who weren’t yet teenagers, people under the age of 37, have no personal […]

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Debate Forum: 12/2

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Forum Center: The Internet as a public utility? (or, just google it)  By Sarah Sidlow The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently came under fire for having weak rules in place for regulating the way Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) do business. The video streaming service Netflix, in a widely reported […]

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On the beat

December holi-daze By Jim Bucher We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.) But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

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Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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On the beat

DCP readers and their turkey traditions By Jim Bucher This is a companion piece to last week’s On The Beat column, regarding how businesses sometimes get a little slaphappy by putting up the Yuletide decorations up and offering holiday sales before Labor Day. OK I’m, funnin’ a bit, but we may see that soon enough. […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

To ticket or not to ticket By Mark Luedtke The people hate red light and speeding cameras, but our rulers love them. Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras claimed, “Since 1991, there have been a total of 35 election contests in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas [and] Washington. With […]

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