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The Y2K Kid turns 15 By Jim Bucher Photo: Jim Bucher [left] and Dale Huffman [right] hold Josie Pett, the first baby born in the year 2000 On Jan. 1, 2015, Josie Pett had a birthday. Why is this a big deal? Well, because 15 years ago, Josie was the first baby born, as far […]

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Debate Forum: 01/20

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Forum Center: When journalism becomes activism By Sarah Sidlow French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently made international headlines when its cover, which is known for lampooning political or religious figures, bore an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, it was not the cover itself that made the world pay attention, but the reaction of two Islamist extremists, […]

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My name is Jim Bucher, and I’m a smoker By Jim Bucher Stupid, stupid, stupid. I picked up the disgusting smoking habit again. Don’t ask me why, but – I’m sure like alcoholics, drug addicts, et al – you tell yourself, “how could one hurt?” Trust me here, DON’T DO IT! Back in my post […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 01/20

Frozen By Mark Luedtke Photo: The Dallas Moore Band will perform on Jan. 24 at Riff Raff Tavern; photo: Jenna Danielle Moore Benjamin Franklin said, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I disagree […]

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Conspiracy Theorist: 01/13

Happy new war By Mark Luedtke With a doubt, the easiest prediction to make about 2015 is the U.S. will continue its failed policy of perpetual war. Recently, the press made a big deal about the U.S. ending the war in Afghanistan. CBS News wrote, “The US Formally Ends the War in Afghanistan.” Hooray for […]

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Debate Forum: 01/13

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Forum Center: That toy is not a toy! By Sarah Sidlow Lately, there has been no shortage of news reports of incidents involving unarmed citizens being fatally shot by police officers who suspect them of carrying concealed weapons. A number of these stories have involved citizens – particularly young, African American males – carrying toy guns […]

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Are men big babies when they’re sick? By Jim Bucher It was bound to happen sooner or later. After a very long stretch without so much as a sniffle, I think I’ve got it good. This bug I caught – or rather the bug caught me, has knocked me for a loop. Aches, pains, congestion […]

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Debate Forum: 01/06

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Forum Center: Next time, please RSVP By Sarah Sidlow The following letter from U.S. Congressman Michael R. Turner’s office was received by Dayton City Paper reader Mark Smith in September. It outlines the decision of the House of Representatives to pass a resolution condemning President Obama for failing to comply with the National Defense Authorization […]

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On the beat: 01/06

When to un-decorate? By Jim Bucher Well, have you recovered? Did the Christmas season knock you for a loop? All the pushing and shoving at the mall; gosh, hope I didn’t hurt anyone. The gifts have been distributed with – hopefully – minimal returns. And the last of the ripped up wrapping paper is in its proper […]

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Conspiracy theorist: 01/06

Happy anniversary to the war on drugs By Mark Luedtke Understanding the power to tax is the power to destroy, on December 17, 1914, Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act. The War on Drugs is now 100 years old. So much for Afghanistan being the longest, most wasteful war in U.S. history. While some […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]