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Debate Forum 3/15/11

Is There a Vital U.S. Interest in Aiding the Rebels in Libya? The Obama administration is grappling with what the U.S. response should be to the growing violence in Libya. Calls are growing for a “no-fly” zone over the country, but a power or coalition of powers willing to enforce one remains unsettled. Over the […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/15/11

… And Stay Out By Ben Tompkins I think the country … may … be growing up a     bit.  A few days ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton articulated the U.S. policy on the ongoing crisis in Libya with the following statement: “I think it is very important that this not be a U.S.-led effort […]

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Debate Forum: Right 3/15/11

To The Shores of Tripoli By David H. Landon Last week, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution which referred Muammar Gadhafi to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. If Gadhafi attempts to leave Libya, he is likely to be arrested. With no other options, Gadhafi is waging a brutal campaign against his own people […]

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Free Speech 3/15/11

Encourage local politicians not to defund public broadcasting I am firmly in continued support of public broadcasting, for both forms on TV and radio. I think it has long been a goal of some on the right, to somehow do away with public broadcasting. I am sure their dislike of public broadcasting comes in part […]

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Debate Forum 3/8/11

Shall We Continue to Fund NPR and PBS? As the Congress debates over how to reduce the rapid growth in federal spending, many programs which receive federal funding are standing by and anxiously waiting to see if the budget cutting ax will fall on them. Among the groups that are concerned about their funding is […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/8/11

‘V’ for Vendetta By Ben Tompkins Hi children. Today’s letter is “V.” “V” is for “vendetta.” Can you say “vendetta”? Kids: No Big Bird, we can’t. Big Bird: Why not, kids? Kids: Because “Sesame Street” isn’t on TV anymore. Nobody can hear us since conservatives and libertarians cut our funding because they believe the Corporation […]

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Debate Forum: Right 3/8/11

Stop the looting By Mark Luedtke Wouldn’t it be great to run a business that never had to turn a profit because government stole money from taxpayers and dumped it on you? You could produce anything you wanted without ever worrying about pleasing customers, while getting rich off taxpayer money. The only people you would […]

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Free Speech 3/8/11

Dear Mr. Luedtke When Mark Luedtke buys into a theory or idea (some of them bordering on crackpot), he ignores any fact or evidence that contradicts his ideas. Concerning his article on Arthur deVany’s “New Evolution Diet” he should read the review of it by Chris Masterjohn. – Reid McFarland Dayton, Ohio [RE: “Are you […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/11

The Showdown between State Government and its Workers The Wisconsin Assembly, early Friday, passed a bill that would strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. This legislation is part of Republican Governor Scott Walker’s legislative agenda as he sets out to tackle the problem of the state’s $137 million deficit for the remaining […]

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Debate Forum: Left 3/1/11

The Myth of the Deficit By Rana Odeh Republican governors in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are attacking public service unions and blaming them for the states’ budget deficits. Limiting collective bargaining by public employees is by no means going to solve the deficit problem. State budget deficits are caused by recessions rather than collective […]

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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]