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Conspiracy Theorist 11/11

Republicans secretly love Obamacare By Mark Luedtke I hate to say, “I told you so,” because I would love to see the Obamacare disaster repealed, but, like I warned all along, Republicans only want to share in the looting. Five minutes after Obamacare passed, Republicans called for its repeal, but Obamacare was modeled on The […]

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Putting names to the faces of drug abuse

By Jim Bucher My column this week was supposed to be Thanksgiving related, but recent events in my life have changed all that. Over this past weekend, three young people I’m acquainted with have died. One died from presumed drug abuse. For the second, drugs may have been a contributing factor. The third died from […]

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Debate forum: 11/11

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Debate Center: Ebola: a political tool? By Paul Noah Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is now free to do as she pleases, after returning from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she was treating Ebola patients. In a case that many across the nation have been watching closely, District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected imposing tight […]

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Debate Forum: 11/04

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Debate Center: Blame the messenger? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The Washington Supreme Court has elected to hear a case by three Seattle women who claim they were raped multiple times as teenagers and argue the classified service Backpage.com not only made it possible, but profited from it. The case began in 2012 in Pierce […]

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Conspiracy Theorist 11/04

Fill up while you can By Mark Luedtke As I write this, daytongasprices.com lists local gas prices as low as $2.75. We haven’t seen prices that low in forever. There are a couple reasons for that. The good news is, despite President Obama’s war on oil and thanks to oil shale, the U.S. is on […]

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On the beat

Cast your eyes on this… By Jim Bucher If you’re reading this article on Tuesday, Nov. 4, then you still have time. After that date, well, I hope you did. If not, shame on you. I’m talking about voting. I know, I know, I’ve heard every excuse in the book. It’s just mind-numbing. So, with […]

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Remembering Dr. Creep By Jim Bucher Photo: Barry Lee Hobart, aka Dr. Creep (1941-2011) He was born Barry Lee Hobart on June 23, 1941. A native of Middletown, he was the nephew of horror film make-up artist and stuntman Doug Hobart, who hosted a traveling monster show in the 1940s and ’50s. This quite possibly […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

The manufactured Ebola crisis By Mark Luedtke There’s a new meme taking over the news about how President Obama has stepped up to lead the country and the world in the fight against Ebola. El Paso Inc. provided an example. “In recent months, Obama caught criticism for going golfing immediately after speaking about the beheading […]

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Commentary Forum: 10/28

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Debate Center: Lost Angeles By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers  Last week, the Supreme Court decided it would consider a legislative push by the City of Los Angeles that would allow police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without obtaining search warrants or permission from judges. This is the latest in a series of […]

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Debate Forum: 10/21

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Debate Center: Abercrombie gets another look By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The mahogany halls of the Supreme Court may smell a little more strongly of cologne this December, as the high court has decided to hear a case against apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. On behalf of a young Muslim woman who was allegedly not […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Google and Apple won’t save you By Mark Luedtke National Security Agency spying is old news. A year ago, people were up in arms and congressmen demanded reform. It was all a smokescreen intended to soothe angry people until they got distracted by other stories, like Obama starting a third war in Iraq. It worked. […]

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Living with Alzheimer’s By Jim Bucher The statistics are mind-numbing. As many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia among older people. One of those 5.1 is my mom, “Cookie.” She’s an awesome person, and she just turned 89. But more on mom later. It’s amazing how […]

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A little here, a little there By Jim Bucher Are you watching re-runs? First, it’s funny how many people come up to me still and say, “We watch you every morning,” or ask, “Buch, what are you doing on TV tonight?” Well, I’m not sure what they’re watching, but I’ve been off Channel 2 now […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

October surprise again By Mark Luedtke Imagine you are President Obama. You are being overrun by events of your own making. Islamic State (ISIS) is cutting off people’s heads in Iraq. So you just started a third war there and expanded it to Syria, something even President Bush wasn’t dumb enough to do. In Ukraine, […]

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Debate Forum: 10/14

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Forum Center: Murder, he sold By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers Ohio has a heroin problem. According to the State Department of Health, a record 680 Ohians died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012 – up 60 percent from the previous year. For 2013, the Ohio Attorney General’s office estimates the heroin overdose total to be more […]

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Fun in the fall By Jim Bucher   With the chilly temperatures upon us and leaves turning vibrant colors, it got me thinking of fun things to do in the fall, right here in our home base.  And of course, you, our loyal readers, have your faves.  I have my personal places, but hundreds of […]

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