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Stand by, in three … two … one … cue awards! By Jim Bucher Photo: Members of the Ponitz Career Technology Center team accepting their national first place award I don’t know about you guys out there in Dayton City Paper land, but it seems like public schools around the country sure do get their fair […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/13

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Forum Center: The smartphone may be the new home By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers An old saying tells us a person’s home is his or her castle. A 21st century version of that saying might become something like this: a person’s home, and smartphone, are his or her castles. It all depends on what ruling […]

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The U.S. disease-care system By Mark Luedtke People frequently claim the U.S. has the best health care system in the world, but the data says otherwise. According to United Press International, “Switzerland leads a study of 34 nations for life expectancy at 82.8 years, followed by Japan at 82.7, Italy at 82.7, Spain at 82.7 […]

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Big victory against the police state in dayton By Mark Luedtke Daytonians dodged a bullet. The people of the Los Angeles suburb of Compton learned in late April they had been secretly monitored by air surveillance. The Los Angeles Times reported: “For nine days in early 2012, a small Cessna plane recorded low-resolution images of […]

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Starring William Christopher Stephens By Jim Bucher Photo: Dayton native William Christopher Stephens I started a list. Now, it’s not a complete list, just what I can come up from the top of my head. The list is of famous people born in Dayton – or close to Dayton, sort of like horseshoes. Let’s see, well […]

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Debate Forum: 05/06

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Forum Center: States’ drug abuse? By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Bruce Plante It takes an average of 12 years for a drug to make it from a laboratory to your medicine cabinet. Yet, it took states like Ohio and Oklahoma less than a year to come up with a new drug cocktail for the purpose of executing […]

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Commentary forum: 4/29

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Debate Center: City tax may be permanent, at least until it changes again By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter The year 1984 was a big one in Dayton. The city was recovering after a big recession swept the land. People in town were introduced to Madonna. Consumers could finally get one of Apple’s personal computers. The […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Last chance for a tax revolt  By Mark Luedtke There’s a long, patriotic history of tax revolts in America. The Boston Tea Party is the most famous. The Whiskey Rebellion occurred during George Washington’s presidency after big whiskey producers in the east conspired with Alexander Hamilton to tax the whiskey produced by small farmers in […]

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What will you do this summer? By Jim Bucher The title of this article sounds a lot like that horror film some years back – “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Well, this column is by no means here to frighten you, but it could be if the kids are out of school for […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

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Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed to make its way through the U.S. Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for debate. The bill sought to close the wage gap between men and women and make what people earn more […]

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‘Bid’ hello to the Great TV Auction By Jim Bucher Going once, going twice, SOLD! Gosh, I love that kind of talk. And you’ll hear plenty of it this week during the “Great TV Auction,” airing now on ThinkTV16 and ThinkTV14, your local PBS stations. It’s a raucous, fun event to watch and offers a […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Warmongers haven’t given up on Syria By Mark Luedtke False flags are flying in Syria. A false flag is a deception carried out by one party so as to make it look as if another party is responsible. In March of 2013, media first reported the use of chemical weapons in Syria, after President Obama […]

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You ain’t seen nothin’ yet By Jim Bucher Back in your parents’ or grandparents’ day, movies were shown in ornate movie palaces. Most films were in living black and white. Then, color film made a splash. Next, television showed up in most of our homes and the movie biz took a hit. So, film studios […]

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Debate Forum: 04/15

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Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. Right now, nearly half of the states in this country have either approved it for medical use or have decriminalized it and simply issue civil fines for possession and use. Our neighbors to the north […]

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Is Paul Ryan a Democrat operative? By Mark Luedtke By all accounts, Republicans were set up for a wave election this November. As of this writing, Real Clear Politics predicts Republicans win 47 Senate seats to 46 for Democrats, 24 governorships to 18, and 232 House seats to 187. The rest are toss-ups. Famed statistical prognosticator […]

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Talk show icon returns home By Jim Bucher Photo: Groundbreaking TV talk show host Phil Donahue returns to Dayton on April 10 Once upon a time, TV talk shows were full of big name stars plugging a new movie or a best-selling author pushing a new book. They basically all looked the same. That is, until […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]