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Free Speech – 02/02/11

Your recent Debate Forum on public service wages and pensions adds voice to a rising tide of increasing criticism over public service pensions and wages. It has been my honor to have served the last 21 years as a professional firefighter in one of the Miami Valley’s larger municipalities and I take issue with some […]

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Free Speech – 02/02/11

Dear editor, As we remember Martin Luther King Jr., we should also remember who failed to protect him from assassination on April 4, 1968. Dr. King would likely still be alive today had the FBI done their duty to protect him, instead of assault him with wiretaps, covert surveillance and hundreds of pages of documents […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/26/11

To raise or not to raise? At the current rate at which the U.S. is spending money, experts predict that the country will exceed the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling currently approved by federal law by the end of March. Government officials from both political parties agree that under no circumstances would it be acceptable for […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/26/11

Let’s Get our Priorities Straight By Rana Odeh The obsession with reducing the national debt is often used as an excuse to cut funding to essential government programs that help support the less fortunate members of society. When conservatives threaten to not increase the national debt ceiling unless government spending is cut to 2008 levels, […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/26/11

Repudiate the National Debt By Mark Luedtke Last February, Congress raised the debt ceiling to $14.29 trillion, and the on-record debt will reach that limit sometime in March. Congress must raise the debt ceiling or the federal government will be forced to default on its debt. But that number is as phony as a $37 […]

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Free Speech – 01.26.11

Dear Mr. Cooper As a Southerner I must say that I take exception with your article.  Referring to the Civil War down here we jokingly tend to favor the expression “The War of Northern Aggression.” It’s more accurately descriptive than “The War Between the States.” You also seem to be hung-up on the issue of […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/19/11

New Versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer lose the “N-word Editor’s note: This conversation contains language that some may find offensive. Reader discretion is advised. Last week, the NewSouth, Inc. publishing company of Alabama, announced it will be releasing an altered version of Mark Twain’s classics, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/19/11

Calm the Huck Down By Ben Tompkins I’m afraid I can’t really answer the question the way it’s worded.  When someone asks me “should ‘X’ be done in art” it presumes that I have the some standing to speak on behalf of other people, which I don’t.  If you mean to ask if “I” would […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/19/11

The Adventures of a Vaccinium Person From Finland By J.T. Ryder When my middle son was in 5th grade, he was harassed mercilessly by several black students in his class, one of whom would pull his hair and call him things like beaner, spic and towel-head. I had spoken with the teacher on many occasions […]

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Free Speech – 01/19/11

COOPER=CLUELESS It’s clear that Mr. Cooper hasn’t spent much time in the South or else he’d be hightailing it here to set up residence. Has he ever wondered why so many northerners move here? Perhaps because it’s a better place to live than the northern climes. A friend once described northerners as “pinch faced” because […]

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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]