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Waynesville + Sauerkraut = Tons of fun  By Jim Bucher  Don’t you love humble beginnings? Case in point … Many, many years ago two gentlemen by the names of Kettering and Deeds decided they were weary from starting their automobile engines by turning an impractical hand crank on the front of the car. So, together […]

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Shut the government down for real, please  by Mark Luedtke  If you believe the government-controlled media, what I call the accomplice press, the sky is falling because the government shut down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Imagine how wonderful life would be if government really did shut down. No more U.S. soldiers would […]

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Robbing Peter to pay Good Sam by Mark Luedtke   Dayton is in a general state of decline as the people struggle to overcome the looting done to them by government at all levels. Even the Oregon District, despite the city shutting down competitive bars all over town, does significantly less business than it did […]

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Debate Forum 10/01

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Debate Center: The Affordable Care Act has a day in court  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward   Sometimes when news turns to issues of religious freedom, it involves the Catholic Church. In most cases, the problem centers on the church facing a challenge to their religious positions in the form of an employee who has […]

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What happened to chivalry?  By Jim Bucher   According to Wikipedia, the online, open-forum encyclopedia – thought I’d sound hip saying that instead of, “According to my Encyclopedia Britannica in book form on my bookshelf” – the word “polite” means “having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.” The word “courteous” […]

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Debate Forum 09/24

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Debate Center: Perfection in simplicity or rare delicacy? Illustration: ElliotWard    By Alex Culpepper   Somewhere deep in the shadowy past of humanity, someone discovered the starchy, wet grains sitting in the corner of a mud hut rendered a mushy drink that left him or her relaxed, tingly and euphoric. This unlikely genius further found he or she […]

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Drunk driving laws make roads less safe  by Mark Luedtke  Security expert Bruce Schneier said Americans need to relearn how to assess risks and their costs: “We’re afraid of risk. It’s a normal part of life, but we’re increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So, we turn to technology to protect us. The […]

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Dayton beer memorabilia … or lack thereof  By Jim Bucher   Photo: A vintage bottle from Dayton’s Olt Brewing Company The Buchers and beer history in the Miami Valley go way back. I’m the proud descendent of Robert Edgar. “Who is Robert Edgar,” you say? Well, first, he’s my great-great grandfather, with maybe a great added […]

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Debate Forum, 9/17

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Massachusetts family believes the Pledge challenges their patriotism By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Elliot Ward A man named Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance in 1891. In part, it owes its existence to Christopher Columbus and the Civil War. Bellamy composed the Pledge as part of a program to promote patriotism and complement the opening […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Are you ready for global cooling?  By Mark Luedtke CBS News reported: “‘The Farmers’ Almanac’ is using words like ‘piercing cold,’ ‘bitterly cold’ and ‘biting cold’ to describe the upcoming winter. ‘We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,’ said Sandi Duncan, managing […]

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Old sayings … say what?  By Jim Bucher Many a quick wit was the norm in my family from Mom, Dad, uncles and aunts. There always seemed to be a wisecrack or four in the conversation. Guess that’s where I get it. But what was perplexing is those old sayings and where they came from. […]

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To Google or not to Google … By Jim Bucher  OK, we’ve all done it. You’d be lying if you tell me “No.” I’ve done it a few times. It’s not illegal, of course. Well, in our country at least. But in light of recent events, our government probably already knows we do it. I’m talking […]

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False flag in Syria now pretext for war  By Mark Luedtke   Vice President Dick Cheney told former British Prime Minister Tony Blair he wanted to invade Iraq, Syria and Iran to remake the Middle East. President Bush gave him Iraq. President Obama wants to give him Syria. This is more evidence there’s no meaningful […]

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Debate Forum 09/10

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Debate Center: Another reason to smile for that driver’s license photo  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   By some reports, 26 states use what is known as facial recognition software to ID suspected criminals. Beginning this summer, Ohio joined those states by using the facial recognition software in a program called the Ohio […]

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Debate Forum 09/03

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Debate Center: Rapists in many states can have child custody rights  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.    A woman in Massachusetts is involved in a legal battle to overturn a state court order requiring the father of her child to assume partial parental responsibilities. She is doing this because he was also […]

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Let them eat dirt by Mark Luedtke    Prices are rising everywhere, but every news story hides the root cause. For example, the Columbus Dispatch blamed storms for rising home and auto insurance rates in Ohio. Storms are a convenient scapegoat for rising prices because people have short memories. They tend to believe this year’s […]

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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 […]