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Beware the sucker economy By Mark Luedtke Yahoo trumpeted, “The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 17,000 for the first time after the U.S. government reported a big gain in hiring last month.”  The stock market keeps rising forever with nary a glitch. To bulls, the unprecedented, positive run since the 2008 crash shows […]

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A visit from a dear friend puts life in perspective By Jim Bucher Sometimes it takes a different perspective and outlook to truly make you appreciate your city, and life in general. This happened to me just recently, when a dear friend paid a visit to the Gem City. Mark Viviano worked as a colleague […]

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The town you’ve never heard of By Jim Bucher Well, if you haven’t guessed it, I’m a local history buff. Years ago, covering people, places and things around the Miami Valley on local TV, I stumbled upon a story of a small town that is long gone, but which had a fascinating history; one that […]

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Debate forum: 07/15

Security

Forum Center: Enforcement of No-Fly List may face long delays By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers Shortly after 9/11, the FBI received from the U.S. Attorney General a new office called the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). Its charter and purpose is to develop and maintain a database list of suspected terrorists. When the TSC uses the database […]

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Congratulations, it’s a parking garage By Mark Luedtke Photo: Construction begins at the intersection of Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River I bet if you were free to build anything you want on a prime piece of Dayton real estate – say, the intersection of Patterson Boulevard and the Great Miami River – you would […]

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Debate forum: 06/08

Supreme Contracption

Supreme Court loses faith in the contraception mandate By Alex Culpepper Photo: ©2014 Rob Rogers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reprinted with permission The April 1 Debate Forum introduced the case before the Supreme Court regarding the owners of Hobby Lobby and their objections to providing coverage for certain types of contraceptives. The question then was centered on whether a […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Schizophrenic Middle East policy By Mark Luedtke Iraq as we knew it is gone. In a modern blitzkrieg, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL), allied with Sunni militias and carved the Sunni Triangle out of Iraq. Formerly called al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) – the main enemy U.S. […]

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We have lost a gentle soul By Jim Bucher James Oliver Bozdech passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014, after a brief illness. Who was Jim “Boz” Bozdech? For those who knew him, this article will not do the man justice; but for those who didn’t know this wonderful human being, here’s a bit on […]

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Debate forum: 07/01

DogsAndCats

Forum Center: Watch out, your neighbor’s dog may be able to sue you By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers So, dogs have been hanging with us for a long time. They apparently were drawn to our campfires, food and generally curious nature. For at least the last 15,000 years, they’ve partnered with us to get scraps […]

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America has gone to the police dogs By Mark Luedtke The topic of dangerous dogs has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the news rarely covers the most dangerous dogs of all: police dogs. The German shepherd was a ubiquitous symbol of the Nazi police state, so much so German shepherds were […]

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Pet Adoption 101 By Jim Bucher As a long-time pet owner, currently with a dog, two cats and two kids, I can sort of speak from experience on adopting pets. But instead, I’m turning this column over to an expert. Meet Jessica Garringer, the Marketing and Development Project Manager for the Humane Society of Greater […]

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High gas prices give me gas! By Jim Bucher OK, time for my ongoing rant against the oil companies and high gas prices. But first, a couple of observations: How come gas goes up 30 cents in two minutes, but drops a couple of cents every week? By the time it gets to something I […]

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Debate forum: 06/24

No Humor

Forum Center: Ice cream truck music threatens to divide the Union By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Jed Helmers A common song to hear jingling from an ice cream truck on a summer’s day is “Turkey in the Straw.” The tune has its Scots-Irish heritage and is quite old, but an NPR story a couple months ago […]

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Obama unleashed By Mark Luedtke With the 2014 election all but sure to be a wave election for Republicans, President Obama must feel he’s finally unleashed to do things he’s wanted to do for over five years, but was reluctant to because of political consequences. For those of us who put in the work before […]

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Debate forum: 06/17

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Forum Center: Has the United States exchanged more than just prisoners? By Alex Culpepper Dealing with prisoners of war was fairly simple in ancient times: prisoners were either killed or became slaves. Sometimes it was beneficial for both sides to have exchanges, but that was complicated. By the Middle Ages and beyond, exchanges and ransoms were […]

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Blame the Fed By Mark Luedtke With President Obama stomping all over the world, destroying wealth like Godzilla and making deadly foreign enemies and domestic political enemies of Democrats, it’s easy to blame him for our economic problems. And there’s a lot of truth in that. From Personal Liberty Digest: “‘From 2009 to 2013, regulators […]

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