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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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Free Speech – 01/19/11

How much did Henrique pay you? And even as a youngster, I always thought that Henrique may well be the love child of uke-toting Tiny Tim and Weird Al … Becca-Boo [RE: “Uke or Die,” 1/5/11] I am proud to call this guy my friend. You go Henrique! FlannelBear [RE: “Uke or Die,” 1/5/11] I […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/12/11

Public Service Unions Salaries and Benefits on the Chopping Blocks As state legislatures across the country begin the difficult task of balancing their state budgets, the cost of paying the salaries and pensions for public service union employees has become a volatile topic. For the nearly seven million union members who work for the various […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/12/11

A Working Class Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand By Rana Odeh How about we imagine for a moment what some of the characteristics of the American economy would be had we not had a strong labor movement in the beginning of the 20th century. We would probably still have a child labor economy, low safety […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/12/11

Paying People to Not Work Is Stupid By Mark Luedtke Coercion is always destructive. Pensions are a perfect example. Nobody would voluntarily pay another to not work. Obviously, it makes no sense for an employer. It makes products more expensive and reduces sales and profits. Higher prices make the entire country poorer too. Less obviously, […]

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Free Speech – 01/12/11

Goodbye to the South My friends are sure I am crazy, but of course I don’t think so when I say the North should secede from the South. The South has never forgiven us for abolishing slavery and winning the “War Between the States,” as Southerners call it. South Carolina, which started the whole secession […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in […]

Advice Goddess: 5/5

By Amy Alkon Eat, pray you’ll shut up, love I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about […]

News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid […]

The Docket: 05/05

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Donkey wrong Police were flagged down by a […]

Chew on this: 05/05

Thinking differently about dieting By Jayne Powers Two things in life besides death and taxes seem to dominate American culture: […]

The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]