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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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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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News of the weird: 05/26

By Chuck Shepherd Is This a Great Country or What? There’s hardly a more “generic” song in America than “Happy […]

A berry good time

Annual Strawberry Festival returns By Tara Pettit Photo: The Troy Strawberry Festival [June6-7] offers strawberry-themed vendors, activities and live entertainment; […]

Advice Goddess: 5/27

By Amy Alkon Smells Like Bean Spirit My girlfriend of a year is 51 and lovely in most areas – […]

Chew on this: 05/26

Grill smart By Jayne Powers Every day, we make decisions about our health regarding the food we eat. Sometimes, we […]

News of the weird: 05/19

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Donating for dollars Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now […]

Advice Goddess: 5/19

By Amy Alkon All the single m’ladies I read your manners book and loved it. I just feel that for […]