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Debate Forum Commentary 01 – 12/01/10

Maybe what’s legal shouldn’t be … like thinking ‘Phish is awesome’ By Benjamin Tompkins I challenge any of you to say “Oh my God, did you know that person smokes fake weed?” without sounding like an 8-year-old describing one of his friends who discovered the shredded beef jerky that comes in a dip can.  That […]

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Debate Forum Commentary 02 – 12/01/10

Modern Prohibition Is Even Worse Than the Original by Mark Luedtke Everybody has heard the old saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, yet nobody seems to bother to learn from history. I bet the vast majority of Americans could tell the basic story of the original Prohibition. […]

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Debate Forum Topic 11/24/10

Governor-Elect Kasich Says 3C Rail “DOA” As he promised during the recent gubernatorial campaign, John Kasich, Ohio’s governor-elect, last week restated his opposition to the development of Ohio’s 3C passenger train project. In letters to both Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and President Barack Obama, Kasich announced his decision to terminate the proposed rail project upon […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/24/10

Dear Governor-Elect John Kasich, Ohioans are asking for Due Diligence By Maha Kashani On January 28, 2010, U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was awarding $8 billion to states across the country for a national high-speed passenger rail system as an investment in our country’s transportation infrastructure to create jobs, transform travel in America and […]

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Debate Forum Right 11/24/10

Boondoggle Averted By David H. Landon The future of Ohio’s high-speed rail project is back in the news with the election of governor-elect John Kasich. Where Ohio’s current governor, Ted Strickland, has been a strong advocate of the proposed 3C rail system and the $400 million in federal funds pledged to the project, Kasich has […]

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Debate Forum Topic 11/17/10

ENHANCED PAT-DOWN TECHNIQUE GIVES FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES NEW MEANING As millions of Americans get ready to take to the skies for the Thanksgiving holiday, there’s growing anxiety over new Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) security pat-downs and body-imaging scanners at airports. These new techniques come in response to attempts by terrorists, like the underwear bomber, […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/17/10

Ineffectiveness of Invasive Pat-Down By Rana Odeh Once upon a time, U.S. airports were content with metal detectors until the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deemed them incompetent, so they are being replaced with body scanners. Americans are complaining about the body scanners, so U.S. airports are implementing pat-down security measures. Americans are now complaining about […]

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Debate Forum Right 11/17/10

Resisting TSA Perverts a Test of American Character By Mark Luedtke Imagine if armed thugs forced you to strip naked while they took pictures. Worse, imagine they did the same thing to your spouse and children, and you were helpless to stop them. Imagine if they lewdly molested your children while they forced you to […]

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Debate Forum Topic 11/10/10

VIOLENT VIDEO GAME REGULATION REACHES THE SUPREME COURT On November 2, 2010 the United States Supreme Court heard the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA, a case about a California law. The EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association) is asking the Court to determine whether or not a California law dealing with violent video games is unconstitutional. The […]

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Debate Forum Left 11/10/10

Plugging the Leak By Benjamin Tomkins Both the video game industry and the film industry have robust, independent review boards that apply ratings to their respective media.  Video games have the Entertainment Software Review Board (ESRB), and movies have the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).  Both organizations operate on a strictly voluntary basis, because […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]