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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

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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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Conspiracy Theorist

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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Conspiracy Theorist

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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What makes summer great in Dayton? By Jim Bucher Well now, that was some winter, wasn’t it? I know, I know, it’s been over for quite some time, but now summer has officially begun. In the past, NCR’s Old River Park on Patterson Boulevard was the place for me to begin and end the season. […]

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Wake up weekdays with the nicest guy in radio By Jim Bucher Photo: Jeff Stevens [middle] and his ’80s band Stranger Life, for the most part, is about routine, stability and being comfortable. Whether in a relationship or with your friends, humans like familiarity. So, it’s reassuring to know, when gas prices go sky high […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

VA scandals never end By Mark Luedtke Veterans Administration (VA) scandals are as old as the VA. I can’t remember a president who didn’t have one. President Obama knows this. He criticized President George W. Bush for a VA scandal. Despite the never-ending failures at the VA, Obama and his minions pushed the VA as […]

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Debate forum: 06/10

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Forum center: Coal might have an image problem By Alex Culpepper Coal is a pretty big deal in the world right now. About 40 percent of the electricity produced on the planet comes from coal. South Africa leads the world in coal-produced electricity, using coal for over 90 percent of its electricity. Poland, China, Australia and […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

The Progressives have won By Mark Luedtke The state has a problem. Since it exists by stealing wealth from the people, it must control the people to keep them from resisting. To maximize the wealth it steals, it must engender the loyalty of the people. But familial loyalty competes against loyalty to the state, so […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

The Docket: 8/23

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Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby Researched and reported by Ehron Ostendorf So stupid, a caveman could do it An […]