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Debate Forum, 9/17

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Massachusetts family believes the Pledge challenges their patriotism By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Elliot Ward A man named Francis Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance in 1891. In part, it owes its existence to Christopher Columbus and the Civil War. Bellamy composed the Pledge as part of a program to promote patriotism and complement the opening […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Are you ready for global cooling?  By Mark Luedtke CBS News reported: “‘The Farmers’ Almanac’ is using words like ‘piercing cold,’ ‘bitterly cold’ and ‘biting cold’ to describe the upcoming winter. ‘We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,’ said Sandi Duncan, managing […]

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On the Beat

Old sayings … say what?  By Jim Bucher Many a quick wit was the norm in my family from Mom, Dad, uncles and aunts. There always seemed to be a wisecrack or four in the conversation. Guess that’s where I get it. But what was perplexing is those old sayings and where they came from. […]

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To Google or not to Google … By Jim Bucher  OK, we’ve all done it. You’d be lying if you tell me “No.” I’ve done it a few times. It’s not illegal, of course. Well, in our country at least. But in light of recent events, our government probably already knows we do it. I’m talking […]

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False flag in Syria now pretext for war  By Mark Luedtke   Vice President Dick Cheney told former British Prime Minister Tony Blair he wanted to invade Iraq, Syria and Iran to remake the Middle East. President Bush gave him Iraq. President Obama wants to give him Syria. This is more evidence there’s no meaningful […]

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Debate Forum 09/10

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Debate Center: Another reason to smile for that driver’s license photo  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.   By some reports, 26 states use what is known as facial recognition software to ID suspected criminals. Beginning this summer, Ohio joined those states by using the facial recognition software in a program called the Ohio […]

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Debate Forum 09/03

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Debate Center: Rapists in many states can have child custody rights  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward.    A woman in Massachusetts is involved in a legal battle to overturn a state court order requiring the father of her child to assume partial parental responsibilities. She is doing this because he was also […]

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Let them eat dirt by Mark Luedtke    Prices are rising everywhere, but every news story hides the root cause. For example, the Columbus Dispatch blamed storms for rising home and auto insurance rates in Ohio. Storms are a convenient scapegoat for rising prices because people have short memories. They tend to believe this year’s […]

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On the beat

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Life – for all of us, it’s terminal  By Jim Bucher   Photo: The grand monuments at Woodland Cemetery One thing we all have in common in life – it’s  for sure, guaranteed, puts us all on the same playing field, my friends – death. Wow! Did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or […]

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It’s great ’n Dayton!  By Jim Bucher  Photo: The Deeds Carillon welcomes visitors at the south end of Dayton, courtesy of bikedayton.wordpress.com   I’m just as guilty as the next guy. It’s easy to take shots at the place we call home. To some, it’s just their nature, nothing will ever make them happy. For others, they […]

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Dayton following Detroit down the looting hole  by Mark Luedtke  Eric Peters argued the Soviets conquered the U.S., “One of the hallmarks of the Soviet System was top-down central planning – with ‘incentives’ provided by the government. Natural market mechanisms were crippled. You got what the government decided you needed – at whatever price the […]

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Debate Forum 08/27

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Debate Center:Is Governor Christie playing it straight with gay conversion therapy? Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward By Alex Culpepper  Supporters of gay rights can claim another victory with the decision by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to ban what is known as gay conversion therapy. The governor made it official last week by signing legislation […]

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Life’s little irritations Photo: Bucher lawn maintenance: Large rocks protecting the driveway By Jim Bucher   As I am now back and refreshed from my vacation in sunny California, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s tough with that jet lag and three-hour West Coast time difference, but then got to thinking, […]

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Taxation without representation is alive and well  by Mark Luedtke  America’s Founding Fathers fought a war to put an end to England’s taxation of the American colonies without allowing the colonists representation in the English Parliament. Today, Americans gleefully tax others without representation. In a practically secret election on Aug. 6, Butler Township residents created […]

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Commentary Forum 08/20

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Commentary  Center: Twitter takes a seat at the Washington lobbying table Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward   By Alex Culpepper On Aug. 9, Twitter became the latest Internet/tech company to form a Political Action Committee (PAC), complete with a lobbyist and a Washington, D.C., office. Called Twitter#PAC, it joins companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, […]

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Debate Forum 08/13

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Debate Center: Some schools are handing out more than just free lunch  By Alex Culpepper Illustration by: Ted Rall Most schools in the country provide some form of sex education, whether it’s abstinence-based, safe-sex contraceptive information or both. Here in Ohio, an amendment nearly made its way into the budget bill last spring that would have […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]