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World exclusive: Santa speaks to the DCP By Jim Bucher So what do I have to lose? I logged on to northpole.com and found the “contact us” section. I did just that. To whom it may concern: Hello, my name is Jim Bucher and I’m sure you guys are super busy right now, but is […]

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Conspiracy Theory 12/16/14

White victims matter too By Mark Luedtke On Jan. 18, 2014, a Fairfield, Ohio cop killed a young, unarmed man named Caleb Surface. Nobody protested. Nobody rioted. No media or political agitators flew to Fairfield to instigate trouble. Nobody cared because Surface was white, not black. That’s the norm. Fewer than one in four people […]

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Debate Forum: 12/16

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Forum Center: Workplace discrimination?  Or “up in smoke”? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers “Thank you for not smoking” may soon take on a whole new meaning in a major Arizona county as the Pima County Board of Supervisors examines a proposal that would ban employers from hiring smokers as municipal employees. The policy, which would […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Frigid, inside and out By Mark Luedtke Global warming frauds aren’t like us. They pretend they’re compassionate while skeptics are cold-hearted, but the opposite is true. WhatsUpWithThat.com quoted one fraud, the late Stephen Schneider, pretending compassion motivates scientists to lie about global warming. “‘On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the […]

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Debate Forum: 12/9

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Debate Center: The eyes have it By Sarah Sidlow The country may still be recovering from the upheaval which came as a result of the recent Grand Jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of a teenager. The event has caused citizens, law enforcement officials and even […]

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Buch’s Christmas tour By Jim Bucher Thought it would be fun this year to see and experience as many holiday activities as one can stuff in an extra-large Christmas stocking. And, folks, there’s plenty. The following is “Buch’s Christmas Tour 2014” and by no means is this a complete list – just some of my […]

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Conspiracy Theorist

Socialism is as destructive as ever By Mark Luedtke I typically think everybody remembers the collapse of the Soviet Union as vividly as I do, but the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this month reminded me otherwise. People who weren’t yet teenagers, people under the age of 37, have no personal […]

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Debate Forum: 12/2

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Forum Center: The Internet as a public utility? (or, just google it)  By Sarah Sidlow The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently came under fire for having weak rules in place for regulating the way Internet Service Providers (ISPs) (such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast and AT&T) do business. The video streaming service Netflix, in a widely reported […]

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December holi-daze By Jim Bucher We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.) But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

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Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]