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Debate Forum 10/22

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Debate Center: Sales and privacy in Google’s terms of service  By Alex Culpepper   Illustration by: Dayton artist Elliot Ward When talk of endorsements comes up, it usually involves famous people who tell how great a product is, just like Shaquille O’Neill endorsing Gold Bond or Tina Fey with Garnier. The whole point is to get […]

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Scenes from the phony federal shutdown by Mark Luedtke   I don’t care much about the pseudo-shutdown or its politics (it has no impact on the vast majority of Americans), but the spectacle is entertaining. The details of the deal to end the farce, at least temporarily, will likely be determined shortly after Wednesday, Oct. […]

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Debate Forum 10/15

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Debate Center: Does Amish family get fair treatment from court-sanctioned medical care?  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration: Dayton artist Elliot Ward Sarah Hershberger is a 10-year-old girl who lives in northeastern Ohio, and she has leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital, and doctors say with the treatment she has an 85 percent […]

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Is it just me? By Jim Bucher  As I sit here pondering the subject of my next column, my Dad’s words come to mind, which I believe were plagiarized by a guy named Murphy – as in Murphy’s Law. “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” I do believe this is the unofficial Bucher […]

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Ohio law shuts down 800 businesses  by Mark Luedtke   And people wonder why our economy is so bad. In June, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law effectively banning Internet cafés. Attorney General Mike DeWine began enforcing the law this week. With the stroke of a pen, Ohio’s rulers wiped out 800 businesses that […]

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Waynesville + Sauerkraut = Tons of fun  By Jim Bucher  Don’t you love humble beginnings? Case in point … Many, many years ago two gentlemen by the names of Kettering and Deeds decided they were weary from starting their automobile engines by turning an impractical hand crank on the front of the car. So, together […]

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Shut the government down for real, please  by Mark Luedtke  If you believe the government-controlled media, what I call the accomplice press, the sky is falling because the government shut down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Imagine how wonderful life would be if government really did shut down. No more U.S. soldiers would […]

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Robbing Peter to pay Good Sam by Mark Luedtke   Dayton is in a general state of decline as the people struggle to overcome the looting done to them by government at all levels. Even the Oregon District, despite the city shutting down competitive bars all over town, does significantly less business than it did […]

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Debate Forum 10/01

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Debate Center: The Affordable Care Act has a day in court  By Alex Culpepper  Illustration:Dayton artist Elliot Ward   Sometimes when news turns to issues of religious freedom, it involves the Catholic Church. In most cases, the problem centers on the church facing a challenge to their religious positions in the form of an employee who has […]

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What happened to chivalry?  By Jim Bucher   According to Wikipedia, the online, open-forum encyclopedia – thought I’d sound hip saying that instead of, “According to my Encyclopedia Britannica in book form on my bookshelf” – the word “polite” means “having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people.” The word “courteous” […]

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Debate Forum 09/24

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Debate Center: Perfection in simplicity or rare delicacy? Illustration: ElliotWard    By Alex Culpepper   Somewhere deep in the shadowy past of humanity, someone discovered the starchy, wet grains sitting in the corner of a mud hut rendered a mushy drink that left him or her relaxed, tingly and euphoric. This unlikely genius further found he or she […]

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Drunk driving laws make roads less safe  by Mark Luedtke  Security expert Bruce Schneier said Americans need to relearn how to assess risks and their costs: “We’re afraid of risk. It’s a normal part of life, but we’re increasingly unwilling to accept it at any level. So, we turn to technology to protect us. The […]

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Dayton beer memorabilia … or lack thereof  By Jim Bucher   Photo: A vintage bottle from Dayton’s Olt Brewing Company The Buchers and beer history in the Miami Valley go way back. I’m the proud descendent of Robert Edgar. “Who is Robert Edgar,” you say? Well, first, he’s my great-great grandfather, with maybe a great added […]

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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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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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