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Debate Forum: Left 3/1/11

The Myth of the Deficit By Rana Odeh Republican governors in Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are attacking public service unions and blaming them for the states’ budget deficits. Limiting collective bargaining by public employees is by no means going to solve the deficit problem. State budget deficits are caused by recessions rather than collective […]

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Debate Forum: Right 3/1/11

Time to tell the truth about public service unions By David H. Landon How do we tell the police officer that risks his life for his community every time he goes to work that he has to begin paying a higher percentage of his health insurance premiums?  Or tell the firefighter, who runs towards the […]

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Debate Forum 2/23/11

Congress agrees to 90-day extension of the Patriot Act The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Fortunately, everyone knows it today as simply the Patriot Act. It was signed into law with little debate or opposition only 43 days after […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/23/11

Patriot Smacked By Ben Tompkins With the possible exception of the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act is the premier piece of post-9/11 action that made most moderate people go “wait, what?” “You heard us.  If you want to keep your children safe, you’re going to have to accept that the Constitution only works when […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/23/11

The Patriot Act Continues to Keep Americans Safe By David H. Landon The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 is almost upon us. The more time that passes, the more difficult it becomes to remember the raw feelings of fear and anger that were triggered by the cowardly attack on civilians who were simply going about their […]

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Free Speech 2/23/11

Way of the future Have any state or local surveys been given asking what the “people” really think about this issue? I don’t know much about a high-speed rail system because I’ve never ridden on high-speed trains. (For instance, would you travel at the speed of business, and is that dial-up or 4G?) I have […]

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Free Speech 2/23/11

Many Thanks Kathleen, Hi, thanks so much for the kind words you wrote about me in the article about Wednesdays at Blind Bob’s. I truly appreciate how you saw that I started back in 1997 and built up club singers. You are a Dayton gem! Nancy Sell [RE: “Wednesday Night Lights” by Kathleen Cahill, 2/16/11]

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Free Speech 2/23/11

Get the facts straight Hi Mark [Luedtke], I am writing in regard to your column in the Debate Forum section of the Dayton City Paper regarding high-speed rail, specifically your comment that “Nothing is stopping George Soros, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates from putting together a high-speed rail company risking their own money…” Perhaps you were […]

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Free Speech 2/23/11

Could This Be Another Racially Motivated Cover-Up? Recently there was a car crash on the west side of Dayton and an innocent man was killed. I believe this man was an African American. The police chief of the City of Dayton personally gave a televised interview to give a detailed account of this car crash. The actual officers […]

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Debate Forum: Topic 2/16/11

President Obama Doubles Down on High-Speed Rail Vice President Joe Biden announced last week that President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve a six-year, $53 billion program for construction of a national high-speed and intercity rail network, which he envisions will “jump-start job creation.” Biden stated during the announcement that there is a pressing […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/16/11

High-speed rail can’t wait By Maha Kashani “There’s a fundamentally new competition going on in the rest of the world,” said Vice President Joe Biden on Feb. 8 when he announced the six-year, $53 billion plan to invest in high-speed rail for the future of our nation. I cannot understand how the rest of the […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/16/11

Obama Plays Railroad Tycoon with Our Tax Dollars By Mark Luedtke I loved electric trains when I was a kid. My first model train was a classic “O” gauge model I got for Christmas. You could put drops in the smokestack and it would smoke as it chugged around the tracks. My family used to […]

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Correction

The ‘Real’ Black Swan issue correction In last week’s edition of the Dayton City Paper [2/9/2011], we regretfully failed to include a photography credit and a model credit in our cover story, “Mated for Life” and for our cover image, titled “The ‘Real’ Black Swans.” The photographer for the cover image was Dayton-area photographer Kidtee […]

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Free Speech Letter 2/16/11

It’s tasteless, stupid Mark Luedtke, I might not necessarily be a fan of Mayor Leitzell or of Governor Kasich, but the use of your last feature article, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” to take pot shots at both of them was cheap, classless, petty and juvenile. At least you didn’t call them RINOs in print, though. […]

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Free Speech Letter 2/16/11

Luedtke’s analysis off point Reading Mark Luedtke’s recent article in the Dayton City Paper analyzing the reason for Dayton’s economic decline, the first word that came to my mind was “Reaganesque.” Since Mr. Luedtke and his fellow conservatives/libertarians seem to regard Ronald Reagan in much the same way that Scientologists regard L. Ron Hubbard, he […]

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Debate Forum Topic 2/9/11

ARAB EARLY SPRING 2011 It seems that the famed and failed “Arab Spring of 2005” was only delayed. In 2005, the world media bantered about a catch phrase to describe the budding signs of democratic reform in states throughout the Middle East. They called it the “Arab Spring.” We are now looking at the Arab […]

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