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Debate Forum Topic 12/22/10

Who came out on top in 2010? As the dust settles on 2010, the interesting question for a nation that fails to keep track of successes and failures is this: Who had a better year in 2010; Democrats or Republicans? For some, this may seem like a rhetorical question. After all, Republicans rode the anti-government […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/29/10

The Democrats kicked ass. Done and done. By Ben Tompkins The fact that our country’s economy hasn’t collapsed into a post-Roman wasteland is in-and-of-itself a minor miracle.  As of right now, the GDP is slowly and steadily increasing, and the unemployment rate has dropped from a high in January 2010 of 10.6% to around 9.8% […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/29/10

Ruling-Class Wins, Americans Lose by Mark Luedtke Government is like the “Wizard of Oz,” creating illusions enjoyed by the people. But when the curtain collapses, as it inevitably must, the illusion along with the lives of people it affected is shattered. The Wizard is shown to be a petty self-promoter. All that’s left is the […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/22/10

The Obama Tax Deal: Compromise or Surrender? Last week President Obama reached an agreement with the Republican congressional leadership on extending the Bush tax cuts for an additional two years for all taxpayers. As part of the compromise, the Republicans agreed to extend unemployment benefits, currently set at two years, for an additional year. The […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/22/10

The Tax Deal is Just Another “Land Grab” by Republicans By Marianne Stanley Last week, President Obama signed a new tax deal, incredibly called a “compromise,” that shoves the knife even deeper into the belly of the average American. This new tax bill should have all thinking people marching in the streets to protest this […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/22/10

Tax Cut Extension Was the Only Move on the Board for Obama By Dave Landon President Obama found himself in an unusual position last week. He was agreeing with the Republican congressional leadership and going against the very strong wishes of his Democrat base. The President had come to the conclusion that his re-election in […]

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Free Speech – The REAL obesity issue

The REAL obesity issue Contrary to what people may have heard from that idiot Sarah Palin, First Lady Michelle Obama is not going around grinchily trying to snatch sugar cookies from the hands of children this holiday season (Whoops! That’s “Christmas Season” for all the Fox News purists out there).  Rather, what Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood […]

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Free Speech – Elegy for a small town store

Elegy for a small town store When I took my future husband to meet my grandparents a few decades ago, my husband mentioned the small town that his parents were from. My grandfather’s eyes lit up and he said, “I know that town! When I was a young man, back in the early 30s, I […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/15/10

Immigration Debates Flares Up Over Dream Act Legislation. The DREAM Act, officially known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, was first introduced in August 2001. This legislation creates a path to citizenship for children under the age of 16 brought to the U.S. illegally and who attend college or have joined […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/15/10

Mass exodus unrealistic; stop wasting time and pass the DREAM Act By Ben Tompkins I don’t think there’s much to argue with concerning the nuts and bolts of the DREAM Act. It’s been very carefully written and rewritten to ensure that it applies to an extremely narrow slice of the population: the applicants must register […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/15/10

DREAM Act: The Democrat Re-Election Act By David Karki One of the several awful bills that can’t-be-former-Speaker-soon-enough Nancy Pelosi lame-duck-marched through the chamber in the last few days was the DREAM Act. To be sure, the Democrats’ main interest in this is that they can rubber-stamp millions of new Democratic votes to replace all those […]

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3C Rail debate

Dear Miss Kashani, I read your article in the “Debate Forum” with interest, but found myself unable to agree with your positions. Many, including myself, talk about our need to rely more on public transportation and less on our own transportation, but must admit we haven’t used public transportation in years, if ever. For me, […]

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Debate Forum Topic 12/08/10

Should Wikileaks be considered a Terrorist Organization? Julian Assange, a world-class computer hacker turned crusader-for-full disclosure-of-all-government-secrets, is in the news. After another release of State Department communication cables where the State Department personnel discuss sensitive and often frank evaluations of America’s allies and enemies from around the world, the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks has turned […]

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Debate Forum Left 12/08/10

Wikileaks a pivotal point in world politics; one for the history books by Marianne Stanley Julian Assange, the Australian-born founder of Wikileaks, the organization that has set about releasing diplomatic cables intended to be secret, has been cast as everything from a traitor to a hero. Some Republicans have even gone so far as to […]

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Debate Forum Right 12/08/10

Simply Put: Julian Assange is a High-tech Terrorist By David H. Landon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is, very simply, a high-tech terrorist. How can one argue that his actions amount to anything other than terror? A terrorist uses the fear created from an isolated act, usually an act of indescriminate violence, to affect the decision […]

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Debate Forum Topic – 12/01/10

Ohio Legislator Moves to Ban the Sale of Synthetic Marijuana State Rep. Margaret Ruhl, a state lawmaker from Mount Vernon, Ohio, is the sponsor of legislation that would outlaw the sale or possession of a type of synthetic marijuana in Ohio. That legislation, if enacted into law, would classify the synthetic substance now legally sold […]

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