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Free Speech – 01/12/11

DAI and BING Just great to see this all happening, and Bing , your coup with the new school is just the best.  It will so gently bring the arts into their souls and if used in their educating around those examples – and with some visits from you – it will inspire beyond your […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/05/11

Finding the Right Balance of Punishment for Teen ‘Sexting’ Technology has once again brought new challenges for parents who are trying to protect their children from the bad decisions made by hormone-driven adolescents.  For “Baby Boomers” who grew up at a time when the telephone was a land line with maybe an extension line or […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/05/11

Teenage “Sexting”: One More Thing To Keep Parents Up At Night By David H. Landon Some consider it a high-tech version of the right-of-passage teenage game of “spin-the-bottle.” But when this new game goes bad, the consequenses are much more serious. Teenage “sexting” – young people providing nude or semi-nude images using digital technology – […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/05/11

Teenagers can’t be punished for their own stupidity By Ben Tompkins Legislators are fixers.  They see a problem, want to help and naturally assume the best way to do so is to make a new law. So in 1996, when the state of Ohio updated chapter 2907:323 of its legal code, it seemed OK to […]

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Free Speech – 01/05/11

Far left? Far right? No way. As a libertarian-leaning independent I love to watch the far right and the far left squirm when they don’t get their way. Looks like it’s the far left’s turn now since President Obama has moved firmly to middle ground politically and abandoned all or nearly all of his far […]

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Free Speech – 01/05/11

Is the U.S. crumbling? If anything is clear, it is that George W. Bush and his band of psychopaths tipped us into an abyss and decades of exile from the company of advanced nations. Banking and Wall Street abuses, skyrocketing health care costs and hollowing of our industrial base were crimes of omission and serious […]

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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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