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May 2010

How will you spend Memorial Day?

How will you spend Memorial Day?

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DAVID BRIGNER

DAVID BRIGNER, Dayton: “We’re kayaking on the Little Miami River, starting in Tipp City, probably with anywhere from 40 to 50 people. We’ll be camping all weekend.”

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MISSY OAKES

MISSY OAKES, Fairborn: “Probably cooking out at my house for immediate family. It’ll probably be hamburgers and hot dogs or, if my husband gets his way, steak.”

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THOMAS WRIGHT

THOMAS WRIGHT, Germantown: “We have a family reunion in Germantown. There’ll be close to 200 people. It’s an annual thing on Memorial Day.”

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MIKE RYAN

MIKE RYAN, Centerville: “With our family. We’ll have a lobster bake and then go to Pleasant Hill Swim Club in Centerville for the kickoff for the pool’s opening.”

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RITA PUJALET

RITA PUJALET, North Bend, Wash.: “We’re visiting our daughter and her family in Beavercreek. Her son just graduated from Notre Dame, and her daughter is graduating from Carroll High School. Also on Memorial Day, we’re thinking about honoring our veterans and others who have passed.”

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SHAWNTAY FIELDS

SHAWNTAY FIELDS, Englewood: “We’ll be planning for the next ‘ScanVenger Hunt,’ this time at The Greene. We (Comtactics) did one for Urban Nights. People can go to different businesses and use their cell phones to scan QR codes and then answer a trivia question about the business. And they can win prizes.”

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Pac-Man turns 30 this year. What’s your all-time favorite arcade game?

Pac-Man turns 30 this year. What’s your all-time favorite arcade game?

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TOM LYNCH

TOM LYNCH, Dayton: “Remember Asteroids? I used to like that.”

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ZACH UPTON

ZACH UPTON, Beavercreek: “I’m going with a classic — Galaga. It’s a very simple game. The aliens fly in and you shoot them.”

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DAVID PHILLIPS

DAVID PHILLIPS, Dayton: “I was 7 when Pac-Man came out, but I did play it. I was a big fan of Donkey Kong.”

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RALPH GUY

RALPH GUY, Dayton: “I think it was Pac-Man, and the one where you shoot down the airplanes.”

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BRYAN SUDDITH

BRYAN SUDDITH, Kettering: “I’m a Ms. Pac-Man junkie. The only way to make Pac-Man better was with Ms. Pac-Man.”

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ROB LAGERGREN

ROB LAGERGREN, Hamilton: “Mine was probably Paperboy. I liked the handles and the buttons and how you were able to throw papers. It was a nonviolent, pretty simple game.”

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TERRY FINLEY

TERRY FINLEY, Ashland: “I never played Pac-Man. I hated it because I was never very good at it. I liked Donkey Kong.”

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DEAN FOSTER

DEAN FOSTER, Hamilton: “Asteroids was my favorite. It was new and novel then. I was 17 when Pac-Man came out.”

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Why do you think Betty White is so popular now, at age 88?

Why do you think Betty White is so popular now, at age 88?

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LEAH TOLEDO

LEAH TOLEDO, Kettering: “Because still, at age 88, she’s willing to do some of the wild things that people wouldn’t do in their 40s. And she’s hysterical.”

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DAVE HAIG

DAVE HAIG, Centerville: “She’s not the only one who’s popular at that age. There’s Anthony Hopkins and all kinds of people who were popular in the past and took a hiatus and are having a comeback.”

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LORI PEDRONCELLI

LORI PEDRONCELLI, Kettering: “I really think it exploded with the Facebook thing. A lot of my friends joined the ‘Get Betty White to Host SNL’ page. And she was on that Super Bowl commercial by Snickers.”

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LINDA EBRIGHT

LINDA EBRIGHT, Clayton: “She’s a genuine person — not fake. As a ‘Golden Girl,’ she was so sweet. And she’s funnier than hell.”

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DAVE MILLS

DAVE MILLS, Kettering: “Isn’t she in that cool commercial for Snickers? That’s the first time I’d seen her in a while.”

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AARON HAIG

AARON HAIG, Trenton: “Older people who are funny are making a comeback in general these days. She’s always been funny. She was on ‘Golden Girls,’ and that show was funny.”

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Should drug testing be required in the hiring process for teachers?

Should drug testing be required in the hiring process for teachers?

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LIZ BRANNAN

LIZ BRANNAN, Kettering: “Of course. If they’re taking care of my kids, I want them to be decent people.”

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JERRY RUSSELL

JERRY RUSSELL, Centerville: “Yes. If they hire teachers who are on drugs, it’s going to lead to approval of such things by the students.”

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JEFF BROWN

JEFF BROWN, Dayton: “Yes. They should be a good example to the kids.”

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JULIE BECK

JULIE BECK, Kettering: “Yes. We want better role models for the students.”

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RON SCHEIDT

RON SCHEIDT, Dayton: “Yes. They’re supposed to be a good influence on children. If they couldn’t pass a drug test, they probably shouldn’t be with young children.”

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STEPH SANDERS SR.

STEPH SANDERS SR., Sacramento, Calif.: “Yes. I’ve taught for five years, and, from my experience, the teachers I’m with should be required to have drug tests and background tests.”

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Will you watch the Indy 500 on Sunday?

Will you watch the Indy 500 on Sunday?

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ANDREW STALLARD

ANDREW STALLARD, Tipp City: “No. I’ve got my daughter’s graduation party on Saturday, and we’re going to her graduation on Sunday. I’d watch part of it otherwise. I like to watch the start; that’s the best part.”

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LAURA CURRIER

LAURA CURRIER, Kettering: “I work as a nurse, and I have to work this weekend. But it will be on in every patient’s room, I’m sure.”

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MICHAEL DWYER

MICHAEL DWYER, West Chester: “I will be watching and rooting for my girl Danica. I also like to watch Helio Castroneves. I try to watch every year.”

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MARK STANLEY

MARK STANLEY, Kettering: “No. I don’t have cable. But I’m not really a fan. I never watch it.”

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FELEMAN COLSTOCK

FELEMAN COLSTOCK, Englewood: “No, I don’t really watch car races. I’ll probably be working.”

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SEAN HOLLEY

SEAN HOLLEY, Medway: “I definitely won’t be watching. I’m not a NASCAR or Formula 1 fan. It’s all the same to me.”

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Who will win American Idol on tonight’s season 9 finale?

Who will win American Idol on tonight’s season 9 finale, Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWyze?

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MELITA PEEKS

MELITA PEEKS, Trotwood: “Crystal, just because she’s in a whole different genre than the typical ‘American Idol’ winner. I was a Big Mike (Lynch) fan, and I was sad to see him go. But when it’s down to Crystal and Lee, I’m for Crystal.”

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AMBER VANDENBOS

AMBER VANDENBOS, Cedarville: “I really liked Crystal at first, but Lee is the bomb. He’s going to win. I always loved both of them, but I think Lee appeals to a lot more people.”

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JASON SCHEIDT

JASON SCHEIDT, Dayton: “I hope it’s Crystal, just because she’s from Ohio. I like Crystal better, but I think they’re both pretty good.”

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MEGAN SEIBER

MEGAN SEIBER, Vandalia: “Lee will win, and I want him to. I like the sound of his voice, and he’s kind of cute.”

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JOYCE KIRBY

JOYCE KIRBY, Maineville: “It’s a toss-up for me, but Lee performed very well all season. He’s been consistent. He’s down to earth. I was for Crystal, but I’ve switched to Lee because he’s a good role model for American children.”

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What teacher had the most impact on you?

What teacher had the most impact on you?

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ANNE BORGER

ANNE BORGER, Miamisburg: “I went to a small high school, and we had an advanced literature class my senior year. The way the teacher presented it, and the books she chose, just opened up a whole new way of looking at things.”

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BARBARA ROBERTS

BARBARA ROBERTS, Dayton: “I guess it would be my typing and shorthand teacher. She was very good, and I liked the subject. I became a typist, and I use the same skills on the computer today.”

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KEVIN MOBLEY

KEVIN MOBLEY, Riverside: “Coach Williams. He taught classes, but I didn’t take his class. He taught me football, basketball and track. He taught me discipline.”

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MISSI HILL

MISSI HILL, Englewood: “My Spanish teacher, Mrs. Wyatt. She taught more than the subject. She taught you about life.”

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MARILYN CALDWELL

MARILYN CALDWELL, Washington Twp.: “Several of my elementary school teachers. I was at an impressionable age, and they were all so compassionate and kind.”

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ROSETTA DICRISTOFORO

ROSETTA DICRISTOFORO, Naples, Italy: “I liked my fourth-grade geography and history teacher. My daddy had died that year, and she was very good to me.”

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What’s your favorite summer vacation?

What’s your favorite summer vacation?

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TA’LAR JOHNSON

TA’LAR JOHNSON, Dayton: “The Taste of Chicago. It’s one of the largest festivals in the United States, and it’s got vendors from all over the world. It’s always on Fourth of July weekend.”

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ALEXIS REED

ALEXIS REED, Kettering: “Going to California, the San Francisco area. We got to visit our cousins and go through all these cool towns and museums.”

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STEVEN GRIFFIN

STEVEN GRIFFIN, Riverside: “Virginia Beach. White sand and the East Coast — lots of waves and fewer sharks.”

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MORGAN BEAM

MORGAN BEAM, Greenville: “Walt Disney World in Florida. We went last year for my graduation. All the people are friendly, and it’s a really great family vacation spot. I’ve been there seven times.”

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DONNIE RICHARDSON

DONNIE RICHARDSON, Middletown: “I don’t take vacations. It costs too much money. If I could, I’d go to Hawaii or Florida just to get away.”

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How do you teach a kid to be a good sport?

How do you teach a kid to be a good sport?

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LEWIS LATTIMORE

LEWIS LATTIMORE, Dayton: “I try to be a good example, in how I play basketball, in particular, but in any sport I play with them. I tell them it’s not important if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. In order to win, you’ve got to know how to lose.”

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DANIELLE BARHORST

DANIELLE BARHORST, Fort Loramie: “It’s really all about fairness and sharing and teaching them that they have to take turns and be nice to others. Be a cheerleader for other people. And watching people who are good sports is part of learning, too.”

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RYAN DALTON

RYAN DALTON, German Twp.: “My parents always taught me to play as hard as you can, play within the rules, and it’s OK to be competitive, but you have to know your boundaries.”

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CURT DELK

CURT DELK, Washington Twp.: “They have to learn how to lose to be a good sport. Don’t let them win all the time. My son and I play chess, and I don’t let him win so he’ll get better.”

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BRAD CUBBIE

BRAD CUBBIE, Dayton: “Let them know that it’s just a game.”

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JAMAL SALAH

JAMAL SALAH, Miamisburg: “Just take them to the park, where they can play ball and run. Teach them to play together and share.”

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KAVICO WHITE

KAVICO WHITE, Dayton: “Show leadership, respect, and make a good example.”

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Will your next cat or dog come from a shelter, a breeder or a pet store?

In a recent poll, 54 percent of Americans said they would get their next dog or cat from a shelter, 23 percent said from a breeder, and 8 percent said from a pet store. What would you do?

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JEREMIAH SHUTTS

JEREMIAH SHUTTS, Clarksville: “I’d probably go to the shelter. My friend was a dog warden, and they got a lot of nice dogs that they had to put down.”

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GARY FRISBY

GARY FRISBY, Dayton: “I would go to the pet store, because I know it would be well taken care of, with no diseases.”

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DEBBIE WIEDENHEFT

DEBBIE WIEDENHEFT, Franklin: “I’d go to a breeder. We got our last dog, a miniature pinscher, from a private breeder, and she’s been a great dog.”

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RICHARD LEFELD

RICHARD LEFELD, Dayton: “I’d get it from a breeder. I just think that’s the way to do it. I’ve gotten a collie, a beagle and a Jack Russell from breeders.”

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DEBORAH MULHOLAND

DEBORAH MULHOLAND, Washington Twp.: “I would be likely to go to a pet store. I work at the mall, and I think it would be fun to stop in at one of our neighbor stores.”

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Will you miss the original “Law & Order”?

“Law & Order” has been canceled after a 20-year run. Will you miss it?

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JACLYN WOLFE

JACLYN WOLFE, Moraine: “I watched it weekly. I can’t believe they canceled it. I’m really shocked. It was a good show.”

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ASHLEY WOODS

ASHLEY WOODS, Kettering: “I was not a fan. When I watched it, I enjoyed it, but I don’t watch that much TV. ‘Criminal Minds’ is my new favorite, and I like ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ too.”

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JOYCE WOOFTER

JOYCE WOOFTER, Miami Twp.: “I’ve always watched it. I catch up with it on the reruns on Saturday night, because I work on the night it runs. I’ll miss it.”

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SAMUEL SEALS

SAMUEL SEALS, Dayton: “I used to watch it, but it’s been a good while ago. I’ll miss having it on, though.”

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REBECCA BEASLEY

REBECCA BEASLEY, Dayton: “I don’t watch it, but my son Ben does, and I know he’ll miss it. He watches those ‘Law & Order’ marathons.”

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RICHARD VOLL

RICHARD VOLL, Cleveland: “I definitely was a fan. I watch whenever it’s on — the reruns, too. It was the one show my family and I sat down and watched together.”

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SEAN WOODS

SEAN WOODS, Jamestown, N.Y.: “Oh, yeah. I was a fan, from when I was growing up. I like the detective, (Lennie) Briscoe. I liked the drama and the reality of it.”

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Will LeBron James stay with the Cavaliers?

LeBron James becomes a free agent July 1. Do you think he’ll stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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ROB SCHROEDER

ROB SCHROEDER, Springboro: “I hope he stays with Cleveland. I think he will. They’ve got the best organization for him to win.”

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MICHAEL PRATT

MICHAEL PRATT, Springboro: “He’s gone. I say he’ll go to Chicago or New York and join another big free-agent name to get a championship and the money.”

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ANTONIO JONES

ANTONIO JONES, Miamisburg: “I hope he does. He’s been there so long, and he’s from the area. I think he’ll hang on.”

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EVAN HAUSE

EVAN HAUSE, Springboro: “I’m a big Cavs fan. I want him to stay, very much so, but with the offers he’s getting from Chicago and New York, it’s hard to say. But all the Cavs fans want him to stay.”

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MYRA FINCHER

MYRA FINCHER, Englewood: “I want him to stay with Cleveland. I’m from Cleveland, and I’m a diehard Cavs fan.”

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If you found $2,000 in your carry-out bag instead of the fast food you ordered at the drive-through, would you return it?

If you found $2,000 in your carry-out bag instead of the fast food you ordered at the drive-through, would you return it?

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KENNETH GORE

KENNETH GORE, Miamisburg: “I would return it. I wouldn’t be tempted to keep it. We’ve actually had them give us a lot more change than they should have, and we’ve returned it.”

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JANET BAKER

JANET BAKER, Moraine: “I would be tempted to keep it, but I’d take it back, because I’d worry about, ‘What if I was the worker who had accidentally done that? What if that person has to pay it back or lose their job?’ “

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TONIA MCCORMICK

TONIA MCCORMICK, Dayton: “I’d return it. You can’t do that. You know where you got it from.”

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CHRISTIAN YATES

CHRISTIAN YATES, Miami Twp.: “I think I’d probably tell them. It might take a little debating, but I’d probably return it.”

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TYLER HENDRICKS

TYLER HENDRICKS, Moraine: “I would probably return it. I might be tempted to keep it, but I’d do the right thing.”

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Will you be watching the “Lost” finale on May 23?

Will you be watching the “Lost” finale on May 23?

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SARA BENTLEY

SARA BENTLEY, Kettering: “Yes. I’ve never missed an episode. It’s my favorite show. My mom and I have debates on what’s happening and what everything means. There’s a lot that’s still unanswered.”

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BRITTANY MCDOWELL

BRITTANY MCDOWELL, Trotwood: “I’ve lost track of ‘Lost.’ My mom and I used to watch it all the time. I guess they were just lost for too long to keep my attention.”

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ANGELA HOWIE

ANGELA HOWIE, Miamisburg: “Absolutely. That is the best show on television. I’m so sad to see it end. I’m addicted to it. We’re having a ‘Lost’ finale party.”

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MARK LAUBER

MARK LAUBER, Centerville: “No. I work 3 to 11. I watched it when it first came out, but then I started working nights about the time it started getting too bizarre— kind of like the ‘X-Files’ when everything got really strange after a while.”

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NANCY BAIN

NANCY BAIN, Oakwood: “I don’t watch ‘Lost,’ but I have a friend who will be traveling, and she’s so disappointed that she’s going to miss it.”

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Are you rooting for Chad Ochocinco on “Dancing With the Stars”?

Are you rooting for Chad Ochocinco on “Dancing With the Stars”?

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HEIDI PATRICK

HEIDI PATRICK, Middletown: “Yes, because my husband likes football, and he’s watching it. He’s never watched ‘DWTS’ before, but he is now because Chad’s on it. He’s not a bad dancer, really, and I hope he wins. But I don’t think he will.”

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MARIO JACKSON

MARIO JACKSON, Trotwood: “I like the Bengals, but I haven’t watched ‘DWTS.’ I follow Chad on Twitter. He’s entertaining, but I just don’t like the dancing shows.”

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EMILY RIDOLFI

EMILY RIDOLFI, Fairborn: “Yes, because he’s from Cincinnati, and I like his partner, Cheryl. I don’t think they can win, though. I think the winner will be Nicole Scherzinger.”

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JANE HORN

JANE HORN, Springfield: “Yes, but I’m not rooting for him. The ones I liked are gone — Kate (Gosselin) and Niecy (Nash). I kind of like the skater (Evan Lysacek).”

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JULIE ALLBAUGH

JULIE ALLBAUGH, Springfield: “I really like the gentleman who was an ice skater (Evan Lysacek). He had a really great performance a couple of weeks ago, following a week where they’d given him the worst ratings.”

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NICK COLLINS

NICK COLLINS, Cincinnati: “I don’t watch it at all. I’d root for Chad, probably, just because I’m from Cincinnati. But that’s not really my type of show.”

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What do you remember most about your high school graduation?

What do you remember most about your high school graduation?

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BOB GOOCH

BOB GOOCH, Kettering: “That there were three nights of it. There was a class night, when we had to wear suits and ties; then there was a commencement night, when we wore the caps and gowns; and then there was a baccalaureate. That’s why I laugh when kids now only have to get through a couple of hours.”

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MARKEL CARTER

MARKEL CARTER, Dayton: “My family being there. It was a big crowd of them.”

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JENNY WHEELER

JENNY WHEELER, Bellbrook: “I think I was just nervous to walk out there and then to walk on stage. And then I was looking all over for my family in the crowd. And it was really hot.”

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LINDA MARINO

LINDA MARINO, Miamisburg: “My best friend almost kept us all from graduating. He was a real class clown, and he talked all the guys into taking their pants off under their gowns. The class adviser found out and told them we wouldn’t get to march, so, instead, we did “The Snake” dance all the way in. It was a riot. Everyone was clapping.”

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MIRANDA SCHUMAKER

MIRANDA SCHUMAKER, Franklin: “I remember it being hot. It was at UD Arena — no air conditioning. I just remember sweating under my cap and gown.”

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JESSE DARDEN,

JESSE DARDEN, Albuquerque, N.M.: “Someone had a blow-up doll that got bounced around by the crowd. The valedictorian gave a ‘Little Engine That Could’ speech: ‘Everybody repeat after me: I think I can, I think I can.’ That was really stupid.”

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RALPHAEL BELL

RALPHAEL BELL, Albuquerque, N.M.: “We had about 500 kids graduating. The party after was the most memorable part.”

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Should terrorism suspects be entitled to Miranda rights?

Should terrorism suspects be entitled to Miranda rights?

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AMOS JEFFERIES

AMOS JEFFERIES, Dayton: “If they’re terrorists, they shouldn’t be able to use the same laws we do. They’re trying to destroy us. If we can get the information we need without giving them Miranda rights, that’s what we should do.”

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LARRY GARNES

LARRY GARNES, Jefferson Twp.: “I don’t think they should be entitled to it. If you do that crime, you should go straight to jail.”

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ROB DICKERSON

ROB DICKERSON, Piqua: “No. In our country, as a citizen we’re afforded certain rights. If you’re not a citizen, you’re not afforded those rights. But anybody who goes through the legal process to become a citizen should be afforded every right of citizenship.”

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LEAH QUEEN

LEAH QUEEN, Franklin: “No, I don’t think they have the right to anything, other than being shot.”

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BROOKE CROUCH

BROOKE CROUCH, Miami Twp.: “No. If they’re terrorists, they shouldn’t get any rights.”

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Did you get many “robocalls” during the primary election? Are they effective?

Did you get many “robocalls” — automated recordings on behalf of candidates or issues — during the primary election? Do you think they’re effective?

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TARA BROWN

TARA BROWN, Fairborn: “We got a ton of them, but they’re not effective. We delete them pretty quickly.”

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JULIAN FASANO

JULIAN FASANO, Troy: “I got a few. I don’t think they’re that effective. I usually try to read in the newspaper some better summaries of the candidates’ experience and education and general background.”

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WENDY RICHLAND

WENDY RICHLAND, Kettering: “We didn’t, because we have cell phones — no land lines. I might listen, depending on who it was from, but I don’t think they’d necessarily be effective.”

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ROCHELLE ABBOTT

ROCHELLE ABBOTT, Beavercreek: “I didn’t get any, but a recorded message would be more irritating to me than a live person. I would probably hang up on a recorded message.”

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CHAYNA CARSWELL

CHAYNA CARSWELL, Fairborn: “Any more, you’d just presume it was a telemarketer, so you’d just hang up. We’ve gotten a lot of automated calls at work lately, but we just hang up.”

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JULIE TOMLIN

JULIE TOMLIN, Fairborn: “I got one at work. I just hung up. We were busy.”

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What do you think of Arizona’s new immigration law?

What do you think of Arizona’s new immigration law?

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CLARA FARIA

CLARA FARIA, Fairborn: “I wouldn’t be opposed to it. My parents are Puerto Rican. They came to this country in the ’50s. But as far as deportation goes, there should be an exception to every rule. Some people have been here 10 years and don’t have their papers yet, but they have jobs. I think if they’ve been here more than five years and they work, they should be allowed to stay.”

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LINDA MOSIER

LINDA MOSIER, Jamestown: “I love it. I think every state should have it. I think Texas should have it. I recently moved here from Texas.”

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KERRY SHANK

KERRY SHANK, Trotwood: “I don’t think it’s right that they can profile and just pull you over. But I guess if you can’t provide proper identification, then it would work. But I don’t like the way they can stop you.”

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WESLEY RUTH

WESLEY RUTH, Washington C.H.: “I think they need it. We don’t need all the illegal immigrants in this country. If they come in legally, then it’s OK.”

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GARY ARNDTS

GARY ARNDTS, Richmond, Ind.: “I think it’s sad that any state has to go to that extreme because the federal government isn’t doing its job of protecting our borders. Democrats don’t want to protect our borders so they can get more Hispanic people to vote for them. Republicans don’t want to protect our borders because they want the cheap labor. There’s no one protecting the American people.”

DAN LEE, Huber Heights: I see both sides of the story, but the good thing is that it brings the immigration issue to the forefront so we can discuss it and figure out a solution. I think it’s going to be overturned by the courts at some point.”

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Are you worried about how the recent stock market plunge might affect an economic recovery?

Are you worried about how the recent stock market plunge might affect an economic recovery?

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RON MACK

RON MACK, Dayton: “Sure. You worry about how it will affect the attitudes of businesses for reinvesting and for rehiring.”

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SANETTA CALLAHAN

SANETTA CALLAHAN, Springfield: “No. I think the stock market will recover.”

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RALPH GRANNAN

RALPH GRANNAN, Fairborn: “It depends on what caused it. If somebody just hit a wrong key and turned 15 million into 15 billion, it won’t affect anything. But if it’s a symptom of a serious volatility, then it’s a very dangerous thing.”

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GRACE KEEFE

GRACE KEEFE, Beavercreek: “I don’t think so, because it does go up and down.”

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BILL ALEXANDER

BILL ALEXANDER, Fairborn: “No, it’s a fluke is all it is.”

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What’s your advice for high school seniors who are about to graduate?

What’s your advice for high school seniors who are about to graduate?

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MELISSA SIEFRING

MELISSA SIEFRING, St. Henry: “Stay in touch with your friends. You’ll meet a lot of new friends in college, but it’s nice to have friends that you can go back to.”

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NAQUENTA BLOCKER

NAQUENTA BLOCKER, Dayton: “The future is what you make of it.”

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JOHN THURSTON

JOHN THURSTON, Beavercreek: “One thing that bothers me is that promptness is not really a priority for them. I’d tell them they need to have a good work ethic, and they need to be on time.”

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GASTON BROWN

GASTON BROWN, Troy: “I would tell them to pick a career or profession that they love to do, and to always endeavor to hold the values that they learned as a child.”

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HERMAN CARR

HERMAN CARR, Springfield: “Get more education — all they can get.”

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BARB FRENCH

BARB FRENCH, Eaton: “To stay motivated and stay in school. A college education is important.”

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MARCIA CARR

MARCIA CARR, Springfield: “To further their schooling and to be the best person they can be.”

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What is the Dayton area’s “Eiffel Tower”?

Hugh Hefner donated $900,000 to help save the Hollywood sign, which he called Hollywood’s “Eiffel Tower.” What is the Dayton area’s Eiffel Tower?

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KEVIN DOBYNS

KEVIN DOBYNS, Springfield: “The Flyover sculpture honoring the Wright brothers in downtown Dayton.”

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LESLIE METZE

LESLIE METZE, Fairborn: “The Solid Rock church’s giant Jesus statue on I-75.”

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RODRICK PIERCE

RODRICK PIERCE, Fairfield: “I’m from the Cincinnati area, but I always know I’m in Dayton when I see the little tower (Carillon Bell Tower) outside of UD, by the arena, right off I-75.”

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KRIS AMBURGEY

KRIS AMBURGEY, Enon: “Probably the Riverscape area downtown, with the fountain.”

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DANIELLE SCHUETTE

DANIELLE SCHUETTE, Waynesville: “The Air Force museum. They have that jet right out front that looks like it’s going up in the air.”

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NOLA AMBURGEY

NOLA AMBURGEY, Enon: “The Dayton Dragons’ stadium.”

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Does your family do anything special to remember moms on Mother’s Day?

Does your family do anything special to remember moms on Mother’s Day?

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MARIA HARDIN

MARIA HARDIN, Jamestown: “We get her flowers sometimes, and bubble bath.”

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NICHELLE JONES

NICHELLE JONES, Huber Heights: “We prepare a dinner for her at her house and shower her with flowers and cards to show her how much she’s appreciated and loved.”

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KELLY GUILIANO

KELLY GUILIANO, Beavercreek: “We spend time with our mothers — one is in Cincinnati and one is in Dayton. We always bring them a hanging flower. The last two years, we’ve also sent them an edible fruit flower arrangement.”

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CHIP MACCONNELL

CHIP MACCONNELL, Centerville: “This year we’ll be in Boston for my daughter’s evaluation at Perkins School for the Blind, so we picked up our Mother’s Day flowers (earlier in the week) — five hanging baskets and a couple of planters.”

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JACK KEMPER

JACK KEMPER, Riverside: “My mom’s passed away, but we take my mother-in-law and my wife to dinner and buy them flowers.”

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DONNA BARGO

DONNA BARGO, Harrison Twp.: “I don’t know what they have planned for me, but we usually go out to eat. We take my husband’s mother out for breakfast sometime that week.”

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TERRY HARDIN

TERRY HARDIN, Jamestown: “We make her breakfast and treat her like the queen she is.”

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Would you consider paying all your bills online?

Would you consider paying all your bills online?

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CARL FOSTER

CARL FOSTER, Troy: “We pay most of them online now. My wife does it, and I’m not aware of any problems.”

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CHERYL NUESSGEN

CHERYL NUESSGEN, Dayton: “No, because of security. I don’t trust it.”

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ELIZABETH WOURMS

ELIZABETH WOURMS, Beavercreek: “Yes. I do already, pretty much. I find it very easy and convenient.”

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CAROLYN ADAMS

CAROLYN ADAMS, Butler Twp.: “I don’t like to pay online. I just don’t like my personal information being on the Web.”

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JAME RICE

JAMES RICE, Troy: “Yes, for the convenience. We pay quite a few of them online now.”

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A New Jersey principal wants parents to ban middle school students from social networking sites. Is he right?

A New Jersey middle school principal wants parents to ban social networks for his students because he says they’re not mature enough to handle them. Is he right?

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JOE JACKSON

JOE JACKSON, Troy: “I disagree (with the principal), because I think that as long as parents are monitoring kids’ use of the Internet, it could actually be a good learning tool for them.”

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GENINE COMPTON

GENINE COMPTON, Harrison Twp.: “The principal’s request is a good one. I’ve always had a concern about how much information kids might be giving out on those sites. As parents, we should be concerned about who they’re communicating with, and our No. 1 priority is to keep them safe.”

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ASHLEY SEEGER

ASHLEY SEEGER, Beavercreek: “I don’t think middle school kids are mature enough to handle the type of things that go on online. They can give too much information out that they don’t mean to, and they can be exposed to things they shouldn’t be at that age.”

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WHITNEY AISENBREY

WHITNEY AISENBREY, Beavercreek: “They should be allowed to be on those sites as long as they’re not doing anything bad. I was on MySpace in middle school, and it was fine.”

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HELEN MALONE

HELEN MALONE, Beavercreek: “They really ought to think about changing the demographic so that middle school kids can’t put any photographs on there. But parents should be watching what their kids are putting online.”

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Is offshore drilling worth the risk of environmental damage?

In the wake of the meltdown of a big oil rig off the Louisiana coast, do you believe offshore drilling is worth the risk of environmental damage?

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EDDIE WAGERS,

EDDIE WAGERS, Dayton: “It should only be done if it can be done safely. But I’m all for offshore drilling if it makes the price of gas go down.”

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CARLA PITMAN

CARLA PITMAN, Dayton: “It’s a huge conflict for me, but no, I don’t think it’s worth it. Those people are going through a lot down there — they’re just bouncing back from the hurricane, and now this environmental damage will be long-term.”

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KIM INSLEY

KIM INSLEY, Springfield: “No. We need to find other ways to get around, not using gas at all. That’s what we pay the politicians the big money to figure out.”

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PETE MOSLEY

PETE MOSLEY, Beavercreek: “Yes and no. It’s definitely not worth the environmental damage, but we definitely need to drill offshore to wean our dependence on foreign oil. They need to make the rigs safer so that if something happens they don’t keep leaking.”

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DWAYNE DRAKE

DWAYNE DRAKE, Columbus: “I don’t think it is. It’s dangerous to the health of everybody once they pollute the environment.”

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BRENDA KING

BRENDA KING, Fairborn: “Probably not. The damage will affect lots of people.”

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KELSEY CHRISMAN

KELSEY CHRISMAN, Greenville: “Yes, because we need the oil. No matter where it’s done, there’s going to be environmental damage.”

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What can schools and parents do to prevent bullying?

What can schools and parents do to prevent bullying?

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CATHERINE BATSOLD

CATHERINE BATSOLD, Xenia: “Schools should change the “no touch tolerance” policy. If two kids are in a fight, and one started it, and then the other defends himself, they both get in trouble. That lets the bully win. I don’t agree with that.”

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KYM RICHARDSON

KYM RICHARDSON, Dayton: “The parents should teach their kids better at home. Teach them to treat people as they would want to be treated. And most people don’t want to be bullied.”

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JOHN STRIETER

JOHN STRIETER, Dayton: “What we’re teaching our 5-year-old is to be gentle, to share, to be a good person to her classmates.”

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AMANDA SCHUBELER

AMANDA SCHUBELER, Kettering: “Parents should just talk to their children. Ask them if they’re having any issues at school or problems with other students. They have to have a good relationship with their children so they can be aware of what’s going on.”

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TIFFANY BLACK

TIFFANY BLACK, Dayton: “It probably happens because parents don’t discipline and let kids get away with everything. Everyone just needs to get along with people who are different from them, no matter their race, their age, their size, whether they’re ugly or pretty, or what clothing brands they wear.”

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NATHAN REEVES

NATHAN REEVES, Beavercreek: “It starts at home with parents teaching their kids what’s appropriate and what bullying is.”

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Should employees have a right to privacy when they send personal messages on computers or cell phones supplied by their employers?

Should employees have a right to privacy when they send personal messages on computers or cell phones supplied by their employers?

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BENNIE SPENCER

BENNIE SPENCER, Dayton: “On the computer, I think the company has a right to know. But I think the employee should be entitled to privacy on the cell phones. Otherwise, they’d have to carry two cell phones.”

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ANGEL ZAPPANTI

ANGEL ZAPPANTI, Beavercreek: “No, because it’s not your personal cell phone or computer.”

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RON HOSKINS

RON HOSKINS, Xenia: “Yes. You really should be able to use them on your lunch break, for example — not on company time — as long as it’s a trusted site.”

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CONNIE HILL

CONNIE HILL, Kettering: “I think so. I can see both sides. The employers have the right to look at them, but everyone’s entitled to privacy to some degree.”

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KAN KIKUCHI

KAN KIKUCHI, Springfield: “Yes. But it should be company policy one way or the other.”

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Do you believe in “paranormal activity” like what’s shown on the “Ghost Hunters” TV show?

Do you believe in “paranormal activity” like what’s shown on the “Ghost Hunters” TV show?

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REBECCA COOLEY

REBECCA COOLEY, Huber Heights: “Yes, from experience. I saw shadows and figures that couldn’t be explained in the basement of my old house. I never told my sister about it, but years later she told me she’d seen the same thing.”

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CHARLES SCHWAB

CHARLES SCHWAB, Tipp City: “I don’t. I think they’re just trying to scare people for ratings. It’s kind of like the show ‘Punk’d.’ They probably sit around laughing about fooling people.”

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LISA HOWELL

LISA HOWELL, Fairborn: “I don’t know what to believe. I work on base, and they say that Arnold House there is haunted. They’ve featured it on ‘Ghost Hunters.’ I’ve been all through it on tours, and nothing happened when I was there.”

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LINDON PHILLIPS

LINDON PHILLIPS, Wilberforce: “With me being a man of God and a Christian man, I believe there are spirits. However, I also believe that it’s something that you have to pray against rather than exposing it. If you don’t have Christ so you can rebuke the spirit, then what’s the point of exposing it? That’s just going to stir it up even more.”

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SHIRLEY KEENE

SHIRLEY KEENE, Beavercreek: “Absolutely not. I’ve had some weird things happen to me, but nothing like that.”

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A federal judge has found the National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional. Should the Justice Department appeal?

A federal judge has found the National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional. Should the Justice Department appeal that ruling?

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CRAIG THORNHILL

CRAIG THORNHILL, Dayton: “Yes. Our laws are founded in a moral and ethical code that dates back to a fear of God. To remove that is a mistake. Standing up for anything that inserts God into our daily lives and the national agenda is a good thing.”

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DONZELL POPE

DONZELL POPE, Jefferson Twp.: “I don’t think they should. It’s going to cost a lot of money to appeal it, and it doesn’t serve a purpose. People are going to pray if they want to pray.”

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CYNTHIA DAVIDSON

CYNTHIA DAVIDSON, Huber Heights: “They should appeal it. We have a right to set aside a day for prayer because they’re not specifying a religion or who you pray to.”

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ROB GOHMANN

ROB GOHMANN, Dayton: “Yes. This country is based on Christian values. I think the ruling is bull crap. I don’t think the federal judges should have the power to do that.”

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LARRY HENDERSON

LARRY HENDERSON, Huber Heights: “Yes. It’s what the country is founded on. It’s why our money says ‘In God We Trust.’ “

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Nearly 80 percent of Americans in a recent poll said they don’t trust the federal government. Why do you think that is?

Nearly 80 percent of Americans in a recent poll said they don’t trust the federal government. Why do you think that is?

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JASON SHIELDS

JASON SHIELDS, Miamisburg: “I think a good percentage of Americans don’t trust the government. It’s like when the health care thing got passed with a big majority of Americans saying they didn’t want it. The government’s going to do what it wants, no matter what we want.”

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MAX MEYER

MAX MEYER, Beavercreek: “I have no idea. They should trust it. We’re fortunate enough to live in a country that has a federal government that we can count on. It’s a privilege to live in a country where you’re able to pay taxes, because we’re free.”

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EDITH WEBB

EDITH WEBB, Xenia: “Trust is a big issue. A lot of times when someone asks for your trust, you find out later they didn’t do what they said they would do. It’s true with anybody, including the government.”

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JULIE ROVET

JULIE ROVET, Dayton: “It’s because they say one thing and do another.”

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MELANIE COOK

MELANIE COOK, Fairborn: “I think it’s because (President) Obama didn’t follow through with his promises to make discussions public, and people don’t feel like they know what’s going on.”

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