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Contemplating the “Cloud”, By Jim Surber
My last writing described nine common items that could easily be eliminated over the coming years, mostly as a result of our expanding use of computers and technology. One of these was our “things” such as documents and pictures, currently stored on our personal computers, which soon may be stored on a universal service known as “the Cloud.” My first experience with a computer was some forty-two years ago... read more
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Family Events... Taking the risks out of childhood can lead to anxiety, By Marybeth Hicks
I remember standing in my kitchen giving directions to the babysitter when my daughter shouted for me urgently from the back yard. “Mom! Help!” I looked out the window and saw her perched on the crossbeam of our swing set, balancing precariously 12 feet above ground. I leaned toward the kitchen window and calmly called back, “You’re fine. If you got up there you can get down.” Missy and I... read more
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Was anyone really mad at the school board? By Bob Rhoades
The firing of the coaches by the City School Board caused an eruption of sentiment that ranged from support, to get rid of all of them.  I wrote on this site after it happened and offered a couple of solutions for the problem of dealing with this board.  There was a recall petition of all of the board.  That is a simple matter; all it takes is identifying the act that would warrant the recall, getting the petition signed by... read more
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The verbal arrows have sure been flying…  By Joe Payne, GSD Board Member
“Quit micromanaging!” “What a stupid decision!” “This board never does anything right.” “How could you do such a thing during a building campaign?!” “We need to replace the whole BOE!” I was hoping the arrows would begin to subside. After all, body armor is hot in the summertime. However, just this Sunday morning a few of my parishioners greeted me with sly smiles and said, “Nice Cartoon!” “What cartoon... read more
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Family Events... Friendship struggles all part of the game, By Marybeth Hicks
07/14/11 - A week ago, my teenaged son, Jimmy, announced he was headed down the street to play one-on-one basketball with his lifelong pal, John. “This is it,” he said confidently. “I’m finally going to beat him.” Jimmy and John have had a rivalry on the driveway since they were old enough to tie their own sneakers. But in all those years, Jimmy has never been the champ, despite the fact that... read more
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Representative Richard Adams... Boosting Small Business Growth in Ohio
Small businesses are the bedrock of our state economy. Each day, we come into contact with local entrepreneurs when we visit a family-owned business, call an electrician in our community, or stop by a neighborhood store after work. These Ohio-based companies and stores drive our economy and support our families by providing nearly half of all Ohioans with employment... read more
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The times they are a-changin’ By Jim Surber
06/25/11 - Bob Dylan wrote this song about the changes in American society and anyone old enough to remember the 1960’s can now appreciate its insight. Technology, and how people use it, may now be laying the groundwork for the elimination of many things that people have become very used to. I recently received predictions of nine things that will be gone in our lifetime. I list them here because they... read more
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Recovery, Relief, Reform: Ohio’s Budget in Review, By State Senator Bill Beagle
COLUMBUS – Dull moments have been few and far between since entering the Ohio Senate in January of this year. However, the past three months have been especially busy as my colleagues and I worked to develop a responsible state budget for Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013. Now that the process has ended, I am glad to report that we were able to produce a balanced plan that cuts spending, eliminates a... read more
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Family Events... Stay in sync or kids will divide and conquer! By Marybeth Hicks
Here’s a familiar scenario: Child wanders into the kitchen in the middle of the afternoon and asks for an ice cream treat. Mom says no. Child meanders to the den where dad is on the computer and says, “Mom says I can’t have a popsicle but I want one. Can I have one?” Dad says, “Sure. And bring me a purple one.” Child heads back to the kitchen and helps himself to two treats, while mom... read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy... Fighting to Safeguard Life in Ohio
Representing so many towns across the 77th House District, I knew going into this term what a hard task the legislature was taking on. With a struggling economy that is affecting the lives of those in our region of the state, my focus from the first day forward has been to find jobs for Ohioans and provide business-friendly policies that will bring about economic growth. In addition to the many bills we have focused... read more
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Pell Grant Funding a Necessity as Economy Recovers, Dr. Cristobal Valdez
The looming crisis of the national debt is forcing Congress and the President to make tough decisions on spending, taxes and entitlement programs in an effort to get the economy back on stable ground. However, a current proposal to cut funding for Pell Grants, the federal government’s primary program to help economically disadvantaged students attend college, is shortsighted and would... read more
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Lemons or Lemonade? By Bob Rhoades
Last week I attended the Greenville City School board meeting with an idea on how a committee could present the idea of a new school to the general public and how to fund it.  It was received very well and I was later advised that we would probably move in that direction. I didn’t realize that later on the fiasco over the non-renewal of the contracts of two coaches was going to put the community... read more
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Lincoln: The past and the present, By Bob Rhoades
When I look back at the 4th of July and the celebration, I always think of  A. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  To me it says it all.  I wonder how many people actually think of what has happened since 1776 and the 235 years since then. I paraphrased the Address for 2011: Eleven score and 7 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty and dedicated... read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy... A Memorable July 4th
Gathering together and watching fireworks for the 4th of July is one of this country’s longest-standing traditions. Even as a young boy, I can remember the excitement that came with the day. It was one of the most enjoyable times to gather with family and friends. However, as we enjoy the festivities that come with celebrating our nation’s independence, we must honor the sacrifices and personal risk put... read more
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Senior Citizen Benefits... In My Opinion, By Sharon Hopper
Why in the world is AARP and the rest of the senior advocates sitting so silently by as the government raises benefits for everyone else except our nations Senior Citizens on Social Security? We are the people who fought in the wars that have made us who we are today and the people who have made this country prosperous beyond words. We are the people who have set the standards for equality for women... read more
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State Representative Richard Adams... Having a Thankful Fourth of July
As I spend time throughout the 79th House District, working on legislation in Columbus, and simply visiting with my family and friends, I am constantly reminded of all the rights as an America that I’m exercising on a daily basis. In our busy lives, it’s often hard to routinely think about how fortunate we are as Americans.  Even when we do, we don’t often think of where our freedoms originate. For this reason... read more
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Family Events... Teaching our children to love their country, By Marybeth Hicks
Last year, Jay Leno produced a clever “Jay Walking” edition for Independence Day. This time, Jay stationed himself in a California theme park to conduct his man-on-the-street interviews. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, he asked passersby to answer some simple questions about the founding of our nation. The answers were funny, in a “we’re in big trouble” sort of way. For example... read more
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Comment on “To Tax or Not to Tax”
A final word from Commissioner Mike Stegall on the Conveyance Fee - Bob, good article! It brought back memories of when my mom would say the same to me about jumping off a bridge.  I learned the lessons of not being a follower. With that being said, I would like to take exception to a few of the statements in the article.  Bob, we are not following everybody and “jumping off the bridge”.  I don’t... read more
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Reinvent Greenville? By Bob Rhoades
Somewhere right after 1950, the City of Greenville sort of started re-inventing itself from a quiet farming community to the beginning of an agricultural/industrial community.  The first evidence of that was the south water tower which I can remember seeing rise over the trees from our Central Avenue home.  Soon on the same block, a second fire station was built and eventually a small park with... read more
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The lessons of our youth, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
It should have come as no surprise that the Conveyance Fee (Transfer Tax) increase passed on Monday. I had heard from a number of people who questioned why the public hearings were held in the first place, believing it was a done deal from the start. Up to a point I agree, however I would allow that if someone had come up with something earth-shattering they might have taken notice. I’m guessing they... read more
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Why Do They Do That? By Bob Rhoades, Senior Scribe
A recent Chat Box entry on another website asked the question about the number of emergency vehicles on an accident site on Sweitzer St.  The writer categorized it as a “fender bender”.  A couple of respondents theorized that the responders were already on duty so what difference did it make? Actually it makes a lot of difference.  Emergency response is based on a lot of things... read more
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How to Live Positive on Less Income, by Sharon Hopper
Hey everybody… It’s summer and we need to have some fun. Yes I said old fashioned cost effective fun. The Fourth of July is just around the corner and there are several places that you can go and really have a show of shows. For instance the whole family can go to Anderson Indiana to the Hoosier Racing Park and enjoy a night of stage music, hot dogs, jumping balloons for the kids, and the most spectacular... read more
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Family Events... Discipline questions spark debate, decisions, By Marybeth Hicks
6/23/11 - It’s one of the most controversial issues in parenting — to spank or not to spank. And recently, the issue of spanking landed in the media thanks to a judge in Texas who declared from the bench, “You don’t spank children.” Then, he sentenced a mom to five years of felony probation for doing just that. The Texas case is probably more complex than the news stories reveal. Last December... read more
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Buchy: Ohioans Should Have the Freedom to Determine Fate of Health Care Mandates
6/23/11 - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today expressed disappointment that despite unanimous support from the House Republican Caucus, the Ohio House failed to pass Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would propose an amendment to the Ohio Constitution to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage. In order for this resolution to... read more
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Guest Column from Representative Richard Adams, Focusing on Job Creation in Ohio
 6/23/11 - Since the beginning of the new legislative session in January, the Ohio House of Representatives has made job creation a primary focus. In recent years, our state has suffered from crippling unemployment rates and a steady exodus of businesses to more economically attractive states. While these trends have begun to turn around, we still have a long way to go in order to have a booming job market and a... read more
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Bath Salts: Possible Legal & Health Problems... even Death
Juvenile & Probate Judge Jason Aslinger - 6/23/11 - There has been much discussion recently regarding the abuse of “bath salts.” While recent events have received a lot of media coverage, local law enforcement and the juvenile court were already well aware of the sudden use of this drug in Darke County. Make no mistake, “bath salts” are a powerful and dangerous drug. The chemical compound is similar... read more
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Commissioners Corner
6/21/11 - The month of June has finally started to act like summer.  The rains have abated some, and warm temperatures have slowly returned.  We are sure that by now most of the farm planting has been done, and from our own observations, crops seem to be doing fairly well, at least the ones that have not had to be re-planted.    We know it is hard to believe, but at the... read more
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Living Positive on Less Income, By Sharon Hopper, Senior Scribe
6/18/11 - I went into the store to purchase a few things to keep the bugs and ants at bay and discovered I could not afford to get rid of the bugs, clean the house, and eat in the same week. After giving the situation some thought I left the store with salt, soda, Bounce, and Comet in hand prepared to do battle at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the advertised products. My grandmother taught me years ago that salt... read more
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State Senator Bill Beagle... The Importance of Being a Good Dad
June 14, 2011 -  Senate restores funding for the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood - As we celebrate Fathers’ Day, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some thoughts on the value of the fine fathers in our community. Often a challenge and always a blessing, the role of father is what I am most proud of in life. As a father of three, I am quite familiar with the many hats one must wear in order to be a good dad. The list... read more
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Family Events... This dad has always been “more funnier” By Marybeth Hicks
6/18/11 - Years ago when she was only six years old, my daughter Amy said the biggest difference between mom and dad is, “Dad is more funnier.” So true. Dad was the parent who composed rap songs about doing dishes, taught the “I’ve Got Too Much Homework” blues, and cheerfully chatted it up before school in the morning while all around him, mayhem erupted. Some would call this oblivious. In fact... read more
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Secretary of State Jon Husted… Encouraging Ohio’s Graduates to get Involved
6/14/11 - It’s June and that means high school graduates are celebrating across Ohio. As these young men and women are busy preparing to take their next steps in life – going off to college, joining the military or becoming part of the workforce – there is one “to do” that I hope will be on each and every one of their lists: Registering to vote. This spring I devoted four weeks to touring Ohio high schools spreading... read more
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An Ode to Neighborhood Schools, By Dr. Steven Gruber
6/14/11 - One day a father was walking through a community with his young son Billy. As they walked, the father directed the conversation to the importance of receiving a good education and of good schools. Billy asks his father, how were you educated? What were schools like when you were a boy? The father replied by saying, Billy when I went to school they were located in the neighborhoods where children... read more
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Tee it up, By Nathan Eagle
6-13-11 - Fore! I doubt the dead Hawaiians can hear the golfers yell, but their spirits may have something to say about all the errant balls landing on their final resting place in Po‘ipu. What may be entertaining to some on a Sunday morning is downright disrespectful to the host culture. The state has labeled numerous archaeological sites near Joe’s on the Green and Hapa Road. Educational signs — although incredibly... read more
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Family Events... Teaching self-control a great summer exercise, By Marybeth Hicks
6-12-11 - Here’s a moment in parenting I’ll never forget. I’m in the car, and my delightful, exuberant, eldest child is keeping time to the song on the radio by rhythmically thumping her foot on the back of the driver’s seat. Gazing out the window, she hums along with the music while I quickly come to a frustrated boil in front of her. How often have I asked the kids not to kick the seats? Without taking my eyes off the... read more
Darke County Chamber urges legislators to pass Jobs Budget
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO –   The Darke County Chamber of Commerce participated in the Jobs Budget Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on June 7, 2011.  As part of Ohio’s Campaign for Jobs, businesses, community groups and chambers of commerce from across the state converged on the Statehouse to urge legislators to pass the state budget bill with its original government reforms intact. “The Jobs Budget closes an $8 billion hole in state finances without... read more
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The State of Ohio Agriculture, By State Representative Jim Buchy
Agriculture is one of the top issues for our local communities, and for that reason it has been a priority for my office.  Currently, I am working on HB 229, an agricultural omnibus bill.  The bill has passed committee and awaits a vote on the House floor.  This bill will streamline regulatory operations at the Department of Agriculture and help Director Zehringer operate the Department more efficiently... read more
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Competence trumps tenure, That’s my Opinion, By Bob Robinson, Editor
For those of you who wish to attend, there will be a funeral Monday at 4:15 on Courthouse Square in Dayton. “Putting People First” will be mourning the death of Ohio. According to Shawn Cassiman, a social work professor at the University of Dayton, “It (Ohio) is on life support and is hurdling towards death.” He is correct. I’m not sure anyone would take issue with that statement… certainly not me... read more
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Signs make things easier? By Bob Rhoades
The big push a few years back was to make things easier.  Illiterate people, foreigners, and other people who just don’t understand would have it much better here in the US.  Signs, we’ll use signs, with pictures on them.  The big plus was that we would be like the rest of the world.  If we don’t want you to turn left, we put up a big left handed arrow with a slash through it.  The same for right handed no... read more
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Living Positive with Less Income, By Sharon Hopper, Senior Scribe
When my husband and I retired a friend told me you will learn how to live well on less money. You will find that you do not need as much as you think. Now I have friends who do not need to be concerned with money or the economy but that is certainly not the situation here. So I have put on my thinking and practical cap and have discovered a lot of ways to save a dollar so I have some money to enjoy life... read more
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Family Events... Kids don’t need to network to be social, By Marybeth Hicks
In the past few years as I’ve traveled across the country speaking to parent and civic groups about raising children in today’s “grow-up-too-fast-world,” the most frequently asked question I get from audience members is, “What’s the right age to let my son or daughter open a Facebook account?” I’m always glad to be asked a question that has no right or wrong answer. It’s easier to sound smart... read more
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Memorial Day in the Treaty City, By Bob Rhoades
The beginning of spring, the pool is open, people in the park that’s the way I remember it.  During my last two years of High School I worked in the park after school and on weekends readying the park for the 100’s of people who enjoy our park every year. So on Memorial Day this year, I drove to the park to see what this year would bring.  Right on cue there were people fishing in just about... read more
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Point Counterpoint, Follow-up to opinions published last week
Bob Robinson, CNO Editor, Mike Stegall, Darke County Commissioner - The Darke County CIC and Economic Development Office has requested that the Conveyance Fee (that is charged when real property is sold) be increased from $2 per thousand to $3 per thousand. CNO Editor Bob Robinson wrote a column to which Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall... read more
A message from Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel
This weekend we salute and remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  I'd like to recognize those who served in previous generations so that we could live free today. I am proud to be the grandson of a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, and am thankful for the men and women who served during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other conflicts to pave the way for young guys like myself who had the honor to serve in this current chapter... read more
Memorial Day… U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Last month, I was honored to visit our brave troops in Afghanistan, giving me a chance to get a firsthand look at the challenges they are facing, and to thank them on behalf of all Ohioans for their service to our country. I took a bunch of Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball caps that were a big hit. Even though they are thousands of miles away, our troops are staying up with their families and friends and what’s going on back home. The men and women I saw are on... read more
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Reflections, By Bob Rhoades
Memorial Day is usually thought of as a day of reflection. What better place for reflection than our own Bear’s Mill.  The mill in operation since 1850 has watched from the side of the road as young citizens marched off to war in so many places.  Millard Fillmore was President when the mill opened its doors.  Two years before that, the Mexican American War had ended... read more
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Family Events... Clothing for girls sends wrong message, By Marybeth Hicks
Recently, I read an article about a research report that says 30 percent of all the clothing made for young girls is sexualized — meaning, it’s designed in such a way to promote a sexy image. I had a hard time believing this. I figured it had to be more like 80 percent. At least, that’s what it feels like when I’m shopping with my 13-year-old and it’s all we can do to find things that completely cover the... read more
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Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall
Response to Robinson’s “That’s My Opinion” on the Conveyance Fee
I thought your article on the conveyance fee was very well done.  You make some very good points, especially since this is a tax.  Calling it a fee makes it easier on us, but it is what it is. When we were campaigning I said I was not for new taxes, and I meant it.  I also knew that some taxes were necessary... read more
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner, 8th District
Government Reforms And Spending Cuts To Secure Our Country’s Future
May 20, 2011 - Washington - Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column today discussing House Republicans’ solutions to put us on a path to balance the budget and pay down our debt.  Full text of the column is included below: “For the past few weeks, House Republicans... read more
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A tax is a tax is a tax - That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
The Commissioners announced on May 11 that they were considering an increase in the County Conveyance Fee from $2 per thousand to $3 per thousand. They intend to hold public hearings at their regular meetings on Wednesday, June 15 and Monday, June 20. After that, they will make their decision. Because it is a fee increase, they can vote to move ahead without public support... read more
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Suicide in Darke County, By Bob Rhoades
Wikipedia says that Suicide is the act of a human being intentionally causing his or her own death.  Almost every reference book that you can find suicide discussed in says that it is caused at least by despair.  Beyond that some of the other contributing factors are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism and drug abuse. They all also agree that financial difficulties, troubles with... read more
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How to Cut the Federal Deficit, By Delbert Blickenstaff
Almost all Americans want to cut the federal deficit. There is an easy way to accomplish this. The bipartisan deficit commission found that $100 billion a year could be saved from the Pentagon budget by getting rid of obsolete Cold War-era weapons. So why doesn’t congress do something about this? In my opinion the military-industrial complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us, has... read more
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Guest Column from Representative Richard Adams
The Importance of Memorial Day - Pictures of barbeques, picnics and days spent out in the sun come to mind as we think about the day that kicks off the summer months every year: Memorial Day.  On this day, we often take part in our favorite summertime activities, getting together with our families and communities to ring in the new season of relaxation and beautiful weather.  These are some of my favorite thing... read more
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Rhoades on the SB5 Poll
Jeff Bell, a Dayton Business Journal contributor, says that half of Ohio Voters disapprove of the way Gov. Kasich is handling things.  Not much of a surprise!  The fury that he has stirred over SB 5 has brought people together from both sides of the aisle as well as management and labor.  Kasich was able to buffalo a lot of people into believing that there was a problem without ever giving anyone a... read more
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Family Events... Financial literacy begins at home, By Marybeth Hicks
“Mom, I need new running shoes.” “Mom, can I have $9 for the field trip next week?” “The AP Bio exam is $85. Should I get your checkbook?” “Mom, there’s no food.” Sigh. If you’re like me, the joy of parenting is tinged only by the relentless, unimaginable, skyrocketing expense of raising children in today’s economy. From keeping up with growing feet and gangly limbs to restocking the pantry, it seems not a... read more
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Response to salary comparison from DBJ…
The “How” and the “Why” that no one has asked, By Bob Rhoades
Joe Cogliano had an excellent article in the Dayton Business News and published here on CountyNewsOnLine.  He cited some good figures that are probably pretty accurate and noted that a state of Ohio worker’s salary was about 33% higher than the average worker here in... read more
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Thou Shalt not Kill, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
Every year, about this time, Jane comes home with a pretty, new blanket, or a sleeper, or a picture book or some toy. Every year, about this time, Jane plans a party for little Danny. She drives by the local schoolyard during recess and watches the children at play. She knows exactly who she’s going to invite to the party. Every year, about this time, she writes out the invitations and addresses the envelopes... read more
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Give me some substance - That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
I believe most will agree that County News Online, under my “leadership,” leans to the right. Some might say it has stepped off the right-wing cliff, though I would disagree. I try to make sure that the opinions CNO publishes are backed by some semblance of support for the conclusions of the authors. They occasionally might be wrong in their facts or assumptions – and I could have published unsupported rhetoric... read more
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Family Events... A wholesome prom night isn’t just a Disney movie, By Marybeth Hicks
Tomorrow night, I’m Prom Mom. I’ve been down this road a couple of times before, but only with daughters. Come Friday night, rather than apply make up and wield a curling iron, I’ll have to explain how to put the studs in a starched, pleated white shirt and tweak the waistband on a pair of adjustable rental trousers. There will be no outbursts about unwelcome zits. No wailing that I used too much hairspray... read more
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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy, A Budget of Principle
These next few weeks, Ohioans will witness a historic time as the legislature passes a budget that has less spending than the prior biennial budget, this has not occurred often in the history of Ohio.  This is not a matter of choice, but necessity.  This is the result of many Ohioans stepping up to the plate willing to take cuts to their agencies’ budgets and looking in house for places where savings could be garnered... read more
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The trees in the forest, That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
As I have noted on occasion, I’m an adjunct instructor at Edison Community College. One of the courses I teach is Technical Writing… and one of the topics of that course is ethics. Ethics in technical writing? While that may seem like a strange marriage, it isn’t. The unit is entitled Ethics & Responsibility, and like any other field of study it has rules of behavior and standards that are required of the... read more
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I’ll drink to that, I guess, By Nathan Eagle, Columnist & Editor, The Garden Island
As the nightly newscasters slur their words between Osama and Obama, I examine photos for Monday’s front-page news about U.S. forces killing the al Qaeda leader. One image captures a jubilant crowd outside the White House. Another is a screen shot of an Arab television station supposedly showing bin Laden’s bloody dead body. Recognizing that this is a small community newspaper, I err on the... read more
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The Other Side of the Coin, By Bob Rhoades
Tabitha Hale had an interesting comment on this website yesterday concerning President Obama’s handling of the budget problems as well as our own Governor Kasich’s view on the problem or as she put it, Kasich’s opinion on Obama’s opinion. Well, I’ll have to say Mr. Obama having an opinion on what is happening in Ohio or Wisconsin would probably be better spent on dealing with his own... read more
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Family Events... Crucial life lessons amid today’s headlines, By Marybeth Hicks
From this week’s news about Osama bin Laden to the daily headlines about crime, abuse, suffering and tragedies, it’s hard to help kids understand the events of our world without scaring them. How can I talk to my children about the news of the day without making them anxious, but also not leave them ignorant of the real world? How much information is enough, and how much is too much? Post... read more
Darke County Chamber Endorses and Joins Campaign for Jobs
Following a seismic election like the one we saw last fall it is important to take stock and remember what voters were saying and why. The message was loud and clear from every corner of Ohio; “we need jobs and we need them now.” Unified – not by party, gender or background, but by a common need – voters demanded solutions and bold ideas. Recognizing the message and seeing the state of our economy, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce kicked off 2011 by launching the... read more
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Family Events... Violent video games leave their mark on moral reasoning
By Marybeth Hicks - Recently, I got a fancy new smart phone. As is typical, my children already knew how to use it before I even opened the box, but that’s a topic for another day. Before I could even read the package insert and learn how to charge the battery, my daughter had downloaded the game “Angry Birds” onto my phone and was on an advanced level. If you don’t know, “Angry Birds” is... read more
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Capitalism in Government
Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy - At the age of 16, I began to peddle bologna for my family business.  In the summer my extra help was needed and I didn’t mind making the money.  It was a great lesson to save money and earn a living.  In 1956, more than 65% of the males 16 to 19 were holding down jobs.  Today, under 50% of males 16 to 19 are employed outside of the home... read more
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Keith Faber’s Weekly Column... Senate Bill 5... Jobs: By the numbers
April 19, 2011 - Will Senate Bill 5 save any money?  This is the question I have been asked several times in the last few weeks.  Opponents of the bill have tried manipulating the truth, asserting that this bill has nothing to do with the budget.  Furthermore, in an effort to capitalize on the emotions of fear and uncertainty, they’ve deemed Senate Bill 5 as a political attack.  Neither claim is true.  Senate Bill 5 is not a political... read more
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Greenville Levy: The Board’s Perspective, by Joe Payne, Board of Education
Very soon citizens living within the Greenville City School district will have an opportunity to show their support for our kids WITHOUT paying additional taxes.  On Election Day May 3rd a “Yes” vote is urged for the passage of the Greenville City Schools Operating Levy Renewal, a vote that will yield NO additional taxes. Here are the up-front facts concerning this very important vote... read more
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Family Events... Do kids need a spiritual life? By Marybeth Hicks
Back in 2008, I wrote a parenting book called “Bringing Up Geeks,” in which I asserted a radical parenting philosophy: we ought to raise geeky children for success in life, and not for popularity in the seventh grade. (These goals generally are mutually exclusive). Among the reviews I received was one by a blogger who liked my premise, my acronym for “GEEKs” — Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids... read more
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Representative Richard Adams... Eliminating Government Waste and Fraud
As Ohio’s government tries to balance the state budget, all eyes are on public spending practices. Ohioans are scrutinizing the way state government is allocating the tax dollars they provide, and rightly so. It is the government’s job to operate in an economical manner beneficial to the public. Our families and communities want to ensure that their tax money is being used as effectively as possible... read more
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The Ghoulbus, By Bethany J. Royer - The Mother of the Munchkins
The munchkins and I were standing at the corner one fine school morning when the most ancient of buses pulled up alongside of us. Really, it was so old the windows were dusty, a couple of moths hovered over a back seat and there were cobwebs galore between and under every seat. (Okay, so the latter was imagined, but still...) A mental picture quickly followed of one Ms. Wee Emma... read more
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State Senators Announce Recall Legislation, By Bob Rhoades
Two Democratic senators one from Cleveland and the other from Youngstown have introduced legislation that would allow recall of, among others, State Legislators and the Governor according to ProgressOhio.org.  This comes on the heels of the passage of Senate Bill 5 which the governor says will give local politicians tools to help govern.  The two congressmen say that this is just another... read more
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Family Events... Resist the “tweening” of America, By Marybeth Hicks
Every so often, my friend Jen posts a link on her Facebook page that I’m sure is intended to get a rise out of me. All she has to do is direct me to a news story about tweens. Once, she found an article about the trend among tween girls to have professional hair treatments such as highlights, lowlights, chemical straighteners and permanent curls. Unlike the home treatments we may have had our... read more
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From Kasich for Ohio Blog... Emma and Reese Kasich: Student Art Exhibit and Civil War Reenactment - See also Kasich’s Week in Review - April 11, 2011 - First Lady Karen Kasich and daughters, Emma and Reese were proud to have been a part of the Governor’s Student Art Exhibit Ceremony and to visit the Ohio Statehouse Civil War commemoration event this past weekend. Emma... read more
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Here we go again!, By Bob Rhoades
Back in 2006 some well-meaning people got together and proposed that a referendum be put on the ballot asking that smoking be banned from commercial establishments, including bars, taverns and restaurants.  The petitions were drawn up and passed around and with the needed signatures being acquired it was placed on the ballot in a general election.  This folks is an exercise of the basic rights... read more
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Family Events... A threat to civilization as we know it, By Marybeth Hicks
They’re everywhere and you simply cannot escape them. They follow you to church on Sundays. They sit behind you on airplanes, in restaurants, even in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. They disrupt family reunions and afternoons at the park. They’re the unwelcome but ever-present subtext to countless moments of irritation and unpleasantness. And now that it’s spring break, they’re out... read more
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Guest Column from State Rep. Jim Buchy... SB 5 Becomes Law—What is in the Bill?
The contentious Senate Bill 5 was signed into law by Governor Kasich on Thursday, March, 31st.   As a legislator for 18 years prior to this current term I can attest, never before have I seen a bill with so much controversy, yet so much time spent ensuring it is the best possible piece of legislation.  The changes made to Senate Bill 5 from introduction to law were extensive, mostly because... read more
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War is Hell, By Bob Rhoades
We’ve heard that war is hell many times.  It’s been hell on earth for a lot of people since time began and the first argument was had between two people.  Many people don’t stop to think how many lives are affected and how long they are affected from what happens in war. Today is April 6th and 66 years ago today my dad, 1st LT. Eugene F. Rhoades found out about war being hell... read more
Okay, Kasich, you win! By Bob Rhoades
I have read just about everything that I can read about SB 5. It didn’t make any sense in the beginning and the only thing that makes any sense now is that local political subdivisions may have gained some things that before they had to negotiate for. OK, I’ll give you that.  I’ll also be watching very closely to see how this helps to fix everything.  I’ll take Mr. Buchy’s explanation at face value and then hide and watch... read more
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Responding to Faber’s Explanation, By Bob Rhoades
On Sunday, in County News Online, Sen. Keith Faber gave his explanation of why SB 5 was a good thing.  I’m not sure that he’s right so we’ll see if there is a counter point. In the first paragraph he says that many of us contacted his office to express our opinions and our opinions were noted and he welcomed the many constructive suggestions.  S B 5 is needed for the several political... read more
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Family Events... Manhattan mom needs a reality check, By Marybeth Hicks
Did you hear about the New York City mother who’s suing her child’s preschool because she believes the teachers there didn’t prepare her daughter for admission to an Ivy League university? I couldn’t make this up. It’s true. Nicole Imprescia filed a lawsuit against Manhattan’s York Avenue Preschool for a refund of the $19,000 per year she paid in tuition. She claims the preschool didn’t... read more
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