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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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