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Commissioners Corner... Lots of things in the hopper, including EMA, Jail & Economic Development - The spring season is upon us, the farmers are planting, and as this is written we are getting a little bit of rain.  The temperatures are warming up, and springtime normally makes everyone feel better.  Spring is a good time to start things anew, and we in the Commissioner’s Office are revving up for a busy springtime and summer. We have been really... read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy... Cleveland School Plan an Achievement of Compromise
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s proposal to reform the Cleveland City School District has received a lot of attention in the Ohio House over the past several weeks. I am encouraged that it has not only been an area of extensive discussion, but also an item of bipartisan cooperation and agreement. A pair of jointly sponsored bills recently has been introduced before the Ohio House and Senate with this cooperation in... read more
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Purple Heart Hall of Honor... Forever Honoring Those Who Have Served, By State Senator Keith Faber
Residents of the 12th Senate District require no reminder in recognizing the high price that has been paid so that Ohioans can enjoy the benefits of freedom.  For centuries now, young men and women from around this area, across the state and throughout our beloved nation have been answering the call to defend the liberties that so many of us often take for granted.  Their service and selfless sacrifice are a tribute to the... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Boosting Ohio-Made Products, Creating Ohio Jobs
Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world. And, every day, at places like Nook Industries in Cuyahoga County, Middletown Tube Works in Butler County, and Crown Battery in Sandusky County, Ohio workers are making goods used all over the world. Ohio has had quicker increases in job growth than other states, and we know the manufacturing sector nationally has gained back some 470,000 jobs since January... read more
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner... House Will Vote to Extend Student Loan Rates, Cut ObamaCare Slush Fund - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today announced the House will vote this Friday to extend the current interest rates on federal student loans, paid for by eliminating a slush fund in the president’s health care law – the law that is one of the reasons American small businesses today are not hiring more recent college graduates: “You know, back in 2007 a Democrat... read more
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The Social Media Dunce, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
We’re on Facebook! But don’t ask me to Twit… Back in the late 90’s I was dragged, screaming and yelling, into the 21st Century. I said then that the web was not for me. It was the days of dial up. It was new and clunky. It took forever to log in… then it took forever to find anything, or to load my email. However my job required it. So I did it. Not quite 10 years earlier I was dragged, screaming and yelling, into the... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Tips to Avoid ID Theft and Tax Fraud
Identity theft and tax fraud victims – like Michael Bucalo whom I recently met in Cleveland – know that “there are people out there [who] are so slick; they can steal your shoes while you are running.” For criminals who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers, tax season is the time to cash in – on other people’s hard-earned refund checks. With more than two million suspected fraudulent tax returns currently under review by the... read more
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Bob Rhoades responds to Robinson’s Monday Opinion...How do we fix the idiot at the park?
In Bob Robinson’s opinion on Monday he wrote about his time at Woodland Heights and Susie Reigle. He wanted to know at the end, as he always does, what our opinion was. People feel bad when good, hometown people come here and then leave? Krista Stump started it last year. The former Woodland Heights Principal went to Ansonia for more money, less headaches, a new building and support. Don’t know how many more there were... read more
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An old adage is true , By George Starks
With the things that have been happening around here in the local school system, I am reminded of an old adage my mother use to say. “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” This has always stuck with me through the years. I have reminded myself of this a lot lately. Not only has this come true with my editor, Bob Robinson, and me, but also my former sports editor, Ron Greeson as well as myself. When the local newspaper threw us to the curb... read more
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Enjoy your new adventure, Susie, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
Want to know what happens when you put more than a hundred first graders on a stage overlooking six hundred plus (almost) empty seats at Memorial Hall? If I was doing it, chaos! Fortunately, I wasn’t doing it. Woodland Heights’ music teacher Mrs. Bowers did it… and it was a pretty good rehearsal for the First Grade Concert presented to parents and other family members... read more
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Are we stupid or what? That’s My Opinion… a meaningless rant, By Bob Robinson
The Rasmussen Report on Tuesday showed President Obama’s approval rating at a –17. This means that 24 percent of the public strongly approved of Obama’s performance in office while 41 percent strongly disapproved. Could that have to do with the latest release of the unemployment numbers? Only 120,000 jobs were created in March. Most economists believe that in order for our economy to grow... read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy... Mid-Biennium Budget Review
Promising More Government Accountability and Efficiency - The Mid-Biennium Budget Review is a current topic of discussion in the Ohio General Assembly. Last year we passed Governor Kasich’s jobs budget, which provided a road map for state spending in 2011 and 2012.  In an unprecedented move, Governor Kasich directed the state agencies to assess their spending and adjust their budgets accordingly. This process... read more
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How did it get to this point? By Bob Robinson
Two State employees told to leave DCJFS; will not be replaced - Is there a “toxic environment” at the Jobs & Family Service Center on Wagner Avenue? That accusation has been made. Or is the JFS Director simply doing her job and protecting taxpayer dollars? There is a rift between the County and the State. Two State employees have been told to leave and not return. They moved out and were relocated to... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Reducing the Deficit
Ohio families are finding new ways to save money. Whether it’s seniors buying generic prescription drugs, families investing in fuel-efficient cars that get more miles to the gallon, or homeowners refinancing into more affordable mortgages, Ohioans are taking action to spend less. It’s time for the federal government to do the same. Washington needs to find new ways to reduce spending as well. But instead of cutting... read more
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