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A Modern Day Tale By Lyn Bliss, Assistant Editor
There once was a golden haired, blue-eyed little apple of her parents’ eyes. She was raised knowing she lived in the greatest country in the world and thinking that whatever she wanted to do, if she worked hard enough she would be able to achieve it. She went to school, studied hard and sure enough – she graduated with grades that allowed her to go on to college. Where again, she worked hard, got good grades and graduated at the top of her class. … read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… Do your ears hang low? By Aprill Brandon
When I was a kid, I had a penpal. Even better, it was a FOREIGN penpal. Every day after school, I'd run to the mailbox, quivering with anticipation, to see if Penelope's letter had arrived from exotic Canada (where they put gravy on their French fries...GRAVY!). In fact, there were days I was so excited, I'd sit outside and actually wait for the mailman to come. Unfortunately, as I grew older, my enthusiasm for my daily trips to the mailbox… read more
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New Teaching Standards: Compartmentalize or “think” deeply?
That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson - “The goal is to go from ‘knowing’ something to ‘deeply understanding’ something… it is a totally different way of teaching.” I found that statement fascinating. Dave Shelhaas used it when he told Darke County Chamber of Commerce board members recently about the new standards and accountability set to kick in for Ohio Schools in 2014. Color me naive (again). While I… read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Giving Thanks
My mother, a schoolteacher in Mansfield, taught her sons that no matter what our station in life, no one is too important or too busy to serve. This holiday season, I’m grateful for that lesson – and for the example set each day by so many in their communities. And I am most heartened by the sacrifices of hardworking Ohioans who struggle to make ends meet yet still make time to give to others. A couple of years ago, I met an Ohio family who was bagging… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… How to succeed in business without really tweeting, By Aprill Brandon
Wanna know what I've been doing for the past three hours? Heh. No. I wish. You dirty birdie, you. No, sadly, what I've been doing for the past three is hours much less likely to land me in jail. Instead, I've been trying to log into my old LinkedIn account. Unfortunately, since it's been four years since I've actually logged on, none of my old standby passwords ("mrsryanreynolds," "BornAgainJedi," "Boozy_McBoozerson") were working. So, I ended… read more
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Tea Party - Republican Party friend or foe? By Dr. Charles & Rebecca Reier
The Tea Party may be serving the Republican Party a poisonous brew by insisting on “no new taxes”. The Middle Class, now including millionaires, has seen their assets decline over the last decade, while the Bush policy of “don’t tax the rich” has billionaires happy. So happy that many, such as George Soros and Warren Buffet, recognize and admit the unfairness. They support increased taxes on high income earners and… read more
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Same question-different answers, By Jim Surber
The 2012 Presidential election came and went, though it seemed like an eternity before it was finally over. The residents of battleground Ohio were subjected to countless nasty media ads, repeated irritating phone calls, and enough political junk mail to burn a tobacco bed. The two candidates spent nearly $2 billion, much of it coming from a few very large donors. Ultimately, we ended up with the same GOP-controlled House, the same Democratic-controlled… read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Ohio’s Veterans
On Veterans Day, and every day, we must remember to express our gratitude to the men and women that have served our country in uniform. In a ceremony on Veterans Day, more than 67 years after his service in World War II, North Olmsted resident U.S. Army Corporal (Ret.) Dewey Limpert received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star along with several other overdue medals. After being contacted by Mr. Limpert’s… read more
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U.S. Rep. Boehner… State leadership, Congressional oversight key to stopping ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following column discussing Governor John Kasich’s decision to not implement a government-run “exchange” under the president’s health care law and resisting a federal takeover of health insurance regulations in Ohio: “President Obama has won re-election, but his health care law is still driving up costs and making it harder for… read more
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Making Lemonade… That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
Inside every cloud is a silver lining. I’ve heard that phrase, or something similar to it, since I was a child. I’d come home from school complaining about something. I’d go to grampa complaining that one of my cousins was mean to me (or sometimes Grampa would give me a tongue-lashing when one of my cousins complained I was mean to him). I’d go to Mom or Gramma with a skinned knee. Or I’d moan around the house if it was raining… read more
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State Rep Jim Buchy… Voters Want Smaller Government; So Why Don’t We Listen?
Many days have passed since Election Day, now we have had an opportunity to reflect on the results and strategize our next steps forward.  As I traveled the district in the last few months it is clear people want jobs, and they want smaller government that encourages economic growth.  I will work to remove the noose that government red tape and bureaucracy have placed over our lives in this state. This week… read more
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That’s My Opinion… Obama’s America, By Bob Robinson
“Re: Election stolen. Give it up, Bob. And yes, Taxes are the way to raise revenue. Have a great day.” He’s right about one thing… the election is over. I should give it up. That doesn’t mean, of course, that I will ignore the opinions of others who wish to pontificate over what they think happened. As I indicated in my Editor’s Notes on Monday, I do think it strange that the Republican turnout was supposedly down 10 percent from 2008. Don’t you?… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… Adventures in puppy-sitting, By Aprill Brandon
It is 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. I am sitting at the computer, attempting to type this around my almost 40-pound dog, who is struggling to sit on my not-nearly-big-enough lap. I am still in the sweatpants I slept in, hair in the same messy bun I went to bed in and my face still has the remnants of yesterday’s eyeliner. To my left is an 11-pound puppy who is desperately and energetically trying to also jump on my lap. And to my immediate right… read more
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China Trade Issues underlie Local Business Problems, Dr. Charles & Rebecca Reier
Had local business leaders been listening to CNBC Worldwide Exchange between 4:00 and 4:20 am this morning, they would have heard an extensive discussion of the problem of making free trade FAIR TRADE with China. They have missed the prime cause of their business frustrations and a weak economy. They blame partisan issues for the problems they face that are related directly to our two… read more
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What happened? That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
Demographics and the ground game happened! Stunned disbelief would probably best sum up the results of Tuesday’s presidential election. Reactions ranged from anger to shock to a decision to shake it off with a wisecrack or joke. “Welcome to the United Socialistic States of America!” I saw an American flag flying upside down at half staff on the way into town Wednesday. I was saddened by the sight. On… read more
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Pass the Jobs Bill NOW! By Truman Scott
With the east coast devastated, now is the time to begin putting people back to work re-building our infrastructure.  This process could begin on both coasts with one working east while the other works west.  We could have a 21st Century “Driving of the Golden Spike” somewhere in the middle of the U.S. when the job is complete. This would immediately begin the lowering the unemployment rate and we could… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… The five stages of panic, By Aprill Brandon
There are a lot of firsts when it comes to marriage. The first time you kiss as husband and wife. The first dance. The first fight. The first time you lose your first fight. The first time you bring back up the original fight a few months later in a vain effort to try to win this time. And, it's inevitable: The first time you lose your wedding ring. Luckily, I managed to make it a whole year and a handful of months before the latter finally happened to me… read more
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State Senator Keith Faber… Working Hard for the Citizens of Our District
A Public Servant’s Perspective - Ohio, like most of the nation, has been no stranger to the economic rollercoaster that has spanned the beginning of the 21st Century. Beginning with the recession caused by the warrantless attacks that our nation faced on September 11, 2001 and the recovery that followed, all the way to the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the recession of 2008, Ohioans have been tossed… read more
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Romney/Ryan team in Celina… it’s about the jobs, by Kurt Fritsch
After having had the opportunity to attend a rally with Mitt Romney on Oct. 10 in Sydney, Ohio, which was a great event that had drawn a huge number of people, I was informed about a rally on Oct 28 with Paul Ryan in Celina and thought that it might be a good idea to meet him as well. So I signed up online and printed my ticket and was ready for the next political event in this campaign, which hopefully… read more
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