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Broke Wife, Big City… Project Ducky Wip, By Aprill Brandon
This past weekend, my husband left me for four days. Alas, it's not what you're thinking. Although granted, that would make for a much better column, the whole troubled marriage thing and "two people who love each other but grew apart and are trying to find their way back to each other."  But no, my stupid husband is perfect. Which makes for very boring writing on my part. In fact, if we ever do get divorced, it's because he's single-handedly… read more
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That’s My Opinion… One child at a time, By Bob Robinson
The Darke Knight commented in one of his columns that because I was no longer writing “biting” political rhetoric, he/she thought I’d moved onto other things, or something like that. It was in response to a reader’s comment. Yes and no. While I still have strong opinions about right and wrong, whether it’s in politics or in any other area, time and life-altering events have changed my perspective. Many of you may remember my bout with shingles… read more
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Commissioners Corner… Darke County Economic Development Leader
October in Darke County might be the prettiest time of the year.  The trees are in full color, and in the mornings, the sun on the fields and foliage is spectacular.  We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the State.  October also brings the cool temperatures of Fall, High School football in full swing, and of course, Halloween.  As the year winds down, the Commissioners are wrapping up what we… read more
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State Representative Jim Buchy... Ohio District Maps Reflect Democracy, Not Gerrymandering
Once every 10 years, elected officials in Ohio are tasked with re-drawing the maps for congressional, state senate, and state house districts. This process, known as redistricting, has received a lot of attention lately because new maps were drawn last year in response to the results of the 2010 census. As a member of the Ohio redistricting reform task force, I have been closely studying this issue. Several interesting facts about the history of redistricting in Ohio… read more
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Things to consider on November 6, By Jana Kolling
My friends, I have a lot to cover so I’ll try to keep this concise.  If you are an Obama supporter or undecided, you either think he has done well or if re-elected may do well.  Let’s first review some stats from what he has done (with the first 2 years having a Democratic majority in the House and Senate): Number of people on food stamps increases from 32 million to 47 million. 10 million more people on welfare. 1.5 million… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Truth About Cats and Dogs, By Aprill Brandon
Owning a dog has a lot of benefits. For instance, you will always know the precise moment the mail comes. You are always well aware of just how good your human food smells considering it has compelled your dog to crawl, military-style, across the floor until they are steathily hidden underneath the table. And you will always know ahead of time the answer to the question "What's that smell?"… read more
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Representative Richard Adams… Support Structure Important to Beating Breast Cancer
I am not a doctor, nor do I play one in the newspaper. But nevertheless, I would like to remind you of the importance that the month of October has each year in the medical community. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” a month centered on increasing acknowledgement and understanding of a disease that affects one in eight women during their lifetimes. In fact, besides skin cancer, breast… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… Love in the frozen food aisle, By Aprill Brandon
There are a lot of ways to get to know your significant other. And let's face it, no matter how much you think you know them, there are always more things you can learn about them. Human beings are vastly complicated creatures. That's why no one has yet been able to explain why we like sodomizing dead birds with other dead birds in the form of turducken or why we willingly inject poison into our faces so we perpetually look… read more
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Darke County Commissioner… Comments, I get Comments, By Mike Stegall
Over a month ago I put forth the idea of Darke County looking into the possibility of doing a joint Fire District, or EMA District, or both.  I stated that I thought that because of rising costs it might be the time to check into the possibilities.  I then asked for people’s comments, good or bad, and to let me know what they thought.  Boy, did I get comments! I knew that this was a hot button issue, and that some of the… read more
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Biden’s Vaudeville Act, By The Darke Knight
I read E-Bobs comments Friday night following the Biden-Ryan debate. Disgusted is being generous. I vascillated between being ashamed and wanting to throw up. This clown IS the sitting Vice President of the United States of America. On Thursday night he put on a sideshow in a contest discussing crucial topics of national importance. He made faces, ogled the camera, rolled his eyes… read more
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Romney Rally in Sidney… Romney Crowds exceed expectations, By Al Bliss
On Wednesday October 10, 2012, I had been scheduled to participate in the phone bank effort located on North Broadway but Cindy Pike offered to take my place and set aside tickets to go to the Rally in Sidney.  She convinced me that this was the right thing to do because I would have the opportunity to see my wife who was driving in the Romney motorcade. I rapidly accepted Cindy’s offer and left for Sidney at about… read more
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Bad humans! Very bad humans!, By Aprill Brandon Buffy A. Summers Huddle Brandon
Greetings, worthless humans. In case you haven't figured it out yet (which of course you haven't because you're worthless humans), this is not Aprill. The quote, unquote "Alpha" is busy doing stupid human stuff, like actually voluntarily taking a bath and going poo-poo in my giant water bowl. So I, Buffy, her quote, unquote "pet dog," took this opportunity to take over her column. Now mind you, I could have done this at any time during… read more
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Are we smarter than I thought? By The Darke Knight
Now isn’t that just too damn convenient! After a disasterous showing against Romney Wednesday night, our president gets a break! Now he can say he brought unemployment below 8%. Lets analyse that for a second (a second is all we need). He FINALLY brought unemployment under 8%. It only took him three and a half years. What really gets me is that 7.8% is nothing to crow about… read more
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Matching Workers with Work
As your State Senator, one of the most rewarding things to do is to travel through our district and meet with our neighbors and businesses. This helps me to stay in touch with your needs so that I can effectively represent our community in the Ohio Statehouse. As I make my way across the Miami Valley, the main issue that I hear about is jobs. Whether we are talking about displaced workers or recent college graduates, our… read more
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That’s My Opinion… Have we gotten the message yet? By Bob Robinson
Oct. 1, 2012 - Sixty-eight years ago today, I was brought kicking and screaming into a world at war. It was a conflict between two ideologies… German Nazism and its sister Japanese and Italian despots vs Freedom and Independence. According to Wikipedia, WWII resulted in 55 million deaths, the largest and most destructive conflict in history. Fifty years ago today I was a “fish” in the Corps of Cadets at The A&M College of Texas. In a few weeks… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… Let's just table the issue, shall we? By Aprill Brandon
For years, my husband and I have harbored a shameful secret. A secret so hideous, so horrifying, so wholly conducive to alliteration, we have hardly dared to even whisper it out loud. And the worst part is we have carried this secret with us from state to state, apartment to apartment, every time we move, from Ohio to Texas to now Boston. Each time, with each new set of friends and colleagues, our pain and embarrassment only growing… read more
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Commissioners Corner… Tying up loose ends
September is almost gone already, High School Football, College, and the N.F.L. are in full swing, temperatures are cooler, and all of our summer festivals are done.  With the onset of fall and then the winter season, one would think that things would slow down for us here in the County.  Right now, we have a lot of projects in the works, and tying up loose ends is going to be the work for now. We have been… read more
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