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State Representative Adams... Ohio’s Economic Growth Outpacing Nation
Two Miami County businesses recently announced that they are expanding their workforce. West Troy Tool & Machine, Inc. is adding 35 new jobs, as well as boosting its annual payroll by nearly $437,000. Industry Products Co., located in Piqua, has announced the creation of 50 jobs and almost $1.2 million in new annual payroll. Through their work with JobsOhio, these companies were able to secure… read more
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It is what it is… By the Darke Knight
I’ve had some interesting responses to my first two columns. The first had to do with Editor Bob. The reader wrote… “I so appreciate Bob's efforts, but I do miss his former "sock-it-to-'um" editorials.  Perhaps you are the one to pick up where he left off.” Not sure if that’s a compliment, but I appreciated her saying it. What I told her was that I thought E-Bob was pretty much doing his own thing today… read more
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A fundamentally different America, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
“One of our closest allies…” That’s our president speaking, not about our neighbors to the north or south, or maybe England or one of the other European countries. Nope. He’s referring to Israel as “one of” our closest allies in the Middle East. Sure would like to know who else is over there sticking his neck out amidst the riots and flag burnings saying, “I am a close ally of the United States.” Israel is our closest – and in… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Zombie Apocalypse is worse than we thought, By Aprill Brandon
I don’t want to alarm anyone, but the fact there has been an influx of news stories about people eating other people’s faces and cooking their roommate’s large intestine with onions and a nice herb butter is the least of our worries. It has come to my attention that this whole looming zombie war has taken on a thoroughly horrifying new turn. It all started last week when upon innocently entering the kitchen, I was assaulted by what can only be… read more
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Help a child’s eyes light up, By Bob Robinson
The semester has only just begun and I’ve had the pleasure of working with kindergartners, second, third and fourth graders, high school juniors and seniors and adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s. It’s fascinating to observe the differences – and similarities – in the various age groups. I think I mentioned once that a friend of mine referred to kindergarten students as “popcorn” – they pop up and down as the impulse hits them. The structured environment… read more
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Paint a picture of America 50 years from now , By The Darke Knight
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney states. “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.” Wow. Color me astonished. A “true” moment from a politician… read more
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Broke Wife, Big City… An open letter to my dishwasher, By Aprill Brandon
I hate you, dishwasher. I hate you so much. Seriously, so much. Like, if you were on fire and I really had to pee, I'd still use the toilet. Because you know what? The toilet doesn't constantly remind me what a failure at housekeeping I am. Sure, it starts to murmur something after too many weeks of neglect but you... oooooh... YOU. There you are, everyday, just sitting there. Needing something. You always need something. Need emptied. Need... read more
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Late-night musings… Economic disasters are inevitable, By Jim Surber
Many of us like to have money without effort and like to avoid dealing with debts. It is simple human nature. We know that this attitude can never be sustained, but that knowledge is never strong enough to quash the allure and desire. That is why pyramid schemes, chain letters, and Bernie Madoff-type investments come and go throughout our history. It is always fascinating how so many people continue to become suckers until a key fact is recognized: They... read more
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The Beneficiaries of our Actions, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
Ackley, the Community & Lessons to be Learned - “I was showing the frustration… the hard work… trying to get that elusive first win…” said cartoonist and local artist Paul Ackley on Friday. It seems that many members of the community missed his intent. For almost every person who commented on it, there was a different opinion. “I thought it was right on,” said one reader. “The game is about winning. They aren’t... read more
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Constitution Day and the Constitution, By Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall
Today is Constitution day in America.  This holiday way established in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the omnibus spending bill of 2004.  Before this date, September 17th was known as “Citizenship Day”.  In addition to the name change, the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide education on the history of the American Constitution.  In... read more
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Reintroducing Aprill, By Bob Robinson
When I stop and think about my journey here in Darke County, Ohio, I sometimes become overwhelmed at how fortunate I’ve been. I sat in the editor’s chair of The Daily Advocate for seven years and led a talented editorial department to many team and personal awards from Associated Press and parent company Brown Publishing. Community support grew to the point where the oft-heard term of Daily Aggrevate my... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring a Top-Notch Education for All Ohioans
Sen. Brown believes that all Ohioans deserve access a top-notch education. That’s why he has fought to promote early education, ensure strong standards for public education, and improve college affordability. Investing in Early Education… Helped secure nearly $70 million for Ohio in early childhood grant funding from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge; Authored the Ready Schools Act to ensure all schools are prepared to meet the needs of all... read more
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That’s My Opinion… Do you want to make a difference?, By Bob Robinson
The two individuals who had the most to do with my introduction to substitute teaching at Woodland Heights Elementary – Susie Riegle and Tammy Stritenburger – have moved on. But they left an indelible mark on my life. They introduced me to the beauty and challenges of spending the day with a group of five-, six- and seven-year-olds. Last year I was nervous. I wasn’t sure I could handle it. Not only did I handle... read more
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ORP Chairman Bob Bennett… Strickland Should Apologize
COLUMBUS - Today, in response to Ted Strickland's attacks on Josh Mandel to the Ohio DNC delegation, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett said Ted Strickland is simply trying to deflect attention from his failure as Chairman of the DNC platform writing committee. "Last time I checked it's the voters who decide what candidate is fit for office. The voters of Ohio fired Ted in 2010 and hired Josh Mandel... read more
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Will the “Great American Experiment” survive? That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
The conventions are over; the latest jobs report shows yet another devastating month for jobs. The Economic Populist says that although it fluctuates some from month to month, we need a little over 100,000 new jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. In August we posted 91,000. Yet the national unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent. If I remember right, that’s 43 straight months of... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Standing Up for Ohio Seniors
As a father and a grandfather, I believe we must do everything we can to improve the economy and reduce the deficit for our children and grandchildren. But the way to do this is not at the expense of Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have earned. Some politicians in Washington refer to Social Security and Medicare as entitlements. I don’t use that word—simply because they’re not. They are programs that... read more
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Take the Easy Way Out, By The Darke Knight
Whoa!! If you are reading this, it means I finally got to Editor Bob. I’ve been reading “his” site for the past year and haven’t seen him mention one single word about all the columns I’ve sent him that he has refused to publish. Too edgy, he said. Or he doesn’t want County News Online embroiled in a lawsuit. Or I’ve crossed the line. Or whatever!! Well maybe it’s damn well time for someone to... read more
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Fuzzy Math is Alive & Well, That’s My Opinion By Bob Robinson
I was watching a talk/interview show on Fox last weekend. My schedule permits about a half hour at night, and about a half hour early in the morning when I wake up. Weekday choices are usually WHIO. Weekend choices are usually the Fox channel. I was astonished to hear a Dem strategist tout Obama’s creation of millions of jobs during his time in office while the Bush administration devastated millions of... read more
Concerns about Aflatoxin in Ohio Corn, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension Educator
Last week I attended a meeting that discussed Aflatoxin in our 2012 corn crop.  As of today, there have been no reports of aflatoxin affected corn being delivered to our local receipt points.  But given our unusual year and an upcoming harvest of a very distressed crop I would like to share with you an update from The Ohio State University Extension and Pierce Paul, Associate Professor. Cereal Pathology, Epidemiology. There have been a few reports of Aspergillus ear rot in corn in... read more
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Ohio Sec of State Jon Husted… Voting Will Be Uniform and Accessible for Hard-Working Ohioans
 Labor Day marks the official end of summer and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the enduring American work ethic. It also means the election season is in full swing. This year, I am proud of the steps we are taking in each of the state’s 88 counties to ensure busy schedules won’t keep hard-working Ohioans from participating. In fact, starting on October 2, you can vote any hour of the day and without ever leaving your homes. Just after the Labor Day... read more
Farm Science Review Approaches, By Sam Custer
Farm Science Review – September 18-20, 2012, London, Ohio - Throughout its history, Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture.  The review will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.  Plan on attending now.  Tickets and golf cart rental information can be picked up in the OSU Extension, Darke County, office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For detailed information on the Farm Science Review, go tohttp://fsr.osu.edu/... read more
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Mitt Romney’s the “Perfect Guy at the Perfect Time” for America
In an interview with FOX News’ Bret Baier at the Republican National Convention, Speaker John Boehner said Governor Romney has a “real record of producing jobs,” making him “the perfect guy at the perfect time” for families and small businesses struggling in President Obama’s economy. Boehner also touted Paul Ryan and efforts by House Republicans to remove government barriers to job growth and stop the president’s small business tax hike... read more
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That’s My Opinion... Our American Uniqueness, By Bob Robinson
Every year I look forward to the Great Darke County Fair as the premier event of the year. I scratch my head in wonder when I run into someone who says they don’t (or won’t) go to the fair. Why? Dunno. Burned out, I guess. Same ole’ same ole’… whatever! Maybe it’s because I’m a “furiner and a snake in the grass” (once coined by a local official a few years ago) and have only been fortunate enough to be around for the last dozen years... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Stop Sending Calls and Jobs Overseas
If you’ve had to call a major company for a service repair or to get an answer to a question about your cable bill, chances are you’ve probably spoken with a worker in a different time zone or on a different continent. That’s because big companies have been shipping U.S. call center jobs overseas for years. But when these companies send call center jobs abroad, they don’t just frustrate consumers—they hurt our economy as... read more
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