senior scribes
The views expressed on this page are soley those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the views of County News Online
text
Commissioners Corner… Darke County is a great place to live
The end of another year is upon us.  This has been a unique December weather- wise; surprising warmth at times, followed by freezing cold and blowing snow, followed by inches and inches of rain, and back to cold temperatures!  Although the weather has been changeable this year, the County continued our success from the previous 3 years.  As we all look back on… read more.
text
Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… Creating Equity in Ohio’s Adoption System
On any given day, we’re asked to fill out forms that detail some of our personal information. As a patient in a doctor’s office, you may be asked to describe your family medical history, or as a student applying for a scholarship, you may be asked to select a nationality. If you were adopted between January 1964 and September 1996, chances are you don’t know these answers and your original birth records that… read more.
text
Everybody loves the Constitution, By Jim Surber
If one bit of common ground exists today in this country’s polarized political climate, it’s that everybody loves the Constitution. “Conservative or Liberal, we are all constitutionalists,” wrote Pres. Barack Obama. “The Founding Fathers fought and bled for freedom and then crafted the most miraculous political document ever conceived, our Constitution,” said Sen. Ted Cruz. We proudly state that the US is governed by the world… read more.
text
Grumpy Side of 60… What’s Christmas really about? By Bob Robinson
“Dear Santa. I love you. Will you take some of my stuff and give it to all the other kids in the world?” “Can you bring a kindle for my dad so he’ll have something to do?” Kids are awesome. They can say and do some of the most fascinating and entertaining things. One of those times is with their letters to Santa. Take, for example, the concern over being naughty or nice… “Gove nottie kids toys too. They might not… read more.
text
From the Other Side of the Edge….. When Purity, and “Perspective”,…..Cure Cynicism, By Joe Facinoli - Moments matter.    And so do the Little Things.    What else is there? This is a tough time of year to write anything political, and have it make any kind of sense, or be palatable in any sort of way. Nothing’s happening, of any real note, and everything’s mostly on hold, until Congress, the President, and all the state legislatures and governors get back from their 7 to 9 week winter “vacations” (on guess who’s dime… read more.
text
State Representative Jim Buchy… Hydraulic Fracturing—A Safe and Reliable Source of Energy Leading Ohio’s Comeback - Hydraulic fracturing is the safest way to extract minerals from below the earth’s surface. The opportunities provided by the exploration of oil and natural gas in eastern Ohio will have a major impact on the economic sector in that part of the state.  The continued use of the hydraulic fracturing process in eastern Ohio also helps  western Ohio by providing more consumers for our agricultural products… read more.
text
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Close to Our Hearts
As 2013 comes to a close, Connie and I want to wish you and your family a safe and blessed holiday season. For me, there’s no greater joy than spending the winter holidays with loved ones. Earlier this month, I visited Liberty at St. Clair, a facility in Cleveland serving veterans who have struggled with homelessness. One of the many dedicated staff members I met there wore a necklace with a ring and a… read more.
text
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… read more.
text
State Representative Jim Buchy… Generous Charitable Giving Brightens the Christmas Season for Everyone - It is hard to believe that another year is nearly in the books. This is certainly a fun time of year for a lot of people—especially young kids—as the anticipation of Christmas grows with each day. One of the many special things about being an American, and about being from west central Ohio in particular, is to witness just how charitable so many people are. With the festivities, family functions… read more.
text
The Grumpy Side of 60… Santa’s Helper No. 31278664, By Bob Robinson
Some of you may remember the conversations I’ve had with Santa over the years. He never gets my name right. It’s Joe, or Jake, or Ronald… Don’t think he’s ever called me by my given name. Makes me wonder how he ever gets the presents right. I forgot. He has something called Lightspeed Sonar. It not only allows him to zip around from town to town at lightning speed, it keeps track of all the kids in… read more.
text
From the Other Side of the Edge… “And So This is Christmas…..” By Joe Facinoli
So many Christmas songs are just schmaltzy commercial nonsense, even though a few are actually quite good musically, and some even deliver a real message. Still others are way too specifically directed, for me at least, to be able to wrap my little brain around their somewhat forced and contrived meanings. I have no problem with telling the story of Christmas, but my preference is for celebrating the overall "spirit" of this season. And for songs with… read more.
text
Don’t let extremists undermine fracking boom, by Jack Rafuse
States are taking the initiative to regulate hydraulic fracturing operations to produce oil and natural gas — and environmentalists, as well as industry, support them. Colorado just unveiled new rules to limit methane emissions from fracking by using improved well-sealing techniques and technologies, such as infrared cameras. This approach meets the objectives of state officials who understand and regulate industry operations, and it helps attain the… read more.
text
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Creating Jobs by Investing in Ohio’s Clean Energy Economy
We are a nation of builders and innovators. Harnessing that creative energy, manufacturing created a middle class that strengthened our communities and provided opportunity for countless Americans. Manufacturing helped make the middle class. In fact, manufacturing jobs have a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Across Ohio, I meet with manufacturers who… read more.
text
Broke Wife, Big City…Nesting, By Aprill Brandon
I'll be honest. I didn't think it was true. I thought it was just another one of those pregnancy myths, like you only gain weight in your stomach (you don't). Or that your husband will actually run out at 3 a.m. to get you a taco (he won't). Or that pregnancy is in any way enjoyable (it's not...although it might be if "someone" would get me tacos in the middle of the night...HINT, HINT, Ryan). But then a few weeks ago I innocently went to… read more.
text
State Representative Jim Buchy… Tackling Ohio’s Drug Abuse Problem
Treating drug addiction costs Ohio taxpayers about $3.5 billion each year. The effects that drugs have on families and communities are even more devastating. Over the past few years, the Ohio House of Representatives has increased its focus on finding ways to crack down on this terrible problem so as to help individuals affected by drugs and to reduce the burden on taxpayers who are on the hook to fund rehabilitation programs… read more.
text
From the Other Side of the Edge… Sorry Ohio,….but Boehner’s Gotta Go !!  By Joe Facinoli
Yes Ohio, …there may indeed be a Santa Claus, …but your famous native son, from the 8th Congressional district, is not him.   At least not the one who can bring enough presents to save this day. Sorry. Not this year, nor for the last three years. Not since John Boehner was first elected to the high office of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He, the possessor of that amazing in-ability to work with, muchless lead, anyone, from either party, his, or his… read more.
text
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown…Protecting Ohio Children with Lifesaving Medicine for Allergic Reactions
Last week, I traveled to schools around the state to hear from students, nurses, parents, and health professionals about what severe allergic reactions can mean when they occur unexpectedly in a classroom, playground, or sports field. These severe allergic reactions – known as anaphylaxis – can occur within minutes of exposure to any… read more.
text
Making the right choices, By Bob Robinson
Picture yourself in his shoes. He walked into the courtroom a free man. A half hour later he was being handcuffed and led to a holding cell to await a Sheriff’s Deputy to take him to the Darke County Jail. He’s 34. He’s been in prison several times. He’s been on the Darke County Jail’s guest list 11 times. This time he gets to enjoy their hospitality for 90 days… Then he has to go to the MonDay program; minimum three to four months. Then… read more.
text
U.S. Representative John Boehner…The Senate Must Act to Help Create a Better Environment for Jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ continued action to spur job creation: “More than 200,000 Americans found work last month, and that’s encouraging. But make no mistake, we’re not out of the woods yet. “Years of one-size-fits… read more.
text
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Standing with Walmart Workers on Black Friday
Last Friday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and other Members of Congress expressed support for Walmart workers who were calling for Walmart to end illegal retaliation against its employees and to publicly commit to improving working conditions by providing workers with more full-time work and a living wage. Senators Sherrod Brown and Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Judy Chu (D-CA), William Lacy Clay (D-MO)… read more.
text
Vice President Joe Biden…Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed the Brady Bill into law.
That law said that if you want to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed dealer in this country, you have to get a background check first. It was a historic piece of legislation -- one that's kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a firearm in the last 14 years. But in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown -- a year ago this month -- we know we've got to keep working to build on that progress. And so even after a minority of… read more.
text
Broke Wife, Big City…The grown-up side of Christmas, By Aprill Brandon
Something very strange has been going on these past few weeks. The month of December is finally upon us. Which means it's almost Christmas. And I don't care. I haven't started decorating, I haven't annoyed my husband by belting out my dirty version of "Carol of the Bells" and I haven't even had a sip of eggnog yet. It's my favorite holiday and I haven't even acknowledged it. But I think I know why. See, depending on your age, the… read more.
text
State Representative Jim Buchy… Adoption Reform May Promote More Adoptions in Ohio
In Columbus, legislators are considering House Bill 307, a bill that I introduced to streamline the adoption of children at birth and lower the costs for adoptive parents. There are thousands of prospective parents in Ohio that want to adopt children from this state but are prevented due to costs and the time constraints of the adoption process.  House Bill 307 addresses the costs and time issue which may promote more adoptions in Ohio… read more.
text
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fighting for a Fair Farm Bill
In Ohio, one out of every seven jobs is connected to growing, processing, or distributing the food we eat and the products we use every day. In fact, agriculture and food contribute more than $107 billion dollars to our state’s economy each year. That’s why, when I talk to farmers around the state, I hear how important the farm bill is and how the lack of a farm bill has led to uncertainty that makes it tougher for farmers to do their jobs. In fact, the lack of a farm… read more.
text
From the Other Side of the Edge… “Unity of Purpose”…Mandela’s Ideal,…Obama’s Failure
By Joe Facinoli - When Nelson Mandela gave his only Inauguration Address, on May 10, 1994, in Capetown, South Africa, he spoke selflessly of the “…need for a ‘Unity of Purpose’ ”, with which his racially divided, and strife torn nation could provide themselves a hopeful and forgiving future.  Almost fifteen years later, on January 20, 2009, in his first Inauguration Address, in Washington, D.C., USA, Barack Obama bragged that with his election, the… read more.
text
Grumpy Side of 60…Helping a child understand, By Bob Robinson
I wonder if the horses were as cold as I was Saturday night. I had on my flannel shirt, the heaviest overcoat I own… and it was still brutal. I also discovered something in my coat pockets… a child’s broken sunglasses and a weird orange rubber ball covered with tiny rubber spikes. I’d only worn the coat a couple times this year and never had to dig into the pockets for my gloves. This time I pulled out my gloves and there they were. Broken sunglasses… read more.
text
Broke Wife, Big City…'Twas a month before Christmas, By Aprill Brandon
'Twas a month before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, except for my husband (who was hunting a mouse). The traps were all placed in the kitchen with care In the hopes that a dead rodent soon would be there. I was nestled all snug in my bed While visions of eggnog danced in my head But Ryan in his PJ's, armed with those silly traps Refused to stop 'til he won against those rats When suddenly… read more.
text
From the Other Side of the Edge… A “Life Changing” Miracle ….Would it have been Allowed, under Obamacare??
By Joe Facinoli - This is a true story, and a long one, but worth it.   It’s one very close to home.  It was a Friday.   Pay day for his loyal employees, ….and he was late.  It had been a normal, chaotic day, but now he only had about 45 minutes to make the ten mile trek, through city traffic and with two stops in between, to the last of his… read more.
text
Pick your own reality, By Jim Surber
I love a good argument as well as anyone, so much that I have always been willing to spend time and effort arguing things that can never have resolution like politics. I am also entertained reading the arguments of others. The online versions of today’s newspapers are seldom without heated arguments, accusations, rationalizations and occasional name-calling as readers comment on opinion articles and news items. Whether you wish to call it left-right… read more.
To see Archives for the Previous Month's Opinion... click here

 
senior scribes
senior scribes
senior scribes



senior scribes
County News Online

is a Fundraiser for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Committee. All net profits go into a fund for Darke County Senior Scholarships
contact
Copyright 2011 and design by cigs.kometweb.com