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U. S. Representative John Boehner…The House Remains Focused on Jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: “Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with community and business leaders in West Chester and Springfield to talk about the economy and jobs. These meetings are an opportunity for me to listen to the concerns and priorities of families and small businesses here in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District. They also allow me the chance to give … read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…I'm pretty sure it's a demon wizard, By Aprill Brandon
You guys may remember when I wrote a few weeks ago about how I quit smoking. If you don't remember, let me quickly sum it up for you: I quit smoking. People got hurt. Property got destroyed. At one point, the National Guard was called in to shoot me down off of a skyscraper. The end. And I am happy to report that not only am I still 100 percent cigarette-free today, but the casualities list has significantly shortened thanks… read more.
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Inspiring others to create positive change, By Amy Barger, Main Street Greenville Intern
Being a part of Main Street Greenville has personally brought a lot of awareness on who exactly "Amy Barger" is and what she will do next.  Everything I do I do to work for something bigger than myself.  I am not quite sure if I can define it in its entirety because I believe it will become more defined as I keep growing as a person. I think it can be understood best by understanding me.  All I know is that I care about this world.  I care about life… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. The “Light” Moves On….. By Joe Facinoli
The call came at 5 a.m.  How fitting.  It was her favorite time of the day (or so she told us).  An hour when she always found the time to pack one more lunch, iron one more shirt, hang up one more load of laundry on the clothes line (inside or outside, depending on the weather, and the season), check over one more homework assignment, or write one more check, just in time to beat the late fee. It was the time when she got the coffee brewing every morning… read more.
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The Grumpy Side of 60… Thanking you in advance, By Bob Robinson
Sarah is 11. She’s smart as a whip. Goes through her multiplication and division tables with ease, has a good concept of how government works, the weather cycles and, according to her teachers, is “street smart.” Give her a logic problem beyond her age and she can usually figure out how to address it. But first you have to read it to her. As smart as she is, much of her time is spent in special education because the fifth grader is at a first or second… read more.
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Musings of a Senior Scribe…Of One Accord, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather. Maybe I can catch up on my spring cleaning before it turns into fall cleaning - YUK! It is again time for another school levy. Signs are everywhere - Vote Yes - Vote No. Letters are in the local papers. To whom do you listen? Who has the truth? Where could you possible find the "real deal?" Thoughts swirled in my brain. From my East Elementary School days - the Three Little Pigs story appeared. Remember... read more
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Greenville Schools Levy… Questions & Answers, Set 5
It seems that you are representing the $25,000 exclusion/reduction of tax value for those past 65 or disabled. If so, I suggest this to be a misrepresentation as those folks already receive this exclusion and shall not see additional exclusions as part of an increase in tax liability in support of schools. Correct? The Homestead Exemption allows senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans to reduce their property tax … read more.
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U.S. Rep. John Boehner… Now it’s up to the Senate to Provide ObamaCare Fairness for All
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House-passed legislation delaying ObamaCare’s mandates to give equal protection – and some basic fairness – to individuals and families: "On July 16, 35 Democrats joined Republicans in the House of Representatives in voting to delay the employer mandate in the president’s health care law. In a subsequent vote, 22 Democrats… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Tax Reforms to Alleviate Stress on Household Budgets
Tax reforms in the new operating budget are meant to help alleviate stress on our household budgets.   In Ohio, we are committed to improving the jobs climate and for that reason we took a series of steps to simplify the tax code and increase transparency.  As a result Ohioans are receiving more than a $2.7 billion tax reduction. The FY2014-15 state budget builds on previous successes such as eliminating the Death Tax.  The new package will provide… read more.
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State Representative Richard Adams… State Budget Signed into Law
In May, Ohio experienced its highest monthly job creation numbers since February 1999. Ohio was also the top job creator in the country that month, creating more than 32,000 jobs. Those were part of the more than 170,000 private sector jobs that have been created inside our borders in the last two-and-a-half years. With more people working and an economy continuing to steadily improve, there was more money coming into the state coffers at existing… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…My momma did raise a quitter, By Aprill Brandon
Quitters get a bad reputation in American society. But I've always been a bit of a rebel (I totally cut off that tag from my mattress even though it explicitly states you shouldn't cut it off under penalty of law...Ha Ha!). And so it is with great relish that I can announce that my momma did, in fact, raise a quitter. After years of failed attempts, I have officially been smoke-free for two weeks. Yes, I haven't had a cigarette in 14 days. Needless… read more.
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The White House… President Obama's Vision for America, By Dan Pfeiffer
Hey everyone, I don't usually write emails like this, and we don't usually send messages like this to this list. But I just finished reading the draft of a speech the President plans to deliver on Wednesday, and I want to explain why it's one worth checking out. Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President Obama went to Knox College in his home state of Illinois where he laid out his economic vision for the country. It's… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….  VERDICT:    America Guilty….again, By Joe Facinoli
Race. The Ultimate Test for humankind. The one true and constant challenge in life, the one which overtly presents itself to all of us,….every day. And we fail every pop quiz that life springs on us. We just can’t get past it. We just can’t get beyond the fact that not everyone looks the same as us, nor acts the same, nor speaks the same language, nor plays the same video games. And we never have,…..not even close, really. We are no better now, than we… read more.
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19 is a lucky number! Greenville’s ONLY opportunity to avoid losing the state rollback
By Carla Surber, Treasurer, Greenville School District - The Governor’s new law will not impact our upcoming Greenville Bond Issue. If you pass Greenville’s Bond Issue on August 6, you will still receive the 12.5 % rollback reduction.  This is the district’s only opportunity to have this advantage. All new and replacement levies in Ohio, after November, 2013, will not receive this advantage.  Nineteen Ohio schools, including Greenville, made… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Lake Facilities Authority- Authority for the Local Citizens
The restoration efforts at Grand Lake St. Marys continue as the federal, state, and local governments contribute to the cause. The people of the Grand Lake St. Marys have asked for more responsibility for the efforts, and legislators have responded by helping locally drafted legislation become law. The Lake Facilities Authority(LFA) provides the local government exactly what the title says, authority to help with lake restoration. The authority will be checked… read more.
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Tax Payers Beware, By Don Wright
Greenville School Superintendent Fries has used a full page in the newspaper to answer some of our questions about the school bond levy. Pay close attention to his answers. What he doesn’t say is as important as what he says. Since most taxpayers can read and most people that have acquired property aren’t stupid I’ll just skip through and make a few comments. If the state condemns any school buildings it will be because they were neglected… read more.
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Greenville Schools Levy…Questions & Answers, Set 4
Where is the safe room for storms and shootings in the new school? There are designated areas throughout the school that students/staff will go in the event of a storm. We will work with EMA and local safety agencies during the design process and during construction to designate safe areas. The engineers will work with district administrators, local fire and police to give security options. Security will be one of the main topics when designing… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… The virtues of being grumpy, By Bob Robinson
“Hey Grumpy, how are you?” “I’m having a ball! How about you?” Grumpy greetings make my day. There have been a few. Some have asked why I call this column the “Grumpy Side of 60.” It goes back to being a sub at Woodland and trying to control a class of 20-plus 5- to 8-year-old students. I tried everything. Cajoling, bribery, yelling… I have a loud voice when I want to use it. In the morning it works great, but by afternoon they know I’m a pushover… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Ohio Workers Have the Skills Needed to Fill Open Jobs
Last week, I heard from Daniel Brewer, a Navy veteran from Cincinnati who could not find a good paying job after returning from Afghanistan. Though Daniel had substantial training in the Navy, moving home to Ohio, he had trouble translating his skills into the civilian workforce. Daniel’s experience is all too common. Time and time again I’ve heard similar stories throughout Ohio: biotech firms, high-tech manufacturers, and small businesses are… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy…Budget Bill Will Continue Ohio’s Economic Improvement
During discussion on the House floor regarding the tax cuts in the state budget, a fellow state representative made a simple, but important, point. While we might not always think of it in this way, taxes and freedom share a strong link. The less money the government takes out of our pockets, the more freedom we have to spend it the way we want. His message seems especially appropriate this time of year, as we just celebrated our nation’s independence…
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Broke Wife, Big City…Some like it not, By Aprill Brandon
I know what I'm about to say isn't going to be very popular. But hey, you know what? Abraham Lincoln wasn't universally appreciated for his views in his lifetime either. (Although, granted, in the end it didn't turn out too well for him. However, anyone wishing to assassinate me needs to get in line behind my ex-boyfriends, my ninth-grade English teacher, Kim Kardashian, those Jehovah Witnesses that came to my door last … read more.
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Life with Levi… Feeling insignificant and unimportant is not an option, By Amanda Olson, Editor
As the new Editor of CNO, I’ve been reading all of the letters and columns that come in regarding the Greenville Schools Levy. And I am overjoyed to see the supportive members of the community that are willing to give local students the new facility that they need and deserve. I’ve also read the opinions of those who are opposed to giving Greenville students a new school that they can be proud of. I know what you’re probably thinking by… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Protecting All Americans From ObamaCare's Mandates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the president's unworkable health care law: "After months of insisting that things were ‘on track’ and ‘fabulous,’ the Obama administration and its allies have finally acknowledged what Ohio families and job creators already know: the president’s health care law is unworkable. "In delaying ObamaCare’s flawed employer mandate for one… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge… Abortion is a Choice… Not a Budget Item, By Joe Facinoli
By its nature, the complicated issue of Abortion, after all of the heated discussions, religious and righteous posturing, and hate-filled politics, really comes down to only two basic components. One is Personal,....the other Financial. The Personal element, really the only one, in many people’s hearts and minds, involves a woman’s choice, and her course of action, based on her thoughts at the time of “need”, her spirituality and religious beliefs or guidance, her… read more.
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Greenville Schools Levy… Questions & Answers, Set 3: Harmon Field
Why was Harmon Field renamed? Greenville City Schools was approached over a year ago by Good Samaritan Hospital and Wayne Health Care to sponsor Greenville City Schools.  Good Samaritan and Wayne Health Care will provide compensation to the district in the amount of $230,000 from 2012-2016 for advertising in athletic areas. Harmon Field was renamed, “Good Samaritan Stadium at Harmon Field” for the length of the… read more.
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Smoke filled back rooms and the First Amendment, By Bob Robinson
On June 24 I went to the Lighthouse Christian Center to see what the ruckus was about and made an interesting discovery… It was about nothing that had anything to do with Darke County. The topic was fracking. Fracking is a misnomer about how we get our oil and gas out of the ground, currently along the Utica Shale. It’s actually called horizontal fracturing. Nothing new. We’d been doing vertical fracturing for 150 years; now we can do it… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Waiting for the other shoe to drop, By Aprill Brandon
My husband generally gets home from work every day at around 7 p.m. (note the “generally” and “around”). However, by 7:03 p.m. every day, I am convinced he was mugged. Or had an aneurysm. Or got hit by a car and is lying in a ditch somewhere. Or was a victim of a sadistic serial killer named Meat Claw. Or actually finally did meet Keira Knightley, who agreed to run off with him to Aruba (which, per our informal pre-nup, is permissible… read more.
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Life with Levi… A wedding and two Lambies, By Amanda Olson, Editor
Wow! What a weekend! For a number of reasons… First off, I took Levi to my friend Nikki’s wedding. I was worried about it for weeks before, hoping that Aaron would have the day off to go with us.  But he didn’t. Bummer. So I decided to go ahead and try to take him by myself. Not necessarily a bad thing… Unless you take into account the fact that the wedding happened to be during Levi’s nap time. But he took an extra long nap that… read more.
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U.S. Senator Rob Portman… Ohio Families, Russian Children: International Heartbreak
We’ll come back for you.  That’s the promise made by five Ohio families to their children, orphans in Russia, as they said goodbye for one last time before they were supposed to bring the children home with them.  But for the last six months, that sacred commitment has been put in jeopardy by forces beyond the control of these loving parents.  Since the Russian government imposed a ban on the adoption of children by Americans, these families have… read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Kasich Guest Column: A budget that celebrates the freedom to succeed
Editor's Note: The following is a guest column by Ohio Gov. John Kasich about the new state budget. This week we honor the birth of our great nation and the freedoms for which generations of Americans have fought and—sometimes—given their lives. It’s a time to spend with friends and family and celebrate the liberty and opportunity that continues to make the United States a force for good in the world. As a fitting companion to Independence Day, I recently signed… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Times Change… Common Sense, Does Not, By Joe Facinoli
Times, in the growth of a nation or a society, will change.   Due to necessity, progress, and eventuality. But as we encounter, and then move through these different times, some things should never change. Things like Common Standards, by which we measure all our growth,….everyone’s;   Common Sense, by which we all should be clearly guided, during these times of growth and change;   Common Decency, by which we should all interact… read more.
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Lessons from the Victorian Internet, By Jim Surber
My last writing about government electronic espionage mentioned the telegraph, which by the 1870’s was under monopolistic control by Western Union. This company’s alliance with the Associated Press and the Republican Party played a major role in picking the winner of the hotly-contested 1876 Presidential election. This story of the telegraph is fascinating. Not just for the history, but for the lessons it can provide in current debates surrounding… read more.
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner… Unlocking America’s Resources is Key to Growth & Jobs
“Scrolling through the morning news a few days ago, two stories on Cincinnati’s Channel 9 caught my attention. First, the price of gas is up 14 cents over this time last year.  Second, a recent study found that 27 percent of Americans have no emergency savings. “Sadly, these are just two byproducts of the president’s policies – including his efforts to block development of American energy – that are resulting in rising prices, sluggish growth, and stagnant wages… read more.
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Greenville Schools Levy… Questions & Answers, Set 2
If the Levy doesn’t pass, how will the district pay for the cost of all the upgrades that need to be done at the existing buildings just to get through day-to-day problems until it does eventually pass? Do we have an estimate of the cost of all of these upgrades? Currently, the district uses the permanent IMPROVEMENT Levy that is in place and general fund dollars to get the day to day problems addressed.   We do not have a cost to do all of the… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Helping Graduates Pay Down Debt and Plan for the Future
Last week, I heard from Lynsay Spratlen, a Macedonia native and Ashland University graduate who is currently working at a tech firm in Summit County. Like many recent college graduates who see most of their income going to pay off high-interest private student loans, Lynsay lives with her parents. Even though new graduates are entering into a better economic climate and better job prospects, their heavy debt burden means that fewer of them can afford… read more.
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Commissioners Corner…Added budget pressure to fight crime a priority
Summertime in Darke County is always a fun time. The kids are out of school, almost every village, town or city has a festival or something going on, swimming pools and swimming spots are busy, the crops are planted and looking pretty good, and best of all the sun is shining. So far, the weather seems to be really co-operating with us, so let’s pray it continues for a few more months, anyway. Summertime… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy... Reforming Medicaid to Reduce Government Dependency
Ronald Reagan was addressing the National FFA when he said, “The ten most dangerous words in the English language are, ‘Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ In a way, he was poking fun at the inability of government to properly handle everyday situations better handled by individuals. But the more serious implication is that we, as Americans, prefer to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps in the tough times. That’s why Medicaid … read more.
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A day to honor, By George Starks
Today, we will celebrate our Day of Independence. The day a lot of people declared our freedom from England. Many people, over the years, have served and died to keep this a free nation. Even though we do not have the same freedoms we once had (in my opinion). Today many of us will celebrate in different ways. We will have cook-outs and be with friends and family. Weather permitting, the kids will play in pools and when the sun goes down a fireworks… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Veggie Tales of Horror, By Aprill Brandon
I blame ice cream. You ever have ice cream? Of course you have. You're not dead. Or stupid. So you can probably understand where I'm coming from when I blame ice cream for my hatred of vegetables. You feed my 3-year-old mouth that magical creamy substance made from unicorn laughter and puppy dreams and then a few hours later expect me to be happy when you shove some green beans in there? Yeah. Nice try, Mom. Yes, my… read more.
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Life with Levi… Welcome Back, Lambie (#1)! By Amanda Olson, Editor
I was ripped from my sound slumber Saturday morning by Aaron calling my name. Not a good sign. So I got out of bed and followed the sound of his voice to the bathroom. Levi is happily playing in the bathtub, but Daddy’s expression wasn’t so happy. Apparently Levi threw up. Yay. Leaving Daddy and Levi in the bathroom, I went out to assess the damage. It didn’t look too bad, all things considered. Until I looked next to the bookcase… read more.
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