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Grumpy Old Men, By Bob Robinson
Probably one of the most rejuvenating things a 68-year-old can do is try to manage and teach a class of 20-plus 5, 6 or 7-year-olds. They put new life into you… take you back more than six decades. Were we ever like that? I’ve had that privilege. I’ve taught spelling and reading, math, science and history; even music and dance (no comments please). All to kindergartners, first graders and second graders. Come to think of it, third through sixth graders… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Speeding up Home Sales
One sure way to reduce the deficit is to strengthen the economy—so more Americans have good-paying jobs and can support themselves and their families rather than relying upon the safety net to make ends meet. We have grown our way out of past recessions through a strong manufacturing sector and a robust housing market. But when empty homes are scattered from Cleveland Heights to Kennedy Heights, we know that the housing market still has… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Liar, Liar, Bigger Pants Than You'd Like On Fire, By Aprill Brandon
Now that it's getting warmer (and then colder...and then warmer again...and then snowing...and then slightly warmer again before a cold front comes in around 3 p.m. and makes it hail), all our collective thoughts are slowly turning toward spring and summer. And as such, all the things we'll finally be able to do again now that winter is over (like the ability to go outside without looking like the little brother from "A Christmas Story")… read more.
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Life with Levi… Levi’s little lamb, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, Assistant Editor
As many of you may remember, I wrote a column about the Great Lambie Swap of 2012. I still get asked about how the new Lambie is getting along, so I figured that I’d fill you in. Levi still has no idea that Lambie was even swapped out. He still loves his lamb just as much as he ever did. Even more it seems sometimes. Levi and Lambie are nearly inseparable now.  Everywhere Levi goes, Lambie goes too. Even to the babysitter’s house. And the… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner...A Balanced Budget Would Create Jobs and Expand Opportunity
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ plan to balance the budget in 10 years: “Recently I had a chance to meet with several employers in Butler County.  It’s always great to gather feedback, listen to concerns, and talk about ways to help job creators grow and hire. “In contrast to what the White House and Democrats in Congress are saying, I know – and I hear… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….Gun Control?   ……or just CONTROL??? By Joe Facinoli
The Second Amendment to our Constitution guarantees and allows any citizen of the United States of America the right to possess and own Black Hawk helicopter gunships, machine gun turrets, and any Sherman Tank which they can find, if they so desire, and can afford them. And a half million rounds of ammo, too, if they want. Really. Find and show me anything to the contrary. “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right… read more.
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On Fracking Controversy...Just one little detail, By Lyn Bliss
The League of Women Voters (LWV) was formed with a purpose they declared to be, “helping women carry out their new responsibilities as voters”. What a great and noble cause… except for one detail. “From the spirit of the suffrage movement and the shock of the First World War came a great idea - that a nonpartisan civic organization could provide the education and experience the public needed to assure the success of democracy. The League... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… The Common Sense Initiative a Benefit to all Ohioans
Two years ago, I began talking with constituents about the Common Sense Initiative (CSI).  The Common Sense Initiative is the brain child of Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.  The core principle is providing a government watchdog to ensure bureaucracy makes doing business in Ohio less challenging and as a result increases job opportunities in this state. The office of the Common Sense Initiative examines all administrative rules before they are approved and… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… To the tax break(ing) point, By Aprill Brandon
You guys, I feel so bad. I can't believe I have been so selfish and near-sighted. Not to mention, so utterly unfair. I mean, to think! That I could possibly be the cause of so much financial strife and anguish. I am so so deeply ashamed right now. Yes, dear readers, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you my husband and I just finished our taxes and as it turns out, we have cheated our poor government out of their hard-earned money. To… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Reducing Prescription Drug Costs for Consumers, Saving Money for the Government
Right now, everyone in Washington is focused on fiscal issues – getting our financial house in order. This is something families in Ohio have been dealing with for some time. We know how to do this. We can improve health outcomes and simultaneously save money for our consumers and for the federal government. A couple of years… read more.
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Life with Levi… Speaking Minion, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, Assistant Editor
Levi is bilingual. He can speak English a little, but his first language seems to be Minion. I know I’ve mentioned it in a previous column, but for those of you who missed it, or who don’t remember, the minions I speak of are the little yellow guys in the movie, Despicable Me. And they speak some form of gibberish that I can’t fully understand. This is the language my son speaks fluently. Or at least I figure that must be the language that he’s speaking… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Responsible Budgeting Key to Ohio’s Success
You don’t have to watch the news for very long to realize the federal government is in disarray. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion and there seems to be no sign of slowing down. Taxpayers of future generations will be on the hook for the excessive spending of today, which is unsustainable by anyone’s estimation. Not long ago, Ohio was acting in much the same way as the federal government. By the end of 2010, the state was staring at an $8… read more.
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State Representative Richard Adams… Transparency Integral to Democracy
A democracy is defined as a “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.” To me it seems that the United States was built upon the idea that the people and government are interlinked to form a great, free nation. This means the government should be held accountable and also should be transparent. I’m happy to say… read more.
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U.S Representative John Boehner…The President’s Sequester Still Needs to Be Replaced
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the president’s sequester: “For two weeks now, President Obama’s sequester has been in place. And for two weeks, the White House has rightly faced criticism for its implementation of the sequester’s across-the-board cuts. “From shutting down White House tours to spreading fear of long lines at airports, I’m disappointed in the way that the
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From the Other Side of the Edge…Blinded by the Wrong Light..., By Joe Facinoli
The wide and wonderful, political and cultural diversity in this country should be celebrated. The abuse, misuse, and overuse of it,…..should not. With so many people, from so many different and varied groups, desperately seeking some sort of Light, some source of fulfillment, of hope and opportunity, or motivation, it has become far too easy for them to find, accept, and ultimately settle for and believe in, …..the “truth as we say it is”  pretenders. Enter
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Broke Wife, Big City… Perhaps it's lupus, By Aprill Brandon
So, I've been sick the past few days. Or at least, I think I have. It could be that I'm dying. To tell the truth, even though I've "technically" never died before, it feels pretty similar to what I imagine dying is like. The only thing missing is a tunnel, a bright light and the ability to legally obtain morphine. Yes, now that I've entered my 30's, getting sick is a whole new ball game. A horrible, horrible new ball game composed of hulked up… read more.
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Life with Levi… Levi’s snowy day, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, Assistant Editor
Even though Levi is nearing his second birthday, he has never experienced snow. Or at least playing in it. He’s seen his share of snow over the last couple of winters, but the poor little guy has always been too sick to go out and play in it. And of course Mommy isn’t going to send her sick baby boy outside in the cold even if it is for a little fun. So finally, last week when we got what will turn out to be our last big snow before spring, Levi got to go… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Protecting Our Local Bingo Halls
Currently, the General Assembly is reviewing House Bill 7, which would change current law as it relates to sweepstakes terminals and games of chance.  This bill is a culmination of two years of work to ensure illegal gaming is eliminated and charitable gaming is protected. This legislation is supported by Attorney General Mike Dewine, who told the Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee that “40 percent of the people seeking help for problem gambling at … read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge...Hiding From the Light..., By Joe Facinoli
There is still a Light out there, and it is not dimming, nor dying, nor going anywhere.   It is always shining, sometimes brighter than in other moments, has many varied sources, but is a constant. And most politicians spend a lifetime trying to hide from it. Leaving religious thoughts aside, for the purpose of a more politically based discussion, this Light is indeed what we are about as a country, and a culture, and where we are from. And where… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Ohio Taxpayers Don’t Pay for Wall Street’s Failures
Most Ohioans would be surprised to know that the same Wall Street megabanks which received bailouts from taxpayers in 2009 also receive taxpayer-funded advantages today simply because of their “too big to fail” status. This taxpayer- supplied subsidy is wrong, and it puts community banks in Ohio at a competitive disadvantage. This gives them access to cheaper funding and more favorable borrowing terms than dependable Main Street institutions - like… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Pills and creams! Pills and creams! By Aprill Brandon
Last night, my husband and I had a small dinner party. Just a few friends, some good music, a delicious meal and a few (dozen) bottles of wine. It was a wonderful time had by all. Cut to this morning, when we woke up exhausted and suffering from indigestion, a major headache, and sore muscles (from the effort of cooking...COOKING!). All of which we remedied by swallowing a ridiculous amount of pills with two gallons of black coffee… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Legislation Aimed at Getting Ohioans Back to Work
Since JobsOhio was signed into law two years ago, businesses have had more confidence to invest and expand, resulting in the creation of more than 120,000 Ohio jobs. The unemployment rate has fallen by nearly 2.5 percent, and with the national unemployment rate increasing last month, Ohio’s rate now stands more than a point lower than the national average. In Mercer and neighboring counties, we have the lowest unemployment rate in Ohio thanks in large… read more.
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Commissioners Corner… Proposed Sales Tax, Wellness Program & More
February has been a mixed bag weather-wise this year.  One day it is 50 and sunny, then in the afternoon we have snow showers.  Hopefully, as February closes, the weather will even out and we will have an early spring for everyone.  February has been an up and down month in the Commissioner’s office as well.  We have many things we are working on, but once we get things set, we have to wait on a… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge…“Stepping on the Throat….”, By Joe Facinoli
Military leaders have a saying. Coaches in all sports use it as well. When your enemy, or your opponent, is down, and nearly out, “Step on their throat!” Nearing victory, or close to imposing a stinging defeat, they will exhort to their underlings: “Don’t let them up!,…..Don’t give them the chance to breathe again.” The idea being, that if you “let them up”, then they could possibly get new life, have time to regroup, and… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Helping Ohio Workers Compete in a Global Economy
At the President’s State of the Union address, I was joined by Cookie Hall, a second-generation Cleveland steelworker who knows from experience that American workers are the most productive in the world. Cookie works at Cleveland Works, a steel plant owned by ArcelorMittal North America. Workers at this plant produce one ton of steel per each man hour of work – making it the most efficient steel plant in the world. There is no disputing that our workers… read more.
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