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Commissioners Corner… Cautiously optimistic as year closes
October is almost over, and with that the end of fall grows closer.  That means colder weather cannot be far behind, the end of High School Football is nearer, and fall events lessen and winter events take over.  It has been a good fall so far, so let’s hope that winter will treat us just as kindly. October has been a particularly busy month in the County for the Commissioners, as we get ready for appropriation meetings… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Top 8 Parenting Myths Busted, By Aprill Brandon
I know what you're thinking. What the hell does a first-time mom who is only six months pregnant know about parenting? And the answer is, of course, nothing. Well, almost nothing. I do know that the first poop the baby takes once it's outside the uterus is apparently a mix of dark matter and pure evil, but I only know that because I read too far in my pregnancy book last week. But after extensive and thorough research where… read more.
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John Kasich- apostle or chameleon? By Jim Surber
Back in the heady days of the 1990’s when politicians like Newt Gingrich and John Boehner resolved to change the fiscal direction of the federal government; John Kasich was the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee and swung a ferocious budget ax. Later in 2010, after a stint on Wall Street, Kasich was elected Ohio governor under the Tea Party sign. His recently-passed $62 billion state budget included higher sales and property taxes, but little… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge… Spin, on Steroids,….or is it?? By Joe Facinoli
Nope. Sorry. Not buyin’ it. Nobody, especially not the President, can be this stupid,….this arrogantly, blatantly, cluelessly in-your-face, mystifyingly stupid,.….if not on purpose. We’re looking at all this mess through the prism of logic, and of common sense, and of the way it’s always been, and the way we remember it being, and the way we still want it to be. But it’s none of that. Not now,….not after what happened. Call it what you might, but it’s not… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… She still doesn’t like me, By Bob Robinson
“Oooh… what kind of ring is that?” “My college class ring.” “Oh.” Disappointed. “I thought it was a Super Bowl ring.” I grinned. Not likely, I thought, unless 40 or 50 years ago they might have wanted me for a goal post. They didn’t even have a Super Bowl then. “Nope. Sorry. Why? Does it look like a Super Bowl ring?” He shrugged. “I dunno,” he said. “Never seen one, but it’s fancy like a Super Bowl ring would be.” His older sister gave him one of those… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy…JobsOhio An Important Part of Growing State’s Economy
A major part of bringing new businesses and jobs to Ohio is working closely with those businesses and explaining the benefits and advantages of locating in our state. In Ohio, a lot of that collaboration is done by a development entity made up of people with business background and experience called JobsOhio. JobsOhio was created in the first bill passed by the Ohio House in January 2011, and since that time has helped the state climb out of the economic hole…
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Townhall Fracking meeting Monday, By Rita McCans
Ohio is fast becoming the dumping ground for the disposal of toxic/radioactive waste from accelerated horizontal hydro-fracturing.  In 2012, alone, Ohio disposed of 14 million barrels of this waste, which came from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and as far away as Texas.  As plans are underway to permit more fracking wells not only in Ohio but in neighboring states close to our western border, there is a growing need for more Class II waste disposal wells (Class I wells were designed for hazardous/toxic waste… read more.
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The White House… More than just a website
On October 1st, even as the federal government was shutting down, HealthCare.gov -- the new Health Insurance Marketplace where people can find and apply for affordable health insurance plans as part of Obamacare -- opened for business nationwide. As you may have heard, the website launch hasn’t gone nearly as smoothly as it should have. And with nearly 20 million visits to the site in the first several weeks, the problems were… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Halloween fun for all ages, By Aprill Brandon
Depending on your age, Halloween can be a very different holiday for different people. For example, if you're a young kid, it's a magical night where you get dressed up in a costume and beg people for candy. If you're a young woman, it's a magical night where you cleverly dress as a naughty version of some random noun and beg people for attention. And if you're a young man, it's a magical night where you follow those women around and beg for… read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Celebrating Ohio Manufacturing
For much of the 20th and 21st Centuries, the many sectors of the manufacturing industry served as the backbone of Ohio’s economy. This history includes a strong tradition of hard work and great pride in what we’ve created right here in the Buckeye State. Today, the manufacturing industry has changed through advancements in technology, but remains as strong as ever. In fact, 2013 brings with it a manufacturing industry with a wide range of career possibilities… read more.
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The White House
Hello, everyone -- Late Wednesday night, after a 16-day shutdown, the President signed a bill to reopen the government and pay our country's bills. Today, a government shutdown over delaying or defunding the health care law can no longer hurt our economy. We are no longer facing the threat of default. While this bipartisan compromise is the right thing to do for the country, there are no winners when Washington keeps hijacking our… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Still a Ways to Go, But Ohio’s Economy Headed in Right Direction
It has been a little more than a month ago since the tax changes in the budget took effect, so I wanted to take an opportunity to remind the residents of the 84th House District of some of the specific changes that were included. As a whole, income-earners in Ohio will see a net $2.7 billion reduction in their income taxes, which will keep more money in the hands of Ohio families where it belongs and will help to spur further job creation. In that three-year… read more.
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner…Bipartisan Senate Agreement to Reopen Government, Avoid Default
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement regarding the bipartisan Senate agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid a national default: “The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations … read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Gee thanks, Obamacare, By Aprill Brandon
Well, I can officially check off that whole "through sickness" marriage vow. (That's how it works, right? You do it once and then you're off the hook?). Although technically, it was more of an injury than a sickness but the point is, when my husband busted his head open last Friday after slipping in the kitchen, I didn't run away. I didn't roll over and go back to sleep, ignoring his yells (even though I was like, SUPER tired). I didn't even pass out… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… The generations to come, By Bob Robinson
“Feet on the floor, please.” “Hey, you didn’t tell her that…” “I didn’t see it…” “But this is comfortable…” Kindergarten? Nope. Junior high? Nope. College. Post-secondary. High school juniors and seniors on the college track. “Come on guys. Feet on the floor. You’re in college! You are adults!” She grinned. “Well… not really. Kinda halfway in between maybe?” Hmm. She had a point. With a little more grumbling – but still smiling – she put her feet on the… read more.
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The game is still a game, By Jim Surber
There are two distinct, partisan, schools of thought on who is really to blame for the federal government’s current shutdown. According to the President, it’s the ideologically obstinate, congressional Republicans who will do anything to undermine the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of his presidency. For those same Republicans, it’s the president who deserves all the blame by refusing to compromise one bit on a policy measure that even his… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Farm Safety—Many Changes Over Time that Keep You Safe During Harvest Season
The autumn season is in full swing and in farm country we don’t just look at the leaves to notice this change.  In western Ohio, the crops have dried and farmers are on the road with wagons, semis, and combines, or as people in my generation call them self propelled harvesters.  This season also brings serious concern for the safety of our families… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge... Deeds,…..not Words, Make Things Happen, By Joe Facinoli
Saying that it’s so,…..doesn’t make it so,…..Mr. President. Telling us that you’re the King,…..does not make you a King. Acting like, and making yourself sound like a boss,…..does not give you the authority to be the boss. Especially when the Constitution says that you’re not, …..or at least that you have a couple of other bosses, of EQUAL authority, within your “organization”. And Playing God,…..does not anoint you as a deity (try as you might). When the… read more.
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner…“There’s Going to Be a Negotiation” on Government Funding, Debt Limit, ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a press conference today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed President Obama’s continuing refusal negotiate a path forward on funding the government, raising the debt limit, and protecting all Americans from ObamaCare. As Boehner noted, presidents of both parties have repeatedly… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Medicaid—A Local Impact
Most of the talk thus far about what to do about Ohio’s Medicaid program has looked at it from a statewide perspective. Throughout the summer and now into the fall, the House has been carefully studying this issue to see what we think is the best path forward. Those discussions will continue, and indeed intensify, as the committee process unfolds in the coming weeks. Many constituents have strong opinions on the topic of Medicaid.  Some want expansion but others… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… My (Broken) Hip Neighborhood, By Aprill Brandon
I'm not quite sure when it happened. Whether it snuck up on me all of a sudden or gradually yet systematically took me down, I couldn't tell you. Were there signs and I just didn't notice them? No bloody idea. All I know is that there is no going back now.  Because somehow when I wasn't looking, I crossed the threshold from being young and (arguably) hip to being that 30-something lady who refers to every male singer under the age of 20… read more.
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U.S. Representative John …Obama Administration Should Do Right By Wright-Patt Civilian Employees
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the administration’s decision to disregard the Pay Our Military Act and furlough civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: “This week, I received thousands of messages from Eighth District residents about… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge….. The Tea Party….No Changes in 240 years., By Joe Facinoli
They shouted “No Taxation, Without Representation”, and then old Sam Adams, and a hundred other brave patriots, dumped about 45 tons of King George’s finest tea, into the waters of Boston Harbor. Why? Because the “Tea Partiers” of 1773, who fittingly called themselves “The Sons of Liberty”, stood on principle, what was right, and what would be best for their country, their wannabe nation, and all of the people in it. They took what they thought to be the… read more.
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The White House, By David Simas
We’re now three days into a shutdown of the federal government. Real Americans are being hurt, and our economy is paying the price. Reports have come out detailing how hundreds of thousands of people don’t know when their next paycheck will come. Millions of Americans, including veterans and seniors, are at risk of losing the benefits they’ve paid for, earned, and rely on. For all that, we’re exactly where we were Monday night: If … read more.
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