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The Other Side of the Edge…..  Racism Changes Its Colors….. By Joe Facinoli
Racism (ra’siz em)  noun:   1.  The notion that one’s own ethnic stock is superior.   2.  The belief that each race has certain qualities or abilities, giving rise to the view that some races are better than others.   3.  Discrimination against, or hostility towards, other races. (see also:  racist –noun or adjective) Where, in Merriam-Webster’s clear definition above, does it mention, or even imply, that when one person, of a certain or given race (or color), criticizes… read more.
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Commissioners Corner… Combating drugs, wrapping up fiscal year
September is coming to a close, football season is in full swing, some of the crops in the county are coming off the fields, and cool, crisp days are here.  The unmistakable signs of fall are here.  Fall is one of the best times is Darke County.  Cooler days and nights make things like yard work, or any work outside much more tolerable.  Darke County is also one of the prettiest places to be this time of year.  The trees… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Promoting Adult Education and Success in the Workforce
According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy reports, some 90,000,000 adults do not possess the basic skills – literacy, numeracy, and command over the English language – needed for success at home and the workplace. And while our nation’s unemployment rate last month was 7.3 percent, it was 3.5 percent for individuals with a bachelor’s degree and 11.3 percent for those without a high school diploma. This week – National Adult Education… read more.
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Sinking your half of the boat, By Jim Surber
What will be the result of the U.S. House Republicans’ last-ditch effort to block the Affordable Care Act more popularly known as Obamacare? My first reaction is that this is what happens to a party that has been hijacked by zealots. If they can’t take over Washington, then they’ll shut it down. If a definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results, then what is defined by 41 attempts to repeal the same law? For all the hype and… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy…Common Core - Coming to a School Near You?
For the past several months I have been learning a lot about the Common Core. This is a new standards model that is going into effect in our schools now. The State of Ohio decided in 2010 to adopt the Common Core English and Math standards to bring a more rigorous curriculum to our schools. This was part of a movement that started in local schools and was adopted by the state to align with other states. At this time Ohio is not changing standards for… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Enrolling for a New Health Plan
In less than two weeks, enrollment begins for the health law’s new insurance marketplace, allowing almost one million Ohioans to become eligible for financial assistance to purchase quality, affordable health insurance. Starting October 1, Ohioans without insurance, or those who would like to change their insurance plans, can shop for health insurance coverage at www.healthcare.gov. For years, we’ve heard stories of Americans frustrated and failed by our… read more.
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The White House, Dan Pfeiffer
Hello -- Right now, Congress has two jobs: to pass a budget that invests in the middle class and to pay the bills it has already incurred. But instead of doing their jobs, a few reckless Republicans in Congress are so obsessed with refighting old political battles over Obamacare that they're threatening to shut down the government and stop paying the country's bills. On Friday, these House Republicans voted to shut down the government unless… read more.
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Of cats and coffee, By Jim Surber
First, I must confess that I have never been a coffee drinker. I have never liked the taste but certainly have no quarrel with those who do. Like chewing tobacco, I tried it but never liked it. That said, I was intrigued by a recent news article describing how scientists have designed a test to verify the genuineness of the world’s most expensive coffee bean called Kopi Luwak. By using a “metabolic fingerprint,” with something called metabolomics technology, the… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Top 10 Perks of Being Pregnant, By Aprill Brandon
10. People will always insist you sit down. Your mom, your significant other, your co-workers, even the 98-year-old man with scolosis on the subway will get up and insist you sit down. Already sitting down? No worries. They will then insist that you lie down. Being pregnant, it is practically your JOB to be lazy. That is, unless you listen to "some" people who will insist you stay physically active. But "those" people are doctors and are stupid… read more.
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Boehner Discusses Debt Limit, Defunding ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) reiterated that, for decades, presidents of both parties have worked with Congress on debt limit legislation that includes spending cuts, and this year should be no different.  Boehner also highlighted House Republicans’ continuing effort to protect all Americans from the president’s train wreck of a health care law.  Following are… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge… Go Ahead….Shut it Down !! By Joe Facinoli
Do us a favor,.…please,……SHUT IT DOWN !! The Democrats in the U.S. Senate are threatening to “shut down the federal government”, by way of not voting to approve next year’s budget, if those dastardly Republicans in that chamber don’t go along with raising our federal debt ceiling, and/or make good on their attempt to defund Obamacare. And,…..the bad news in this, ….is what, exactly ?? I say, go ahead, shut the whole thing down!   Do what 80 years… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… We All Have a Role to Play to Ensure a Safe School Year
Now that school has been back in session for a couple of weeks, we have all noticed the increased school bus traffic on the roads. Besides just the buses, high school students, teachers, principals and faculty members also travel to school each morning. It is very important that we, as drivers, are cognizant of the increased traffic on the roads, and with school buses stopping to pick up and drop off children, the attention given to safety rest on everybody’s shoulders… read more.
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The Grumpy Side of 60… I can spell crocodile, By Bob Robinson
She stood up and walked around her classmates toward me… her eyes were fixed on the book I was reading. Uh… actually no… they were fixed on my hand… uh… no… they were fixed on my ring. I was a “novice” sub at the time. I just kept on reading. She reached my hand – the ring – and started running a finger over the shield and other etchings that make a Texas A&M “Aggie” ring one of the most recognizable rings in the world… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown…Five Years After Near Economic Collapse, Working to End Future Bailouts
Five years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers put our economy on the brink of collapse and jeopardized the savings and pensions of millions of Americans. The Lehman Brothers collapse was significant for another reason as well. Because the federal government bailed out other financial institutions before and after Lehman’s failure, it … read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… County Fairs, a Place for Everyone
It has been great to share the fun-filled experiences with all of you as I attended each of the four county fairs in the district.  From the first fair in Shelby County, which started July 21st, to the last fair in Darke County ending on August 24th, trips to the fairs have been made for over a month now and I enjoyed them to the fullest. It was nice to see my family, friends and constituents back home that honestly make the biggest difference in my life. When… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Pregnancy: Farter for the greater good, By Aprill Brandon
So, I'm still pregnant. I know! I feel like I've been pregnant forever too. In fact, I'm having trouble remembering a time when I wasn't pregnant. (Just kidding. I remember all too well. I have nightly lucid dreams in which I drink Scotch and smoke cigars while taking a bath in Diet Coke and stuffing my face with unpasteurized soft cheeses. In these dreams, I also occasionally end up in a compromising position with the guy who played … read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge… Amateurs and Liars… By Joe Facinoli
What do Katy Perry, Groucho Marx, Vladimir Putin, The Clash, Pinocchio, the Hokey Pokey, and some burning pants, along with a few “highly placed” individuals in Washington,.….all have in common? Well, perhaps a “possible” conversation at The White House, from this past week, might reveal an answer to that vexing query: “Yeah,….that’s a GOOD idea!”    (“Isn’t it??? ”) “John,….why would you say that??!!” “Well,…alright,…uh,….ok,...then let’s… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… Always room for improvement, By Bob Robinson
“Oh no… he’s old!! This is really going to be a boring class.” The young lady sat down in the front row, pulled out her textbook and settled back looking around her, then at me, and evidently resigned herself to one of the worst classes she will have to endure on her fall schedule. The quote was taken directly from her course evaluation at the end of the semester; I’m guessing at how she actually reacted when she saw me 16 weeks earlier… read more.
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Congressman Boehner Remembers 9/11
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Members of Congress will take part in a Remembrance Ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) will make the following remarks, as prepared for delivery:  “A reading from the Book of Isaiah: “‘The Lord is God from of old.  He does not faint or grow weary.  … Though young men faint and grow weary … they that… read more.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Ohio Gives Back: Nonprofits Provide More Than Aid
Ohioans have a rich tradition of giving back to their communities and those in need. This is evident by the fact that more than 60,000 nonprofit organizations operate in Ohio. With so many of these beneficial entities calling the Buckeye State home, there is no shortage of ways for each of us to get involved to help our communities and our neighbors. In fact, nonprofits in Ohio collectively raise billions of dollars for assistance and research each year. The benefit… read more.
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Syria, By President Barack Obama
Good evening -- I just addressed the nation about the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war in Syria. Over 100,000 people have been killed. In that time, we have worked with friends and allies to provide humanitarian support for the Syrian people, to help the moderate opposition within Syria, and to shape a… read more.
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Life with Levi…Rest in peace, Mickey Mouse, By Amanda Olson Editor
There has been a death in the family. Luckily, it wasn’t anyone I was emotionally attached to. Back in July, I made mention of my brand new computer mouse, which Levi decided to name Mickey Mouse. Sadly, after two short months, Mickey Mouse is no longer with us. Evidently, if you dump water on a computer mouse, it won’t work anymore. Or at least that’s what Levi and I discovered. I’ve also discovered that sippee… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Letter to my unborn child, By Aprill Brandon
Dear My Unborn Child, So...uh...hey, I guess. How are you? I'm fine. Yup. Um...so how 'bout them Red Sox, huh? Sorry this is so awkward. Truth be told, we hardly even know each other. I mean, all I really know about you currently is that you are violently opposed to Chinese food and all you really know about me is that I eat way too much cheese. So this whole trend just seems a bit ridiculous. Oh wait, you probably have no idea what… read more.
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State Rep. Jim Buchy… West-Central Ohio Playing a Major Role in Ohio’s Economic Comeback
Something is happening here in west central-Ohio and there aren’t a lot of people talking about it.  Step by step, west-central Ohio is leading the way in Ohio’s comeback.  It could be thanks to our strong agricultural sector, which was barely hurt by the recent economic downturn, or it could be thanks to the commitment of Honda of America in the region or any number of other reasons. Nonetheless, the economy in this region is ticking at a faster pace than… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Three Card Monte….. By Joe Facinoli
Ever been to New York City, and strolled through the subways, or walked the streets surrounding Central Park? Interesting places, to say the least, with so many different and wildly varying sights, sounds, and activities going on,….day and night. One of the “standard” sights which one might find, or fall victim to, if too nave or un-streetwise, is a deceptively innocent game of chance, which can prove alarmingly dangerous, financially tragic, and even… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Labor Day
For generations, hardworking Americans have left their homes every morning – and some at night – to earn an honest living, to provide for their loved ones, and to ensure their children have enough food, clothes, and education to thrive. Steelworkers, nurses, mechanics, teachers, and plumbers weren’t always treated with the dignity they deserve. But we know that American history is a history of struggle for working people – fighting for representation, fair… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Dogs are from Pluto, Women are from Venus, By Aprill Brandon
There comes a time in every relationship where you begin to re-evaluate just what the two of you are getting out of the whole deal. If the good times are still outweighing the bad times. If that spark you once had is still burning. For me and my love, that time is now. To be honest, I never thought it would come to this. We've been through so much together. I had heard of other people who had gone through some of the same problems… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner…Replacing the President’s Sequester with Smarter Cuts & Reforms
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the president’s sequester: “Over the past few months, I’ve received a number of letters, emails, phone calls and Facebook messages about the impact of the president’s sequester in our region. Many are from hard-working… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Dr. King Would Not Have Been There….. By Joe Facinoli
Martin Luther King, Jr. was not about celebrity, nor any agenda. And he was certainly not about politics. He was about truth, and reality, and presenting these in a way that was undeniable. He was not about what went on in DC last week, 50 years after his “I have a Dream, today….” exhortations. In fact, in my humble opinion, I don’t believe he would have wanted anything to do with that group, who had gathered at the Lincoln Memorial supposedly to honor… read more.
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