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The Grumpy Side of 60… She couldn’t stop crying, By Bob Robinson
If somebody told you create an essay on some kind of theme or just a word or two… and you only had 20 minutes to write it, could you do it? I mean really do it? I’ve been writing for more than half a century; I know I could come up with something, but would it be quality? Probably not. Not unless I hit it by pot luck. So you might have some idea how I felt when two other judges and I read 78 essays in three and a half hours – written by 26 seventh and eighth… read more.
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Legislating to legalize discrimination? By Jim Surber
Something happened in Arizona this past Thursday that should make us all think. On party-line votes, both houses of the state’s legislature passed a bill that must be either signed or vetoed before this coming Friday by the Governor, who is a member of the same party as the successful lawmakers. The bill, SB 1062, is designed to bolster a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes providing service violates the practice and… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Providing Ohio Workers with a Fair Wage
Last week, on February 13th, or 2-13, I introduced a resolution declaring the date as $2.13 Day. That’s because two dollars and thirteen cents is also the minimum wage for tipped workers. Two dollars and thirteen cents. Think about that. To add insult to injury, the tipped minimum wage has not changed for more than 20 years, and its value has fallen by 36 percent in real terms. It’s my hope that raising awareness on 2-13 will help remind people that it is past… read more.
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State Rep. Buchy… Western Ohio Agriculture Benefitting From Economic Growth in Eastern Ohio
Without even being present in Darke County, oil and gas exploration in Ohio is improving our farms and agricultural industry. In Darke County we benefit as Appalachia is built up, the more people working in Appalachia the more of our food being consumed. In eastern Ohio, where there are Class II injection wells and hydraulic fracturing, the agricultural land is being used conservatively.  The new technology of horizontal drilling results in less land being used to… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Would You Trust a Neighbor, Who Behaved Like This…?
By Joe Facinoli - Ok, …so you’ve had this neighbor, for about 35 years. And during this time, you’ve witnessed a parade of “other women”, entering her house, to be with her husband, …and not just to play backgammon. But, you have also observed, that being the “dutiful” wife which she is, she’s not only looked the other way, but has told all in the neighborhood who’ve asked, that she was still madly in love with him, no matter… read more.
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U. S. Congressman Boehner… We Can Become a Nation of Builders Once Again
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy: “People are tired of the ‘new normal’ in the Obama Economy, which includes slow economic growth, not enough new jobs, and low wages for people who are trying to make a decent living. “The Obama administration’s disastrous… read more.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… From Ohio, lessons in redistricting reform
More than six out of 10 Americans believe our nation is on the wrong track, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Many factors contribute to the political dysfunction that fuels these numbers. There is no comprehensive quick fix, but done correctly, redistricting reform has the greatest potential to repair what is broken in our democracy. I am a conservative Republican, served as speaker of the Ohio House before becoming secretary of state… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. So Many Impressive Women, …and then there’s Michelle
By Joe Facinoli - I love women. I find them more interesting than men, …I communicate with them better (with some notable exceptions), …and I usually enjoy their company much more than most guys I know.   And it has been my great pleasure to have been involved with so many of them (maybe someday, I’ll get one right) in my life, ….but that’s more than irrelevant, to this small thesis. I recently had the good fortune… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… The Truth about Gas and Oil Exploration Muddied by Misinformation and Innuendo - Over the past several months a lot of misinformation and innuendo has been used to detract from the economic success of increased oil and gas exploration in eastern Ohio. This information has misled the public and it is time that the record is set straight. First of all, experts say it is unlikely that class II injection wells will be placed in Darke County as part of the hydraulic fracturing… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… Bring on the global warming, By Bob Robinson
I was flabbergasted. I had to ask him again to make sure I heard him right. He grinned and said, “Yep, I hope we get a really big one.” Big as in the blizzard of ’78? “Yep.” Big grin. “You know, I wasn’t here but I understand people were stranded for days, maybe weeks.” He nodded, grinning. “You couldn’t get around anywhere without a snowmobile. Power was out everywhere. Evacuations (by snowmobile) to safety areas in town… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Cheering for American Manufacturing on the Field and the Factory Floor - At the 2012 Summer Olympic opening ceremony, Team USA took the stage wearing foreign-made red, white, and blue uniforms. At a time when so many good jobs had disappeared overseas, the news that our Olympic team was being forced to wear uniforms made overseas was an outrage. It made no sense that an American organization would place a Chinese-made beret on the heads of our… read more.
Website to promote Darke County
Several businesses have been getting phone calls from a man named Jeff Rhodes. (no relation to Mike Rhoades, different spelling). Mr. Rhodes is calling businesses stating that in conjunction with the Commissioners, they are doing a video of Darke County.  This is true.  This is not a scam. CGI Communications, the name of the company is based in Rochester New York, and we were notified of this company by the NACO (National Association of Counties) and they checked out with the CCAO (County… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Mr. President, What Are You Waiting For?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy: “The State of the Union is a special tradition.  It's the one night where every branch of our federal government gathers in the House of Representatives to talk about visions for the future of our country. “And as I lead Republicans in offering pro-growth solutions to get our economy… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day, By Aprill Brandon
If my husband was married to a different sort of woman, chances are he would dread the month of February every year. Not only is Valentine's Day coming up, but our wedding anniversary is on Feb. 28. In 'guy' world, that's like the ultimate double whammy. Luckily, however, he is married to me, a woman who hates V-Day and was perfectly OK with celebrating our first wedding anniversary last year by going… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Adoption Reform Providing a Choice of Life
Our current Ohio House of Representatives has made it a goal to discuss and pass numerous pro-life bills. The most recent of these bills is House Bill 307. House Bill 307 focuses on reforming the at-birth adoption process, and affords significant rights to mothers who are looking to give their children up for adoption at birth. The goal of the bill is to speed up and simplify the adoption process for expectant mothers in the hopes that these women will choose to… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. An Unforgettable Experience, with “Sir Paul”….. By Joe Facinoli
To honor the 50th anniversary, this week, of The Beatles first appearance on American television, I have reached back into the distant archives for a piece first written in 2009, which details my “experience” at an outdoor concert I attended with my son, on the occasion of his 20th birthday. I wasn't that thrilled about going, …at least not initially, …but as you will see, I soon changed my "tune". It was the Washington DC… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… Mother Nature and today’s generation, By Bob Robinson
“It’s 32 degrees; feels like 22. Have a good day and enjoy the weather… that’s as warm as it’s going to get this week.” That was Monday. A quick glance at the 10-day outlook confirmed the radio report… and as late as Thursday it was no different. Snow. Cold. Wind chills. No relief in sight. And it’s only the end of January. We still have February and March ahead of us. One thing bothers me. Kids today don’t seem to enjoy Mother Nature’s white stuff like we… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Working Together and Fighting for the Middle Class
Middle-class Ohioans have always worked hard and taken responsibility. But for too long, Ohioans have been working harder than ever and barely getting by. In last week’s State of the Union address, the President laid out a plan to grow our economy by growing the middle class. By calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, extend emergency unemployment insurance, train workers for high-growth industries, and pass my bipartisan bill to create a… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… “Is the President Going to Stand Up & Lead?”
WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican Leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed the Senate Majority Leader’s recent comments opposing Trade Promotion Authority, and called on President Obama “to stand up and lead on this issue” to help boost exports and create more American jobs. With the jobs of more than 1.4 million Ohioans depending on trade… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Top 10 Signs You’re Turning Into A Parent, By Aprill Brandon
It starts out innocently enough, usually with a conversation or two over cocktails about maybe, you know, having baby in the somewhat near-future. This goes on for awhile until one night on a whim you decide to forego birth control, even though you aren’t actively trying to get pregnant or anything. But if you did, it’d be, like, cool. And then nothing happens and now you are actively trying, having… read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Fighting Modern-Day Slavery Through Awareness
During the month of January, we remembered the remarkable and impactful service of Martin Luther King Jr. In that same spirit, we should also consider the human rights issues still plaguing our country and our state. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where predators profit by targeting vulnerable people and exploiting them for labor or commercial sex through force, fraud or coercion. In our state and our local communities, we must increase… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Sgt. Cory Remsburg,...Cruel Joke,…or the Cruelest Irony?
By Joe Facinoli - He did his job.    Clearly.   With passion, determination,….and dignity.  They did not.    Clearly.   They threw money and words, at a faraway conflict, then turned their backs.   They said we must chase down terrorism to the ends of the Earth,…then told those they sent, not to fight too hard, nor be too impolite, during their search for it.   And nearly 20,000 American men and women paid the… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Preventing Falls Among Ohio’s Elders
When we are young, we do not often think about our risk of falling or the consequences of a fall. If we fall, we get up knowing that any aches or pains are probably temporary. But for us elders, a fall can be a life-changing event. For seniors like me, the effects of a fall can mean the difference between independence and reliance upon others for assistance in the completion of daily activities. Falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to emergency room visits… read more.
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Senior Scribe… Questions for you that need to be answered, by Al Bliss
January 12, 2014 - This started yesterday when I learned that four senior officers all involved with nuclear weapons were removed from the service for cause about last October – November. Did you know that three nuclear weapons were moverd without authorization from a specified facility in Texas to Charleston, North Carolina and one weapon can up missing? Did you know that the four officers disobeyed an order to release a nuclear weapon to… read more.
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Cincinnati Enquirer… Time to 'Start Talking' to kids about drugs, Karen Kasich
Jan. 24, 2014 - No family or neighborhood – affluent or disadvantaged, urban or rural – is immune to the dangers of drugs. It’s nave to think that any of us can shield our children from peer pressure or the stresses of life. However, we can empower our children to handle those situations with confidence. We can educate ourselves, connect with our communities and start talking to our children about drugs. You may be surprised to learn what a powerful… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Give it a breast already, By Aprill Brandon
In case you guys haven't heard yet, I'm pretty much the best person on the planet. It's true. I mean, sure, Pope Francis had some good moments this year. But when it comes down to it, no one can compare to my pure and humble unselfishness. My pure, unadulterated courage. My pure and utter lack of pride in how completely amazing I am. In fact, I'm so amazing, I feel bad for everyone else. No… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. “Income Inequality”…..Self Perpetuated at the Lower End
By Joe Facinoli - It has been said…. that if all the money in the U. S. of A., …that belonging to everyone (rich, poor, and in between), was piled up in one huge stack, then re-distributed in equal portions to all the citizens of our beloved country,…. that within just a few short years (or less), the rich guys would have it all back, and the poor ones would have their hands out again, begging for yet another “second” chance… read more.
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The Gilded Age of planet Earth? By Jim Surber
I’ve always had an interest in the relativity of numbers, and in the old saying, “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” If Johnny mows one yard in a day for $10, can he make $70 per week if he mows every day? If two men can build a garage in fifty hours, can fifty men build the same garage in two hours?  If a car has one mile to travel and covers the first half-mile in sixty seconds, why can it never average sixty mph for the trip no matter how fast it travels during the… read more.
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Representative Jim Buchy… Keeping Oil and Gas Competitive; Reducing Taxes for Ohioans
When we think about Ohio’s oil and gas drilling, we most often focus on the eastern half of the state. There is, no doubt, good reason for this. Those of us in west central Ohio do not have this oil below our feet like our neighbors to the east. But that does not mean that our region is not affected by it, or that we cannot benefit from it. One aspect of oil and gas development that directly affects our region of the state is what is… read more.
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A Miraculous Accident, By Jana Kolling
As you know, there has yet to be a definitive answer as to how people came to be. Evolutionists point to science books and creationists point to the bible.  Intelligent scholars on both sides believe they’re right, and neither can fully prove their position.  As a business major, taking biology was the last thing I wanted to do.  But I’ve never forgotten the chapters about human cells.  Now I know most people don’t want to read about this, and I’ll try not to be… read more.
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Obamanomics vs the American Dream, By Bob Robinson
In 2008 then presidential candidate Barack Obama promised to fundamentally change America. Now, five years later, despite little cooperation from the right, President Obama seems to be well on his way toward accomplishing his goal. While naysayers have a long list of criticisms, ranging from IRS and NSA to Benghazi, it isn’t likely these complaints will have any impact on his presidency, or even the future… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… From waddle to swaddle, By Aprill Brandon
One month. That's it. That's all that's left on this prison sentence...er...glorious maternal journey of mine. Yes, it's only four weeks until my due date (meaning I'm destined to have this baby six weeks from now as payback for all the times I called this kid a demon wizard and dragon fetus). And I must confess, I'm getting downright giddy at the prospect of finally meeting the tiny human who has been using… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… National Mentoring Month
January is National Mentoring Month – a time to recognize the important role mentors play in our communities. Mentors serve our nation by providing thoughtful guidance and support that helps young people succeed both inside and outside the classroom. They serve as role models, instill confidence in young people, and ensure mentees have a stable and trusting relationship in their lives. Mentors often find that they benefit more than the young people, by… read more.
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The White House
Hello, all -- Today, I met a young man named Troy. Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn't read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he'd shove desks, start fights -- anything to get him out of class. But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King
In his final speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged us to grapple with the problems America faces with a greater readiness. He posed a question in that speech the night before he died. He said, “The question is not if I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me? The question is if I do not stop to help this man in need, what will happen to him?” Dr. King’s words ring true today, and we must heed his call by… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. The Real ‘Best and Brightest’, ….from Street Level
By Joe Facinoli - Experience is the best teacher. It gives us affirmation, …and confirmation. I learned this, …again, on a recent walkabout amongst the “beautiful people”, in and around one of the most famous neighborhoods in our Nation’s Capital. Its official name is “Foggy Bottom”, which sounds like a meteorologist and a geologist couldn’t decide what to call it, …but it houses a “great” university, perhaps… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Solving Ohio’s Drug Abuse Problems Major Focus in 2014
When the Ohio House assembled a study committee last summer to travel around the state and research Ohio’s prescription drug abuse problem, our hope was that it would yield information that would ultimately lead to legislation to help solve the problem. I don’t know, however, if anyone expected the study committee to be as successful as it turned out to be. The feedback from healthcare experts as well as the… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fighting the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his State of the Union Address, saying “Many Americans live on the outskirts of hope – some because of their poverty, and our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.” He later echoed those statements in May of 1964 while visiting Ohio University in Athens. Today, we’re still fighting the war on poverty, but our country took a small step… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Bad humans! Very bad humans! By Buffy Brandon
Greetings, worthless humans. In case you haven't figured it out yet (which of course you haven't because you're worthless humans), this is not Aprill. The quote, unquote "Alpha" is busy doing stupid human stuff, like actually voluntarily taking a bath and going poo-poo in my giant water bowl. So I, Buffy, her quote, unquote "pet dog," took this opportunity to take over her column. Now mind you… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge….. Hmmm, ….Which to Cover:   A Murdered Ambassador,….or a Traffic Jam on a Bridge ? By Joe Facinoli - Media Fairness:  Oxymoron. Journalistic Integrity:   Another one. Let’s do some National Media, political math: What equals: Four brutally murdered Americans, all of them in public service to the United States government, One an Ambassador to a foreign nation, and Two of them superbly trained and devoted Navy Seals, ….plus, …2,000 Mexican nationals, all murdered… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Providing More Access and Integrity in the Voting Booth
Over the past year our state has taken a giant step in the right direction by reforming our elections process to enable more people to vote and increasing the integrity of this vital process. These efforts protect a fundamental part of our government and the rich history of freedom in this great country. The Ohio General Assembly passed three bills improving how Ohioans vote and making that vote more open… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… An open letter to my dishwasher, By Aprill Brandon
I hate you, dishwasher. I hate you so much. Seriously, so much. Like, if you were on fire and I really had to pee, I'd still use the toilet. Because you know what? The toilet doesn't constantly remind me what a failure at housekeeping I am. Sure, it starts to murmur something after too many weeks of neglect but you...oooooh...YOU. There you are, everyday, just sitting there. Needing something… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge…..  A Resolution, …Some Promises, ...and a Caveat, By Joe Facinoli
Anyone who read this column last week, knows that I’m not too crazy about New Year’s resolutions.    They’re just so hollow, totally arbitrary, often capricious, and usually bogus. But other than those few trifles,…completely believable! Now, having said all that, I have at least one such pledge to put forth myself, which I will be whole heartedly determined to follow through on, during the coming year and beyond. And some… read more.
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The White House… Health Insurance through the Affordable Care Act
Americans across the country have new health insurance that starts today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Today, health reform is real in a new way for people like Daniel, a 22-year-old student who enrolled in a gold-level insurance plan and is paying just $70 a month after subsidies. It's real for Lucy, from Texas, whose deductible is dropping from $7,500 to $3,000 a year, and for Mark, a small business… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Pregnancy brain for dummies, By Aprill Brandon
Want to know the seven most terrifying words in the English language? "It doesn't matter, you won't remember this anyway." Wait...six...seven...eight...dammit... Want to know the eight most terrifying...OK, well, whatever...you get the point. Yes, dear reader, yours truly is currently living through her own version of the movie "Memento." (If you haven't seen the movie, it's basically about a guy… read more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Celebrating Thanksgiving without Turkeys…Sort of
Many families will carve turkeys on their dinner tables, but when it comes to hunting wild turkey, certain parts of the state have to go without this time of year.  In Ohio we have two wild turkey seasons. One in the spring and one in the fall.  But for years, throughout most of western Ohio, there hasn’t been a fall turkey season.  Just like any wild game the hunting season is based on the population of the game in that area.  As conservationists continue to increase the… read more.
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Rep. Richard Adams… What Can the Gettysburg Address Teach Us About Thanksgiving?
November 19th of this year marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s iconic “Gettysburg Address.” During the speech, Lincoln expressed not only a great love for his country, but also sent a clear message that a nation founded on liberty can only survive if its people are dedicated to maintaining it. We all know how it starts: “Four score and seven years ago…” That is about the point where many of us trail off. But if you have ever read the… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… So Many Things to Be Thankful For This Year
Each year, Connie and I look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as a chance to spend time with our family and friends. It gives us a chance to reflect on the blessings that are too often overlooked. President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. Through the darkest days of war and gravest moments in our nation’s history, Lincoln saw the need to acknowledge our blessings. Nearly 150 years later, we continue… read more.
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A Time To Be Thankful, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
During this season of thanks, I extend to you my appreciation for your continued support of our educational and informational programs conducted throughout the year. Extension’s heartbeat is the involvement of the people in its programs. People such as you, who visit, contribute, ask, volunteer, or learn, provide a strong heartbeat in our community. Our goal is to service the entire community by providing research-based education that will… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Can't Touch This? By Aprill Brandon
Here's a fun trivia game. Wanna guess how many times I've gotten up to pee while typing this sentence? Nine. OK, OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a little. But only a little. Luckily I'm a pretty fast typist or it could have been true. Seriously, as if my constant snarting wasn't bad enough (sneezing plus farting at the same time equals snarting), I now have to worry about wetting myself any time I do something more taxing than… read more.
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Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Ohio Manufacturers Can Out-Innovate the Rest of the World
In Ohio, we know that manufacturing is a ticket to the middle class. But for too long, Washington has made choices that leave domestic manufacturing behind – whether it’s bad trade deals, not enforcing trade laws, unfair taxes, or not investing in innovation and technology. As a result, our nation has suffered more than 60,000 plant closures since 2000, and lost more than five million manufacturing jobs. This affects our entire economy because… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge… When did Oprah become Al Sharpton?? By Joe Facinoli
In a recent interview with the BBC, while in London promoting her new movie, Oprah Winfrey decided it might be a good idea to morph into Al Sharpton. Unfortunately, this choice put her at that most dangerous intersection, where double standards become the “double-edged sword” of hypocrisy, and of pure, true, unadulterated racism, ….reverse, or any other kind. Ms. Sharpton,….er,…Winfrey, stated clearly, in a video now gone viral, that regarding… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… States Can Lead the Way in Reducing the National Debt
Here in the state of Ohio, we are required to balance our two-year budget, which means there are many difficult decisions that have to be made by lawmakers in order to comply with the Ohio Constitution. But because of this requirement, we are forced to sit down and seriously consider what things need funding and what things don’t. It is the same way for Ohio families. They understand that responsible budgeting requires smart decisions and balances between what… read more.
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The Grumpy Side of 60…Role models, By Bob Robinson
For those of you who often ask, my life does not revolve around the kids I teach at school. I love my grandkids, too. I have four in Montana who are adults… or soon will be. I did my best to spoil them years ago; not much I can do for (or to) them now. I have two here in Ohio who are just starting their journey in life. Can anyone say “the terrible two’s” or “the horrible three’s?” I’ve heard people moan about that all my life. I have yet to see it. Is that … read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Three House Bills Address Common Core
There are currently three bills before the Ohio House that address new educational standards, known as Common Core. In talking to and meeting with the residents of the 84th House District, I know this is a very important issue in our region. I encourage you to continue contacting my office in Columbus and also sharing your thoughts with local school administrators. Ensuring a solid education for our children is one of the most important components of… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Hoarders on a Road Trip, By Aprill Brandon
Indulge me for a second, if you will. I want you to close your eyes and picture the following: You're driving down the Interstate, minding your own business. Perhaps you're heading home after a long day of work or maybe you're picking your kid up from soccer practice. Or it could even be that you're on your way to dinner reservations with your in-laws, which you're dreading because Phil always has too much to drink and then plays his… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… More Ohioans Share Their ObamaCare Stories
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the negative effect the president’s health care law is having on families: “In 2009, while trying to sell the public on his health care law, President Obama made a promise: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.  Period.’ It was simple.  It was catchy.  And the president used it again and again.  At least thirty-six… read more.
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The Other Side of the Edge….. A Time…..Forever Lost, By Joe Facinoli
NOTE:   In honor of the milepost anniversary, later this week, for one of the most significant and sorrowful dates in American History, I’ve revived a piece from about 6 months ago, which was written then, for a very different reason.   The sentiment, as well as the truth of it, still holds, but I’ve edited it (and shortened it) quite a bit, in order to focus more on the shared emotion of those remarkable times, and of that most heartbreaking moment. It’s been 50… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Strengthening Social Security for Generations to Come
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - As a grandfather of two, with one more grandchild on the way, I appreciate what a wonderful gift it is when grandparents can spend more time with their grandchildren by living longer and healthier lives – which happened, in part, because we, as a nation, invested in Social Security. Today, almost 63 million Americans receive Social Security benefits. And in Ohio, that number is nearly two million. Yet, just as we as… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… A Letter to America’s Veterans on Veterans Day
To the veterans of our Armed Forces: I recently sat down to write a note to a service member from Cincinnati named Josh Hargis, known to many Americans for his ‘salute seen around the world.’  It happened last month after he was wounded during a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.  Just as Josh was coming out of surgery - and presumed to be unconscious - his commanding officer arrived to deliver the Purple Heart. The Cincinnati… read more.
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Representative Richard Adams… Higher Education Study Committees Work to Benefit Students
As Ohio makes strides in the economy and job creation, another piece of the puzzle is making sure that those students who are interested in continuing their education can find success in college without going broke. I had the opportunity of being a member of the House Higher Education Study Committee this last summer.  Along with my fellow representatives, we traveled the state to speak with college representatives, members of the public and… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…Weight just a minute, By Aprill Brandon
There are two ways of dealing with pregnancy. 1. Spending nine months treating your body as a sacred vessel and as such only filling it with healthy things, like kale and whatever the hell quinoa is. Or... 2. Spending nine months daydreaming of the time when you were free to slowly destroy your body with ingredients that technically should never be ingested by a living thing. And occasionally choking down a stupid carrot. I, believe it or… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Medicaid Reform Now More Important than Ever
Just a few weeks back the headlines across the state generally read: “Governor takes Medicaid Expansion to the Controlling Board.”  A board many Ohioans have probably not heard of, the Controlling Board approves appropriations for state agencies based on legislative intent of the state budget.  This time the board was asked to authorize the release of federal dollars to cover the costs of the expanding Medicaid program.  I did not agree with this approach… read more.
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The White House
Hello -- This week, the U.S. Senate voted to consider the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. This legislation has a very clear purpose: to make sure that no one can be fired for who they are or who they love. Right now, only 17 states prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT workers. That leaves millions of Americans who go to work every day fearing that they could lose their job because of who they are. As the… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge… “I’m Sorry….?”  Where’s Brenda Lee, When We Need Her….?
By Joe Facinoli -- “I’m sorry,….so sorry,….please accept my a-pol-o-gy….” No, that wasn’t sweet Brenda we heard last week, falsetto-ing out sincere and heartfelt regrets, over past unspeakable indiscretions.  Nope, …that was our El Presidente, our ever so benevolent and thoughtful ruler, stepping off the throne for just a moment, long enough to tell a favorite NBC News reporter just how sorry he felt, for any inconvenience that may be happening, after a… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60…Special kids, special memories, By Bob Robinson
Who are you? Lilly. Lilly who? Lilly Vampire! And she looked like one, too. A vampire. About 60 seconds earlier I ran into Ghoulia, whoever that is. She had blue hair. Daddy said it was from Monster High. Whatever that is. So I looked it up… actually her name was Goulia Yelps from Monster High’s Teenage Children of Legendary Monsters, and they take Creepariffic Classes… Good grief I’m old! Vampires I get… Goulia Yelps in Creepariffic classes … read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City…The trick-or-treater always rings twice, By Aprill Brandon
It was a dark and stormy night. Well, dark and sprinkling a little bit. But that annoying kind of sprinkle that gets your clothes all soggy. It was quiet inside the house. Perhaps a bit too quiet. Well, not really too quiet. I mean, the TV was on. And for some reason the fridge always emitted a high-pitch squeal that could be heard throughout the rest of the house. But everyone ignored that sound because it probably meant the fridge was on its… read more.
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Injection Wells in Darke County, By Bob Rhoades
Sometimes one has to wait to see what nuts fall out of the tree on the injection matter. They may not have all fallen yet, but here are some thoughts. A few years ago, because of my job, I had to attend a Ground Water class at EPA School in Cincy. Over the course of a couple years, this turned into about three classes. I learned a lot about monitoring the underground and probably forgot more than I remember. Leaking underground … read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Safety Measures in Fall Sports are Changing
The fall sports season is in full swing, and here in west central Ohio we have some great athletes that we all want to cheer on.  Whether it is tennis, cross country, volleyball, soccer and football or any other number of fall activities, safety is paramount. At many sporting events a medical professional accompanies the team to ensure safety. Over time we have gained more understanding of the importance for a competent medical professional to accompany the team… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Did He Say “Period!”? ....I Think He Meant “Comma” By Joe Facinoli
A Dog, no matter how many times, and ways, you try to make it be something different, ….is still a dog. Especially when it pees on your new carpet, and leaves little “throw-up presents” (as well as those dreaded “other” kind) around everywhere, for you to step on later, and usually at the worst possible times. A Pig, regardless of how often you may choose to look at it as being so many strips of heavenly delicious bacon (albeit muddy and filthy ones)… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… ObamaCare Problems Go Far Beyond the Website
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the negative effect the president’s health care law is having on families and small businesses: “As your representative, I spend time at home in Ohio traveling through our communities whenever I can. These listening tours help me better serve our area, and they allow me to see firsthand how Washington policies affect families and small… read more.
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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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Broke Wife, Big City…The Name Game, By Aprill Brandon
HOST: Hello, hello, hello and welcome to another round of everyone's favorite past time: The Name Game! The only game where soon-to-be parents attempt to pick out a name for their unborn child while facing a series of seemingly insurmountable challenges. I'm your host, Smiley McToothy. Let's meet our first contestant. Fresh off the couch and actually wearing real pants today, say hello to Aprill! [Clap, Clap, Clap] So, Aprill, it says … read more.
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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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Discusses Debt Limit, Defunding ObamaCare
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, Congressman John (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.  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 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 (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 …Replacing the President’s Sequester with Smarter Cuts & Reforms
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John (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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Grumpy Side of 60… Life is Good, By Bob Robinson
“Hey Bob… Callie Z was hilarious! My mom sent it to me. Oh, and by the way, I’d like you to meet my friend…” I’ve lost track of the number of people who have commented about Callie, including my own editor, Ryan Berry… “Aw come on, Bob. She can’t be the only one who doesn’t like you.” The student who stopped me was in one of my spring Public Speaking classes at Edison. “My mom sent it to me. She didn’t know you were my teacher last spring… read more.
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