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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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