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From the Other Side of the Edge….. The Bill of Rights, ….an “Inconvenient Truth”, By Joe Facinoli
Al Gore may have had it right after all.  Right pew, that is, …just the wrong church. Climate change is not the largest roadblock to individual, corporate, or even governmental growth and wellness in this country, …not nearly. Carbon emissions, ozone depletions, and melting icecaps have nothing on the real hindrance to our society moving forward, or even “back” to the future. Nope, …not even close.  Quite simply
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Calamity Day Update for Greenville City Schools, By Doug Fries, Superintendent
March 27, 2014 - With Governor John Kasich signing Amended Substitute Bill 416, school districts can now finalize their contingency plans to address makeup days for the 2013-14 school year.  One of the key provisions of Amended Substitute HB 416 was a local option for adding four calamity days to the current five days that do not need to be made up, only after districts have used four of their required contingency plan days. Greenville City Schools
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The Grumpy Side of 60… Even grumpy old people need kudos, By Bob Robinson
Two weeks ago I was starting to get a complex. Feeling stupid at the science fair, finding out my brain power was going down the tubes, forgetting an appointment, and the ultimate insult… having an 8-year-old stick her tongue out at me. Not to mention never having any messages from my students in my message box. It was a tough two weeks. I’m happy to report the last two weeks have been better. Well, except for one of my grumpy buddies at
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Death Penalty Reform Needed to Reduce Costs and Make Justice More Efficient - Joy Stewart was a 22-year-old newlywed and was eight months pregnant with her first child in 1989 when she was brutally raped and stabbed, killing her and her unborn child. Because this killer acted in a way that was so heinous, he deserved to be punished with the most serious sentence our legal system allows. In the state of Ohio, this punishment is death.  On January 16th, Joy Stewart’s killer was put to death. At his execution, the killer read more.
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Senator Sherrod Brown… LAST WEEK: Sign up for Health Care Before March 31st Deadline
Most people never plan to spend time in the hospital, but sometimes things happen. If you suddenly need medical care but do not have health insurance, you could be stuck paying for the entire bill on your own. With the average cost of a three-day hospital stay exceeding $30,000, it is no surprise that unexpected medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. Each year, nearly two million Americans find
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Broke Wife, Big City… Day in the life of a new mom, By Aprill Brandon
For those of you in the betting pool who picked that I would fail as a mother within a month, bad news: Riker is still alive. Not even maimed yet. Or as far as I can tell, permanently psychologically damaged (granted, that might change once he finally learns to read and goes through all my old pregnancy columns…”Really, mom? My nickname in utero was Demon Wizard? Really?”). However, now that we have
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RNC & ORP Work to Grow the Party in Ohio
One year ago this week, the Republican National Committee unveiled its Growth and Opportunity Project to expand and strengthen Republican engagement across the country. The Growth and Opportunity Project took input from over 52,000 people to generate a more effective way to connect with voters and grow the Republican Party. Based on these recommendations, a permanent, nationwide, and
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… We’re Holding the President Accountable
"As the weeks go by, I’m receiving more and more calls and emails from people in our local area sharing horror stories about their experiences with the president’s health care law. “Whether it’s families seeing their policies cancelled, seniors losing access to their doctors and other benefits because of ObamaCare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage, or higher premiums for small business workers, people can’t catch a break. “People like Tracy from Hamilton
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Creating a Clear Path to the Middle Class by Strengthening Ohio Manufacturing - In Ohio, we know manufacturing can create a path to the middle class. But during the Great Recession, that path became turbulent as plants across the country shuttered their doors and devastated local communities that depended on their jobs. But today, due to smart investments and a renewed effort in manufacturing, we are adding jobs in that sector for the first time since the 1990s. Since December 2009, the manufacturing read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. Playing with the Big Kids…. By Joe Facinoli
Diplomacy, in its most basic form, is the art of getting what you want, …while at the same time, not making yourself, nor your country, look too Stupid. To accomplish this, you sort of have to have some idea about what you’re doing, and perhaps a plan of some kind. Some experience in this arena would also be helpful, and absent that, some deference to those who do, most often provides a better result. Children, however
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Governor John Kasich… Key Assets get priority in funding proposal
Ohio’s Renewed Fiscal Health Makes Increased Support of Local Projects Possible - COLUMBUS – Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget, unveiled today by Gov. John R. Kasich, Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William G. Batchelder, includes significant new support for local communities’ construction priorities as part of an overall plan for needed improvements to Ohio’s public facilities, including local schools, colleges and universities, parks
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Representative Jim Buchy… Ohio House Addressing Concerns with PARCC and Common Core
No matter how much legislators might disagree on the many important issues impacting our state, when it comes to education I know that every member of the Ohio House wants what is best for our young people and wants our schools to be as productive as possible. One of the most important issues facing education today—as many Ohioans are well aware—is the Common Core State Standards. One piece of legislation
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Local Communities Hit Hard by Manufacturing Job Loss
Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced legislation that would incentive manufacturing investment in local communities hit hard by major manufacturing job loss. Sen. Brown outlined details of the Manufacturing Communities Investment Act, new legislation which would build on the proven success of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). NMTC incentivizes community developers to invest in low income areas. Sen. Brown’s bill would spur local job
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Broke Wife, Big City… Why women should run the world, By Aprill Brandon
There are a lot of reasons why women should run the world. For instance, most of us usually carry tissues with us at all times (in addition to the 52 other random items in our purse), which could come in handy when dealing with, say, a maniacal dictator who has a runny nose. Dictator: “I WILL BOMB YOUR COUNTRY! DEATH TO…(sniffle)…AMERICA!” Woman: “Would you like a tissue?” Dictator
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Ohio’s Breakthrough Charter Schools Leading the Way in Education Reform - WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at a hearing entitled, “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education,” Mr. Alan Rosskamm, Chief Executive Officer of the Breakthrough Charter Schools in Cleveland, OH, testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on the importance of the charter school movement.  Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) released the following statement: “It’s read more.
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Secretary of State Jon Husted… Voting Is Easy in Ohio
To all Ohio voters: There has been a lot of discussion about recent changes in the voting laws. Some of that discussion has informed and some of it has misled. As the chief elections official in our state I want you to have the facts about how easy it is to vote in Ohio. Please use it to guide your many choices in casting a ballot in General Election this November. Option 1 – Vote by Mail: Around Labor Day, my office will be sending all registered voters an
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Boehner: House-Passed Bill Holds President Accountable for Enforcing the Law
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today commending House passage of the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138) sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC): “The president doesn’t get to decide which laws he’s going to enforce any more than Americans
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Senate Bill 150 Proposes Changes to Ohio’s Agriculture Industry To Improve Water Quality - Farmers are the backbone of our local economy, so it is important to provide them with tools to continue to prosper while protecting local waterways. Ohio agribusiness men have worked tirelessly to adapt to changing circumstances around them by adopting nutrient management plans in order to preserve our natural resources and protect the soil. One piece of legislation being considered read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. One Child’s “Perspective”, …so Simple, …so Pure, …so Profoundly Relevant, By Joe Facinoli - We fight all the battles, endure all the stresses, …but still, …too often we forget just why we do it. We work so hard at it, …every day. And yet, ...too many times we miss the “what for?”. Life, …in It’s purest form, …in It’s most joyous state, ….is supposed to be simple. We eat, we sleep, we provide for our families and do for ourselves, and help others when they need read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… From ferrofluids to tongues, By Bob Robinson
“Ferrofluids contain nanoparticles of the chemical magnetite or similar iron compounds… My project used synthesis of a ferrofluid without the chemical tetramethylammonium hydroxide…” and so on. My eyes glazed over and I was afraid I was going into overload. So I stopped reading. I assumed this high school student knew what she was talking about. I took chemistry in college and certainly didn’t have a clue. I won’t try to detail it any further, primarily
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner… Obamacare not gaining acceptance
Boehner: "I can tell you with confidence that the law is not gaining acceptance in our region" WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R- West Chester) issued the following statement in response to a news conference held today by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley encouraging local residents to sign up for coverage under the president’s disastrous health care law: “From the thousands of comments, calls and emails I continue to receive
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ensuring Ohio Workers Can Compete
We all know that Ohio workers and Ohio manufacturers can compete with anyone. But when a country purposefully manipulates its currency so that its exports are cheaper, that’s not competing – that’s cheating. The result? U.S. exports are more expensive and a deluge of cheap imports flood our markets, costing American manufacturing jobs. Currency manipulation has cost us between one million and five million jobs, and increased our trade deficit to $500
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… GOP Economic Solutions are Working in Ohio; Washington Should Take Note - Mar 7, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today welcomed reports showing Ohio has created 238,000 new private-sector jobs since January 2011 under Republican Gov. John Kasich’s policies of low taxes, balanced budgets and education reform – a stark contrast to the agenda of President Obama and his Democratic-controlled Senate in Washington read more.
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Greenville City Schools:NO NEW TAXES… Two Mill Permanent Improvement Levy Due for Renewal
Doug Fries, Superintendent - On both November 14, 2013 and December 12, 2013 the Greenville City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved resolutions to place a 2 mill permanent improvement renewal issue on the May 6, 2014 ballot.  Greenville City Schools has utilized a permanent improvement levy since 1989 and successfully renewed the issue in the required five year cycle each time thereafter
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It’s a team thing, Mike Stegall
I have been involved with sports most of my life. From playing football as a starter on the team since junior high, to college, and for 27 years officiating the sport.  I also participated in other sports as well.  The one thing you learn very quickly is this; it is not about you, It’s about the team.  The team wins and loses as one. They work together as one, or they fail. No one is bigger than the team. This is a good life lesson for everybody. Sports are a great
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Broke Wife, Big City… A swamp demon is born, By Aprill Brandon
Well, folks, can you believe it? After a gestation befitting an elephant, I can now finally say I have a human. And not just any human. My very own human. Made from scratch, thank you very much. But it wasn’t easy to get here (here, of course, being an exhausted new mom with crazy witch hair and covered completely in bodily fluids of varying consistencies that are not her own). Then again, it wasn’t the
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Severe Winter Weather Prompts School Closings
While winters in Ohio often bring plentiful cold and snow, this year’s winter has been especially brutal. Heavy snowfalls and frigid temperatures have made this winter one of the harshest in recent memory. While we have all been affected by the weather, schools in particular have faced challenges during this winter season. Treacherous conditions caused by ice-covered roadways, blowing snow and extreme wind chills have caused many school districts to exceed
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. An Open Letter to my Cousin, ….Who Thinks I’m a Bigot and a Racist, By Joe Facinoli - On March 1 of this year, my dear cousin, who has been receiving my weekly columns for the past six months, by way of my personal email list, decided that he needed to be removed from that list, saying: “Please remove my name from the list of vacuous recipients who choose to endure these incessant ramblings of bigoted conjecture.” He’s not the first to forward such a request, nor read more.
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Boehner: The Case for Standing Up to Putin By Leveraging American Energy
WASHINGTON, DC – In a speech on the House floor today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed the situation in Ukraine and made the case for standing up to Vladimir Putin by ending the Obama administration’s de facto ban on natural gas exports: “Mr. Speaker, my colleagues:  I know the whole House is paying close attention to the crisis in Ukraine
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Commissioner’s Corner… Sheriff vehicles, fighting drugs and flowers will bloom
February has finally come to a close, and with that the hopeful beginning of the end of winter.  Yes, we still have March to contend with, but hopefully the old saying about March; “In like a lion, out like a lamb” will hold true.  So far, this has been the 4th coldest winter on record for us, and I for one have had enough!  Let’s get on with spring and the warmer weather! I hope for those who say they love the cold
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Senator Sherrod Brown… Cracking Down on Currency Manipulation Could Create Jobs in Ohio
This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped unveil a new report showing that cracking down on currency manipulation could create 5.8 million jobs in the U.S., including more than 250,000 jobs in Ohio alone. Sen. Brown, who is the lead sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would stand up for American manufacturers by punishing countries like China that cheat by manipulating currency, urged Congress and the Obama Administration to crack down on
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