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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Consumers from the Dangers of Powdered Caffeine
In May, Dennis and Kate Stiner faced a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. Their son Logan – a student athlete at Keystone High School in LaGrange, who planned on attending the University of Toledo this fall – died from ingesting too much powdered caffeine three days before his high school graduation. Since then, the Stiners have become courageous advocates for consumer safety so that no other
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Ohio Legislature Backs Innovative Program to Help Local Governments - A few years ago Ohio’s economy was on a downward spiral, our credit rating was downgraded and our state was in a fiscal mess.  When Governor Kasich took office we balanced the budget which required making up for an $8 billion dollar budget hole; and we did it without raising taxes.  Making difficult decisions was necessary at this time.  As the economy went down read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Oh my gourd, she murdered a pumpkin, By Aprill Brandon
I was 33 when I murdered and mutilated the dead body of my first pumpkin. I know. I know. How did I ever manage to make it this far in my life without committing veggiecide? I mean, ripping out the slimy entrails of innocent gourds is practically a rite of passage in this country. Even kindergartners are handed a knife and told to stab a pumpkin in the face. Well, it’s a long story, kids. One that I’m probably going
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The White House... An Ebola update from an NIH medical expert
Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently sat down to share an update on Ebola. He spoke about the measures the Administration is taking to respond to Ebola cases at home, while containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa. Speaking from his office at the NIH headquarters in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Fauci stressed that Ebola is not an easily
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Ohio Republican Party… Greetings! Update from Chairman Matt Borges
9 Days until Election Day! Our team is working hard to get our Republican leaders elected. On Saturday we had over 620 volunteers reaching out to voters across every one of our 88 counties. Over 30,000 doors were knocked and more than 31,820 phone calls were made. That's a solid start to our final Get Out the Vote push. Thank you to everyone that participated. The next nine days we must work even
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Review of the Law Enforcement Study Committee
As I travel west central Ohio, I continue to hear concerns about the growing drug problem in our region—and how it is affecting the entire state.  I have always been in favor of fighting drugs because they tear our families apart and cripple the workforce. That is why I traveled the state this summer to learn more about this problem and the obstacles that slow law enforcement’s ability to respond
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State Representative Richard Adams… Battling Breast Cancer and Raising Awareness
I hope this October, you’ve been able to join with others across the nation to honor, remember and reflect on the brave individuals who have battled, and are currently battling, breast cancer. First established in 1985, the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign seeks to generate attention for the disease and raise funds for research on its prevention, treatment, and
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U.S. Representative Boehner… Solving Our Spending Problem is the Key to Saving Medicare
This time of year, many seniors in our area have questions about Medicare, as Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7.  That’s why my office stands ready to assist any constituents who may have questions about the Medicare Open Enrollment period or are experiencing issues with receiving benefits.  For more information about services available to seniors in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District
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Darke County Senior Scribe… It’s that time of year… again! By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the season with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s politics. Wilson offers two poems, each addressing a different look at the ludicrous antics of the political process. First there’s the eternal Pelosi, who is often remembered (not so fondly) for her famous statement: “We’ll know what’s in the bill when we pass it.” Then there’s the winsome
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Ending Veterans' Homelessness in Ohio
In gratitude for their courage and sacrifice for our nation, my office helps U.S. veterans access their medical and disability benefits and the overdue or replacement medals that they have earned for their military service. At a ceremony at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati last week – where I had the honor of presenting a Vietnam War veteran with seven medals
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Excesses, new and old, in political campaigns, By Jim Surber
Recent bantering in online comments about the huge amounts spent in modern Presidential campaigns got me to thinking. Is our spending on this unprecedented? I decided to do a little research, to learn how our ancestors dealt with this event, and was surprised at what I found. In the early years of the republic, gentlemen would be asked by other elite leaders to "stand" for political office, and the candidate's commonly-acknowledged
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Broke Wife, Big City… Do your ears hang low? By Aprill Brandon
When I was a kid, I had a penpal. Even better, it was a FOREIGN penpal. Every day after school, I'd run to the mailbox, quivering with anticipation, to see whether Penelope's letter had arrived from exotic Canada (where they put gravy on their French fries ... GRAVY). In fact, there were days I was so excited, I'd sit outside and actually wait for the mailman to come. Unfortunately, as I grew older, my enthusiasm
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Ohio Republican Party… Greetings! Matt Borges
Editor’s Note: Borges recently attended the Darke County Republican Pig Roast. 16 days until Election Day!  There is no time to let up. The Democratic turnout the vote machine is in full swing and we must surpass them. Ohio's unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in September, down from 7.4% this time last year. It was only four short years ago that unemployment was skyrocketing and Ohio's future was on unsteady
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Political Witch Doctors, …doing the Ebola “Heap Good Medicine” Dance, By Joe Facinoli - No disrespect to Native American medical “practitioners”, of a time long ago, but even those guys would have a better chance at curing Ebola, and tending for those inflicted with it, than what we’ve got going for us, …today. With a full spiritual commitment to their purposeful rituals and dances, and their artfully crafted, songful cadences of hypnotic read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Continued Interest in Reducing Nutrient Loading in Ohio Waterways - Lake Erie covers almost 10,000 square miles and serves as a source of pride for the State of Ohio.  Acting as the north coast of Ohio, this lake is a natural landmark known throughout North America and beyond.  Keeping the water in the lake potable and healthy is an important task that all Ohioans should be a part of. Lake Erie is a major source of tourism in the read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Travel Ban Should Be Considered by President as Ebola Crisis Worsens - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- “Our hearts go out to the health care workers who have contracted the Ebola virus here in the United States, as well as those who have been impacted by it around the globe.  We pray for their speedy recovery, and we pray for those who are helping to treat and care for these individuals, including our medical experts and military personnel who read more.
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Little Pictures, By Mona Lease
Hi, all!! Ok readers - Hands up - how many of you remember hearing not to borrow trouble - it will come soon enough on its own? I think trouble is here. I think we are trying to treat a "symptom" and the disease (if you will) goes unchecked. Remember our local school board wanting to pass a new levy a few years ago now? It failed the first two or three times. Now it's passed. Remember the president of the school board resigning and telling
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Enforcing Trade Laws to Boost Exports and Support Ohio Businesses -- When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have successfully expanded their companies, created jobs, and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our state's manufacturing jobs rely on exports. Last week, I joined read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Mommies don’t get sick days, By Aprill Brandon
I regret a lot of things. The fringe vest I wore for my seventh grade school photo. That time I asked for a “pixie haircut” and instead spent half of my junior year in college walking around with a mullet. Pretty much all of 2004. I even regret things I haven’t done yet, like when I finally finish this six pound burrito sitting right beside me. I’m going to eat it all. I know this. I’m going to hate myself for eating it all. I know this. And yet
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Preventing the Spread of Ebola in the United States
Over the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about the Ebola virus. The stories from Africa are heartbreaking – countries with limited resources are fighting to contain the disease and in many cases it is spreading faster than it can be controlled. In Liberia, Ebola cases are doubling every 15-20 days, with a million cases possible in western Africa by the end of the year if the current trends continue
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From the Other Side of the Edge…. Ebola:  Just more of the Politics of NonSense, By Joe Facinoli - It’s always about the “Spin” today.  First, last, and always, …it’s about how something can be “Spun”, to best political advantage. No matter who gets hurt, nor how many people might be negatively affected, …even if thousands of those people (or more) eventually die. It’s always about how the individuals charged with running things, the governments they belong read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Sound Money Management of Public Dollars
When I was sworn in as a State Representative the first time around, I made it clear to my constituents that sound money management would be a focus of my time in the legislature.  Today, I continue to work for better handling of public moneys because taxpayers worked hard to earn that money. In west central Ohio, we have some of the best locally elected officials and they are good stewards
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The White House… One American's perspective
I watched the President speak about the economy earlier today -- maybe you did, too. He talked about how, even though we've rebounded from recession faster than almost every other advanced nation, we've still got a lot of work to do when it comes to rebuilding the middle class. It's easy to hear that and ask yourself, "What does the President mean when he talks about
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Ohio Republican Party… Portman works for Senate control
Today is the last day to register to vote in Ohio and early voting starts tomorrow!  As we fight to keep Ohio's comeback going, I wanted to make sure you knew about Senator Portman's efforts, not only in Ohio, but to take back the United States Senate.  Republicans have our best chance in a long time to take back the Senate and begin implementing reforms like we've seen in
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Steps at the VA are Just the Beginning
Hearing directly from veterans in our own region on the veterans’ benefit claims backlog is what led to my pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers and accountability years ago.  Our veterans deserve nothing less. What we eventually uncovered were full-blown systemic problems at the VA. I know I’m not alone in how outraged I was by the horror stories, and we’re not going to let up until the issues at the VA are finally resolved
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Investing in Ohio Manufacturing and Innovation
In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Ohio manufacturers are some of the most competitive in the world and workers are innovating right on the shop floor. To make manufacturing's recovery permanent, we must support American
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The White House… I may never get to stand on the podium
It was New Year's Eve in 2009 when my helmet saved my life. Training for the Winter Olympics in Utah, I was at the top of competitive snowboarding when I suffered a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that I'm still recovering from to this day. And while I can never snowboard competitively again, I hope to be a voice for the millions of Americans who grapple with diseases of the brain. Until my injury, I didn't spend too much time
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From the Other Side of the Edge….. but We’re all Going to Die from Ebola, …anyway, By Joe Facinoli - We have, very clearly in my estimation, lost our path as a nation, and a society.    The proof of that, is all around us, …in abundance. We should be celebrating life, in and about this glorious country, and our wondrous good fortune, at having been born in the midst of all the amazing opportunities it presents. Instead of being drawn into all the fretful, sickening, and deceitful situations read more.
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Commissioners Corner... Summer’s over… enjoy the fall weather and events
As the month of September comes to a close, we are reminded that colder weather is just around the corner. This has certainly been a nice cool spring and summer, and if the Farmer’s Almanac is correct, we are in for a cold, snowy winter.  But for now, let’s enjoy the fall colors, the cooler weather, all the High School sports
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Changing the Face of Manufacturing in Ohio
If someone asked you to name a career that was innovative and challenging, in a precise and highly advanced field, what industry comes to mind? If you answered manufacturing, you’d be right. October is the third annual “Ohio Manufacturing Month” and October 3 is “National Manufacturing Day,” and here in the Miami Valley we take this opportunity to celebrate those working in this growing industry. The days of dark and dirty manufacturing jobs
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Representative Jim Buchy… Shelby County: A Place Filled with Opportunity
West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great our local communities are.  For the past few months I have periodically focused a column on the unique characteristics that make each county in western Ohio the best place to live, work and rear a family
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