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It's about time, By George Starks
We live in a country that has been in a downward spiral for the last eight years. Obama and his administration has done its best to destroy our country. Wednesday, 11 states took a stand against stupidity and slapped Obama and Satan himself right in the mouth. Texas, Georgia, Alabama and a host of others said No to the transgender restroom law in... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… A Day to Remember Our Fallen Heroes
Since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, 275 Ohio soldiers have lost their lives in action.  275 stories of bravery and determination came to an abrupt end in battlefields far from the comforts of home. 275 families were left to pick up the pieces and continue with their lives after receiving the news they dreaded most.  Why did these soldiers give their lives? Ohio... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Memorial Day
At the end of the Civil War, Union veterans came together to establish “Decoration Day,” to honor the bravery and preserve the memory of fallen soldiers. Today, we mark this observance with Memorial Day to remember all Americans — from the War of 1812 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is our duty... read more.
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State Senator Keith Faber… A Time to Remember the Sacrifice of our Fallen Soldiers
Memorial Day is about so much more than summer barbeques and bright, candy-filled parades. It is a time to honor the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform. Established in the wake of massive Civil War casualties, Memorial Day was initially called Decoration Day. Every year on May 30th, after weeks of preparation, members of... read more.
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World War I Memorial, From Lana Johnston
Having just visited Washington DC with 300 Noblesville, Indiana kids, the lack of a WWI memorial was very evident.   WWI has become a forgotten war, yet shaped American’s future, and our role in the world.  Info on the building of a memorial is below if you would like to include in your publication.  Hopefully you are doing a Memorial Day... read more.
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The three hours that changed history, By Susan Olling
We read lots of history in our house.  Mr. History prefers the Civil War and twentieth century conflicts.  I have one foot is planted firmly in the eighteenth century but have been known to read history of more recent wars. My annual Memorial Day read is The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan.  This book is one of the best about the events of 06 Jun 1944, the first cross-channel invasion... read more.
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Senate President Keith Faber… Keeping Ohio's Government Open, Transparent and Easy to Access - Since the passage of Ohio’s first open records law in 1963, our state legislature has gone to great lengths to open the doors of public buildings to the taxpayers who want to take a closer look at the activities and decisions that affect their daily lives. From meeting minutes to official correspondence between elected officials, our records are your records... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… How New Overtime Rule Gives Back to Ohioans
Right now, Ohioans know they’re working more than ever before and for less pay. Since the 1970s, middle class wages have stagnated, while the number of hours spent on the job has gone up. The salary threshold to be eligible for overtime pay hasn’t even come close to keeping pace with inflation - leaving millions of families behind. Currently, only people... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… If children’s books actually realistic, By Aprill Brandon
Hello! My name is Aprill. I have a son. His name is Riker. He is 2-years-old. He is a wonderful boy! Riker likes to laugh and play. And he really loves to read! We read books all the time together. They all sound exactly like this. Because who doesn’t love short sentences! And lots of exclamation points! Mommy, that’s who! Or at least not after reading 27 books in a row... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Honoring Our Veterans with the Benefits They Deserve
Melissa Twine’s husband, Captain Philip Twine, was a logistics officer in the Air Forced when he was killed in the line of duty in 2002. In an instant, the Batavia native and fellow Air Force veteran became a single mother of four and the sole breadwinner for a family struggling with grief. She put her plans for a Master’s degree on hold to focus on raising and... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… High Quality H2O Always Needs a Bobby Boucher
Over the past few months we have learned a lot about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and I must say that I am appalled by the failure of their local government to do what’s right for the people of Flint. The reason we have laws is to reinforce the Ten Commandments.  Now is not the time to react in Ohio by passing laws that focus solely on lead concerns considering the... read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Controlling College Costs
Holding roundtables across our state is one of the most important things I do in the Senate — it gives me a chance to meet with and hear the stories of Ohioans of all backgrounds, and to gather new ideas. One of the early ideas that came out of these roundtables was the Ohio College Presidents Conference — an annual summit to bring together... read more.
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Cui Bono? By Kate Burch
The Food and Drug Administration, through its newly-released regulations on electronic cigarettes, sounded the death knell for the numerous start-up businesses that are developing and marketing the devices.  The regulations forbid marketing of an e-cigarette until the FDA has approved an application  that provides proof that the product: 1.) is safer than regular cigarettes; 2.) that it helps smokers... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… A brief guide to modern parenting, By Aprill Brandon
First of all, you should really already have kids. That biological clock doesn’t tick forever, you know. I mean, wait until you’re financially stable and all that, of course. It’s completely irresponsible to have kids before you’re fully prepared. But if you wait too long, that’s just selfish. Honestly, I don’t know what’s worse, those women having babies in their 40s or those young 22-year-old... read more.
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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions… Surviving the full-blown reality of summer, By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand - Dear A+K: I know you guys are excited about summer break, but as a full-time SAHM, I am a little apprehensive.  The days get so long, and without structure, I lose my mind.  Any tips? Sincerely, Sun Weary - Dear Weary: Who are we kidding?  We enjoy not waking up for the bus and packing lunches for about six days, and then the... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Capital Budget-Help for Good Local Projects
This year’s Capital Budget totaled $2.6 billion, of which $160 million was allocated toward state projects.  Often times the remaining funds go toward local projects which have raised a substantial amount of funds through their local governments and community fundraising.  In this capital budget, I am pleased that a number of important projects throughout the... read more.
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Introducing Truman…
Dear Reader: I’ve shared some of my thoughts with you, but I feel it necessary to give you a little background about myself. Truman Scott Bashore - I was born on November 9, 1944 at Good Sam in Dayton, and I have a sister Beverly who is retired nurse and lives in Arcanum.  We have grown quite close in the past five years for which I am most... read more.
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The Elephant in the Room, By Lois Wilson
Once again Senior Scribe Poet Laureate Lois Wilson is on top of the issues with her insightful look at the important events of the day. This time it’s politics. Or more importantly, Republican politics. Remember when everyone insisted one candidate take the pledge to support the nominee of the party? Well… the voters have spoken and the elephant... read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… I’d like to apologize to my mom for the following, By Aprill Brandon
So, it was Mother’s Day this past weekend. Which means that all of us (minus the majority of reality TV stars, whom I’m praying were the result of some government cloning experiment gone terribly wrong and thus don’t have mothers) spent the day sucking up to our moms and giving her useless gifts like cards covered in three tons of glitter and stuffed bears that sing annoying songs... read more.
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Commissioner’s Corner… The grant process, April showers and more
If April showers bring May flowers as the saying goes, then we should have flowers everywhere! April is the traditional month that starts spring, and spring showers help farmers to get ready for planting. The moisture in the ground now should really get things started this year, as long as the fields get dry enough. Let’s just hope that all... read more.
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The Voting Rights Act, By Truman Bashore
The Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965 which “outlawed discriminatory voting practices”.  It astounds me that today those on the right have made it their calling to make it harder to vote.  I am a veteran and when I took my oath to serve, it was my duty to support the Constitution as it is for senators and... read more.
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Answering Life’s Biggest Questions: Keep it simple… Brush your Teeth! By Abigail Fischer and Katie DeLand; Dear A+K, I need some straight-up answers. What is all of this facial contouring makeup business? My morning minutes are limited, leaving me split between mascara application and brushed teeth.  Dental hygiene wins out, but what happened to the days of Seabreeze and Avon? Am I missing something here or have beauty routines hit the larger scale... read more.
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Buchy… Pharmaceutical Marijuana Should be the Focus of a Marijuana Discussion
In western Ohio, we know a lot about growing crops to feed the world and we have no interest in plowing under good soybeans, corn, and wheat, to trade in our combines for a Marijuana Grow Site.  Marijuana legalization promises societal concerns and an economic shift, which if not monitored could be devastating.  This discussion around medical marijuana... read more.
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