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Take care with what you have

As I write this column, it is Earth Day.This day of observation to rally against environmental harms and to engage in a much more mindful approach to everyday living has been around for more than 40 years.I haven’t known about Earth Day all that long, a few years maybe. But I love the idea.I am a tree hugger. No matter the stigma that is attached upon making the claim, I make the claim nonetheless.No matter that the label is meant to be deroga...

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The Ukraine enigma: Understanding international politics

Perhaps 1 out of 100 Americans understand what is happening in the Ukraine, and why it is happening. Simply stated, the political leadership of the US, EU and Russia are trying to force the Ukraine into the EU, and have American taxpayers pay the Ukraine’s enormous debt.The Ukraine is a debtor nation, and owes huge sums of money to its creditors, mostly Russia. The Ukraine’s physical location limits its potential “saviors” to either the European Union (EU) o...

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A disappointing TV breakthrough

Growing Up Fisher isn’t winning over this legally blind viewer.I’m legally blind. Like most blind people, I don’t take cars for test drives, chop down trees with a chainsaw, or keep my blindness a secret.You wouldn’t know this from watching the new NBC show, Growing Up Fisher, a TV show about a blind lawyer named Mel and his family.I was thrilled when I heard “Growing Up Fisher” was in the works. The sitcom, which takes plac...

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Letters to the editor

Thank youEditor:We wish to extend our sincerest appreciation to the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home for the not only professional but compassionate way our family was treated during the very difficult loss of Eva Graham, our mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, GG, Aunt and friend. Thank you John Stroup for the personal way you so kindly addressed our whole family.— The Family of Eva Graham, Fairborn...

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Ryan’s joke is on us

The Wisconsin Republican’s budget scheme slashes job training, education, infrastructure repairs, medical research, public broadcasting, the arts, and pretty much anything else that regular people want and need.My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highly touted budget guru, doesn’t have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.

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Campaign planned to raise public education awareness

I know how hard all of our teachers and administrators work and hopefully you have taken some time just to relax. Thanks for all you do for our kids every single day. Ohio School Boards Association has launched a statewide campaign to highlight the success of public education. The campaign, “Stand Up for Public Schools,” seeks to raise awareness about the importance of public education and locally elected boards of education.The state-wide effort was launched in coordin...

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ACA gets it right on maternity insurance

Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and hospital stays. Still, one of the most common complaints about health reform is that insurers must now cover maternity care. Why, a middle-aged man will sometimes complain, should he have to buy a more expensive plan for a benefit h...

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Rising gas prices require individual action

Ouch, did you feel that? It was your wallet being pinched at the pump - again. Gas prices are on the rise and, according to AAA at the time of this writing, the national average is $3.64 per gallon.One might think that Ohio would be cushioned a bit from inflated prices simply because higher prices tend to hit the coastal states first. However, the Buckeye State is on the auto club’s list of the top ten greatest weekly gas ...

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Behind the GOP’s unhealthy attack

Could those taxes on the richest Americans that are helping to pay for the Affordable Care Act be fueling this madness?To borrow a cute term William Safire penned for Spiro Agnew, the “nattering nabobs of negativism” carrying on about the evils of the Affordable Care Act aren’t going to roll back the health insurance overhaul they like to deride as “Obamacare.”Reality sure isn’t on their side. Since the ACA began to take effect, at lea...

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Letters to the editor - Kindness in the cold

Kindness in the coldEditor:Was I your 90-year-old grandmother standing beside her Ford van in that bitter cold wind Tuesday afternon March 25?I was on eastbound US Route 35 near Bickett Road when the alternator quit — no battery. To make matters worse, my 4-month-old cell phone had another bad battery.The temperature was in the mid-20s and a wind chill was a lot colder. My wool sweater and bright red windbreaker were not enough to keep out the...

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Playing THEGWAR

It seems to me that the Administration (and its Congressional vassals) is using THEGWAR strategy in running this country. I guess I’d better explain what that term means. It goes back to when I was drawing a paycheck for doing engineering type stuff.Some of the guys I worked with “brown-bagged” their lunches and used the time to play cards in a little break/conference office area - and I occasionally sat in.

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Editorials - The permanent scar

The permanent scarChild abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims.Children don’t know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know.April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is everyone’s business.About 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. They can’t make the call, so somebody else has to do it. There is a report of child abuse nationwi...

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Bacon is not a vegetable

You can’t encourage other people to eat a diet that’s better for them and the planet by getting all vegangelical on them.As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.Consider this collision I had the other day with a devout vegangelical. While at a potluck among an omni...

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Letter to the editor

Losing a great citizenEditor:April 16 the city of Xenia lost a great citizen. Mr. Jack H. Newhouse passed away. He served in the US Army during World War II as a combat medic. He returned home from the war, completed his college degree earning a masters degree in biology from George Peabody College in 1952.

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Commissioner won’t vote to close yard waste site

Because of his extensive background in waste management the County commissioners chose to appoint Mr. Tom Koogler to the Greene County Solid Waste Committee.Under his guidance the Solid Waste Committee voted to close the yard waste sites and divert the yard waste to private interests in the name of saving $200,000.The problem is Greene County is under agreement with the EPA and closing the yard waste sites, particularly the Xenia site would violate our agreement with the...

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