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The high cost of cheap shrimp

Retailers and consumers need to do their homework to make sure they’re not buying seafood tainted by modern-day slavery.The Guardian recently revealed shocking results from a six-month investigation of the Thai fishing industry: Much of the shrimp sold in American and British supermarkets were produced with slave labor.While shrimp sold to U.S. consumers hail from a number of different countries, including our own, Thailand is the world’s biggest shrimp suppl...

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It’s a droneOn the night of June 26, Pittsburgh Pirates fans saw something flying above the field: not a baseball, but a drone.Team officials asked police to find the drone operator and ask him to stop the flight; he quickly complied. Yet the Federal Aviation Administration properly investigated the incident.The drone that flew over the stadium isn’t the sort that roams over Iraq and Afghanistan. But that doesn’t mean the pot...

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What is this country about anymore?

When Congress cut off long-term unemployment aid, it left more than 3 million people in the lurch.Meet Mark. He’s a 58 year old, college-educated veteran who lives in Oregon.He was laid off last September and has been unable to find work since. Mark’s state unemployment benefits ran out in May. Since funding for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program was cut last December, Mark and more than three million other Americans, including nearly 300...

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A fracking fortune gets political

After Farris and Dan Wilks cashed in their Texas-based gas company a few years ago for more than $3 billion, they became benefactors of religious right, tea party extremists.Televangelist James Robison recently declared that he’s praying for a merger of the tea party and the religious right. Is he kidding? That merger is well underway. And it’s getting a hefty push from a couple of billionaire brothers.

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ATVs are not toys for young children

Since 1982, there have been nearly 400 deaths related to the operation of ATVs, short for “all terrain vehicles.” Like any other power machine, the ATV is a safe, versatile vehicle when handled properly by responsible adults, yet their operation is far too often given over to small children.According to statistics collected between 1982 and 2012 by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been, nationally, 2,944 ATV-related fatalities of ...

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A wake-up callThe declaration of a new Islamic state in the Middle East by Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi should be the wake-up call that the world has needed about the issues boiling throughout the Middle East since the United States first attempted to proclaim its best defense was going on offense in Iraq more than a decade ago.The Arab Spring movement three years ago led to instability, and opportunity arose with the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq....

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How peculiarities seem to me

It seems to me that we occasionally encounter peculiarities — circumstances that are odd, unusual, or strange and kinda leave us scratching our heads baffled and confused. Well, I’ve had a few of these pop up recently and thought I’d share them.One morning not long ago when I went out to my car I found it had been entered sometime during the night and some stuff taken. My reaction was to call the police and report the incident. This was not an emergency and, heedi...

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Hamster-wheel economics 101

Given the bleak outlook, it’s a relief to see growing momentum for raising the minimum wage to livable levels.Treasury Secretary Jack Lew comes across as somewhat optimistic about the rather lackluster national economy.“Evidence continues to mount that our economy is gaining traction,” Lew recently said. “Nevertheless, we cannot escape the fact that millions of Americans continue to struggle and their pain reminds us that our work is not finished&...

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Water refugees

Weak regulations turned my West Virginia community into involuntary guinea pigs in an enormous science experiment.Like most Americans, I always took the clean water running out of my tap for granted. That changed in January, when West Virginia American Water (WVAW) sent out an all points alert to stop drinking, cooking, washing, or doing anything else with the H₂O flowing into my home, except flush the toilet.Thus began the biggest fouling of a public water supply ...

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New Iraq offensive backfires

Even Fox News roasted the former vice president over his attack on Obama’s Iraq policy.Republican opportunists hoping to score political points are hammering President Barack Obama with vitriolic criticism and blaming him for the latest upheaval in Iraq. So I was pleased when, finally, two Republicans spoke out loudly to deflect those partisan attacks.Thank you, Dick and Liz Cheney.I mean it. The snarling, self-righteous, shameless old hypocrite wrote a ...

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Butch and Karen: An on-air love story

This is a story about two very good friends of mine Butch Brown and Karen Kelly-Brown.They founded ‘Downtown Dayton Radio’ together, but more important is the way these two broadcast veterans reinvented themselves as entrepreneurs and did it all with a deep love and respect for each other.Let us rewind a bit.The two already were firmly established in the radio biz when it was love at first mic … I mean sight!“We met at work, ...

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As the family goes

In a recent article (As Ohio Goes? Voting with Their Feet), I introduced my policy discussion by noting how Ohio’s negative net domestic migration may eventually weigh on the state’s political prominence in national elections.Despite this possibility, it is still very much the case today that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Few correlations in social science are more apparent. But one is clearer still: the importance of married mom-and-dad families for the overall wel...

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Two great SCOUTS rulings

Can a private company refuse to provide contraception insurance coverage, which is against the company owner’s religious views, to employees under the Obamacare law? Can a parent of a child or an adult requiring around the clock health care by that parent(s) be forced to join a public employee union and/or pay union dues for caring for their child?That was the law in Illinois. Both decisions, very close rulings, came down on the side of individual freedom and individual right...

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Getting things done for Ohio

Over the past couple of weeks, two bills that I authored passed both houses of Congress—the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2013 and the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2014. Now both are on their way to the President’s desk for his signature.

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Helping Ohio workers receive benefits they deserve

To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax.This practice, which occurs across several industries including construction, trucking, landscaping, and home health care, cheats workers out of the benefits they ...

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Fostering ‘informed patriotism’

Conservatives believe that America is an exceptional...

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