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  • New changes from the BWC

    by - Feb 11, 2016
    The Bureau of Worker’s Compensation has been hard at work finding ways to save Ohio’s businesses money.  Since taking over BWC in 2011, administrator Steve Buehrer has done an excellent job of streamlining the BWC and...
  • Free tax help to get maximum refund

    by - Feb 5, 2016
    Last month federal tax filing season opened, and Ohioans need all the information available for them to get as much of their hard-earned money back in their pockets as possible. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness...
  • Nullifying President Obama’s overreach

    by - Feb 4, 2016
    President Obama is forcing new gun control policies on Americans.  In doing so he’s trampling on the Constitution.  It is time for states to stand up against these regulations that have gone too far. In January,...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Feb 1, 2016
    Welcome to 2016! Here’s hoping that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! The ringing in of a new year always brings new hope of better things to come, and this year...
  • I cause most of my wife’s stress

    by - Jan 30, 2016
    Occasionally I like to take on the tough issues of the day and share my thoughts and views. Who am I kidding? The only issue I address on this page is how I keep my sanity...
  • Properly calculating school performance

    by - Jan 28, 2016
    Recently, our children have come under increased pressure due to a drastic increase in school testing. With the number of testing hours reaching a threshold that bordered on unhealthy for our children, it was clear that...
  • No intention of slowing down in 2016

    by - Jan 22, 2016
    In his final State of the Union address last week, President Obama said that “the future we want — opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for...
  • Stop Smokeable Medical Marijuana

    by - Jan 21, 2016
    Just hours after Ohioans soundly stood up against marijuana by rejecting state Issue 3 in November, some public officials began discussing various ways of addressing the issue of medical marijuana in the future.  I have made...
  • I Don’t Like Growing Up

    by - Jan 16, 2016
    I have to admit I’m new to this dating thing. No, I’m not the one that’s actually doing the dating thing. My wife would do some very unmentionable things to me if I was trying to...
  • Broken unemployment compensation system

    by - Jan 15, 2016
    Throughout this past decade our nation and state has had financial ups and downs, which has caused people to rely on unemployment benefits. In Ohio, our system was maxed out with the federal government having to...
  • Don’t pull rug out from under auto jobs

    by - Jan 14, 2016
    Last week we received confirmation of what so many of us in Ohio have known all along: that you should never bet against the American auto industry. Americans bought more cars last year than ever before,...
  • What to do with Marvin?

    by - Jan 14, 2016
    On Jan. 9, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., the Cincinnati Bengals may have played their last playoff game for a while.  The NFL is an ever changing landscape with the draft, free agency, retirements, injuries, franchise moves,...
  • Resolving to stop black-out beer

    by - Jan 6, 2016
    Ohio’s growing craft beer industry has likely been a subject of your Christmas discussions.  You may have even sampled many of Ohio’s fine products.  We should continue to promote that growth but we must be mindful...
  • Why is hard to answer

    by - Jan 2, 2016
    Why? That is the question I’ve struggled with over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been in the news media for nearly half of my life, but I’ve never had an event…a tragedy…touch me like the...
  • Wishing you the best this New Year

    by - Dec 30, 2015
    As we prepare our pork and sauerkraut we have an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the past year and prepare for the coming year.  New Years is celebrated differently around the world which raises...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Dec 24, 2015
    …In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to...
  • Preparing for ice and snow on the roads

    by - Dec 23, 2015
    Winter is upon us and that means dropping temperatures, snow, and ice.  Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation and local authorities work endlessly to make sure that our roads are clear and safe through these...
  • My Mom – Gun Toting Granny

    by - Dec 19, 2015
    Sometimes ideas for columns come from out of the blue. You think you know the theme you will be taking and then all of sudden BAM! Something else comes along. Believe it or not, I often...
  • Santa is coming to the 84th District

    by - Dec 19, 2015
    Every Christmas, we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus with friends and family, as we all crowd around a dinner to enjoy each other’s company.  While our kids look forward to this excitement as...
  • Grand Lake St. Marys remains a priority

    by - Dec 18, 2015
    Since Gov. John Kasich took office nearly five years ago, he has led the charge to improve water quality at Grand Lake St. Marys, as well as waters across Ohio. During his first gubernatorial campaign, as...

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