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  • 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...
  • Mandates threaten economic growth

    by - Dec 10, 2015
    President Obama’s emissions and clean energy mandates will slow our economy and raise electric bills. The price tag for the President’s mandates will plague Americans even after President Obama becomes a distant memory. A majority of...
  • Peer pressure crushed my spirit

    by - Dec 5, 2015
    Aaahhh! The Christmas season is here once again. I’m not one of those that will complain because the stores start hawking decorations shortly after (or in some cases before) Halloween. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Dec 2, 2015
    The Holiday Season is now officially underway! November ushers in the start with Thanksgiving, and ending in January with the New Year. If you are like most of us, we started the season with eating way...
  • Economic growth during the holidays

    by - Dec 2, 2015
    Every year, Ohioans anticipate the busy holiday shopping season and the great deals that come with it.  What many don’t consider is the impact that this shopping season has on the state’s economy. Since 2010, Christmas...
  • Thank you for your input at Coffees

    by - Nov 27, 2015
    Before I became Commissioner, I decided I would go out once a month and try and meet people over coffee and breakfast to let them know what I thought, and let people tell me what they...
  • There are a lot of reasons to be thankful

    by - Nov 26, 2015
    Our history books teach us that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Native Americans and Pilgrims after the fall harvest in 1621 and lasted three entire days.  This tradition has now spanned decades, and while...
  • Deer season has begun for Ohio’s hunters

    by - Nov 24, 2015
    For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception....
  • Words vs. Emojis – Emojis Won

    by - Nov 21, 2015
    Not too long ago I expressed my disdain for words that weren’t real. My wife, mother-in-law and daughters are notorious for making up words and it drives me crazy when they come out of their mouths....
  • From the Publisher’s Pen – Respecting Our Coaches

    by - Nov 20, 2015
      I have often thought of what it would be like to be a coach of a local team, any team, at any level. My oldest brother and now partner was one of my baseball coaches...
  • Living in poverty and working full time

    by - Nov 19, 2015
    Last week, workers in Ohio and across the country participated in a National Day of Action, demanding a living wage for the millions of Americans who are working hard but struggling to get by on the...
  • Local agriculture helps put food on the table

    by - Nov 18, 2015
    In this turkey carving season we often forget our role in putting the Thanksgiving meal on the table. In western Ohio, we are blessed with so many fine farming families, and many working individuals who help...

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