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  • Growing our Shrinking Middle Class

    by - Jul 5, 2016
    Today, Americans are working longer hours for less pay. Protections and benefits that were once guaranteed by the government or bargained for by unions have eroded. Workers are holding up their end of the bargain, but...
  • I have to live in Ryan’s World

    by - Jul 1, 2016
    Hello ladies and gentlemen! This week is gonna be a little different, I know you are use to the regular “Ryan’s World”, where Ryan Berry makes witty and sarcastic remarks about his hilarious and amazing kids...
  • Celebrating our Independence

    by - Jul 1, 2016
    Much has changed for our nation since gaining our independence in 1776; however one thing that hasn’t changed is the pride and patriotism that Americans have for living in the greatest country on Earth. Not only...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Jul 1, 2016
    June marks the halfway point of the year. 2016 has been pretty good to Darke County so far and we hope to continue the fortune into the second half of the year. We have had some...
  • Nothing new under the sun

    by - Jun 30, 2016
    I write this piece in response to a recent request from a reader. She asked that I write about a figure that has certainly received the lion’s share of national attention this year. It is impossible...
  • Summer shouldn’t mean going hungry

    by - Jun 25, 2016
    For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbeques. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents...
  • Events important to healthy tourism economy

    by - Jun 24, 2016
    We’re blessed in Darke County with terrific attractions that bring in thousands of visitors a year from outside our county borders, as well as provide a rich quality of life for those of us who are...
  • Protecting pastors and public officials

    by - Jun 23, 2016
    The United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision this past year to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. This ruling has led some leaders to introduce reactionary legislation that will either open Ohio’s doors to gay marriage...
  • Scleroderma Awareness Month

    by - Jun 22, 2016
    Demeshia Trice is a survivor. Over the course of 15 years, she’s undergone four partial finger amputations. She has ulcers covering her whole body. She requires a caretaker to help her eat, bathe and perform routine...
  • I’m 50 and I Love Who I Am

    by - Jun 18, 2016
    I made a huge decision this week and I took the plunge (more like waded in). Oh sure, I had an option, but it wasn’t one I could live with. (If you could see the smile...
  • Celebrating Father’s Day with Compassion and Connectivity

    by - Jun 17, 2016
    I recently attended my daughter’s graduation at Miami University, and while I was filled with pride celebrating her accomplishments, I could not help but to think about how fast these years have passed. As our children...
  • The Little who became a Big

    by - Jun 16, 2016
    At the age of seven Alexa was referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters to be matched with a Big Sister. Her family had been going through a difficult time and often it was hard for even...
  • House Bill 301 – HSA for state employees

    by - Jun 16, 2016
    Currently, the Ohio House of Representatives is considering House Bill 301.  This legislation, sponsored by Representative Michael Henne and local Representative Stephen Huffman, would create an option for state employees to choose a Health Savings Account...
  • A Bunch of Flimflam & Poppycock

    by - Jun 4, 2016
    Do I brag about my daughters or do I share a tale about my not-so-wonderful day? Can I marry both stories into one flawless example of flimflam and/or poppycock? Challenge accepted. Although I usually write about...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Jun 2, 2016
    May has been a very busy month in the Commissioner’s office, as it has been around the county. Farmers have worked feverishly to get their plowing and planting done. It hasn’t been easy with the rain...
  • A Day to Remember Our Fallen Heroes

    by - May 26, 2016
    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....
  • A Time to Remember the Sacrifice

    by - May 26, 2016
    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...
  • Say no to HSUS, defend agriculture

    by - May 26, 2016
    In western Ohio, agriculture and the products we produce provide for the fine families we rear and the lives we live.  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is trying to take our farming practices...
  • 5…4…3…2…1…Hi Mom

    by - May 21, 2016
    My kids haven’t done anything column worthy lately and my wife…well…she’s just being my wife and doing the things she normally does. I have writer’s block. I don’t have a topic. There are weeks like this...
  • High quality H2O needs Bobby Boucher

    by - May 19, 2016
    Over the past few months we have learned a lot about the water crisis in Flint, Mich. and I must say that I am appalled by the failure of their local government to do what’s right...

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