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  • A day to honor and appreciate heroes

    by - Nov 7, 2015
    Veterans Day began as a tribute to the World War I armistice declared on November 11, 1918. Although the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 28, 1919, November 11 marked the end of the...
  • Are charter schools serving best interest?

    by - Nov 6, 2015
    In western Ohio, we have some of the best teachers and families, who provide our students superior educational achievement.  That’s why, every year, our public schools rank in the top when compared to the other schools...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Nov 5, 2015
    October is now in the history books, and all in all, it was a pretty good month here in Darke County. We finally got some much needed rain, the weather has been very mild with temperatures...
  • Boehner says goodbye after 25 years

    by - Nov 5, 2015
    Today, my heart is full with gratitude to my family, my constituents and my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve Ohioans in the 8th District for 25 years. I leave the people’s House as...
  • Don’t bring me into your bad month

    by - Nov 3, 2015
    It’s not unusual to have a bad day, week or month. For me, I just go through the list of popular phrases and know I’ll get through whatever it is that made it a bad day,...
  • PARCC testing results don’t look good

    by - Oct 31, 2015
    The preliminary results from last school year’s PARCC math and language arts examinations are in and things don’t look good for the common core.  According to this preliminary data, only 35-40 percent of elementary and middle...
  • Ohioans will answer some important questions 

    by - Oct 29, 2015
    On Nov. 3, Ohioans have an important election.  We will have to wait several more months to have our voices heard on the fate of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich, or Carly Fiorina.  But as you...
  • Spending tax dollars on education

    by - Oct 28, 2015
    Charter schools now serve 123,000 Ohio students and cost the state approximately $1 billion a year. These schools are supposed to provide new and innovative approaches to educating our children but, because of mismanagement and a...
  • Vote Yes on Issue 1

    by - Oct 21, 2015
    Fairness and transparency are central components to successful public policy because these characteristics allow constituents to hold elected officials accountable.   Accountability, in turn, encourages those officials to implement policy that advances the public interest. Unfortunately, Ohio’s...
  • Are we heading towards Civil Unions?

    by - Oct 21, 2015
    Since the Supreme Court overturned Ohio’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, the rights of clergy members to refuse marriage on religious grounds has been questioned.  House Bill 286, known as the Pastor Protection Act, aims...
  • Improving the future of Ohio Agriculture

    by - Oct 13, 2015
    The Toledo water problems of 2014 caused growing concerns over water quality, especially in Lake Erie’s western basin.  In order to fully address the issues with nutrient loading in Lake Erie we must address issues in...
  • I Don’t Want to Find a Dead Body

    by - Oct 10, 2015
    I think I have written previously about my fear of snakes. I wouldn’t even call it a complete fear of snakes – I’m just afraid of the fast ones, poisonous or not. If I think I...
  • Defund Planned Parenthood

    by - Oct 9, 2015
    We are all shocked by the videos of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies. This is an unconscionable act that should not be tolerated. Governor Kasich led the legislature in opposing the work of Planned Parenthood in...
  • Drug testing certain welfare recipients

    by - Oct 1, 2015
    Ohio, like many other states, has seen an increase in drug abuse and dependency. With this, we also see a correlation between drug abusers and poverty. The Cincinnati Enquirer recently did a story on an 18...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Sep 30, 2015
    September is the time for falling leaves, bonfires, harvesting of crops, cooler temperatures, and football games from Thursday until Monday. Smaller Counties like Darke County also include a lot of local festivals celebrating the harvest. Fall...
  • My plans always seem to go awry

    by - Sep 26, 2015
    Let me preface what I’m about to write with I love my mom and dad, I enjoy having them stay with me when they visit, it’s not their fault and this column really isn’t about them....
  • Budget accomplishes goals in education

    by - Sep 24, 2015
    As school begins again across the state, I can say with confidence that the state legislature has taken a positive step with House Bill 64. With its passage in June, the state operating budget in Ohio...
  • A fascinating two weeks

    by - Sep 20, 2015
    “Mr. Robinson, Mr. Robinson…” “Hey guys! How ya doing?” “Fine!” She was one of my Woodland students. Her brother – also one of my students – was at South, I think. I got hugs from them both....
  • I’m not a big fan of made up words

    by - Sep 12, 2015
    I like words! You might be thinking to yourself, “Well, duh? You are a writer.” Others are probably thinking, “You couldn’t tell by the crap you put in your column.” For those who were thinking the...
  • Raising awareness of Krabbe Disease

    by - Sep 9, 2015
    Krabbe disease is an often fatal degenerative disease that destroys the protective coating on nerve cells in the brain and the nervous system.  This rare disease has affected several families locally including that of Madison Layton...

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