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  • Agritourism is a growing trend in Ohio

    by - Aug 19, 2015
    When the Ohio winter ends and the warmer months come, you see many people moving outdoors for entertainment. A growing trend in Ohio is for Ohioans to take part in agritourism. Over the last 15 or...
  • My daughter…role model and mentor

    by - Aug 17, 2015
    If anyone has read my column for any amount of time or has seen my Facebook and Instagram posts, they understand my oldest daughter is unique. The comments my wife and I get from other parents...
  • Providing excellent constituent services

    by - Aug 14, 2015
    This year, the IRS dropped 8.8 million calls on taxpayers in the months leading up to Tax Day. Today, wait times for veterans are longer than 90 days at many VA facilities. And the Social Security...
  • Becoming more business friendly

    by - Aug 13, 2015
    Over the last five years the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has made changes to help it evolve from a problem, to a leader in economic development and job growth in Ohio. The growth is...
  • The skills for success

    by - Aug 8, 2015
    “Mr. Robinson! Mr. Robinson!” It was a small voice… couldn’t tell where it was coming from because of the crowd. Annie Oakley Parade (sure am glad it’s back). I looked around and there he was, waving....
  • Tax relief for Ohio’s non-profit groups

    by - Aug 5, 2015
    Two years ago we provided a property tax exemption in Ohio law for veterans and fraternals but bureaucrats in the tax department failed to recognize space used by such organizations for the not-for-profit service of the...
  • Commissioners Corner

    by - Aug 4, 2015
    From wet and cool to hot and humid, July has certainly been a mixed bag of weather. The first half of the month was a continuation of June with rain and cool temperatures almost daily, and...
  • You Can Never Have Too Much Lemonade

    by - Aug 1, 2015
    I’ve spent thousands of dollars taking my wife and kids on family trips; all with the hope of creating memories that would last a lifetime. I think I’ve been wasting my money. We’ve been to Disney...
  • Celebrating Medicare’s 50th anniversary

    by - Jul 31, 2015
    Fifty years ago this week, aging in America was forever changed for the better. At the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a new law creating Medicare and Medicaid. Sitting beside him...
  • Federal policies hurt the middle class

    by - Jul 30, 2015
    Under the current presidential administration, the federal government has enacted policies that claim to help the middle class. In actuality, they are hurting it. From Common Core to the Affordable Care Act, the current administration is...
  • Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

    by - Jul 29, 2015
    In our household the back-to-school season brings with it many emotions, excitement, stress, busyness, exhaustion, as well as shock of the costs of new clothes and school supplies. I’m happy to share that the state has...
  • 21st Century Cures is empowering doctors

    by - Jul 23, 2015
    America has made amazing strides in medical research and innovation in the past 15 years. Scientists have completed mapping the sequence of the entire human genome, patients are recovering faster from minimally invasive surgeries, and babies...
  • It takes a team to help an addict

    by - Jul 22, 2015
    Over the past year local leaders have been meeting to discuss our areas drug problem under the leadership of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.  As a result of those discussions Ohio law has been updated...
  • Fixing Errors on Credit Reports

    by - Jul 21, 2015
    Too many Ohioans are still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis — particularly on their credit scores. More than 50 million consumers saw their credit scores plunge more than 20 points during the worst...
  • LOL Doesn’t Mean Lots of Love

    by - Jul 18, 2015
    One of these days I would like to write a story using texting lingo. It might be a little hard to fill space with all the texting abbreviations. LOL. Better yet, I could fill it with...
  • Keeping Avian Influenza out of Ohio

    by - Jul 16, 2015
    Ohio’s $2.3 billion poultry industry relies on the health of the animals. As the second largest producer of eggs in the country, and home to over 40 million chickens and turkeys, Ohio needs to do its...
  • Dum Dums for the teacher

    by - Jul 13, 2015
    When I was a kid they were called suckers. Evidently not anymore. One of the things I do when I tutor is give kids a reward for their hard work. Stickers are a no-brainer. I have...
  • Paying the overtime workers earned

    by - Jul 10, 2015
    Too many Ohioans are still struggling in today’s economy. They work hard, but still have trouble getting by. For many workers, it feels as though the harder and longer they work, the less they have to...
  • Marijuana, Monopoly, follow the money

    by - Jul 8, 2015
    It appears Ohioans will be determining the fate of the marijuana legalization debate in the near future.  I am interested to see how direct democracy will work in this situation.  I am excited about the freedom...
  • Supporting Ohio’s No. 1 Industry

    by - Jul 7, 2015
    As Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture is incredibly important to the well-being of our state. I am pleased to report that the Ohio House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 80, a piece of legislation designed...

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