Protecting Net Neutrality

High-speed Internet is an absolute necessity, and the free flow of information is vital to our everyday lives. It impacts the way we live,...

Church won’t be the same

Rose Hill Country Church lost a good pastor, Don Brode, on March 26. We attended church there for several years and really enjoyed going there....

This week’s column isn’t going to kill me

I'm alive, but just barely. And now I'm living every day like it could be my last. I've always thought my last breath would come...

4-H: A Passport to Possibilities

What is 4-H? Believe it or not that is the most common question I hear, but always my favorite to answer. I feel delighted...

Strengthening efforts to access services

We all know the universal number to call in the event of an emergency but what about a non-emergency number that can help guide you to local resources,...

What’s ahead for this spring?

Spring has sprung and it's now time to think of more positive changes in our lives. Son Jamie and I have lost some weight and...

Protecting Ohio Jobs from Offshoring

For far too long, our trade and tax policy has encouraged a corporate business model that shuts down operations in Ohio, cashes in on...

I’m just as screwed up as they are

I really thought I was the normal one in my family. My daughters are ridiculous. My wife is ridiculous. But me…I'm the calm, cool,...

Keeping our school buildings safe

The most recent school attack has intensified the sense of unease in our country. There are, sad to say, no easy answers for the...

Five 4-H advisors recognized posthumously

It seems like I see at least one familiar name in the list of obituaries nearly every day. What's going on? I know as time...

We got new bathroom rugs! Woohoo

Our beloved advertising manager came into my office at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday and asked me if it was my turn to do a...

This family is trying to be losers

Hopefully, people will be seeing less of son Jamie and me. No, we're not leaving Darke County; instead, we're dieting...that's where the seeing less...

Fighting unfair trade

We need to enforce our trade laws and crack down on cheaters. That’s something President Trump has said he agrees with me on, and...

Small business growth puts Ohio on the map

Every time we enter our corner coffee shop, purchase produce from our local farmers market, or dine at our favorite hometown restaurant, it becomes...

Fourman death a shocker

I can't explain the shock I felt when I learned of the news that good friend Sharon Rismiller Fourman had died this past Monday. Yes,...

Will FISA write the epitaph of the Fourth Amendment?

Although Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was just reauthorized for six years, I joined a broad coalition of Republicans and...

Take care of that health

It was my understanding that freezing temperatures would kill germs. It seems like more and more people are getting ill with the flu and...

BBBS lets kids know people care about them

Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and...

Not seeing clearly yet

Just hours before I prepared this column, I was thinking how grateful son Jamie and I are to have made it through another bout...

Little Ryans debate, but the wife wins

As much as I want to be successful in everything I do, I continue to be inept when it comes to certain home improvement...