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Taming modern monopolies

We need to expand the struggle against privatizers.Analysts at the OECD, the Paris-based research agency, have just shared a grim prediction: If current trends “prevail,” all developed nations will show by 2060 “the same level of inequality as currently experienced by the United States.”If we let those current trends continue, that conclusion sounds about right. But why on earth should we let those trends continue? The trends that have made our wo...

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Moving is a four letter word

To me there’s nothing worse on the planet than one particular sentence.It causes me heart palpitations, anxiety and pain.To some its mere utterance has brought about broken friendships and even divorce.I’m talking about this, ‘Hey, can you help me move?’Just mentioning it I broke out in a cold sweat.Moving someone from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ is never easy.No matter who it is and h...

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Ohio Supreme Court Justices at Xenia High School

What a great treat it was to listen to and speak with Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French at Xenia High School. It is a rare opportunity for most citizens to be able to talk with some of our most important judicial leaders. The audience got to know something more about the Justices and were able to view them as people rather than just a name in a black robe or on a ballot.

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The God of angel armies

The verse of the day is Psalm 34:7. “The angel of The Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.”This verse came to me one morning as I lay in bed thinking about a wonderful evening we had at your Grandma & Grandpa’s house recently listening to missionaries Leon & Lorraine Dillinger tell stories about their experiences in Papua, Indonesia.

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More suggestions for the nation

The list of illegal, immoral and/or unconstitutional actions of our Federal government that should be corrected continues.—Repeal the 17th Amendment and restore the Senate to its original purpose – the protector of States’ rights.

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There’s nothing scary about trick-or-treaters

Well, another Halloween is on it’s way to our little corner of America.What I have noticed in past years is that there were lots of the trick-or-treaters who stopped at my house were wearing blue jeans and t-shirts instead of Halloween costumes.What’s happened to Halloween?When I was a kid dressing up was the best part of going trick-or-treating.Kids complimented each other on their costumes and everybody, it seems, wore some kind of mas...

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Playing toxic whack-a-mole

Flame retardants in everything from couch cushions to tents may be poisoning us all for no good reason.Popular activities like hiking, camping, and backpacking come with all kinds of risks. You can get heat stroke or hypothermia, run out of water, fall off a cliff, and bump into cougars or grizzly bears. If you get close enough to an infected ground squirrel for one of their fleas to hop onto your skin, there’s a chance you’ll catch bubonic plague.Perhaps the...

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Do you want some hogwash with that burger?

A sneaky tax dodge is driving the Burger King-Tim Hortons merger.Burger King bills itself as “home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. But “whopper” also means a prevarication, a crock, a tall tale — hogwash.

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Staving off traffic jams on the info super-highway

Every major consumer group, a nationwide coalition of mayors, and thousands of startups and small businesses have joined millions of people in urging the FCC to save Net Neutrality.There was no vacation for the Internet this summer.While many Americans slipped away to the beach, Internet users were busy defending the openness of a network that has become this era’s engine for free expression, ingenuity and just about everything else.The threat comes from...

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Calling it like I see it: It was a nightmare bus ride

It has been 15 years since I have been on a Greyhound bus and after this past weekend, I remember why.It’s roughly a 10 hour drive by car from Greenville, S.C. to Toledo, Ohio. Maybe 11 if you really take your time, grab a couple of bites to eat and enjoy the scenery along the way. By bus, it’s 20.Twenty hours of sitting next to complete strangers with questionable personal hygiene habits, 20 hours of desperately trying to grab some sleep in seats that are ne...

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Making corporate taxes fair and competitive

Last week, Burger King Worldwide announced a merger with Canadian restaurant Tim Hortons, creating one of the largest fast-food operations in the world. While Burger King will continue to be based out of Miami, it will make Canada its home for tax purposes.In this increasingly common practice called “inversion,” corporations shift their headquarters overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. They avoid paying their fair share of taxes by designating themselves as foreign corp...

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Editorials

Clock ticking for congress on ex-imThe end of September will be do or die for the US Export-Import Bank.Congress must do or the Ex-Im Bank will die and, along with it, crucial help for Texas companies whose lifeblood is the export of goods. Also gone will be good Texas jobs.A recent Express-News article by business writer David Hendricks spelled it out.The Ex-Im Bank, which provides loans and loan guarantees to foreign companies tha...

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Empower the people to hold the politicians accountable

As Treasurer of Ohio, I’m a watchdog for Ohioans’ hard-earned dollars. As a fellow taxpayer and Marine Corps veteran, I believe we the people have a right to know how our tax money is being spent. That’s why I’m spearheading the effort to put the state’s checkbook online.I’m a firm believer in the concept that sunlight is the greatest disinfectant to government waste. Putting state spending information on the internet will make politicians and bu...

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Consumers beware the milk trap

Did you ever wonder why you have to go all the way to the back of the supermarket to get milk, eggs and other dairy products? While the ‘party line’ from the grocer will be something about the logistics involved with the cooling system, there is another reason.Milk, meat and other staple foods are kept in the back of a store so customers have to pass by virtually everything else in the place to get to them. Same goes at the checkout where you’re funneled through s...

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The ‘old men’s’ cancer Part 1

It seems to me that we, as a country, should show some interest in, some concern about, the deadly cancer estimated by both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society to have the largest number of new cases this year among cancers resulting in death.We should logically expect to see fund raisers, awareness rallies, TV spots and such, but unfortunately this is not the case. Indeed, the apathy and lack of awareness about this killer cancer is monumental....

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