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Walk softly and carry a big beer

Don’t just sit on your duffs doing 12-ounce elbow bends — the Russians are buying out Pabst Blue Ribbon.OK, that’s it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The avarice of corporate power is getting personal.I’m talking about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. Since my teen years, I’ve done extensive consumer research on the brewer’s art, from the full array of ales to the most substantial of stouts.

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Enforcing trade laws to support Ohio businesses

When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have successfully expanded their companies, created jobs, and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our state’s manufacturing jobs rely on exports.Last week, I joined United States Trade Representative Michael Froman in a visit to Jet,...

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We’re all in this together

Labor organizers are increasingly enlisting consumers in campaigns to improve conditions for low-wage workers.Lolita Lledo spends all day talking on her cell phone, texting, and checking her Facebook page, though not for the reasons you might think.As the associate director of the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, she relies on social networking to keep in touch with home care workers.These caregivers help seniors and people with disabilities to bathe, d...

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A government of laws, not of men

It seems to me that some news stories have lives of their own in today’s society. Somehow they not only stay “alive” but grow in intensity and become more widespread.One such story centers about law enforcement officers being involved with shootings with the primary local example being that of the shooting death of a young black man at Wal-Mart. The details of this episode have largely been publicly released so there is no reason to review them here, but there is ...

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Letters to the editor

Say yes to the librariesEditor:Greene County Libraries are some of the best in the nation, winning prize after prize. This has occurred despite a loss of state funding of more than $6 million since 2008. Over 62 percent of all Greene County residents have a library card and users borrow over 3 million items a year.The library has kept up with the times by not only providing standard print books, but audio and electronic books....

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Letter to the editor

Say yes to Issue 12Editor:Beavercreek City parks provide opportunities for all segments of our community to enjoy many types of activities — be they active or passive. By supporting Issue 12 on the November ballot, we have an opportunity to establish committed funding for our parks that will insure we can take care of what we have, to make up for heavy cuts in funding from the State.The Beavercreek Historical Society’s Board of Trustees endorses th...

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Police officers are people too

With so much attention over the last several months focused on the tragic shootings at the Beavercreek Walmart and in Ferguson, Missouri, the police are being vilified in the media now more than ever. As these issues play out in the court of public opinion, people must remember the importance of police and that these men and women are, after all, only human.Regardless of what people think politically or racially about the situation at the Beavercreek Walmart, without hesitation off...

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Editorial

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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Letter to the Editor

Support county libraryEditor:Yes, I admit that I am a prejudiced person regarding taxes in general. I hate taxes as much as anyone in Ohio! Yet I am convinced it is my civic duty to support Issue 2 on the November ballot, and I urge Greene County voters to do likewise. Vote yes to keep the Greene County Public Library (GCPL) strong, stimulating, useful, accessible, and working as one of Greene County’s real “centers of excellence.”

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Are we penalizing marriage?

Recently, I’ve spilled a lot of ink articulating the importance of natural marriage and strong families for a healthy and prosperous society. I have attempted to illustrate the role of law in protecting marriage and proposed that Ohio adopt Covenant Marriage. This week, I’d like to introduce you to a fictional couple from Jamestown, Ohio, Mike and Christine Johnson.

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No sin to be found

“In those days, at that time” declares the Lord, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.” (Jeremiah 50:20)The forgiveness of God is so complete that it wipes away any memory or guilt. A remnant of Israel knew that forgiveness, after all the discipline that took place, through multiple captivities. The remnant that returned to Judah would ...

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Their view: Concern about cartoon’s message

The shameful and blatantly inaccurate message of the so-called editorial cartoon that ran recently is unworthy of being published by a credible newspaper. President George W. Bush and his administration won the Iraq War!It was only after the inauguration of Barack Obama as President on Jan. 20, 2009 that the wheels began to come off the Iraqi national administrative and military capability (or the lack thereof) as the new US President pulled nearly all of US forces out of Iraq, the...

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Are you kidding about the salary?

I read a newspaper story recently about a professional hockey player who was suspended for two games for an illegal body check on an opposing player.The report went on to say as a result of that suspension the hockey player would have to forfeit more than $77,000 in salary.Huh?This guy makes $77,000 every two days?That’s ridiculous! At the height of my newspaper career I never even came close to earning $77,000 in two days.Two decad...

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Read this letter from God — please

I have over three hundred letters written so far, and I thought of something. I can’t get all of them in the paper, but I can write the title of most of them to let you know what I write about in each letter.Before I do that, this one was on my heart to tell you what I have been hearing. I saw someone doing interviews of people around the world. They were asking people if they believed that Jesus is the Son of god. Do you know that many said that they don’t believe He i...

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Preventing the spread of Ebola in the United States

Over the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about the Ebola virus. The stories from Africa are heartbreaking – countries with limited resources are fighting to contain the disease and in many cases it is spreading faster than it can be controlled. In Liberia, Ebola cases are doubling every 15-20 days, with a million cases possible in western Africa by the end of the year if the current trends continue.

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