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Law and marriage go together like a horse and carriage

My latest article (As the Family Goes) discussed the essential role of married mom-and-dad families for raising the next generation of Ohioans and advocated for restoring the traditional nuclear family to its rightful place in society. This article will begin to address how such a restoration might take place.It must first be acknowledged that culture generally flows upstream of politics. In other words, laws usually result from prevailing societal attitudes. Thus, the restoration ...

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Dealing with sticker shock

It seems to me that most of us have suffered “sticker shock” — that unpleasant surprise upon learning of an unexpectedly high cost of something. The term used to be associated with the startling price of a car or truck as displayed on a “sticker” affixed to the windshield or side window. Nowadays we can get sticker shock from the cost of a pound of hamburger or bacon. Well, not long ago Doris, a long-time friend, told me she had gotten sticker shock from a differ...

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Citigroup’s $7 billion wrist slap

That penalty is too light to deter future finagling.When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged.“We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat said.Note the lack of any regret, apology, or shame. And the total absence of a...

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Keeping Ohio businesses competitive in a global economy

For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance.The bank, which operates at no cost to taxpayers, has provided financing for more than 250 Ohio businesses since 2007, supporting $2 billion worth of exports. The Ex-Im Bank’s authorization...

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Celebrating our paramedics

When was the last time you felt the urge to run into a burning building? What about cutting your way into a mangled car to extract an injured child after a wreck? It takes a particularly kind of person to reject self-protective responses and dive in, head first, to help others. Fortunately, our first responders – firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) and police officers - never hesitate to do exactly that.

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Peace wins in Colombia

Voters chose a new president determined to negotiate an end to the country’s 50-year-old insurgency.June was a good month for Colombia. Its streak of World Cup wins suffused the country with a euphoric patriotism. The yellow-blue-red stripes of the Colombian flag appeared on apartment buildings, the front grills of trucks, and painted on people’s cheeks.Even with game-day alcohol bans designed to inhibit reckless behavior, Colombians crowded into neighborhood...

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Crafting a Hobby Lobby doc fix

The Republican Party may experience more fallout than any one company from the Supreme Court’s birth control ruling.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to take action that will counter the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.Thanks to that ruling, big employers may deny birth control coverage to the female employees whose health insurance they must provide. In other words, the court’s conservative majority didn’t just elevate the right...

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Shortchanging our national treasures

State and national parks alike are underfunded in this era of tight budgets.Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.What’s a more affordable option? Heading to a national park, state park, or national forest.America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our...

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Honoring our vow to America’s Veterans

In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays.The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the need to address existing problems with the claims backlog, the s...

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The latest crack in our broken immigration system

Undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants just wait in line and move here legally? Isn’t there a pr...

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Cargill’s integrity-free soybean oil

By huge margins, consumers don’t want Frankenfoods on their tables.Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?I don’t think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow.As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms, the food conglomerate with $136.7 billion in yearly sales faces a marketing problem: By huge margins...

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Worth more: One man or an entire city?

By Bob LordWhat does it say about our society when one hedge fund manager makes a bigger income than the whole population of Springfield, Ohio or Burbank, California?A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the M...

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The end of pot prohibition as we know it

Without federal leadership, you can count on marijuana legalization to keep spreading one state at a time.How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War?This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that most Americans don’t want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot.But it does require some courage to pipe up. So thank you, former Supreme Court Just...

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We don’t need bullying laws for kids

Kids bullying other kids has become the problem of the day for many in our society. Let’s pass some laws, adopt policies, punishments, discover medications, initiate interrogations and psychological profiles to deal with it. You’d think bullying just reared its head in the new millennium. I’ve got a couple of news flashes for you.It is nothing new. Being bullied is not a bad thing but attempting to shield your children from it is NOT a good thing. We don’t n...

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Trust and confidence

It seems to me that two words have become of increasing importance of late; one is “trust” and the other is “confidence.” Just so we are all on the same page, let’s take a short excursion into definitions. It won’t be long, so hang in there with me.“Trust” is one of those words that can be used either as a noun - remember? the name of a person, place, or thing - or as a verb - an action word. As a noun “trust” generally me...

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