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  • Improving Veterans’ Health Care

    by - Jul 31, 2014
    Last week, I introduced Robert McDonald, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The next day, the Committee –13 other senators and I...
  • Commissioners Corner

    by - Jul 30, 2014
    July has been a “happening” month here in Darke County, and in neighboring counties. This month has seen the “4th of July Fireworks” displays in a lot of local communities, the “Country Concert” in Shelby County,...
  • Cracking down on human trafficking

    by - Jul 29, 2014
    My wife Debbie and I raised two daughters, and, like any parent, the stories of suffering and pain that follow from human trafficking crimes weigh heavily on me. Unfortunately, we see and hear the local stories...
  • Lessons in diversity

    by - Jul 26, 2014
    “Your turn, sweety… how about reading to me?” Looking at me. Smiling. Silence. Not a word. “Can you read this to me?” I repeated. Looking directly into my eyes. Smiling. Silence. “Come on. I read to...
  • Working to ensure local control

    by - Jul 23, 2014
    Recently I joined families in west central Ohio to participate in “We Will Not Conform,” hosted by Glenn Beck.  This program was hosted at movie theatres across the country where viewers served as audience participants in...
  • Keeping Ohio businesses competitive

    by - Jul 22, 2014
    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...
  • Readers Write – Thank You Versailles

    by - Jul 20, 2014
    On behalf of the Versailles Poultry Days Chairmen and Board of Directors, I would like to extend a sincere, “Thank You!” to the numerous volunteers that helped make the 2014 Poultry Days festival a success. I...
  • The theory has been proven

    by - Jul 19, 2014
    I’ve come across a lot of people over the course of my life and there may be a few who tend to think I am an idiot. Their claims are based on assumptions since there have...
  • Brush Your Teeth or They’ll Fall Out

    by - Jul 19, 2014
    After ignoring visiting  dentist offices as I was maturing, (a work still in progress), and after many suggestions from my bride of 30 years, I finally began making up for lost time over the last decade...
  • Celebrating the second Treaty

    by - Jul 17, 2014
    On July 22, 1814, a treaty of peace and friendship was signed between the United States of America and several Native American tribes including the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanoese, Senecas, and Miamies. Signed in Greenville, this treaty...
  • Honoring vow to America’s veterans

    by - Jul 16, 2014
    In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays....
  • Continuing efforts at Grand Lake

    by - Jul 15, 2014
    Grand Lake St. Marys is an important fixture in west central Ohio, drawing people from all over the state during summer months. The lake also offers an economic boost to the surrounding communities, local businesses, and...
  • Suing the president is not a joke

    by - Jul 15, 2014
    Over the past five years, President Obama has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold....
  • I’d have done it, too

    by - Jul 13, 2014
    Watching a Little Mr. & Miss competition is never boring; in fact, it’s often hilarious. I had the privilege of covering one at Poultry Days, two over the July 4 weekend and will likely be in...
  • Readers Write – Supreme Court Decision

    by - Jul 13, 2014
    Dear Editor: I can’t get over how the Dayton Daily Birdcage Liner, other newspapers, and news media cry over the how “Republicans”, when it was a Supreme Court Decision, continue to trample on “Women’s Rights”.  I...
  • Readers Write – Camp is Successful

    by - Jul 13, 2014
    Dear Editor, This year was the 21st consecutive year for the Matt Light Football Camp. The camp is a free two day camp for 8 to 14 year old youths from Greenville, Darke County, and the...
  • American Made American Flags

    by - Jul 8, 2014
    As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses. That’s why I...

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