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  • Thank you for your input at Coffees

    by - Nov 27, 2015
    Before I became Commissioner, I decided I would go out once a month and try and meet people over coffee and breakfast to let them know what I thought, and let people tell me what they...
  • There are a lot of reasons to be thankful

    by - Nov 26, 2015
    Our history books teach us that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Native Americans and Pilgrims after the fall harvest in 1621 and lasted three entire days.  This tradition has now spanned decades, and while...
  • Deer season has begun for Ohio’s hunters

    by - Nov 24, 2015
    For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception....
  • Words vs. Emojis – Emojis Won

    by - Nov 21, 2015
    Not too long ago I expressed my disdain for words that weren’t real. My wife, mother-in-law and daughters are notorious for making up words and it drives me crazy when they come out of their mouths....
  • From the Publisher’s Pen – Respecting Our Coaches

    by - Nov 20, 2015
      I have often thought of what it would be like to be a coach of a local team, any team, at any level. My oldest brother and now partner was one of my baseball coaches...
  • Living in poverty and working full time

    by - Nov 19, 2015
    Last week, workers in Ohio and across the country participated in a National Day of Action, demanding a living wage for the millions of Americans who are working hard but struggling to get by on the...
  • Local agriculture helps put food on the table

    by - Nov 18, 2015
    In this turkey carving season we often forget our role in putting the Thanksgiving meal on the table. In western Ohio, we are blessed with so many fine farming families, and many working individuals who help...
  • Ohio is honoring those who served

    by - Nov 11, 2015
    America is the greatest country on earth and we live in the greatest state in this country. Our values and lifestyle could not be sustained without the sacrifice of the men and woman of our armed...
  • Protecting finances of those serving

    by - Nov 10, 2015
    Thousands of Ohioans are deployed overseas serving in our nation’s military, according to a recent count. Not only do these Ohioans put their lives on the line to defend our nation, but they also often face...
  • A day to honor and appreciate heroes

    by - Nov 7, 2015
    Veterans Day began as a tribute to the World War I armistice declared on November 11, 1918. Although the Treaty of Versailles was not signed until June 28, 1919, November 11 marked the end of the...
  • Are charter schools serving best interest?

    by - Nov 6, 2015
    In western Ohio, we have some of the best teachers and families, who provide our students superior educational achievement.  That’s why, every year, our public schools rank in the top when compared to the other schools...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Nov 5, 2015
    October is now in the history books, and all in all, it was a pretty good month here in Darke County. We finally got some much needed rain, the weather has been very mild with temperatures...
  • Boehner says goodbye after 25 years

    by - Nov 5, 2015
    Today, my heart is full with gratitude to my family, my constituents and my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve Ohioans in the 8th District for 25 years. I leave the people’s House as...
  • Don’t bring me into your bad month

    by - Nov 3, 2015
    It’s not unusual to have a bad day, week or month. For me, I just go through the list of popular phrases and know I’ll get through whatever it is that made it a bad day,...
  • PARCC testing results don’t look good

    by - Oct 31, 2015
    The preliminary results from last school year’s PARCC math and language arts examinations are in and things don’t look good for the common core.  According to this preliminary data, only 35-40 percent of elementary and middle...
  • Ohioans will answer some important questions 

    by - Oct 29, 2015
    On Nov. 3, Ohioans have an important election.  We will have to wait several more months to have our voices heard on the fate of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, John Kasich, or Carly Fiorina.  But as you...
  • Spending tax dollars on education

    by - Oct 28, 2015
    Charter schools now serve 123,000 Ohio students and cost the state approximately $1 billion a year. These schools are supposed to provide new and innovative approaches to educating our children but, because of mismanagement and a...
  • Vote Yes on Issue 1

    by - Oct 21, 2015
    Fairness and transparency are central components to successful public policy because these characteristics allow constituents to hold elected officials accountable.   Accountability, in turn, encourages those officials to implement policy that advances the public interest. Unfortunately, Ohio’s...
  • Are we heading towards Civil Unions?

    by - Oct 21, 2015
    Since the Supreme Court overturned Ohio’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, the rights of clergy members to refuse marriage on religious grounds has been questioned.  House Bill 286, known as the Pastor Protection Act, aims...
  • Improving the future of Ohio Agriculture

    by - Oct 13, 2015
    The Toledo water problems of 2014 caused growing concerns over water quality, especially in Lake Erie’s western basin.  In order to fully address the issues with nutrient loading in Lake Erie we must address issues in...
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