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  • Protecting children from liquid nicotine

    by - Aug 13, 2014
    The tobacco industry, in an effort to replace the 480,000 customers it loses each year to smoking-related deaths, has turned to electronic cigarettes, a new nicotine product that it hopes to make appealing to young people....
  • This is a Do-Something House

    by - Aug 12, 2014
    It began as the following question: Are we keeping track of all the jobs bills that House Republicans have passed? Soon, that question became a list. Then, as the bills piled up, the list became a...
  • A huge responsibility

    by - Aug 9, 2014
    I was limping by Saturday afternoon of Annie Oakley weekend. For two nights I watched success and heartache in the Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest… congratulations to 14-yr-old Hayley Maher on earning the right to represent...
  • Darke County – My Historic Hometown

    by - Aug 8, 2014
    West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great...
  • Combating Infant Mortality in Ohio

    by - Aug 7, 2014
    Most babies grow to live full and long lives, but infant mortality is a tragedy that too many Ohio families face. Infant mortality, which refers to any baby that passes away before their first birthday, is a horror that...
  • Treating Opiate Addiction in Ohio

    by - Aug 6, 2014
    Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose...
  • DNA Says All You Need to Know

    by - Aug 2, 2014
    “Your whole family is bizarre!” is what a co-worker said to me. I thought, “Really! You’re just now figuring that out?” After three years of writing this column I thought I had conveyed that thought fairly...
  • Working to curb the drug problem

    by - Aug 1, 2014
    The drug problem facing our community in western Ohio and across the state is an issue that requires persistent attention and steadfast resolve. I have been very tuned into this issue and will keep working to...
  • 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...
  • 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....

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