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  • Commissioners Corner

    by - Apr 6, 2015
    As this is written the sun is shining, finally, and the temps are in the 50’s for a change. Maybe, just maybe, spring is finally taking hold in Darke County. And none too soon, we might...
  • Can’t wait until next time

    by - Apr 4, 2015
    “I wish I could hide in a corner somewhere when you’re with those kids,” she said, laughing. “I can’t picture it!” Why? Because she raised me. Mom is 90 and I’m not sure if she was...
  • Ohio Tax Quiz-Will you pass it?

    by - Mar 31, 2015
    Our tax filing deadline is upon us.  This year, all the buzz is about the new Ohio Tax Quiz, which is a requirement to get your refund if you fall into certain categories considered high risk...
  • I Might Start Enjoying School Concerts

    by - Mar 28, 2015
    I think I’ve made clear in previous columns there are several things I’m not too keen on attending – cheerleading competitions and band or choir concerts. I’ve been able to get out of going to a...
  • Raising awareness of Krabbe Disease

    by - Mar 26, 2015
    Several months ago I had an opportunity to meet a family in my district that tragically lost their daughter Maddison before her 2nd birthday.  We all know that there is no acceptable explanation for losing this...
  • “I want to be Bob!”

    by - Mar 21, 2015
    “I decided what I want to do with my life,” said one of my Edison Community College Public Speaking students. We were on break between classes; she told me she wanted to be a journalist. I...
  • The budget: My favorite season of the year

    by - Mar 19, 2015
    With the start of every new General Assembly, we in the Ohio House begin by working on the state budget. This process occurs every odd-numbered year with the governor releasing a proposed budget. The Ohio House...
  • Oh Where is My Hairbrush

    by - Mar 16, 2015
    When I was a kid… Don’t you love it when somebody starts a conversation with that phrase? It usually means they are going to complain about how good the current generation has it as opposed to...
  • HB 7 moved quickly to help students

    by - Mar 11, 2015
    Ohio House Bill 7 is a bill I sponsored at the very beginning of this General Assembly that clarifies that scores from this first year of all state assessments, including assessments from the Partnership for Assessment...
  • “Reading makes my head hurt”

    by - Mar 7, 2015
    Public speaking students at Edison Community College are at the halfway point in their 16-week course. They have moved beyond the basics of how to make a presentation to the more complex areas of content preparation...
  • Responding to testing concerns

    by - Mar 6, 2015
    Testing in Ohio schools has been a major topic of discussion over the last few months at the Ohio Senate and in our community.   I have heard from many parents, teachers, counselors and school superintendents about...
  • New standards to guide ag practices

    by - Mar 5, 2015
    In west central Ohio, we are familiar with water quality problems because of the issues experienced at our inland lakes over the last several decades.  Most recently, we learned how changes to agricultural practices and advancements...
  • Good policy for our education system

    by - Mar 4, 2015
    The issues of school assessments, Common Core, and student performance have become highly debated topics not only in our state legislature, but across the country. As a newly-elected member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and...
  • LSC offering fellowship applications

    by - Mar 3, 2015
    Each year college graduates set out to begin their professional lives armed with new degrees, great enthusiasm and high expectations.  Many, however, quickly realize that getting a foot in the door can be a difficult challenge, even for...
  • I’m the only one capable

    by - Feb 28, 2015
    I have been told it is good to get away from your job and other distractions and spend time with your family. It will make your relationships healthier. I know it’s true, but believing I could...
  • Committee work for the General Assembly

    by - Feb 25, 2015
    At the beginning of every General Assembly, the Speaker of the House appoints all members of the caucus to different committees. There are nineteen committees in all, and each member is appointed to different committees based...
  • Addressing trade cheats to save jobs

    by - Feb 24, 2015
    There isn’t much Democrats and Republicans can agree on these days, but one idea is uniting senators on both sides of the aisle. This month I joined my colleagues of both political parties to announce the...
  • A fake mustache for the teacher

    by - Feb 23, 2015
    “How old are you?” The student had just walked into the room. He looked up at me, waiting for my response. A few of the kids in the class knew me but not him. I looked...
  • Threatening Ohio’s fire departments

    by - Feb 19, 2015
    The last thing Ohioans want is another shutdown that puts our safety at risk—but that’s exactly where we are headed if extreme factions of Congress don’t put partisanship aside and avert a shutdown of the Department...
  • PARCC Safe Harbor for students

    by - Feb 18, 2015
    This week the children in our community are beginning the most recent round of new high stakes testing.  As parents and grandparents we want to know that the students in our local schools will not be...
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