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On the road in Ohio

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to travel across our state and meet with Ohioans from all walks of life, from veterans to teachers to business owners, workers, farmers and families. They told me about the problems they are facing in their lives and what Washington can do to help. And while I was happy to see how much progress we are making in the Buckeye State, it was also apparent to me that the federal government isn’t living up to its responsibilities — eith...

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Our borders need protected

Dear Editor:Have the problems in Iraq and Syria grown for the worst?We here in the United States must protect our borders. We cannot afford them sneaking in their brand of terrorism in the United States.These people of terror only have one thing in mind: To harm American people and cause panic everywhere.I hope the government keeps patrol on our country’s borders and keeps all U.S. citizens safe. For we are living in a very da...

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Serve a grand end-of-summer feast from Provence

The region of Provence, in southern France, is credited with the first aioli. I find that easy to believe — so much good food comes out of Provence.The freshest ingredients, among them, eggs from local chicken coops, vegetables grown in backyards and harvested the day they are used, and kitchen garden herbs, combine to produce the outstanding cuisine known as Provencal.

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Eat better while spending less

Every week, I wince at the cost when I go through the grocery store checkout line. How can I save money but still eat healthfully?It can seem like a challenge at times, but family and consumer science educators associated with Cooperative Extension and land-grant universities across the country offer tips to help, including:• Shop the sales. Look at grocery store fliers to see what’s being offered at a discount. They are often available onlin...

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Gloria serves up tasty carrots

How swiftly the summer days are passing. School is already starting this week. We enjoy living next door to our little parochial school. This year there will be 22 scholars and two teachers. Our 2 1/2-year-old daughter Julia loves to go outside and watch them play softball at recess time.Each morning during the academic year the men and boys in our church take turns going to school to share a brief devotional and have prayer with the teachers and scholars. Julia and I enjoy going w...

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Riding the beautiful Yukon

I had several folks approach me this week and tell me they thought I was in Alaska. Actually, I was, but returned home, then went back to ride most recently in the Yukon.Since the beginning of June, Pastor Len Crow has been riding every day except Sundays. It will take him almost a year to complete the longest trail ride in north and central American history. I can only join him periodically as my work and time allow. I am involved in several other projects that must take place, so...

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What did the bugs do before I came?

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly finally exercised our right to a vacation and planned for a whole week to spend with our son and his family.It was to be a great week of relaxing and spending time with our son and his family in the state of Ohio. When my wife and I think of Ohio we think of one thing: our grandchildren.

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It’s marching band season

I own approximately 4,576,124 T-shirts — many of which date back to high school because a customized T-shirt was how we marked every occasion during our teenage years.My husband hates most of them, especially the extra large ones which hang down to my knees and are printed with tacky sayings, bright images and other cultural references of the time period which now may seem juvenile and confusing. I like to pair them with cotton shorts or plaid, baggy pants.Apparent...

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God is a mystery

When we read the Old Testament, we get a picture of God as judgmental and vengeful. He orders whole cities to be destroyed and the people to be put to death. The prophets remind the people that this is because of their sins that God punishes them. The people in the pagan cities of Canaan weren’t guilty of breaking the covenant with God, but they were punished just the same. The God of the Old Testament sounds a lot like Islam’s Allah who demands submission to his will.

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Take a trip in our time machine

A few weeks ago, Tom Hughes of Hillsboro dropped off a bundle of old newspapers for me with a note reading, “If not interested, take to the library.”The library will have to do without.I love looking through old newspapers, and I know many of you do, too. Among the collection Tom dropped off are old newspapers from Hillsboro, Columbus, Cincinnati and Huntington, W. Va., many from the 1940s.A headline from The Columbus Sunday Dispatch of No...

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100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller

Aug. 28, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Baer attended the Baer family reunion at Newark on Thursday.— Rev. William McDaniels has sold his barbershop to O. R. Horn of Columbus and he will move here and occupy the McDaniels property.— The schools open next Tuesday morning, Sept. 8. The schools of Fairfield Township will open on Monday, Sept. 7.

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I love to watch new painters

There is much to be learned by watching a new painter first explore a few colors and then their canvas. They may be used to a pen or pencil but a small brush, that’s another matter. It is an entirely new world for them. I see both anxiety and pleasure on their faces as they start their first painting.Most of the people I am referring to are the new painters in my art class at the Madison County Senior Citizen Center on Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. It is a time of watching...

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Addressing infant mortality in Ohio

According to humanitarian organization Save the Children, the United States has the highest first-day death rate for infants among industrialized countries — more than 11,000 babies die within 24 hours of their birth each year. It’s unthinkable.And each year in the U.S., there are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths. What’s worse — Ohio is near the bottom compared with other states, ranking 48th in the nation for infant mortality and 50th for inf...

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Treating opiate addiction in Ohio communities

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 — an average of five Ohioans each day — and 680 of those deaths can be attributed to heroin use. Frustratingly, the doctors willing to helping address this crisis have federal restrictions placed on the number of patients they can ...

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Today in History

Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.Thought for Today: “I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.” — Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960).Today’s Highlight in Histo...

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