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Better keep the plumbers phone number handy

Spring has finally arrived and I am sure that you have started on that list looking for places that caused the pipes to freeze last winter. If not, keep the plumbers phone number in a place you will remember so you won’t have to look for it when you need it next winter.

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Stopping credit report errors

Your credit report has an enormous impact on your financial future. Banks, credit card companies, and employers all reference credit reports when they decide whether to make a loan to a potential customer or offer a job to a prospective employee. That is why it’s critical that credit reporting agencies maintain and provide accurate credit information about consumers.

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Jesus lived in a police state

“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword.” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”Those living through this present age of SWAT team raids, police shootings of unarmed citizens, roadside strip searches, and inv...

7 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

When schizophrenia traps a teenage mind

Schizophrenia can be a very misunderstood disease of the brain. It creates an altered perception of reality that seems very real to those whose minds are impacted by the disease.There is a common misconception that schizophrenia means having “split personalities.” This is not the case. The root of its true meaning is “scattered thoughts.” Yet it is so much more.Schizophrenia is a disease that changes brain chemistry and distorts a person’s s...

11 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

My dog just bit somebody, what happens next?

All animal bites are required to be reported to the local health department. We receive dog bite reports in various ways. If the victim of the dog bite received medical care at their doctor’s office or at the emergency room, the staff is required to report the bite to us within 24 hours. The dog warden, other law enforcement, the victim, or the owner may also report the bite to the Madison County/London City Health District.

12 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

It’s not too early to prepare for kindergarten

It’s that time of year again. Parents are registering their children for kindergarten. Every child entering kindergarten in Madison County is required to have a physical examination and an up-to-date immunization record.

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College affordability: Simplifying the process for Ohio’s students

Ohio students have started receiving their financial aid packages, containing information about the grants, scholarships, and loans available to them. The rising cost of college tuition means that more students will have to navigate the sometimes confusing process of applying for student loans.Many students end up graduating with costly student loans that prevent them from making other investments like buying homes, starting businesses, or going to graduate school. Some of these co...

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The spirit of tolerance

At this point in our nation’s history — indeed at this point in the history of Western Civilization — it has become quite apparent that the defenders of natural marriage have lost the argument over gay marriage, at least for the foreseeable future. Last summer, the Supreme Court overturned the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. Since then, lower federal courts encompassing states from Virginia to Texas have been quick to follow suit, and it now seems like only a...

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Spend your tax refund wisely

Last year the IRS doled out over 110 million income tax refunds averaging $2,803. Another way to look at it is that collectively, Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $310 billion in 2012.Part of that is understandable: If you don’t have enough tax withheld throughout the year through payroll deductions or quarterly estimated tax payments, you’ll be hit with an underpayment penalty come April 15. But the flip side is that by over-withholding, you’re essentiall...

18 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

Getting Ohio back to work

The last few weeks, I’ve been working with my colleagues in the Senate to secure an extension of long-term unemployment benefits that is paid for and will help Ohioans who are still struggling in this economy. I wish we didn’t need an extension at all, but even five years after the recession officially ended, too many of our friends and neighbors are still out of a job. In fact, the number of those who have been searching for work for at least six months remains at historically hi...

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Ohio dog owners must follow state laws

Many laws in Ohio deal with dog ownership and treatment. This article addresses the most basic laws applying to pet dogs.I’m thinking of getting a dog for a family pet. Does Ohio have any dog laws I should know about?

21 days 17 hours ago | | | Email

A military plot to take over America

“I’m suggesting Mr. President, there’s a military plot to take over the Government of these United States, next Sunday…” — Col. Martin ‘Jiggs’ Casey, “Seven Days in May” (1964)With a screenplay written by Rod Serling, creator of “The Twilight Zone,” director John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller “Seven Days in May” is a clear warning to beware of martial law packaged as a well ...

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Healthcare deadline is March 31: Sign up today to protect your health

Uninsured Ohioans have until March 31 to enroll in the 2014 health insurance marketplace before open enrollment ends. Not having affordable health insurance means that if you suddenly need medical care, you could be stuck paying for the entire bill on your own. With the average cost of a three-day hospital stay exceeding $30,000, it is no surprise that unexpected medical bills are the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S.Each year, nearly two million Americans find th...

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Why some parents avoid vaccines for their children

Parents have varied reasons for choosing not to immunize their children. Some are concerned that vaccinations raise the risk of autism, although a 1998 published study was retracted in 2010 due to false findings in the study. Some parents choose not to vaccinate for religious or philosophical reasons. Some parents think that because some of the illnesses for which children get immunized are extremely rare these days, there’s little reason to vaccinate. But the reality is these diseases ...

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