Madison Press- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:01:54 EST 1800 Helping Ohio families afford college College costs are sky-high and climbing. Right now, many families across Ohio are waiting on their financial aid packages. For many students and their families, those aid packages can force agonizing choice over budgets, savings, and which school to... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:31:34 EST Letter: Who will be managing your city? (Editor's note: The deadline to submit a letter to the editor in reference to the May 5 primary election is April 29.)Dear Editor, Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:31:32 EST A fairer and simpler tax code Tax day is no fun. If you are like Jane and me, for the past few weeks you have scattered papers across your kitchen table, scrambled to find important tax documents, reviewed files, and tracked down charitable contributions. A lot of people also... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:31:47 EST Good Ole’ Up North I used to call him “Good Ole' Up North.”Generally it started with, “Why up north, they do it this way and this is the way you ought to do it.” Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:01:41 EST Letter: Government must be held accountable Dear Editor,Citizens: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:06:33 EST Here’s how to be a smokin’ backyard gourmet I've always liked the scent of a wood fire. The taste of well-smoked food prepared over that fire is even better. But I had no idea of the variety of foods that can benefit from cooking — or finishing — over a slow wood fire until I... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:31:38 EST Daniel teaches and Gloria serves up melts Dear Friends, Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:31:37 EST Beef lovers: How safe are your burgers? If steaks are safe when cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, why do hamburgers need to be cooked to 160 degrees? All the meat comes from the same cow, right? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:31:36 EST April is Child Abuse Awareness Month April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month and a time to remember that every Ohio child deserves to grow up in a loving and safe home. Unfortunately, too many are denied that opportunity. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:01:32 EST Preparation and execution of my income tax return April 15 is the time of the year when Americans can communicate with their government. I cannot testify for anyone else, but I look forward to this marvelous opportunity and I am careful not to waste it. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:36:32 EST Help! I need somebody Four of my favorite Theologians, John, Paul, George and Ringo (The Beatles), introduced a song in 1965 with the lyrics, “Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody. Help, you know I need someone. Help!” Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:31:32 EST Religious freedom and human rights The Indiana Religious Freedom Law drew a strong reaction from gay rights activists. The problem seems to be that to protect the rights of one group the rights of another may be violated. Do gays have more rights than conservative... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:31:31 EST National Health Care Decision Day (Editor's note: April 16 is National Health Care Decision Day.) Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:26:33 EST The creative cycle If you want to be truly a creative person you need to know that there are high energy and creative cycles and there are low ones. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:31:31 EST 100 years ago with Charlie Miller April 16, 1915Madison County Democrat — Sale — Several styles suits, $25 and $30 woolen suits, $19.50. Several styles $18.50 and $19.50 spring suits. Ladies Union suits —... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:31:39 EST We’ll miss you, Lauren Hill We'll miss you, Lauren Hill.You were only 19 when you left us today, struck down by a brain cancer you inspired us to fight.You were so young, your season with us so short. How did you give us so much? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:36:31 EST Are you getting too much sugar? We all have heard the advice from Mary Poppins, that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but should we listen? Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:31:35 EST April is Healthy Homes Awareness Month Every day Americans are exposed to health hazards in their homes. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor hazards include mold, lead, radon, carbon monoxide,... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:01:40 EST A higher education revolution More robust estate taxes could cover the cost of making public colleges and universities tuition-free. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:41:32 EST Eades: A note about the safety-service director Dear Editor,There has been much discussion lately about the mayor's appointment of a safety-service director. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:46:31 EST