Madison Press- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:36:19 EST 1800 The boot in the grass It was a hot day in early June when I covered my first car accident. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:46:09 EST 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... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:00:10 EST Our borders need protected Dear Editor:Have the problems in Iraq and Syria grown for the worst? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:31:25 EST 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. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:31:23 EST 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? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:31:19 EST 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... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:19:12 EST 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. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:43:07 EST 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. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:48:11 EST 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. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:00:20 EST 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... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:31:11 EST 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. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:20:09 EST 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. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:22 EST 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... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:31:20 EST 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... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:31:13 EST 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... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:06:05 EST Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:01:32 EST Celebrate summer’s end with family, friends and food Think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, July 4 — these holidays all come with memorable meals for my family. Many are at our house. We have room for everybody. The kids, grandkids and I coordinate the “groaning board” and have more... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:43:06 EST When good fruit goes bad When I hear about a recall involving fresh produce, how can I find out if the fruits and vegetables in my refrigerator are affected? If I buy organic produce, am I safe? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:31:09 EST There were a total of 107 people at the reunion On Sunday evening Daniel, Julia, and I, along with some other relatives, visited my grandparents. We laughed and cheered as we watched the children try out their “train.” Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:19:08 EST It was a shoofly pie celebration weekend People ask me questions all the time. Some of those questions I can answer, some I cannot answer and some I will not answer. I wish people would ask me questions I could answer and look good about it. However, it never happens. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:43:09 EST