Madison Press- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:40:32 EST 1800 Of bare feet and lightning bugs Usually at some point in the summer I receive some inspiration to write about my old adventures on the farm. Summers were usually pretty good, no school, maybe some Little League games, plenty of farm chores to keep you busy and some down time to have... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Again, the isolationist smear It doesn't take much to be smeared as an isolationist by leading Republicans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who appears to be running for president again, and former vice president Dick Cheney — not to mention Sen. John McCain, Gov. Chris... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The most important problem: It’s not conflict, it’s violent conflict management In 2014, the growing list of suffering by violent conflict management includes (but is not limited to): more than 10,000 murders and kidnappings in Nigeria, civil war in Syria, escalated terrorism in Iraq, an asymmetrical bombardment in Gaza, and now... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Readers request recipes This is part two of our summer recipe series, answering reader requests for different recipes. The Amish Cook will return in its regular format next week.—————— Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Use those tomatoes or the critters will beat you to it So far, the summer stats are: Squirrels and other assorted critters — 3; Us — 10. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Letter to the editor People showtheir prideTo the editor: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Let it go, let it go, let it go This year I celebrate my 20th year as a practicing grandfather. I am not sure that after 20 years I know anything more about being a grandfather than I did before. I have not found any books written on how to be a grandfather, maybe I should write... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Protecting yourself from mosquitoes Mosquitoes feed on human and animal blood or plant juices. Only female mosquitoes bite to get a blood meal for their growing eggs. Mosquitoes usually are considered to be just a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit disease. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The skills to succeed There's a skills gap in our country that is preventing unemployed Americans from filling available jobs. Legislation I authored is going to help close that gap. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Learning by looking up Remember when as a child you would lay on a blanket on a bright summer day looking up at the clouds above and seeing figures or shapes of familiar objects. These were pleasant days of unleashed imagination. I wonder if we can allow ourselves to do... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller July 17, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. Matthew Gregg was the guest at Columbus with friends on Saturday. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Honoring our vow to America’s Veterans In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality health care without long delays. The great majority of VA... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Take precautions with mosquitoes Warm weather means more time outside and more mosquitoes. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile Virus (WNV) which can cause a serious, life-altering disease.What is West Nile Virus? Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST There are no ordinary lives Someone asked me over the weekend, “So what are you going to write about LeBron James coming back to Cleveland?” But I want to write about something more interesting than LeBron James' life. I want to write about your... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Here’s a potluck dish they’ll talk about Summer is the time for planned reunions, casual get-togethers, and homecomings, be they with schoolmates, family or friends from other areas of our past. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The arts are vital to our community Dear Editor, Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Let the immigrants stay Virtually all commentary about the influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the United States, which some say could rise to 90,000 this year, misses the point: no government has the moral authority to capture these kids and send them... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Helping Ohio workers receive the benefits they deserve To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren't deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Getting things done for Ohio Over the past couple of weeks, two bills that I authored passed both houses of Congress — the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2013 and the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2014. Now both are on their way to the... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Readers request recipes These are some requested recipes from readers as part of our “summer recipe series.” The Amish Cook will return in its regular format later in the month. Enjoy.— Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST