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A big thank you for support

To the Editor:This letter is to say thank you to the many local businesses and individuals in Troy who supported the recent spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefit in remembrance of Sharon Weyant.Your generosity, in both donations and advertising, helped raise the necessary funds to allow our daughter Megan to participate in her fourth Susan G. Koman 3 Day. The 3-Day is a 60 mile walk in three days to raise awareness and money for breast cancer resea...

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The hayloft and the horse resurrection

There are two certainties about life I have accepted.One is at some point in July I will be up in a miserably hot hayloft maneuvering and lifting hundreds of bales of hay that are half my body weight.The other certainty is if I don’t get right with the big man upstairs, then my afterlife will consist of lugging around and stacking bales of hay in Hades.Why am I stacking hay? I do not live on a farm, nor did I grow up on one.The answer is simpl...

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The sales tax hokey pokey

By Dave Fisher, chairmanMiami County Democratic PartyThe Miami County Commissioners lead by John O’Brien have done it again.On June 24th, the commissioners passed the renewal of the .25 percent sales tax on the guise of paying for the 9-1-1 system.Before we get into the nuts and bolts of what is really going on, let’s look at how they did it. I would say that it was done in the dark of night but, that would not be true. It was done in th...

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The definition of vacation varies from generation to generation

People often have different ideas of what a “family vacation” means to them.More often than not, we envision the all-American vacation with the Clark Griswold station wagon loaded down with suitcases, annoyed children, enthusiastic parents, a map and a clear destination point to be conquered.Evan recently returned from a week long vacation in Texas with his grandparents. His dad and family stayed in a beautiful lake house and all the cousins were able to join...

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Thanks on behalf of Piqua Optimist 5K

To the Editor,On behalf of the members and officers of the Piqua Optimist Club, thank you to our wonderful community for its support with our recent 5K. We greatly appreciate our generous sponsors (State Farm, Hartzel Propeller, Miami Valley Steel, Murray, Wells, Wendeln & Robinson, Unity Bank, Jamieson & Yannucci and our “Long Distance” sponsor Wappo Woods for our sixth annual Bob Mikolajewski Memorial 5K Run & Walk, which was held Saturday, July 12 at Piqua High Schoo...

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It’s nice to meet you

There is nothing I find more unpleasant than shaking a person’s hand.There can be a lot of psychology at play with a handshake. Most guys overcompensate for their lackluster size and masculinity by squeezing as absolutely hard as they can.Other guys of impressive size and masculine quality also present a problem because they squeeze as hard as they possibly can, too, but they tend to jerk your arm practically out of socket.First, I am not a piece of gym ...

13 days 11 hours ago | | | Email

It’s nice to meet you

There is nothing I find more unpleasant than shaking a person’s hand.There can be a lot of psychology at play with a handshake. Most guys overcompensate for their lackluster size and masculinity by squeezing as absolutely hard as they can.Other guys of impressive size and masculine quality also present a problem because they squeeze as hard as they possibly can, too, but they tend to jerk your arm practically out of socket.First, I am not a piece of gym ...

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You don’t always get what you want … but you get what you need

Ten years ago, the doctor gave me what I deemed the worst news possible.“Congratulations,” he said. “It’s a girl.”At least that’s what he said. What I really heard was, “Congratulations, Mr. Fong, you had better resign yourself to a lifetime of heartache and sorrow.”When we first found out Michelle was pregnant, I immediately told everyone I didn’t care whether we would be having a boy or a girl. Which, in ...

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According to The Providence (R.I.) Journal: the face of a childNothing humanizes a polarizing political topic like the face of a child.And 52,000 of them since October make it a humanitarian crisis.Relatively suddenly, the nation became aware of the scale of the problem brewing on its southern borderland. Thousands of children, driven to desperation by violence that threatens them at home, have fled toward the safer haven of the United States....

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We’re on your left and the bike path is all right

It’s probably not in my best interest to write anything about the local bike path, or, as we like to call it, “our” bike path. After it first opened, we used to have it almost to ourselves, see? Now the word is out and lots of people—lots—are using it. This is what it was intended for, of course. It demonstrates everything that is right about government and community involvement. Whoever designed and executed the plan did a great job. That’s the good news a...

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According to the Evansville Courier & Press: same-sex marriage inevitable; Indiana should let issue goWhatever the state of Indiana tries to do to stop same-sex marriages, it is inevitable that gay marriages will ultimately become legal in Indiana, as they should.This is an issue headed squarely for the U.S. Supreme Court, which we expected will eventually declare it the law of the land, and not just in Indiana. The court is expected to declare that it i...

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If nothing else, they are predictable

I have written more than forty articles in which I have criticized, and in many cases disparaged, the educational mandates that have been created by our politicians in Columbus and that have, inexplicably, been supported by the Ohio Department of Education. While it is difficult to give them credit for anything they do because of their illogical approach to all things they touch, one thing you can do is credit them for their consistency. You can pretty much count on them to make a ridiculous ...

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How (not) to cure a headache

I ran into my good friend Nick Brubaker last weekend. I only get to see him about once a year, so there were a lot of benign topics we wanted to cover. But the first words out of his mouth went beyond the simple courteous remarks most old friends deliver after the passage of time.Nick cared not to tell me where he works, where he was living, or some other notable achievement in his life. He didn’t ask me how I was, what I was doing these days, or how my two-year stint in pris...

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According to the Albert Lea Tribune: Much ado about contraceptivesTalk about overreach.The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that “closely held” (read: family-owned) for-profit corporations could opt out of the contraceptives portion of the employees’ health care plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.It was a narrow ruling, in that it was a small aspect of a widespread law regarding the entire health care industry.

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According to the Sheboygan Press: Book about Avery contains valuable lessonsThose who try to solve crimes have a responsibility to conduct thorough investigations, reach reasonable conclusions and arrest the right suspect. They have a sworn duty to get it right.

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