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Oct. 15, New York Times on deadly alliances against Muslims:On his 79th birthday in July, the Dalai Lama appealed to Buddhist extremist groups in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to stop instigating attacks against Muslim minorities that have killed scores. Instead, in an affront to Buddhism’s core message of compassion, leaders of those groups announced an alliance to make common cause against Muslims.

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To the Editor:I am writing today because I am disgusted by the attack ads against Ohio Senator Bill Beagle, who is one of the hardest working legislators I have ever known. Also one of the fairest, wisest and most willing to discuss the questions and concerns of his constituents.The ad that makes him look like he is anti-woman is perhaps the most egregious of all (though they are all offensive and inaccurate). I first met Bill when our Tipp City Veterans...

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Warranties, upgrades fuel my suspicions

I’m usually not much of a conspiracy guy. I think it’s interesting to read about how everyone except for my parents was involved in JFK’s assassination or how the Illuminati or the Masons or the third graders at Heywood are taking over the world, but I’m always a bit skeptical.Still, there are some things that make me suspicious.I started thinking about this when our refrigerator died last week. It had put in its 20 years of service and decided it...

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Savvy shopping at the dollar store

By Holly McElweeI’m not a huge discount shopper or extreme couponer, but do I like to save a few dollars here and there. I employ a few easy, common-sense strategies to my shopping habits, and that includes making a regular visit to the dollar store. I’m a cautious dollar store shopper, mostly because the sizes of products are smaller, and I find it difficult to know if certain items are really a good deal. However, I’ve got a “go-to” list of tried-and...

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Oct. 14, The Herald, Rock Hill, South Carolina, on stopping Ebola in West Africa:The United States seems to be suffering from extreme exposure to Ebola - not to the virus itself but to the viral speculation about the danger it poses to Americans. It’s time to calm down.Ebola is an intrinsically frightening disease. It’s a terrible way to die, and that naturally heightens fears about contracting the disease.But so far, only one person has died of th...

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Try to do it yourself

Don’t you love watching those home improvement and makeover shows on HGTV, Discovery Channel and the like? They’re encouraging greater numbers of homeowners to plan and tackle their own Do It Yourself projects. As a matter of fact, the Census Bureau shows that 20 percent of improvement costs are related to Do It Yourself projects.There are plenty of great jobs you can handle on your own, like interior and exterior painting and landscaping. Beyond that, however, you have...

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Alzheimer’s: The ‘long goodbye’

“Could you please help me find some sheets?” I was surprised when an elderly man asked me for assistance while I was shopping. Instantly, I realized that the eighty-something senior had mistaken me for a store clerk.It was an autumn Sunday afternoon in an Ohio mall, and the slight-built male was dressed like a farmer in his best church clothes. He was neat, in a non-fussy sort of way, but he seemed so alone. I wondered where his spouse was, because you could tell he was...

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Many children have anxiety issues in school

Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, several elementary teachers have asked me why so many of today’s kids come to school with anxiety issues. That’s a good question, one that I think goes to the heart of contemporary American parenting.

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I may need to work on my poker face

I think I can keep a pretty straight poker face so I put it to good use last weekend.Friday and Saturday evenings, my mother and I were spectators at both Waynesfield and Eldora dirt race tracks.My mom had never been to Waynesfield so it was a treat for her. This race track is literally in the middle of a corn field. When drivers miss turn one, they end up in a bean field. No joke.On Friday, we picked up The Queen and her dad and headed up north to take in an ...

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Editorial roundup

The Tribune, Seymour, Ind., Oct. 8It should come as no surprise that legislation passed in 2013 by the Indiana General Assembly intended to better ensure that end-of-life wishes for medical care are communicated and honored hasn’t exactly been a hot topic of conversation.The reality is that the average person has little problem talking about how they want to live — the actual physical location, as well as their thoughts on the taxes they pay,...

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Enforcing trade laws

When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have successfully expanded their companies, created jobs, and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our state’s manufacturing jobs rely on exports.

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The RICO Act

In 1970, Congress passed the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which came to be called the RICO Act. The purpose of the act was to “seek the eradication of organized crime in the United States by strengthening the legal tools in the evidence-gathering process” and to provide “enhanced sanctions and new remedies to deal with the unlawful activities of those engaged in organized crime.”Ohio passed its own version of the RICO Act in 19...

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Oct. 13, The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on NCAA being heavy handed:Who owns your name, your likeness, your image and your signature?In other words, who owns you?If you happen to be a high-profile college football star, such as University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley, your identity appears to be “owned” by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.At least that’s what’s implied by UGA’s decisi...

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What do do when your ‘kids’ start growing up

Somewhere along the way, my kids grew up — and I missed it.The same children I spent countless hours watching watching learn how to to throw a ball through a hoop or kick a ball into the back of the net have grown up, gotten married and had kids of their own. They have gone to college, graduated and become doctors, attorneys and leaders in our community.Obviously, I am not talking about the two children I have at home — although I am beginning to realize that...

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More early 20-something realizations

Back when I was in parenting class my junior year of high school, my teacher made a comment about the babies of the family who have a significant age gap between themselves and their siblings. The short ‘n sweet version is that the youngest children are born when everyone is also growing up, so they get to watch their sibs and parents grow up with them.“It’s like watching life go on all at once,” she told us.

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