Troy Daily News- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:51:16 EST 1800 The President and Congress should work together In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:32:09 EST Better behavior equals better retirement What kind of retirement do you think you'll have? An outstanding one? A depressing one? What if it all starts with your outlook? Qualitatively speaking, what if the success or failure of your retirement begins with your perception of... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:55:12 EST Promoting college fire safety September marks the beginning of a new school year, the start of football season and cooler weather, but more importantly, it's Campus Fire Safety Month. Last month, I introduced Senate Bill 359 which addresses the very real need for improved... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:22:11 EST The need-to-know about the enterovirus Editor's note: This guest column was sent in as a response to staff writer Allison Gallagher's story about the prevalence of the enterovirus respiratory illness in children in Ohio. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:06:07 EST Protect our endangered species One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:45:08 EST Ohio needs clean water Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:41:08 EST Court doesn’t reward frivolous conduct When the Madison County Board of Commissioners (“the Board”) filed an appropriation action against Greg Bell and his wife to acquire a sewer easement on Bell's property, the Bells decided to fight the action. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:10 EST Commercials that make me want to NOT buy their product My friend Rex prefaces all of his disquieting statements (which is to say, all of his statements) with the phrase, “I don't mean this bad, but…” You've heard of pre-paid phone cards and pre-arranged marriages? This is... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:21:12 EST Stopping rape on college campuses Last year the president signed the third reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The act provides increased funding to help in the treatment and protection of rape victims as well as providing funds for rape sensitivity training to police. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:56:10 EST Government openness is important One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:55:06 EST Obama’s immigration red line No one will ever mistake President Barack Obama for Lyndon Johnson, the master legislator as president. He doesn't really do congressional schmoozing or arm-twisting. Compromise and deal-cutting are beneath him. Once he lost the Democratic... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:25:07 EST You can be “ProActiv”; I’m making peace;-Im-making-peace A lot of my college girlfriends blog on the website, and I have a blog of my own I need to be better at updating. Since we're all 21 or 22 and either in our final year of college, starting big girl jobs or going to grad school, a... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:27:10 EST Surviving suicide: From a mental hospital to the Emmys September is National Suicide Prevention Month. For me, suicide awareness is personal, because I have lost two family members and almost died myself by suicide as a troubled teenager. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:40:09 EST We need to change our energy strategy It's filling up at the gas pump and watching the numbers climb to more than $40 for a tank of gas, or it's a trip to the grocery store where the packaging seems to be shrinking but price tags are growing higher and higher. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:58:09 EST State report cards report what exactly? By the time this article runs, the state's School District Report Cards may have already been released, but as I write it, the Columbus propaganda machine is in full force preparing us all for its publication in just a few days. In fact, just... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:46:12 EST Four horrible words that forever changed my life I was asleep when the phone rang.When I saw it was my mother calling, I immediately answered it — something I almost never do. She asked if I was watching the news on television. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:47:18 EST Celebrating family birthdays deliciously Hi to each of you!Can it really be true that three years have swiftly passed since the birth of our darling daughter, Julia? Julia certainly has blessed our lives in so many ways. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:08 EST (No heading) BOEHNER REPRESENTS EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG WITH CONGRESSTo the Editor, Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:38:12 EST Examine the underlying culture behind racism Michael Brown. Jordan Davis. Sean Bell. Trayvon Martin. The list of African-American boys and men gunned down at the hands of police officers and vigilantes just gets longer and longer. It makes me numb. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:38:16 EST My own butterfly effect Have you heard the supposition that a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa eventually produces a shower in Ohio? The tale alleges that this small beating of translucent airfoils can alter the wind patterns which themselves change large weather... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:08:10 EST