Computer corruption causes massive interruption

After years of almost always doing what I ask, my computer sent me a little message in revolt. As nearly as I could tell, the gist of the message was that my formerly semi-obedient computer would not open a file because the decoding blah blah blah or that the file was corrupted by blah blah blah or that, and I suppose this is entirely possible, the computer just didn’t feel like opening the stupid file.

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The heart of summer

Earlier this week, our nation paused for a few days to celebrate one of memorable passages of Summer, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. For many a baseball fan, the All-Star Game represented the high water market of that time out of school, an opportunity to stay up a little later than usual with my collection of baseball cards to watch the best childhood heroes face off against one another. The menagerie of uniforms of players who fight and claw against each other 162 games a year, co...

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Summer learning for dad

My eighteen year old son received a box via UPS this week. Mail, especially boxes, especially delivered by UPS, has always excited me. This probably stems from my childhood on the farm where the mail served as an outside connection to a much bigger world. Mail was an important commodity. I remember racing family members down the lane to the mailbox in order for me to be the first to retrieve the mail. Even in times of solitude I remember racing myself to the mailbox! So needless to say I was ...

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GOP and lies

To the Editor:When Obama took over from the previous regime job loss was approaching 700,000 per month. Roughly 20,000 per day, Wall Street was under-performing and falling with GOP offering no help and promising to make Obama an one term President. This they have been most efficient at, obstructing Obama plans to stop the hemorrhaging and getting the country back on its feet. The country started its recovery by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) with the GOP...

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Merged sentences

In 2009, a jury found David Washington guilty of several offenses, including a third-degree-felony of failure to comply with a police officer and a fifth-degree-felony of obstruction of official business.The charges stemmed from the day Washington and his brother attacked a woman in a mall parking lot in Lorain County, stole her SUV, and led police on a car and foot chase through two counties.After the victim called 9-1-1, police spotted the SUV heading east on I-90. Whe...

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I will survive!

“Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence, and face your future without fear.” ~Unknown and apparently hairless Michael pointed out a swollen red bump at the top of my bare foot, something I had noted for at least a half hour given how itchy it was but for the most part ignoring it. We were busy tackling a project I had seen on Pinterest (Curse the social media gods!) and since I am not often inspired to do a...

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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 healthcare without long delays. The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the...

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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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Y’all Come!

There’s a song that Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, and the Oak Ridge Boys recorded that most of you have heard. Written by Arlie Duff in 1953, it goes like this:When you live in the country,Everybody is your neighbor.On this one thing you can rely!They’ll all come to see youAnd never, ever leave you,Sayin’ “You all come to see us by and by!”Y’all come! Y’all come!YR...

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Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

By Donna CassataAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the legislation — d...

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Amish Cook

THE AMISH COOKThis is part two of our summer recipe series, answering reader requests for different recipes. The column will return in its usual format next week.A reader in Hampshire, W.Va. asked for a “bacon dressing” recipe:HOT BACON DRESSING1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled2 cups sugar2 tsp. salt3 eggs (depending on size)1 cup white vinegar4 cups

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Who would want to be me?

By this time I thought I’d be writing all about the prep and procedure for the colonoscopy I’m having to make some doctors happy. Would you believe colonoscopies are so popular that there is a waiting list? Can you envision the line outside of a row of portapotties? With a tour group in England, I quickly learned the word “queue,” meaning to line up and wait for the next available seat, no matter what the nature of the need might be. Webster delicately gives the exampl...

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Dear Grandparenting: Help me to figure out how to deal with my bossy daughter-in-law and all her rules for when I have the grandkids. They are six and nine years old. She dumps the grandkids on me at the last minute when her plans fall through. She says you want to see the grandkids, right? Well here they are. She dumps her instructions on me. She wants everything done her way, like I know nothing. The kids cannot do this and must do that. OK, I get it. She’s the boss. If I have an idea...

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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.

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Thanks for wonderful evening

I really feel sorry for those music lovers who missed Music Warehouse’ “Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve” performance Saturday at Piqua High School. Ten talented Music Warehouse alumni excited and enthralled the audience for a short hour and forty-five minutes with a delightful variety of music styles and tempos. The professionalism of the singers, the accompanists, and the sound and light crew put on a show as professional as those found on a Broadway stage....

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