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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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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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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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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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Obama’s ‘man-caused’ disaster

As a defender of the nation’s borders, President Barack Obama is a hell of a pool player.The president enjoyed a game at a bar in Denver with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper the other day, without the noir atmosphere of his furtive visits to pool halls with his grandfather as a kid, when he felt “the enticement of darkness and the click of the cue ball, and the jukebox flashing its red and green lights.”Obama’s game the other day was bright and ch...

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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 ...

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Fight the summer learning gap

Some of the newness of summer has now worn off and the attention of many has turned to what lies ahead in our near future. One sign of things to come is the appearance of the annual “Back to School” displays in our local stores! But before we get too ahead of ourselves I want to stress that summer is not over. To the silent joy of many students I repeat … summer is not over! But I also want to repeat my annual message of fighting the summer learning gap!

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Piqua Activity Day

The Third Annual Piqua Activity Day is quickly approaching. The idea for the activity day came from a plan for the City of Piqua to be selected as a Playful City USA community. Since the conception of the Activity Day in 2012 the City of Piqua has been named a Playful City USA community.

12 days 11 hours ago | | | Email

Historical context of public education in the U.S. (Part 2)

Public Education from 1900 to Present (Continued)

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American flags should be American-Made

As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses. That’s why I introduced the All-American Flag Act, which requires American flags bought by the federal government to be produced entirely with American-made materials.

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Signers of the Declaration

This week we celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an event that set a new course for human history. There were 56 men who signed that document, which declared that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States…”The signers understood what was at stake. The Declaration ends with this line: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine...

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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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