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Let’s affirm the right to unionize and the freedom to abstain

This Monday, September 1st, our nation celebrates the contributions of the American labor movement and, more broadly, the social and economic achievements of all workers. In the midst of the parades, end-of-summer sales, anticipation of football, and excitement (or dread) about the new school year, it’s worth pausing to reflect on the intrinsic value of labor in our lives.

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Save the life of the next Michael Brown

We all must build a common understanding of race, become aware of the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, and get comfortable with vulnerability.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.

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A prescription for treating runaway CEO pay

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your premiums are now guaranteed to pay for health care instead of executives’ yachts.You’ve surely heard many things about the Affordable Care Act, including the website headaches that embarrassed the Obama administration during the new program’s rollout.But you probably didn’t realize that when you pay your premium today, you can rest assured that it’s paying for health care and not a CEO’s new yach...

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Let’s give workers something to cheer about

Labor Day should be a day on, not a day off, in the effort to reclaim the American dream for working people.Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of workers, but it’s been a long time since workers have been celebrated — or for that matter, have had a reason to celebrate. That’s because the union movement that gave us this holiday is, at least numerically, a shadow of its former self.If we really want to give workers something to cheer about, we nee...

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Guard your heart, grow your marriage

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23I recently attended a national Christian convention and it was great! The worship was inspiring, the preaching was passionate, the exhibits were informative, the missions were encouraging and the emphasis on mission was courageous. But there was a lack of emphasis on what I consider the greatest mission in America today; marriage.There were workshops on leadership, preaching, and worship ...

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Das boot

Throughout history there have been many epic tales of gallant ships on heroic voyages. This isn’t one of them. Rather, it’s a story about a pleasure boat and a taxing authority.In 2002, Cheryl and John T. Gallenstein – Kentucky residents – purchased a 44-foot twin-engine boat that they docked at a yacht club in Aurora, Indiana. It was titled in Cheryl’s name. With the assistance of a consultant, Cheryl obtained a certificate of documentation from the U...

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Enjoying the Harvest

The verse of the day is Galatians 6:9. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”It’s harvest time at our home. The past two weekends our family has spent a lot of time going through our garden picking beans, digging potatoes, and plucking corn from the stalk. This time of year is always so fun when you get to enjoy the fruit of all your summer labors. The hot hours of planting, fertilizing, and weeding fi...

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A question for the readers

I have a question for you Senior Moments readers.Why, whenever our telephone rings, do we answer with the word “Hello?”I mean I think it is rather weird.I looked up the word “hello” in my dog-eared American Heritage Dictionary the other day and this is what I found: “Used the greet someone, attract attention or express surprise.”OK, that’s fine with me.But what I wonder is how did we adopt that wo...

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‘Purge’ fear just the latest urban legend

Every so often, I receive an email from my mother warning me to be careful in mall parking lots when an old woman asks for help.Or not to stop if I see a baby left on the side of the road.Or not to pull over if an unmarked police vehicle flashes lights while I’m driving down a dark country road.To each and every one of these emails, I reply with two words: urban legend.These are modern-day scary stories, no different than those told around the...

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It’s time to free Rick Perry

It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy.Perry was indicted last week for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill.That Perry could, in theory, face more...

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When did being nerdy become cool?

Am I to understand that, largely because of a television situation comedy, it is now cool to be awkward, socially inept, and very smart, all while being considered - dare I use the word – “nerdy?” When did this happen? In my day, we nerds were cast out from all the best tables in the school lunchroom or forced to get bad grades to avoid being picked on because we were smart - that never worked, by the way. It’s just not fair that today’s geeks get a pass! But, it...

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On the bubble

It seems to me that, amidst all the headline-grabbing stuff going on both in this country and around the world, there are other activities that kinda slip under the “newsworthy” radar even if they are of interest to us ordinary folks. Among these are reports that Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the world’s largest consumer-products company, is in the process of reducing its number of products to streamline operations and increase profitability.Among those being considered...

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No appetite for fixing school lunch

Making healthy food taste good will require a spending increase that’s not on the table.You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after I published a book on U.S. food policy. It seemed like su...

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Fighting to save Ohio Postal Service jobs

In 2015, the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to close and consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities across the country – including ones in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – putting 15,000 jobs at risk.To protect these jobs and ensure that Ohioans continue to receive reliable mail service, I joined with 49 other Senators in signing a letter, urging the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Governm...

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Letter to the Editor

End of an eraEditor:An era has ended in Xenia and few people even realize it. More than 43 years ago, an organization known as “CRUISER II” was revitalized - mainly throught the efforts of one Hurricane Smith.This unit was a group of men deicated to serve voluntarily as Reserve Officers to the Xenia Police Department. Many volunteers came and went through the years. Then, several years ago, it was determined that t...

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