xeniagazette.com
65

The darker side of sunblock

A chemical that might be safe in its normal-sized form may not be when it goes nano.This time of year, sunblock is part of the daily routine for many Americans. Wake up, slather it on, and go outside.For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword. On one hand: what kind of chemicals am I putting on my skin and spreading into the environment? On the other hand: I don’t want skin cancer. Or, more immediately, a ...

1 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Not much better than Bush

Especially when it comes to addressing the refugee crisis, Obama’s Iraq track record doesn’t mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made.President Barack Obama got it right when he declared: “There’s no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States.”But his Iraq track record doesn’t mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made.

1 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

My ‘Honey Do’ list for our nation continued

The list of illegal, immoral and/or unconstitutional actions (and mistakes) of our Federal government that should be corrected continues.3. Repeal the 16th Amendment – There is a movement afoot to have the States request the federal government call an Article V Constitutional Convention – ostentatiously to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA). Conservatives who believe it is the only way to stop the growth in federal programs and spending that will eventually bankrupt...

1 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Clinton’s real scandal is Honduras not Benghazi

Her Central American foreign policy blunder ought to darken her presidential prospects.Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States?Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the presumptive next occupant of a prestigious office lacking — as comedian Jon Stewart observes — any corners.

1 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Running for their lives: The child migrant crisis

US policies stoked the gang violence Central American kids are fleeing.As the Department of Homeland Security tries to deliver busloads of Central American children and families to places of temporary safety, shrieking demonstrators in California, Arizona, and other states are barring the way and demanding these kids be dumped over the border.These outbursts resemble the ugly mentality that, in 1939, prompted our government to send a ship with more than 900 German Jews a...

1 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Law and marriage go together like a horse and carriage

My latest article (As the Family Goes) discussed the essential role of married mom-and-dad families for raising the next generation of Ohioans and advocated for restoring the traditional nuclear family to its rightful place in society. This article will begin to address how such a restoration might take place.It must first be acknowledged that culture generally flows upstream of politics. In other words, laws usually result from prevailing societal attitudes. Thus, the restoration ...

3 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Dealing with sticker shock

It seems to me that most of us have suffered “sticker shock” — that unpleasant surprise upon learning of an unexpectedly high cost of something. The term used to be associated with the startling price of a car or truck as displayed on a “sticker” affixed to the windshield or side window. Nowadays we can get sticker shock from the cost of a pound of hamburger or bacon. Well, not long ago Doris, a long-time friend, told me she had gotten sticker shock from a differ...

3 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Citigroup’s $7 billion wrist slap

That penalty is too light to deter future finagling.When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged.“We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat said.Note the lack of any regret, apology, or shame. And the total absence of a...

6 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Keeping Ohio businesses competitive in a global economy

For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance.The bank, which operates at no cost to taxpayers, has provided financing for more than 250 Ohio businesses since 2007, supporting $2 billion worth of exports. The Ex-Im Bank’s authorization...

6 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Celebrating our paramedics

When was the last time you felt the urge to run into a burning building? What about cutting your way into a mangled car to extract an injured child after a wreck? It takes a particularly kind of person to reject self-protective responses and dive in, head first, to help others. Fortunately, our first responders – firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) and police officers - never hesitate to do exactly that.

6 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Peace wins in Colombia

Voters chose a new president determined to negotiate an end to the country’s 50-year-old insurgency.June was a good month for Colombia. Its streak of World Cup wins suffused the country with a euphoric patriotism. The yellow-blue-red stripes of the Colombian flag appeared on apartment buildings, the front grills of trucks, and painted on people’s cheeks.Even with game-day alcohol bans designed to inhibit reckless behavior, Colombians crowded into neighborhood...

7 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Crafting a Hobby Lobby doc fix

The Republican Party may experience more fallout than any one company from the Supreme Court’s birth control ruling.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to take action that will counter the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.Thanks to that ruling, big employers may deny birth control coverage to the female employees whose health insurance they must provide. In other words, the court’s conservative majority didn’t just elevate the right...

7 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Shortchanging our national treasures

State and national parks alike are underfunded in this era of tight budgets.Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.What’s a more affordable option? Heading to a national park, state park, or national forest.America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our...

8 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Honoring our vow to America’s Veterans

In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the US 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 need to address existing problems with the claims backlog, the s...

8 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

The latest crack in our broken immigration system

Undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants just wait in line and move here legally? Isn’t there a pr...

8 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Columns

Fostering ‘informed patriotism’

Conservatives believe that America is an exceptional...

1 months 22 days 5 hours ago | | | Email

Editorials

No Stories Available

Letters

No Stories Available

Weather

Sponsored By:

Local Gas Prices

Lowest Gas Prices in Xenia
Xenia Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com

Featured Business