Each fall, trees offer homeowners a bounty of free mulch.This time of year, your trees are sending you a message.
The 2014 elections exemplified everything wrong with the nation's campaign finance system as a movement to make it right gained steam.
Recent surveys suggest that nearly 60 percent of shoppers will do their holiday buying online this year. That's probably not too surprising to most people. But did you also know that many e-commerce websites actually adjust pricing based on your...
The Dayton area lost a great guy the other day with the passing of local television newsman Ted Ryan.Ted was a newsman's newsman and a friend to many Dayton area TV and newspaper reporters and editors.
A tax on inherited wealth could eliminate student debt while reducing growing inequality.Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates.
Along with the apples, plums, and figs, community orchards yield common dreaming.I got back from the airport just in time for the last half hour of Cider Fest, one of the Bloomington Community Orchard's large public events.
It seems to me that we have come to take for granted the reliability of our motor vehicles - both cars and pickup trucks. I recall our first car and how “iffy” it was to start. The six volt battery was unreliable and even if it did manage...
Multi-millionaires and billionaires are shielding vast fortunes from taxation with monstrously huge IRAs.Do you remember when Mitt Romney's IRA made headlines during his failed 2012 presidential campaign?
In May, Dennis and Kate Stiner faced a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. Their son Logan – a student athlete at Keystone High School in LaGrange, who planned on attending the University of Toledo this fall – died from ingesting...
The Obama administration is making it harder for Central Americans to get refugee status.Did you notice that all that fuss over those Central American kids who were crossing the U.S. border alone suddenly died down?
The statistics are mind numbing. As many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease which is the most common cause of dementia among older people. One of those 5.1 is my mom 'Cookie.'
For women who make their living off tips, sexual harassment is a constant workplace peril.
Every Nov. 11, we rightly honor the men and women who have fought to keep us safe and free. We need to do a better job of fighting for them, both while they are in the service and when they join the ranks of our veterans.
Every year at this time I'm faced with making a major decision.What's my dilemma?What in the heck am I supposed to do with all this left-over Halloween candy?
11-11-11 a date that occurs only once every one hundred years. Nothing mystic about the date, but November 11 has been remembered by the citizens of the United States for nearly 100 years.
If you have any friends who are aspiring novelists and you haven't seen them for a while, I may know why. November is National Novel Writing Month, a time when writers – hobbyists and professionals alike - forsake virtually everything else...
It seems to me that the holiday known as Veterans Day is different from our other holidays in that we celebrate a group of individuals who have something in common that is becoming a rarity in our country. That “something” is service to...
The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans' service organization with a membership of 2.4 million men and women. All veterans of honorable service during a wartime period, and those currently serving on active duty, are...
Communities of color simply can't afford to sit this election out.Supporters of the right to vote just suffered a huge setback.
Upgrading Halloween treats might take a bite out of child labor.
Student testing is the subject of many discussions these days, both in the media and in word‐of‐mouth conversations across the country. Rarely, however, do you hear the backstory of how these assessments are developed.
President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four years...
Why deny a cancer or AIDS patient a medication that reduces suffering?
First a tip of my outdoor hat to all the volunteers who showed up to clear brush, remove invasive species and build trail crossings at Travertine Fen. Your efforts are significant and much appreciated. One volunteer commented that the public must not...
By now, most have heard about the failed test flight of Virgin Galactic's “SpaceShip Two,” which crashed in California's Mojave Desert on Oct. 31. One of the spacecraft's pilots died in the crash, the other critically...
The nation's largest retailer is passing the cost of health care onto you.Gosh, time flies when it's pushed along by a jet stream of greed.
Longtime allies are losing patience after waiting for years to see Tel Aviv recognize Palestine.
I was chatting with a friend the other day and just for the heck of it I asked him “Do you notice anything different about me today?”He studied me for a moment and then he said “You're sober?”
Tiffany Beroid, a mother and Wal-Mart employee in Laurel, Maryland, was forced to drop out of college because of her employer's low wages and erratic scheduling practices.
With middle-class net worth crumbling, the Forbes 400 grow wealthier than ever.
When journalists cover fracking, they often fail to mention its contribution to global warming.What planet does Big Media think it's living on?
Board of elections raises questionedEditor:
It seems to me that the “daytime continuing drama” (okay, “soap opera”) I watch may - just may - be doing a great service for the men of this country. As long-time readers with good memories may recall I have freely admitted I...
The amount of sugar Americans eat is scarier than the slim chance they'll get Ebola.
Politics and religion both thrive on propaganda, some of it factual, some creatively manufactured. Either way, people will buy into almost anything when you hit them at the gut level. Emotions ride most high when fear is used as the manipulation...
Voters residing in the unincorporated areas of Greene County will see Issue 3: Electrical Aggregation on their ballots on Nov. 4. So, what exactly is electrical aggregation, and why is it on the ballot this fall?
Beggars night vs. HalloweenEditor:
The reason I'm always talking about salvation is because God said if you see someone going the wrong way, snatch them off that road. As I look and see how many are traveling the road to hell, it makes me want to keep telling them,...
“They will return to it (Israel) and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will...
Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans' views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is...
Kinnamon for boardEditor:
Well, another Halloween is about to become ancient history.
Election Day is less than two weeks away. Before voting, I encourage you to do two things: educate yourself about judicial candidates and vote all the way to the end of your ballot.
Keep the library strongEditor:
It seems to me that politicians in our state can heave a big sigh of relief thanks to a U S District Judge. Yep, for years politicians and their devoted followers have been concerned with the dilemma of how to conduct personal attacks on their...
Ho-hum.The other day I found the mail box on my front porch filled with bright-colored campaign fliers touting what seems like all of the political candidates in America.
Klepinger for10th districtEditor:
In gratitude for their courage and sacrifice for our nation, my office helps US veterans access their medical and disability benefits and the overdue or replacement medals that they have earned for their military service.
Many coastal regions must start bracing for frequent floods as key freshwater sources are drying up elsewhere.What is it about natural disasters and irony?
Big tech companies like Google and Facebook are breaking up with corporate polluters.