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Back to school shopping fuels economy and giving

Today marks the first day back to school for my Miami East Elementary fifth grader.We spent the weekend recuperating from the fair by stimulating the economy with back to school shopping. What would the stores do if we had school year round? One news outlet in San Francisco said parents will spend $1,100 on back to school clothes, technology and supplies.While that may be the case for Californians and college bound students, I liked the figure Detroit News had for Midwes...

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Editorial roundup

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: state mediation panels don’t work; fix themPatients and their families deserve answers when something goes wrong in a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office, but all too often in Wisconsin there are no answers.The Journal Sentinel’s Cary Spivak has documented how a system of state laws and court rulings have made it hard to seek damages in court for medical malpractice, and his Sunday article sh...

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What would you do?

“What would you do?” appears to be a popular question. When you enter the phrase in the Google search engine, over 917 million results are listed.At the top of the list is the site www.abcnews.go.com/whatwouldyoudo. This link directs folks to the ABC series, “What Would You Do?” The 9 p.m. Friday evening program is both an in-depth study of ethics and human nature, and an intriguing look at how ordinary people react when confronted with societal issues like ...

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Overpricing you home costs you money

Serious buyers look in the price range determined by their down payment and monthly payment ability. When buyers enter the market place, they give their real estate agent their criteria and the price range in which they are pre-approved to buy. Their agent does a computer search for them and gives them all the homes in their price range that meet their criteria.If you are overpriced, you may get some buyers to visit your home. The buyers will compare your home to the amenities they...

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According to The Post-Intelligencer, Paris, Tennessee: on U.S. stance in IraqIs it right to kill in order to prevent greater killing?A “yes” answer to that question was behind the atomic bomb decision that ended World War II. It is a common dilemma for those who can order troops into battle.Now President Barack Obama has authorized “targeted airstrikes” if they are needed to protect the lives of Americans in Iraq. The p...

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The Hobart family turned vision into reality

To the Editor:I wonder how many towns in Ohio, or anywhere else for that matter, offer the public a chance to walk on graveled trails for over two miles through a wonderfully maintained natural setting right in the middle of town, featuring wetlands and a beautiful pond, all of which is surrounded by acres of resplendent prairie flowers and grass?As if that were not enough, one must pause at various points along the trail in this urban park to observe in...

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According to HTR Media: federal traffic safety agency stuck in the slow laneThe Feds need to get out of the slow lane in responding to drivers with safety concerns.An Associated Press review found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration missed the four-month legal deadline to respond to safety petitions in 12 of 15 cases since 2010. Petitions are formal requests for investigations, with evidence of a problem in many vehicles, as opposed t...

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What a splendid day

To the Editor:Linda Lee Jolly and her volunteers did an outstanding job to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hayner Cultural Center. The day was exciting with something for everyone. How fortunate we are to have a beautiful home in Troy and always open to the public.We are also very fortunate to have a director who went above and beyond to create memories and an all day experience for many.The evening performance by the Tom Daughterty Orche...

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Seasons are a changin’

The one definitive fact regarding weather is that it always changes. And the same goes for seasons…just a bit more subtly. But because of this, a change that less often becomes the subject of our daily conversations.Out of sight, out of mind.Except that seasonal change isn’t invisible, merely unnoticed except by those of us who make it our business to keep an eye on such matters. And even those of us who’d like to think we’re among the ranks of di...

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Remodeling job is not the model of serenity

Although goodness knows it’s something a sane person would try to forget, the memory of remodeling our house runs through my mind when I am particularly open to nightmares.

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We all scream for ice cream

After a few unsuccessful attempts in the last week, I finally got a really good look at the ice cream truck man the other day. Maybe I am being extra precautious or hyper-vigilant, but I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I’ll be asked to pick him out of a photo line-up someday.It wouldn’t surprise me if in the near future I am standing out in my front lawn being interviewed by a newswoman about the infamous Ice Cream Kid Murders, which is what I envision t...

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The Ferguson melodrama

Even if the police in Ferguson, Missouri, are the brutal occupying force alleged by the protestors there, what do local shop owners have to do with it?In the wake of the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in disputed circumstances last week, rioters burned down a convenience store and looted sporting goods and auto supply stores, among other businesses.This completely unjustifiable lawlessness is waved off by the Left as, in the typical cliche, the boiling over...

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Sunglasses are a must at the Miami County Fair

Miami County Fair always brings back a wealth of memories for anyone who has participated in its activities.It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions the whole week, but the memories are ones that last forever. I’m sure glad I brought an extra pair of sunglasses to hide my tears of joy, frustration and appreciation this week.Throughout the summer months of working with Evan with his lambs — Nibbles and Zane — I tried to recall my own 10 year-old sel...

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Wintrow will never take college classes

To the Editor:Why would this editor add the final statement of “taking college courses” while out on bail. Are you trying to make the public believe this is a good kid because he is taking online classes?I am disgusted at the report. Why didn’t you report that Nate Wintrow will never get a chance to take college classes because these monsters killed him in cold blood.— Debi TrostHudson, FL

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According to The Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky: on bordersIt’s no secret our southern border is in chaos with all of the illegal immigrants coming into this country and not nearly enough is being done about it.President Barack Obama has done nothing but turn a blind eye to the situation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said with a straight face that our southern border is secure. The only person who has shown any type of leadership...

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