Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

Projecting American strength through diplomacy

After serving two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as an U.S. Army Infantry Captain, I know that we need both a strong military and tough diplomatic solutions to confront Twenty-first Century adversaries like Iran.

This week, we joined with the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany, to sign an historic agreement that will close off Iran’s paths to a nuclear weapon and impose the most rigorous inspection and verification requirements in the history of arms control. After more than a decade of war in the Middle East it is refreshing and uplifting to see that hard-nosed American diplomacy can be effective.

Strong, pragmatic American leadership, the finest military force in the world, and – most importantly – tough diplomacy have led us to this position, and now it is up to our elected leaders in Washington to approve it.

The agreement focuses on increasing the amount of time it would take Iran to acquire enough material and build a nuclear weapon from 2-3 months to at least one year. Having this longer “breakout” period would provide the international community more time to deal with an Iranian threat and avoid a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

This agreement does not mean that America can or should trust the regime in Tehran. International inspectors will have access to every aspect of the Iranian nuclear program—we will know what they are doing and when they are doing it.

If Iran violates any of the provisions in the agreement the strict economic sanctions, which were extremely effective will go back into place. Iran will not be rewarded for bad behavior.

Nothing would be more destabilizing and threatening to the Middle East than a nuclear-armed Iran, which is why an agreement that keeps Iran from building a weapon is so critical to America and our allies in the region.

The task of approving this agreement now falls to our elected leaders in Washington. Our own Ohio legislators, Senators Portman and Brown, now have the duty to ask the tough questions and ensure that this agreement gets approved. President Eisenhower once remarked, “I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem: Is it good for America?” I hope that Senators Portman and Brown concur with me that the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.”

Once again America is at the center of the world stage. Ohio’s elected officials must display decisive leadership and put aside partisan politics for the sake of national unity. Now is the time for America, the indispensable nation, to show the world that we can achieve great things through diplomacy rather than war.

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From Paul Worley

Adams County Commissioner

Paul Worley is a former Army Infantry Captain and served three tours of duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Paul is an Adams County Commissioner.

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