People's Defender- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:57:29 EST 1800 Trying to keep 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)... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you'll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Concessions from a rice farmer The plan was a simple one. After the float bed was done floating the seed trays, add a layer of dirt to the water, broad cast rice seeds, add goldfish to eat the mosquito larvae, and sit back and watch the rice grow. Well, the rice did grow, and the... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Traumatic brain injury was devastating Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that Bode would be allowed to drive. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Keep Shawnee Wild was at the fair To the editor:Keep Shawnee Wild collected some 1,200 petition signatures asking to preserve bobcat habitat in Shawnee State Forest, during the Adams County Fair from July 13 - 19. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Volunteer senior advocates needed We have a unique opportunity at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 for those who are interested in serving as a volunteer advocate for nursing home residents. This opportunity is made available through our Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Of bare feet and lightning bugs Usually at some point in the summer I receive some inspiration to write about my old adventures on the farm. Summers were usually pretty good, no school, maybe some Little League games, plenty of farm chores to keep you busy and some down time to have... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Benefit planned for Fizer A Cancer Benefit is being planned, July 26, for Terry Fizer, MSG Army Retired after serving over 20 years in the military, of Georgetown, formerly of Adams County. Fizer was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in November 2013. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST US flags should be made in America As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Many U.S. politicians have had disabilities The idea of a person with a disability being elected president of the United States may seem far-fetched to some Americans, especially given the physical demands of campaigning. But persons with disabilities have presided over our country and likely... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Are we doomed to polarization? We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don't much like the way it's performing. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Stay away from the yellow water This past weekend we took the next generation on her first camping trip. It was difficult to miss all the local Fourth of July activities, but sometimes you just have to get away and this was our chance. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hobby Lobby ruling falls short As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn't go nearly far enough. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST What is this country about anymore? Meet Mark. He's a 58 year old, college-educated veteran who lives in Oregon. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Wife learns about dementia firsthand “I began noticing something wasn't right in 2006,” said Linda Buytendorp, 67, of Crawfordville, Fla., “but I was in denial and so was my husband. I told him he needed to see a doctor, but he said nothing was wrong and if I kept... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Bears again visit Adams County If you've been hearing all the scuttlebutt and the news, you know black bears have been busy seeking out new territory in southwest Ohio, particularly in Adams, Clermont and Pike County. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Getting things done for Ohio Over the past couple of weeks, two bills that I authored passed both houses of Congress—the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2013 and the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2014. Now both are on their way to the... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Helping workers receive the benefits they deserve To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren't deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Claim a tax credit for those summer daycare expenses For harried parents, the definition of true panic is realizing in April that you forgot to enroll your kids for summer day camp and now all the slots are filled. Cut to: as the school year ends, you're feverishly trying to find adequate daycare... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Balancing work and writing chores It is Thursday already and time to get this column out in today's mail. It hardly seems like two weeks have passed since I penned the last column. I was very happy that daughter Verena offered to write last week in my place. She loves to write... 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