People's Defender- RSS OPINION Feed Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:23:51 EST 1800 ‘I need a little reassurance’ This is part two of a two part series about Shirley who was admitted to hospice for terminal cancer. In part one, “I hope you dance” Shirley shared that she and her husband loved to dance. She admitted, “My husband had to have a few... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:41:31 EST Don’t give up the fight My social circle was shaken a few days into the new year with an upsetting blog post. A friend I will call Mary is seriously ill. The blogger requested loving messages to her to be sewn into a quilt. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:16:35 EST It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress It didn't get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:56:33 EST Disabled Arizonian affected by chemical exposure Some people say Mario Casella is nuts. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:06:33 EST Better ways to clear snow and ice As you watch the falling snow, do you marvel at the beauty of the scene or immediately dread driving to work on icy pavement? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:11:33 EST Serving up maple peanut butter spread Hello to one and all! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:21:35 EST Good old days? Not always When I think back on my childhood I recall so many fond and unforgettable people, places and events. Now when looking back I refer to them as the good old days and for the most part they were. However one part of those days was anything but good and... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:36:32 EST Seizing the opportunity for natural gas In Adams County when we talk about creating jobs and economic development the topic of natural gas is always at the forefront. The potential rewards for our investment could benefit Adams County for generations to come. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:56:52 EST Caramel Festival Planning Committee to meet The Winchester Caramel Festival Planning Committee will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. We meet in the Town Hall. We are continuing to plan for this summer's Bi-centennial as well as collection of photographs and articles for the book. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:56:45 EST Cheap oil is bankrupting rationale for Keystone XL When Maria van der Hoeven summed up the 20-year outlook for global energy investment in London last year, she identified a couple of daunting challenges. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:47:16 EST Getting out of the way of the Keystone XL pipeline The ongoing debate surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline has become a microcosm of everything that is wrong with Washington. Later this year will be the seventh anniversary since the initial permit request was made for the construction of the 1,700... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:21:35 EST Looking forward by looking back With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act there's a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:41:34 EST Get wild without abandoning common sense Minutes to midnight on New Year's Eve, I sat around a fire with friends, discussing plans for 2015. I told them mine: to hike over 200 miles on the John Muir Trail through the High Sierras, by myself. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:54:17 EST It’s the ‘dusting off’ process Over the past couple of weeks I have read my contemporaries at other newspapers opine about New Year's resolutions. Either they make them or they hate them, and then they go on to explain why. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:00:14 EST All that glitters is not (pure) gold Recently I had the pleasure of going to the wedding celebration of my assistant at work — whom I count as a good friend — and her new husband. Theirs is an international marriage: the bride was born and raised in this country, the groom... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:00:08 EST Resetting your life for retirement The phrase “downsizing for retirement” is popular with Baby Boomers, the youngest of whom turned 50 last year. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:59:10 EST Storytime is a popular activity Plan ahead to take part in these activities for kids of all ages, coming up next week at the Adams County Public Library. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:32:11 EST I disagree with OEPA dismissal To the editor:Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has posted online its dismissal response to three verified complaints filed in 2009. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:32:05 EST What difference will it make? My old departed friend Bob was 99 years old when we met. He was a little more than five feet tall with platinum grey hair, combed straight back. His posture was slightly stooped but still poised and dignified. He always wore a dark suit and wing... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:36:20 EST New contribution limits make 401K plans even more attractive If you are interested in saving for retirement, here's some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. And if you're 50 or older, you can put in an extra $6,000, up... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:18:10 EST