People's Defender- RSS OPINION Feed Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:39:15 EST 1800 Charter school reform is needed This is a moment of rare opportunity in Ohio politics. Everyone — Republicans and Democrats, Gov. John Kasich, strong advocates for public schools and supporters of school choice – agrees that Ohio's charter schools need... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:21:34 EST Easter and spring go together To my way of seeing it growing up in the 50s and 60s in rural southern Ohio was one of the greatest gifts I ever was given. The time and the place just seemed right and felt great. In late March to early April, Easter Sunday arrived and with it spring... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:28:48 EST Many Ohioans are not celebrating Obamacare It is five years since President Obama signed his Affordable Care Act into law. It was done on a strict party-line basis, without amendment, without bipartisan input, and without many who supported it ever having read the law. As then-Speaker Nancy... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:40 EST Doing business with your local farmer When you have forward-thinking producers along with good soil and climate, a good location and infrastructure, sound regulations, along with research and education, good things are bound to happen. This balance has led to Ohio's wildly... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:29 EST Remembering the wedding Dear friends both far and wide:Would you join me for a moment as I step back several years and relive some of the most treasured memories of my life? Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:26:54 EST French inspires others to change thinking Six years ago, the future seemed bright for Jake French of Beaverton, Oregon. He had just finished a University of Idaho degree and was pursuing a government forestry career. One night back then after partying with friends, he stopped at a local gas... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:26:44 EST Governing by crisis isn’t governing at all After Congress came a hair's breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We're certainly not going to shut down the government or... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:56:34 EST Something just told me This is part two of a two part series about Ronnie, a 45 year old hospice patient with cirrhosis of the liver. In part one, “Living and dying the choices I've made,” Ronnie shared about his acquaintance with George Jones, and the... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:28:08 EST Golf instructor keeps swinging at 78 At the age of 78 and on the surface, at least, Ed Koepp seems to have gone through life effortlessly and has accomplished much. For example, he shot his age in golf twice last year, has been a licensed psychologist and social worker, and still works... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:13 EST Standing up for our neighbors As a teaching assistant in a class on race in the United States, I've probably paid more attention to the #BlackLivesMatter movement than a lot of my white peers. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:09 EST Estate tax critics need to check facts Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:27:05 EST Winter is for the birds Winter gave us some great late-season fun. Overall, our winter was certainly much milder than a year ago. Daughter Julia had been waiting all winter for a bunch of snow to go sledding and build a snowman, but she had to wait until the end of February. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:01:32 EST Interfaith House: On a mission To the editor: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:22:05 EST Farewell and thanks for reading For those who may not have heard about it through the grapevine, I stepped down as a reporter. This past Sunday's edition of The People's Defender was the last edition that I had a direct hand in producing; though, an article or... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:22:01 EST United Methodist Women hold meeting W3CU Compassion Ministries hosts a monthly food pantry and clothing distribution the third Thursday every month. We are open this Thursday, March 19 between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the building behind the main church. Marsha McCormick, OSU Extension... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:21:58 EST Living and dying: The choices I’ve made Ronnie was forty-five when admitted to hospice for end stage cirrhosis of the liver. He's lived with his sister, “Net”, for the past thirteen years. But he does have his “man cave”, a renovated shed behind the main house,... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:52:35 EST Memories seem to grind on There are places and times that from time to time pop up in your mind. They are pleasant and can bring a good set of memories to you. The thought arrives suddenly and then it goes just as sudden and you think to yourself how I wish I could go back to... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:51:58 EST Landscape Bullies According to the Smithsonian Institution, the top six invasive plant species in the United States includes: 1) Purple loosestrife, Origin: Europe and temperate Asia; 2) Japanese honeysuckle, Origin: Eastern Asia; 3) Japanese barberry, Origin: Japan;... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:54:26 EST Just a little bit of a rebel Along with getting to grow up on a farm is the fact that I am also a Baby Boomer! These two facts came to me the other morning as I was about to shave. As I looked into the mirror as I do almost every day I stopped and noticed something. There in... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:52:55 EST Virginian with CP proves them wrong Sometimes the unexpected stories are best. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:51:53 EST