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December 8, 2010 11:54 PM

The term Deep Politics was created by English Professor Peter Scott to illustrate how cultures, societies, nations and groups of people tend to collectively and involuntarily suppress facts because of the social and psychological cost of not doing so. In other words, humans collectively suppress facts which are inconvenient and difficult to face, and often do this involuntarily, almost at an unconscious level. There is no better time when Deep Politics has been readily manifested in the public lives of Americans than now, when the public has been suddenly forced to face the actions of its Government, all thanks to WikiLeaks.

October 25, 2010 04:24 PM

Thank you for the invitation to comment on subject memo, “Better Buying Power: Mandate for Restoring Affordability and Productivity in Defense Spending.”  Except for a less-than-ambitious 2-3% expectation for reducing funding for unneeded or low priority overhead (read fraud, waste, abuse, corruption) in the way the Pentagon does business, I couldn’t agree more with your latest initiative to “support our forces at war on an urgent basis” and advance Secretary Gate’s mandate to be “respectful of the American taxpayer at a time of economic and fiscal distress.”  Right or wrong, the U.S. has committed its citizens to finance an expensive interventionist foreign policy which cannot be sustained without (1) bankrupting the U.S. economy or (2) drastically reducing wasteful, unneeded, and at times corrupt defense spending.  

October 21, 2010 11:05 AM

An administrative review by the Greene County Sheriff's Office was initiated after a case containing two weapons disappeared from the home of a Sheriff's deputy and a member of the SWAT team.  The case in question contained a semi automatic AR-15 and an automatic HK MP-5, which were both the property of the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

October 14, 2010 04:22 PM

Having been lately fascinated with the Anabaptist way of life, I just watched the documentary “The Amish, A People of Preservation.”  The documentary had the strange allure of a home-made movie, and throughout the entire film a strong thread common to all Amish emerged: they do not want to become slaves to Progress at the expense of their families, communities and Faith.

October 11, 2010 11:52 AM

USA Today loves to run lifestyle features that purport to show how we are living, what we are doing, what we like and what we don't like – premised on a collectivist assumption that all our preferences can be tracked and characterized with these aggregate claims.

September 18, 2010 01:15 PM

Xenia City Council & The Maimi Valley Regianol Planning Commission approves $168,744 to Design Bike Trail Connector Tunnel.

September 16, 2010 11:45 AM

On Sept. 8, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. sent an open pastoral letter to Anabaptist churches. The letter calls for congregations to "redouble" efforts in reaching out to Muslims in their communities "amid increasing anti-Islam sentiment." Here is the letter:

September 3, 2010 08:13 PM

Are you kidding me. Of course I'm for it. Why? Well for one thing it was paramount in establishing "limited" government so that we could enjoy what so eloquently was stated in the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

August 6, 2010 09:53 AM

On July 29, 2010, Xenia City Council met in a special session. The posted agenda was for this meeting to be only an “Executive Session to discuss Potential Litigation”. However they actually done a lot more!

July 9, 2010 10:09 AM

A City of Xenia councilman is now the subject of an investigation by the Greene County Prosecutor's office after what appears to have been a road-rage incident in which the councilman followed a car through city streets and eventually stopped the vehicle and displayed a silver badge to the occupants.

June 29, 2010 12:35 PM

While attempting to obtain a list of Children Services applicants for the position of Director, I was faced with answers ranging from "I don't have it" to "I cannot give you that information," answers which could be called stonewalling by any seasoned reporter.  This forced us to obtain the records through public records requests, which were honored in a timely and efficient fashion by the Greene County Personnel Department.

June 26, 2010 08:48 AM

The Greene County Commissioners and Sheriff Gene Fischer have had a rough relationship for the last several years, as the Sheriff's budget is often the target of cuts and debates among the Commission members.  Having the largest share of the County expenditures, the Sheriff and the Commission ends up being at odds over expenditures and especially over cuts proposed to his budget in the last two years.

June 22, 2010 12:34 PM

Xenia, Ohio -  Did you know there is a group of volunteers in the area that provide vital tools and resources to our Cities, Townships, and County, free! These individuals use their own resources, time, & equipment to be an integrated part of our local government communications infrastructure.

June 16, 2010 11:18 PM

Monroe, OH — The prominent, six-storey high statue of Jesus, erected by the 4000 member strong Solid Rock Church located along I-75 at Route 63 in Monroe at 904 North Union Road, burned to the ground in a fire caused by a lightning strike on Monday, 14 June 2010, at around 1115 PM. Fire fighters indicated flames quickly spread from the right hand to the body and nearby cross. No injuries were reported.

June 13, 2010 05:43 PM

Healthy Choices for Healthy Children legislation--SB 210--passed both Houses of the Ohio Legislator. The bi-partisan legislation aims to address childhood obesity. The Ohio Hospital Association also reports that more than one in three children (35.6 percent) in Ohio are overweight or obese. The bill specifically targets increased physical activity, improved nutritional options and body mass index (BMI) testing in Ohio schools. Commendable as this bill may be, its provisions like the following raise some questions:

June 11, 2010 08:52 PM

After projected budget shortfalls for 2010, residents of Fairborn and Xenia will be facing a number of levies aimed at income tax increases and tax renewals pushed by city and school district officials.  

June 3, 2010 01:28 PM

In November 2009, in a Newsletter sent by the Greene County Children Services, Director Rhonda Reagh announced her retirement saying "This is my last, official column in the Children’s Herald as my retirement date draws near. We have so many things to be proud of over the last twelve years, but perhaps one of the most exceptional is the progress the agency, and community, has made in improving our rate of finalized adoptions."

May 27, 2010 01:35 PM

The Christmas holiday of 2009 was also the 20 years anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, a spectacular and epic struggle by millions of people for freedom, individual liberty and justice.  It coincided with the fall of Communist regimes across Europe, and the symbolic end of Soviet domination of a good portion of the world.  These events prompted me to take a fresh look at what I believe the future holds for the United States of America.

May 24, 2010 10:17 AM

Dayton, OH — Better than 3,000 cars piled 50 feet high and thousands more home appliances burned well into the night of Thursday, 21 May 2010, as the Dayton Fire Department (DFD) battled a strong, but contained fire at the Franklin Iron and Metal Corporation's scrap yard on 2015 E. First Street. Sources state the blaze erupted at around 3 AM.

May 23, 2010 05:59 PM

The latest economic trends report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals why City of Xenia officials think they need more of taxpayer's scarce financial resources. In 2009, the report shows a 3 percent increase in GDP, which means total revenue produces by all our work as a nation. That figure reminds me of pre-industrial era economic growth when governments and citizens lived within their means most of the time.

May 21, 2010 01:41 PM

Greene County epidemiologists usually see a handful of salmonella cases throughout an entire year, but four cases in two days is highly unusual and is a cause for concern. Out of the four infections found since Monday, May 17, two of the individuals involved required hospitalization; officials have not yet been able to determine the source or common grounds for the infections.

May 19, 2010 11:58 AM

The smell of a dead tax levy seems to be what political consultants are circling for, and the failed Kettering Schools levy is no different.  Less than one day after the 6.9 mil school levy failed to pass in Kettering, Paul Fallon of Fallon Research, a political consultancy firm, contacted the district leadership with a sales pitch.

May 17, 2010 05:08 PM

Democrat Tony Tipps who served as an elections operations coordinator for the Montgomery County Board of Elections resigned from his role on May 12, 2010, but Montgomery County officials continue to hide the real reasons behind Tipps’ resignation.

May 16, 2010 03:52 PM

A new state revenue report by the Tax Foundation came our yesterday. The report entitled “State Revenue Changes from 2008 to 2009” reveals Ohio tax revenues declined 8.7 percent the period assessed. Ohio ranked 28 which amounted to 2/10 of a percent below the national average of 8.9 percent.