January 24, 2011 12:52 PM

Pro-lifers are dedicated to the idea that God values all human life, they are committed to educating women about the dangers to their physical and emotional health if they undergo abortions, they are relentless in pointing out the horrors of abortion – and they are some of the most bloodthirsty warmongers on the planet.

January 17, 2011 05:56 PM

Perhaps the biggest media story of 2010 was the influence of Tea Party voters on the congressional landscape. The new congress comes to Capitol Hill with a mandate to end profligate spending and restore fiscal sanity, we are told. But when the House and Senate convene in January, the newly elected members will face tremendous pressure to maintain spending levels for entitlement programs. Even the most modest proposals to trim Social Security or Medicare spending will be met with howls of indignation and threats of voter revolt. Legislators who propose any kind of means testing or increased retirement ages can expect angry visits from senior citizen lobbyists ready to fund a candidate back home who supports the status quo.

December 31, 2010 08:29 PM

Everyone should enjoy a basic right to privacy, according to one of the more compelling arguments against WikiLeaks' "megaleak" of ver 250,000 diplomatic cables.  In this view, a diplomatic communication should be protected so U.S. diplomats can communicate candidly to Washington, without fear their words will be made public and used against them.

December 29, 2010 05:24 PM

In what is turning out to be a slap down to silly and outrageous municipalities’ abuse of power, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that the State rather than cities have ultimate control on gun restrictions and legislation throughout Ohio, allowing gun owners to travel throughout the State of Ohio without being concerned with local legislations which may be more restrictive than the current State laws.

December 29, 2010 11:09 AM

JAMESTOWN - After nearly a year of retooling, the management of GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing in Jamestown is looking forward, and in a new direction. Established in 1998 as a media production and talent referral agency, the company has changed names and focus to concentrate solely on business copywriting and public relations consulting services.

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 27, 2010 05:26 PM

I know to be true the words of Alexis de Tocqueville; "All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it."

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.