On his way to becoming a priest, the Rev. John Stites tended bar, fought in Vietnam, hung hams and cleaned up a slaughterhouse at a meat-packing plant, answered phones as a police dispatcher, almost became a sheriff’s deputy, worked his way through college, and taught school.
Summer recess is around the corner for the Ohio legislature, but the prospect of an expanded Medicaid remains as murky as it was when John Kasich proposed it in February. In short, the governor has let the initiative get away from him, his Republican colleagues now seeming to drive Medicaid “reform” in all directions.
WASHINGTON — In May 1918, with America embroiled in the First World War, Iowa’s Gov. William Lloyd Harding dealt a blow against Germany. His Babel Proclamation — that was its title; you cannot make this stuff up — decreed: “Conversation in public places, on trains and over the telephone should be in the English language.” The proscription included church services, funerals and pretty much everything else.
Let’s get this straight: Edward J. Snowden surrenders his well-paid job as a government contractor and, quite possibly, his freedom by publicly confirming how aggressively the National Security Agency, without obtaining any court warrants, collects the phone and Internet records of tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions of Americans.
Putnam County children doing good deeds
No winners arise when you sift through the mess uncovered during the recent trials involving the Allen Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Many weeks in this space, I share stories of home life and what we learn about life through raising our children.
America is truly doomed. At least the idea of America, that experiment in self-government and liberty.
PARK CITY, Utah — After women, young voters and Latinos fled from the Republican Party in droves in 2012, some GOP leaders thought they had a chance to turn things around.
State leaders shirk
Sixty percent of kids in Richmond, Va., are without a dad in the home, reports First Things First of Greater Richmond.
A strong push from law enforcement agencies, churches, veterans’ and fraternal organizations, casinos and horse tracks finally resulted in passage of a bill that would effectively ban sweepstakes parlors. Gov. John Kasich’s signature made it a consensus that many of the unregulated, unapproved storefront operations are harboring illegal gambling and are havens for money laundering, human trafficking and other serious criminal activity.
Morning-after campaign pushing parents out
WASHINGTON — As soon as the Constitution permitted him to run for Congress, Al Salvi did. In 1986, just 26 and fresh from the University of Illinois law school, he sank $1,000 of his own money, which was most of his money, into his campaign to unseat an incumbent Democratic congressman. Salvi studied for the bar exam during meals at campaign dinners.
Most of the incidents involving junk car complaints in Lima are being dealt with amicably. A police officer makes a resident aware of an issue and the resident takes care of the problem — moving the car into a garage or paying to have it towed.
HOUSTON — I recently toured the Johnson Space Center here, while vacationing with my retired, itinerant, sainted parents. The most striking thing at NASA’s legendary facility is a Saturn V rocket. It lies within a giant hangar, beneath incredibly bright lights. It is humongous and breathtaking.
It will not be with guns.
The headline on the front page of the New York Times said it all: “Women in the Senate Confront the Military on Sex Assaults.”
The 29-year-old former CIA agent who admitted over the weekend to leaking documents about the National Security’s Agency’s targeting of phone records, email accounts and Internet use of millions of Americans exemplified the ethical dilemma facing those who consider themselves government whistle blowers: They may firmly believe their fellow citizens have a right to know what the government is doing in their name, but if everyone with access to sensitive information felt justified in betraying the secrets entrusted to them, the government couldn’t function.
Craig Brown's speech from the Apollo Adult graduation held Wednesday.
Later this week, Sen. Rob Portman will be in New Hampshire. We’re supposed to believe this trip is no big deal. After all, doesn’t everyone go to New Hampshire?
Relay for Life deserved coverage
The current unemployment rate of 7.5 percent means close to 20 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed.
Seven years after Goldman Sachs bought a hunk of China’s Shuanghui International Holdings, the meat-processing giant has returned the favor by offering to acquire America’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods. If the deal survives the scrutiny of Smithfield’s shareholders and the U.S. Treasury Department, the $4.72 billion deal would be the largest takeover of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm.
With Father’s Day coming up Sunday, this strikes me as a good time to offer up a tip to all those dads who fear they’ve fallen short on the fathering front.
Some years ago, when tax simplification was being discussed, a cartoonist came up with the most likely way the IRS would achieve it: a postcard-sized 1040 form consisting of two lines: 1) How much did you make? 2) Send it in.
I would like to thank Lima Memorial Health System for partnering with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to help promote Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week by hosting a bike rodeo in May.
On Monday, in a Florida courtroom, George Zimmerman went on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Medicare, the health program for seniors, is a vast enterprise. Total spending in 2012 is estimated at $551 billion, accounting for roughly 16 percent of the federal budget. The program currently covers about 50 million beneficiaries and pays more than 4 million claims a day to some 1 million care providers and suppliers. Enrollment and spending are projected to grow rapidly as baby boomers become eligible.
Waste and duplication, today’s example:
Our thanks goes to Mary Lou and her staff for the many years they have put forth to have the Senior Olympics. I have been in it since 2005, and have enjoyed every year. It is a great feeling to cheer for each person as they participate in each event.
Motorists have been warned. Now it’s time to pay attention.
A hyperbolic haze already is engulfing Ohio’s political landscape, a murky mix of truth, half-truths and lies polluting the perceptions of voters heading into next year’s statewide election.
By Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram
WASHINGTON — Someday, a young girl will look up into her father’s eyes and ask, “Daddy, what was privacy?”
WASHINGTON — The steamboat conveying Andrew Jackson up the Ohio River toward his tumultuous 1829 inauguration had brooms lashed to its bow, symbolizing Old Hickory’s vow to clean up Washington. But sweeping out Washington’s Augean stables, like painting the Golden Gate Bridge, is steady work, so steady it never ends. Neither do the policies that cosset sugar producers.
Like it or not, I’m back.
Over the years, I’ve learned to listen to the voice of a woman in my car. But now there are two voices, and I don’t know who to trust.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has to be the most coldhearted person in America.
The tragic death of noted weather researcher and former Discovery Channel storm chaser Tim Samaras has shaken all of us in the meteorological community. He was one of three people killed in the middle of a chase last week in Oklahoma, but he will always be remembered as a scientist first and storm chaser second — someone who helped improve our knowledge of tornadoes and lightning in order to make our lives safer.
A thank-you for the Cracker Barrel angel
Columnist absent last five years
Jay Leno told his studio audience the other night that President Barack Obama should forget his plans to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and instead close the IRS.