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The editorial board includes Doug Olsson, Publisher (dolsson@aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0371); Jim Krumel, Editor (aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0391); and David Trinko, Managing Editor (aimmediamidwest.com, 567-242-0467).

Akron Beacon Journal: Ohioans in deep poverty need assistance

Akron Beacon Journal: Ohioans in deep poverty need assistance

What is the result of welfare reform, now two decades later? That is the worthy question addressed in a report, released on Monday, by the Center for Community Solutions. Tara Britton and Brie Luscheck of the Cleveland-based think tank find that the safety net for the...

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Editorial: Getting a flu shot cannot give you the flu

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications last winter — the most deaths from the disease in 40 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in an Associated Press story. In recent years, flu-related deaths in the U.S....

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Editorial: The war on big business hurts workers

When Amazon announced it would pay all of its U.S. employees a minimum of $15 an hour — more than double the minimum wage — CEO Jeff Bezos called on “other large employers to join us.” No company has risen to the challenge yet, but you can be...

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Editorial: Poll shows Dems sweeping GOP for Ohio offices

Editorial: Poll shows Dems sweeping GOP for Ohio offices

Polls can be misleading, we grant you that, and one poll doesn’t make a trend, but President Donald Trump couldn’t have picked a better time to drop into Ohio on Friday to rally the Republican ranks. With Election Day just over three weeks away, a new...

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Editorial: Hail to Road 5 victor, whoever that might be

Editorial: Hail to Road 5 victor, whoever that might be

“History is written by the victors,” Winston Churchill famously said. It will be interesting to see what history remembers about the long, expensive and arduous battle involving Putnam County’s Road 5. If you’ve somehow missed this six-year...

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Editorial: Unemployment is down, now pay should go up

The U.S. economy added 134,000 jobs outside of the farming sector last month, coming 51,000 short of projections, but that might have been the only bit of bad news in the monthly jobs report. In short, the economy remains robust. The U.S. unemployment rate fell...

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Chicago Tribune: After the FBI report, confirm Kavanaugh

Chicago Tribune: After the FBI report, confirm Kavanaugh

The FBI has delivered its confidential report on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Some senators who’ve read the report say it contains no fresh revelations, or...

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Editorial — Issue 1: The arguements for and against

Editorial — Issue 1: The arguements for and against

Ohio Issue 1 boils down to a question about crime and punishment, and what exactly is the purpose of our jails and prisons. It’s no secret the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and with that, comes strains on state and local budgets....

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Editorial: Prison animal program should be brought back

Editorial: Prison animal program should be brought back

For years, well-vetted and well-deserving inmates at Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution had one reminder of the good life on the outside of the bars, loving animals. Inmates took part in program that brought dogs and cats into the prison from the local Ohio...

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Chicago Sun-Times: Goodbye to the beloved Beetle

Chicago Sun-Times: Goodbye to the beloved Beetle

There has been a terrible death in the family for baby boomers: The beloved Volkswagen Beetle. Volkswagen has announced it will quit making the Beetle next year, shutting down production of a car that debuted in 1930s Nazi Germany but became a counterculture icon for...

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Editorial: Second Amendment worth keeping

Editorial: Second Amendment worth keeping

The ongoing debate over guns in America has led some to vociferously call for abolishing the Second Amendment. That’s just not wise thinking. There are common-sense restrictions on guns that fall within the scope of the Second Amendment. So there’s no need...

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COLUMNS

Prison dog program has positive impact

Prison dog program has positive impact

I am the Executive Director and Humane Agent for the Clark County SPCA in Springfield, Ohio. I was formerly the Shelter Coordinator for the Humane Society Serving Clark County in Springfield, Ohio. During my time as the coordinator for the HSSCC, I wrote a proposal to...

Cal Thomas: Voting for a Democrat is the wrong answer

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments...

Lori Borgman: Pretty as a picture — or not

Lori Borgman: Pretty as a picture — or not

I have just been handed a new portrait of myself. I look like someone who got off the Space Mountain ride at Disneyland and needs medical attention. Or like someone who staggered out of a bar at 3 a.m. after a night of binge drinking. Or like SpongeBob...

Column: Here’s to wishing you a Happy Deficit Day

Column: Here’s to wishing you a Happy Deficit Day

Imagine that the federal government received all the money it was destined to collect for the entire year on January 1. This year, that pile of cash would total $3.3 trillion. Now imagine that the government spent all the money it was destined to spend for the year at...

Chris Erskine: A perfect fall day that will live forever

Chris Erskine: A perfect fall day that will live forever

There’s a lot of fall in those faces, a lot of October in those shiny cheeks. My photo advice, in this most social of seasons, is that the best group shots take place three seconds before everyone poses. In my experience, “Say cheese!” results in...

Kathleen Parker: Dangers of relying on lineage

Kathleen Parker: Dangers of relying on lineage

WASHINGTON — Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap — maybe. After two and a half years of being mocked by Donald Trump as “Pocahontas,” referring to the Massachusetts...

John Grindrod: Vacation reflections and unanswered questions

John Grindrod: Vacation reflections and unanswered questions

There is so much about travel that appeals to me, from the sights and sounds of a world far different than the one I left behind to the new foods, like that bowl of coddle I sampled with a perfectly drawn Guinness pint in Dublin, Ireland, or that plate of haggis I...

Michael Schoenhofer: Your money spreads health, hope, care

Michael Schoenhofer: Your money spreads health, hope, care

I received a call from a gentleman recently who told me he had just lost his wife of 55 years. He asked, “Is there any help for me?” I told him about the grief and loss support group run by PVFF that meets every Monday. A few months ago parents called...

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Letter: Great year for Botkins boys soccer team

Congratulations to the Botkins boys soccer team and their coaches. They won their fourth consecutive Western Ohio Soccer league crown. They outscored their league opponents 54 to 0 and ended their regular season with a 13-1-1 record. Jack Lynch,...

Letter: Trump making America stronger

Wasn’t President Trump a registered Democrat before he became president? Wasn’t he amazingly elected by the people of the USA and not through the Democrat or Republican parties? Do you think these parties will ever let the people have a fair election...

Letter: Jim Jordan fights for us

I see that the local Democrat Party Machine is still using its usual lame talking points while they are trying to defeat U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, the best local Congressman this area has ever had. A cabal of UAW officials and self important university professors have...

Letter: We must deliver message on Nov. 6

Although I am a registered Republican, anyone can see they are the reason we have a sexual abuser as a judge in the highest court in our nation. There is something we can do and that is to vote! We can change this by not voting for these incumbent Republican...

No tears for Kavanaugh

On Friday Oct. 12, Mark Figly wrote a long dissertation on the death of Emmitt Till and in doing so, made a misguided and misinformed comparison between that death and the Kavanaugh hearings. Only an individual sitting in a seat of privilege could make such a...

Letter: Blue wave hits Allen County

I’m a local Democratic activist, and I want to give a huge thank you to the Allen County Democratic Party, particularly party chair Jeff Rex. The party and especially Jeff work tirelessly to get out the vote for Democrats in our area, and they have done a huge...

Column: Poor decisions puts states in limbo

Column: Poor decisions puts states in limbo

Tick, tick, tick … That’s the sound of a bomb nearing explosion, one with the power to destroy taxpayers’ lives and state budgets. This explosive device is set to blow up sometime in the future, but it’s just as dangerous and deserving of our...

County embraceswork-place safety

The West Central Ohio Safety Council is one of more than 80 across the state that partner with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to promote the importance of workplace safety. We at BWC work closely with the council and member employers in Allen County,...

Letter: You have to be kidding

I once had a freshman student write a term paper in which she argued that, because the phrase “under God,” was left out of the Pledge of Allegiance, this meant that Christians were being persecuted in America — as sorely persecuted, she insisted, as...