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Walmart shooting over or just beginning?

It’s a No Bill from the grand jury in the case of the Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart shooting of suspect John Crawford III. That should be it. It was a sad day for the families of Crawford, Angela Williams and the officers involved. I watched the entire surveillance video and listened to the 911 call at the same time. There’s no question the tragic shooting was justified.This case, falling in the shadow of another shooting in Ferguson, Missouri attracted the same national ci...

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Our beautiful, blessed country

It seems to me that this time of year — late September and early October — is ideal for taking a bit of time out to appreciate what a wonderful, beautiful country we are blessed with. Sure, other times of the year are really nice — when the spring flowers are blooming after a cold winter or the warm, kinda lazy days of summer — but early autumn is probably my favorite season.

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Their viewpoint: Crawford shooting opinions

The following statements were drawn from comments made on our social media accounts and website. All were related to the police shooting of John Crawford III in the Beavercreek Wal-Mart Aug. 5.Frank J.: “It seems clear that the person who should be indicted was the 9-1-1 caller because he provided false information to the dispatcher which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of two individuals. He needs to be held accountable for his actions.“Furthermo...

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California adds steam to the bag-banning movement

We can conserve by not wasting stuff we don’t actually need.California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. The ban will go into effect at grocery stores and pharmacies next year and extend to liquor stores and additional kinds of retailers in 2016.In addition to making it against the law for stores to give shoppers ...

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Local festivals must evolve to continue

Virtually every community festival I’ve been involved with around Ohio this season has reported steadily decreasing attendance. Some of them have run for more than a half-century, others only a few years, but regardless of their endurance, the people just aren’t coming like they used to. Could it be time to mothball the town festival and pool resources into larger, joint events like county fairs?

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A crooked cat tail

The verse of the day is Proverbs 4:14-15. “Do not enter the path of the wicked and do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.”Early in the morning I tiptoed down the stairs to spend some time alone with God. As I entered the kitchen a spectacular sight met me. The morning sun was just starting to wake up and through the window I saw her. She was dressed all in pink and had begun to illuminate the dusky sky. With ra...

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Contact public officials

Greene Countywww.co.greene.oh.usCommissioners35 Greene St., Xenia, Ohio 45385937-562- 5006Alan Andersonaanderson@co.greene.oh.usBob Glaserbglaser@co.greene.oh.usTom Kooglertkoogler@co.greene.oh.usAdministrator937-562-5002Howard Postonhposton@co.greene.oh.usAuditor...

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Letter to the editor policy

The Fairborn Daily Herald encourages readers to write letters to the editor:• Letters should be typed, or printed legibly, signed and include current address and daytime phone number of the author. Full addresses will not be published. Form and anonymous letters will not be accepted.• Letters to the editor must be 350 words or less. Deadline for letters is 9 a.m. The Friday before publication. Letter writers have a limit of two published letters every 30 days...

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Revitalizing Ohio neighborhoods and communities

The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we’ve made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does.Cleveland’s Thriving Communities Institute estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned properties in Ohio that have fallen into disrepair. Vacant properties lower surrounding property values and can increase the likelihood of crime within the neighborhood. Ohio...

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We are a country that loves all kinds of gimmicks

America has become a nation of gimmicks.I’m talking about such things as 2 for 1 sales and frozen heat ‘n serve lunches, breakfasts and dinners.Stick-shift cars, just in case you haven’t noticed, are also few and far-between nowadays days just like dial phones, white buck shoes, and pegged pants.Black and white TV sets are hard to find, too.So are men with duck-tail haircuts.Yes indeed times have changed.There...

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‘Honey Do’ list for our nation continued

The list of illegal, immoral and/or unconstitutional actions of our Federal government that should be corrected continues.—Socialism has been an age-old failure throughout recorded history. The seven great nation-states (eight, if you count the US) owed their downfall to socialism. Once started, trying to limit socialistic programs to just those in need is akin to saying you are going to become just a little pregnant. When started, pregnancy must go to term or be aborted; the...

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Worried about climate change: Ban fracking on federal lands

It’s up to Congress to protect our national treasures.As world leaders get ready to gather in New York City for the United Nations Climate Summit, it’s time to take stock of how the United States is meeting its own climate challenges.While the UN has the power to help forge a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities, there’s one step that federal officials here in the United States can take on their own to curb climate change: ...

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Restoring government by the people, for the people

It doesn’t have to be this way.One of the many privileges of living in a democracy is the ability of each of us to have an equal say about how we are governed. Through elections, our lawmakers can be held accountable for how well they fight for the interests of the people they represent.In theory, our legislature should be a reflection of the values and priorities that truly resonate with voters. However, thanks to decisions made by the Supreme Court in recent year...

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Dreams up assorted fossil fuel favors

He’s got a nifty plan to alleviate Native American poverty by opening up their tribal lands to oil drilling.Let’s take a cruise down the narrow byways and twisting turns that form Senator Ted Cruz’s mind.The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of the Texas Republican’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it ought be called the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”

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A simpler solution to climate change

Naomi Klein wants everyone to join forces and just pull the plug on oil, gas, and coal.Even if climate science is complicated, author Naomi Klein wants you to know that finding a solution to global warming is easy.In her powerful new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, the Canadian globalization expert drills through the noisy climate debate and finds that humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model p...

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