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Guest editorial — Delphos: a perfectly boring place to live PDF Print
Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

Growing up in Delphos, I thought the town should’ve changed the motto on the welcome sign to “America’s Most Boring City.” I didn’t care that Delphos had friendly people — I wanted something to do. But with no mall or movie theater and only a few places to eat, Delphos seemed like the least exciting place my family could’ve chosen to live.

After college, I moved to Dallas and I thought I had found the perfect city that offered me everything Delphos hadn’t (and couldn’t). If I got hungry, I could choose from dozens of restaurants or grocery stores, all within a 5-minute drive of my apartment. If I got bored, I could head to one of the country’s largest malls or take in a movie at one of the 40 theaters nearby. And to top it off, if I had an emergency, I could call for help from a 3,500-member police force or walk across the street to the second-ranked hospital in Texas.

Dems’ catch: Voters like their issues, not party PDF Print
Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:00 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — Congressional Democrats held a retreat this week seeking inspiration. But they left as befuddled as ever by an America that arguably likes their issues but not always the party.

This fall’s elections seem likely to leave Democrats in the House minority, and may rob them of their Senate majority. Republicans hope to gain six net seats to control the Senate.

At a three-day retreat by the Chesapeake Bay, House Democrats struggled to explain this political landscape while also insisting the public supports their agenda on immigration, income, women’s rights and other priorities. Friday pep talks by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did little to solve the riddle.

Point of View — Once upon a time-ish PDF Print
Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:00 PM


WASHINGTON — It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.

In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can’t possibly be — and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

Objective truth, it seems, has gone the way of trolls, goblins and gremlins, by which one should not infer that Truth has taken up residence in the U.S. Congress.

Obamacare’s unintended consequences PDF Print
Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:00 PM




The more we learn about Obamacare, the worse it gets for the American people. We have become almost numb to the parade of bad news that has followed last year’s rollout of the President’s healthcare legislation — the failed website, the millions of Americans who lost their health insurance or their doctor, the millions more who’ve seen their premiums and deductibles go up, the businesses that aren’t hiring or are cutting hours because of the law’s provisions.

Take the small business owner who wrote to me about having to tell his 35 employees that their insurance would be cancelled and that the cheapest replacement policies would include a 35 percent increase in premiums as well as a 33 percent increase in deductibles. Or the father of five who saw the cost of his family’s insurance double under Obamacare. I’ve heard many similar stories repeated by moms and dads and small business owners across our state.

Final Farm Bill reverses reform PDF Print
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:07 PM


Center for Rural Affairs

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On Feb. 7, President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill into law in East Lansing, Mich.

The Center for Rural Affairs opposed the final Farm Bill that came out of the Conference Committee because the conference report stripped out bipartisan reforms, which passed both House and Senate, and would have tightened the definition of being “actively engaged” in farming. The current definition has been a loophole that mega-farms use to gain additional payments by defining passive investors as qualified farmers, even though those investors provide no real labor or management on the farm.

Not only did the Conference Committee leaders actually increase farm payment limits from $50,000 to $125,000 for the primary commodity program, they turned aside real reform passed in both House and Senate, to essentially create a commodity program that will provide unlimited payments to mega-farms, no matter how large they get, as long as payments flow to family members.

Conference Committee leaders have tried to lay claim to the mantle of reform. However, this Farm Bill will continue to provide virtually unlimited farm program payments to the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms, which they will use to bid up land costs, drive their smaller neighbors out of business and bar the next generation of farmers from even gaining a foothold in farming. This is not reform, this is smoke and mirrors. We can, we must do better than this.


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