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Working together and fighting for the middle class
Written by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown   
Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM



Middle-class Ohioans have always worked hard and taken responsibility. But for too long, Ohioans have been working harder than ever and barely getting by. In last week’s State of the Union address, the president laid out a plan to grow our economy by growing the middle class. By calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, extend emergency unemployment insurance, train workers for high-growth industries, and pass my bipartisan bill to create a network of manufacturing innovation hubs, the State of the Union address helped focus our attention on what matters: keeping America strong and vibrant for the next generation. And that starts with shoring up the middle class, the foundation on which America’s economic might stands.

RIP Uncle Randy
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM

The Spencer family saw the passing of its patriarch this week. We laid Uncle Randy to rest on Friday. He was the eldest of the three Spencer brothers with my father-in-law Max the middle boy and Uncle Norm the baby. Their sister, Vivienne, was gone long before I joined the clan.

Letter to the Editor
Written by Information submitted   
Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM


I would like to thank the many snowplow operators from the townships, to the county, to the state. They have worked many hours day and night to make our roads safe. As a school administrator their work is priceless, without them we would have missed several more days of school this year. I, like many other school administrators in the area, thank you. We greatly appreciate your time and effort.


Scott Mangas

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

Ottoville Local Schools


Turning the president’s words into a year of action
Written by U.S. Senator Rob Portman   
Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM



In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama talked about a year of action to restore an opportunity society, one where every American can pursue his or her dreams. I couldn’t agree more with the goal, but I disagree with most of the President’s ideas about how to get there. We have tried the top down approach of more government, more regulations, more spending and record debt, and it hasn’t worked.

On the Other Hand — A letter to Phil and Chuck
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:00 PM | Updated ( Friday, January 31, 2014 9:23 PM )

This is a letter to Phil and Chuck.

Not the bearded scamp on Duck Dynasty and the martial arts and fitness guru but rather Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck.