Daily Advocate- RSS OPINION Feed http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION http://dailyadvocate.com/section/OPINION Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:51:44 EST 1800 Solving our spending problem is the key to saving Medicare http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/150252404/Solving-our-spending-problem-is-the-key-to-saving-Medicare This time of year, many seniors in our area have questions about Medicare, as Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7. That's why my office stands ready to assist any constituents who may have questions about the Medicare Open... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:07 EST Review of the Law Enforcement Study Committee http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/150264644/Review-of-the-Law-Enforcement-Study-Committee As I travel west central Ohio, I continue to hear concerns about the growing drug problem in our region—and how it is affecting the entire state. I have always been in favor of fighting drugs because they tear our families apart and cripple the... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:37:06 EST Fun, fun, fun http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150276362/Fun-fun-fun One of my favorite childhood memories is of the safe, spooky fun I enjoyed while listening to ghostly tales spun at Halloween parties. They gave me chills, filled me with wonder, and often left me seeking answers to the unexplained mysteries... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:38:10 EST Limitations of socializing http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150276400/Limitations-of-socializing A couple of weeks ago I was floating down the Mississippi on a riverboat with my in-laws. I wanted to visit with everyone on the boat. The place I found that I could see nearly everyone, sooner or later, was in the bar area. Which got me thinking of... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:38:08 EST Gloria’s birthday present and mouth-watering barbecue pizza http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150261686/Glorias-birthday-present-and-mouth-watering-barbecue-pizza Dear friends both far and wide, Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:36:08 EST Photography..a record of time http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150261548/Photography..a-record-of-time I remember as a small child that I enjoyed looking at pictures. I especially enjoyed this when I was visiting my great grandmother and my grandmother. As you can see photography is a family tradition in my family. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:31:07 EST Excesses, new and old, in political campaigns http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/150261233/Excesses-new-and-old-in-political-campaigns Recent bantering in online comments about the huge amounts spent in modern presidential campaigns got me to thinking. Is our spending on this unprecedented? I decided to do a little research, to learn how our ancestors dealt with this event, and was... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:09:14 EST Wayne HealthCare nurse contract negotiations http://dailyadvocate.com/news/health-opinion/150249414/Wayne-HealthCare-nurse-contract-negotiations It was with a great deal of disappointment that the Wayne HealthCare (WH) negotiating team, Administration and the Board of Trustees read the recent “press release” and comments from members of the Wayne Professional Nurses Association... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:56:07 EST Halloween celebration this Sunday http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150227859/Halloween-celebration-this-Sunday Rainy weather has slowed autumn's harvest of farm crops. Perhaps fields will be open and busy by the time this column appears. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:12:15 EST Boulders, mountains and moons http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150227796/Boulders-mountains-and-moons The author Kurt Vonnegut wrote that it might be a great mistake that the universe contains matter that “…can think and feel. It complains so.” Often, “it” (i.e., we) also thinks quite poorly. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:08:15 EST Politics and religion http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150185939/Politics-and-religion (Houston, Texas, October 2014) “The battle over a controversial equal rights ordinance is heating up in Houston, Texas, with revelations that the city has subpoenaed church sermons, among other documentation, from five local faith... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:13:11 EST Generation Square dedicated http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150220883/Generation-Square-dedicated Generation Square was established in 2012 by the Arcanum Garden Club on the grounds of the former Arcanum High School and Elementary building(s) on North Main Street. Earlier this month on Oct. 5 a ceremony was held to dedicate the new trees, urns,... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:07:08 EST Ingredients for Christian strength http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150175241/Ingredients-for-Christian-strength Let's say you came over to my home and told me you were hungry.“Oh, I can take care of that; let's go into the kitchen” is my joyful reply. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:38:08 EST Genuinely worship Him http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150175203/Genuinely-worship-Him In past years I had the privilege of attending and experiencing an incredible Easter drama called “The Living Cross” at a church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:34:09 EST Relax http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150192753/Relax How do you relax? Do you take time to smell the roses, visit with friends and family, read a good book, pick up a hobby, take a walk, enjoy a massage, or get plenty of rest? I certainly hope you do because we all need to take time for ourselves. If we... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:38:06 EST Timeless http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150190384/Timeless “Silver Cleaning Day” is a tour de force of curves and reflections, the perfectly rendered pitchers, teapots, creamers and sugar bowls of the title joyously reflected in each other's surfaces. Strands of pearls project spherical... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:44:06 EST Thank you Darke County Foundation http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/150164969/Thank-you-Darke-County-Foundation Editor: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:33:10 EST Open house a success http://dailyadvocate.com/news/letters/150164781/Open-house-a-success Editor: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:28:11 EST Harvest time, possible dangers to be aware of when driving http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion_columns/150180214/Harvest-time-possible-dangers-to-be-aware-of-when-driving It is harvest time. It's a beautiful time of the year. It's fall, the leaves are changing and will soon be falling. Colors couldn't be more brighter or more intense. But there are dangers lurking on our country roads. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:47:10 EST Steps at the VA are just the beginning http://dailyadvocate.com/news/opinion/150078066/Steps-at-the-VA-are-just-the-beginning Hearing directly from veterans in our own region on the veterans' benefit claims backlog is what led to my pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers and accountability years ago. Our veterans deserve nothing less. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:46:17 EST