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Care for those who care for Ohio’s veterans

One of my most sacred jobs as your senator is standing up for the men and women who served our country in uniform, and the loved ones who support them. And when it comes to serving our veterans, our work is never done. I received a letter from Dannielle, of Wilmington, whose father served our ...

Strengthen Medicare, save money for seniors

We need to do all we can to make Medicare more affordable and easier to use for Ohio seniors. One way we do that is by fixing the so-called “observation status” loophole that leaves too many seniors with bills they can’t afford. Under current law, Medicare will only cover skilled ...

Medicinal marijuana really up to Washington

Are we human beings so incompetent that we cannot find a way to make THC available to people it might help with serious medical conditions, while avoiding one more substance abuse problem? Maybe so. But regardless of whether a workable system can be found, there’s an obstacle: Marijuana is ...

US policy compels expats to give up citizenship

I still remember my favourite ’80s movie: “The Jazz Singer,” starring Neil Diamond. A remake of the 1927 classic, it featured the soul-stirring title track “Coming to America” and a melting-pot montage of Lady Liberty all but using her torch as a microphone to emcee an obvious paean ...

Act would help connect students with good jobs

There are more than 100,000 jobs available in Ohio right now. And yet, there are more than 280,000 Ohioans who are out of work. One important reason is because employers are looking for skills they can’t find. This mismatch — often called the “skills gap” — is holding back our ...

If we can’t fix WTO, we should go around it

Last week, the Alliance for American Manufacturing released a new report confirming what many of us in Ohio have known for a long time — our international trade system isn’t working for American workers. The World Trade Organization — the WTO — was established in 1995 and was intended ...

Act would equalize rural Medicare payments

Ohioans who live in rural areas deserve the same access to high-quality health care as those who live in urban areas. But too many Ohioans who don’t live in big cities are left behind when it comes to their health, and policy-makers in Washington and Columbus don’t always appreciate the ...

Bureaucratic rules subvert checks and balances

If all the rules and regulations by which we are forced to live are such good ideas, why are so many of them promulgated unilaterally? Why were the checks and balances the founders built into our system of government abandoned? We’re taught in school that basic rules in the form of laws ...

Volunteer Link

Community Hospice Care Community Hospice Care is to offer a volunteer training class 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 for people who are interested in volunteering in the office. Volunteers can assist with fundraising and office duties. If you are interested or for further information, call Community ...

Now is not the time to lift sanctions on Russia

Last week, we sent a clear, bipartisan message to President Donald Trump that we should strengthen — not weaken — Russian sanctions, and that Congress must have a say on Russia policy. I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues, including Republicans John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsay ...

Former Tiffinite in UK still getting used to having a queen

The hardest thing to get used to when living in the UK as an American is having a queen. Although it doesn’t measurably affect your life, it is a mental obstacle that you find yourself occasionally grappling with, uncertain if amusement or bemusement is the order of the day. The main ...

Modern economy needs modern infrastructure

Our parents and grandparents left us with a transportation system that was the envy of the world. They dreamed it, they planned it and they built it – but we haven’t maintained it. Too many of our roads, bridges and railways have fallen into disrepair. The quality of U.S. ...

Britain shares our pain … and inaugural protests

The peaceful transfer of power is the hallmark of our presidential elections. Throw protests in, and we can be legitimately proud to be American — though I want to say “You broke it, you bought it,” to some of the protesters as a nation in a state of political flux surveys the aftermath ...

Volunteer Link

Volunteer Opportunities in January: Tiffin-Seneca Child Care Center The Tiffin-Seneca Child Care Center is looking for volunteers to help clean toys and rooms. Interested individuals can contact Kelly Schwab by phone at (419) 447-3382 or by email at tsccc@att.net READ TO ...

Politics isn’t only arena Putin tried to influence

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith: 1. The Russians elected Donald Trump president. 2. Hydraulic fracturing science is settled, and the practice is bad for human beings and our environment. But you can’t have it both ways. What if the ...

Brown reflects on session

Ohioans, regardless of political party, expect their elected officials to represent the best interests of their constituents and to produce results on their behalf. When it comes to my work as a senator, the state of Ohio always comes first. Medill News Service recently released an article ...

Just put a clear board over the problem

I have to say I‘m looking forward eagerly to the wonderful, massive improvement coming to some neighborhoods of Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and other big cities in Ohio. For many years, a drive through those places was an exercise in depression. Signs of urban decay and neglect were ...

England, Britain, UK, British Isles explained

  \When I moved across the pond, I wasn’t just moving to England. I was also taking up residence in Great Britain and the United Kingdom, not to mention the British Isles. Some of these might seem to be the same thing, but they’re not. Allow me to explain the difference, and ...

Senator reflects on legislative accomplishments for 2016

Ohioans are tired of Washington gridlock and want to see things getting done that will help them and their families. That’s how I feel. We don’t all agree on what those specific policies should be, but, in general, most of us just want to see Republicans and Democrats work together for ...

Election reflects American entrepreneurial spirit

Regardless of what you think of the election of soon-to-be President Donald Trump, his election reflects a unique aspect of American culture. Americans will take chances that many others in the world will not. The election showed that those who voted for Trump were willing to try something ...