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Ready to assist veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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.What we eventually uncovered were full-blown systemic problems at the VA.

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Constitution made ‘only for a moral and religious people’

Editor:Two of the largest internet news sites, the Drudge Report and World Net Daily, carry the banner, “Boehner rakes in cash for openly ‘gay’ Republican.” Does this surprise you? It does not me. After all, last year, he vowed to support homosexual candidates, and this is the only promise I can find that he has fulfilled since becoming Speaker.

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Recognizing National Newspaper Week

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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Gratis Twp. Trustees explain levy need

Editor:The Gratis Township Trustees have placed on the ballot this November, a 1 mill levy for Road and Bridge improvements.This letter is to inform you as to why this decision was made. We have 31 miles of roads to maintain and it is getting more difficult each year to meet your needs. Our budget, like most all local governments, have seen revenues drop in the last several years, while our expenses have steadily increased.Property tax revenue has dropped appr...

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Election letter deadline near

Deadline for original letters regarding the Tuesday, Nov. 4, General Election, will be this Friday, Oct. 10. Last date for print publication of election letters will be noon, Wednesday, Oct. 15.Only rebuttal letters will be printed in the Wednesday, Oct. 22 edition of The Register-Herald. Deadline will be noon, Friday,Oct. 17.No election-related letters will be printed in the Wednesday, Oct. 29 edition.Letters should be submitted by the author, and include sig...

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Reset America’s economic foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you look at America’s economy, it’s flat – it hasn’t been growing as it should.While Ohio is moving forward thanks to common-sense Republican economic solutions, concern remains about the condition of our nation as a whole. And for the first time perhaps ever, most parents in America doubt that the next generation in our country will be better off than the current one.I hear about this over and over again when I meet wi...

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Farewell to a forest friend

And the leaves that are green turn to brown, these words penned by Paul Simon, aptly describe the ever- changing fall landscape here in Preble County. The crops are maturing and the trees in the woodlands are putting on their yearly show.Days become shorter and nights turn cooler.As most folks are already aware, the Emerald Ash Borer has swept across the county and is taking its toll on our Ash trees. Many trees have already died, while many more are showing dieback with...

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Treating opiate addiction in Ohio communities

Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose – an average of five Ohioans each day – and 680 of those deaths can be attributed to heroin use. Frustratingly, the doctors willing to helping address this crisis have federal restrictions placed on the number of patients they can ...

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MHRB & Suicide Coalition offer thanks

Editor:The Walk to Remember, Walk for Hope committee thanks the following sponsors for their support of the fourth annual Preble County Suicide Awareness Walk:The Hundley Family, Dr. Jill Vosler, Bill & Cathy House, The Hit Foundation, Gebhart Counseling Solutions, LLC., Keelsra Business Services, Opti-Vise, Michael Murphy Insurance Agency, Vancrest Health Care Center, Neaton Auto Products, Remagen, Ware’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Preble County Sherriff̵...

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An update on library funding

Editor:At the Preble County District Library, we appreciate the financial support received through our local levy as well as our state funding and donations from our patrons through our Friends of the Library groups. We wouldn’t be able to serve Preble County at the current level without all your generous support.

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‘Heads up, taxpayers’

Editor:Just a little heads up for Preble County taxpayers, two big money issues are on the taxpayers’ table.1. A new maintenance building, part of a possible three million dollar expansion at the landfill. In private industry equipment is repaired and maintained on site. The military may use a tent in adverse weather. Personally I think the fact that we have had a landfill for years and never had any structure whatsoever, speaks volumes for no structure. I’m ...

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Commissioners’ Corner

Congratulations to the Pork Festival Committee and the many volunteers for another successful Preble County Pork Festival.We now look forward to improvements at the fairgrounds with the $875,000 received through the H.B. 497 Capital Improvement Community project. Community input is important on what improvements will make the largest impact to future growth of existing and future events at the fairgrounds.Some of the improvements proposed (but not limited to) would be el...

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Postal carriers say ‘thanks’ for donations

Editor:Thank you very much to all of our customers who made donations to our food drive on Saturday, May 10. A total of 2,300 pounds of food was collected in the Eaton and Camden areas.There were 72.5 million pounds of food collected nationwide. This year’s figures bring the total to more than 1.3 billion pounds of food colelcted and distributed since the food drive began in 1992.This was our 20th year of participation, and a total of 64,300 pounds have ...

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