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Fertility rites
Written by Kathleen Parker   
Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:20 AM

WASHINGTON — Distilled to a slogan, politics of late goes something like this: “I’m more fertile than you are.”

It seems fecundity is emerging as the best argument for public office, policy or even citizenship. What was once an unconscious appraisal — Is this person strong, healthy and vital? — has morphed into the sort of explicit review one usually associates with an X rating.

While male politicians have always strutted their stuff as a demonstration of virility and strength, most women until recently have had no such comparable public measures. Managing a household wasn’t viewed as favorably as, say, the ability to pitch a ball over home plate.

Off with her breasts
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:17 AM | Updated ( Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:20 AM )

I’m sure many of you have read, seen or heard about Angelina Jolie having a double mastectomy when she found she carried the gene that made her 87 percent more likely (than someone who doesn’t) to get breast cancer and 50 percent more likely to get ovarian cancer.

In an article in time magazine, Jolie’s doctor said she has trimmed the frightening 87 percent down to just 5 percent with her bold proactive strike against a disease that has affected too many women and even men.

The 2009 Vanity Fair “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” revealed her decision in an op-ed in the New York Times. She explained her treatment decision: “Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and minimize the risk as much as I could. … “I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear in people’s hearts.”

Creating Ohio jobs by enforcing trade rules
Written by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown   
Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:50 AM




We all know trade matters for Ohioans and for manufacturers and middle-class workers throughout the country. That’s because when we increase our exports, manufacturers can increase their bottom line. But, our growing trade deficit keeps our domestic companies on the defensive.

In fact, last week, new U.S.-China trade deficit figures from April revealed a 34 percent increase since March.

Thanks, Dad
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:48 AM

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. Enjoy your special day!

I would like to add to “What I learned from my father” on page 3.

Many of you knew my father. He was no-nonsense, very practical and a former Marine. The latter explains a lot. He expected what he asked to be done, no questions asked. He said it, you did it (or made it look like you were).

Letter to the Editor
Written by Staff Reports   
Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:48 AM


This is a letter of thanks and praise for two young ladies from Delphos St. John’s.

Maddie Burgei and Alicia Buettner visited my home every Tuesday morning as part of a project for their religion class.