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I’m good, you can leave me here
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

Someone who shall remain nameless had a tragic door knob issue this week and was trapped in their office for a bit. It was much needed comic relief toward the end of a very tough week. We were teasing this individual that we could slip food under the door and were brainstorming on how to provide liquids. At one point, they announced they had good news, “At least I don’t have to go the bathroom!”

Sorry, I’ll try not to enjoy your misfortune quite so much next time if it happens again.

So that got me thinking on what I would do if I was trapped in my office. First, I’d also unplug the phone. Ah. Peace and quiet.

Then I’d make a list of all the things I have been meaning to get to but never quite accomplish. You know, the things on the bottom of the priority list each day or week that never seem to move.

I love the fast pace and activity in the newsroom but sometimes it prohibits a good work flow. I get entangled in all the little details and have to struggle to keep up with the big picture. A few hours of uninterrupted work time would be wonderful.

Ohio College-bound students need to add meningitis vaccine to their ‘to do’ lists
Written by Cliff Hite   
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

By Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite

Mid-August marks the time when many of our high school graduates pack up and head off to college for the first time. This time of year is always accompanied by packing lists and to-do lists. One item our students should be sure not to forget: their meningitis vaccination.

People of any age can get meningitis, but those most at risk include very young children, adolescents and, especially, those living in close quarters like college dormitories. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the meningococcal vaccine for everyone aged 11 to 18 years old. Those who are headed off to college should have a booster shot if their original dose was given at least five years earlier.

Current state law requires students in on-campus housing at public universities to tell administrators whether they have been vaccinated for meningitis. There is currently no legal mandate in Ohio that college students be vaccinated, though some other states have taken that step. In recent years, there have been several cases of meningitis at Ohio colleges, some fatal. Nationally, about 100 cases of meningitis occur on campuses each year. To protect students, some colleges require proof of vaccination as a condition of enrollment.

Unleashing America’s energy potential
Written by Bob Latta   
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

By Congressman Bob Latta

While trouble abroad has typically led to greater pain at the pump, Americans have experienced relatively stable gas prices over the past few months despite foreign crises. With the national average price for regular gasoline down more than 10 cents from last month, today’s fuel prices are both a contradiction of the past four decades’ trends and an example of the benefits that can result from increased domestic energy production.

American innovation in advanced energy development technologies has unleashed an abundance of domestic energy resources. In 2013, U.S. energy production rose more than the combined increases in the rest of the world to reach its highest level in 24 years. This is why the United States is now the number one producer of both oil and natural gas in the world.

This energy renaissance is not only strengthening North American energy security as domestic resources replace imports from hostile environments in Middle Eastern countries, but it is also fueling expansive job growth throughout the energy industry. While the energy industry supports nearly 10 million American jobs today, that number is expected to grow by 3 million by 2020. For Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District, this energy renaissance has already increased local business’s global competiveness, resulting in expanded operations and new jobs at home.

Yes, there is honor in all work
Written by Byron McNutt   
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

There’s more to be celebrated on Labor Day weekend than the last blast of summer and the coming of another beautiful autumn.

It’s time to celebrate working folks—not just the ones who own or manage businesses, but the ones who work for them.

Even Labor Day is a busy workday for those who bag groceries, work in restaurant kitchens, checkout customers at retail stores, bus tables, haul garbage, patrol our streets and highways and defend our country.

They are the front line workers who take our abuse when we don’t like their bosses’ policies or when the equipment malfunctions. They are the ones who often work combinations of jobs to make the rent or pay tuition or keep the kids in sneakers and braces.

They are the ones who show up even when they don’t feel well, the ones who stay as long as it takes to get the job done. Many will start counting the days this Labor Day until they’re laid off for the season.

I like to say there is honor in all work, no matter what kind of work it is. As we pause this weekend to celebrate Labor Day, I am reminded of the following thoughts:

On the Other Hand - Should I stay or should I go?
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:07 PM | Updated ( Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:26 PM )


Today’s column is about a rather delicate subject. As Delphos mourns the loss of a young mother at the hands of her husband, I feel compelled to address the issue of domestic violence.

I urge anyone who is being mistreated — verbally or physically — to get out of the situation. If there are children involved, do so doubly fast.