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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 9:12 PM
I’ve written this before, but it’s worth repeating. Roughly 20 years ago, Adams County Prosecutor David Kelley was in my office at The People’s Defender in West Union. A customer came in and asked him “As prosecutor, who’s your boss?” David replied: “The 29,000 people of Adams County.” That’s how all public officials should view their positions. You are not rulers. You work for the people – or at least that’s the theory. We boss you. You do not boss us. Period.
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 9:12 PM
    I’ve written this before, but it’s worth repeating. Roughly 20 years ago, Adams County Prosecutor David Kelley was in my office at The People’s Defender in West Union. A customer came in and asked him “As prosecutor, who’s your boss?” David replied: “The 29,000 people of Adams County.” That’s how all public officials should view their positions. You are not rulers. You work for the people – or at least that’s the theory. We boss you. You do not boss us. Period.
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  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018 7:11 PM
    Does the Don John Trump administration even comprehend that Rocky Fork Lake State Park and Highland County are regularly opined to be “Trump Country?” Doesn’t Don John care? Or is the POTUS simply too busy embracing and loving an evil North Korean dictator to worry about Highland County? By the way, one must wonder how the Ohio family of Otto Warmbier feels about the Trump/Kim love affair.
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  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:04 PM
    “In this country, the PC culture is continuing to fuel conflict where none should exist and in places where common sense prevails,” Mr. McBride told the DDN. “As a person of Irish heritage and with a name of Patrick McBride, I could take offense of Notre Dame’s mascot, the ‘Fighting Irish.’ I don’t, because I have better things to do with my time.” Leave it to an Irish Mick (can this Irishman call another Irishman a “Mick?”) to make sense of all this nonsense. Surely, all school boards, administrators and faculty have far more important issues than whether the Warriors should be called the non-Warriors.
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  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:14 PM
    From a personal perspective, Dave Hilliard and Stew Gardner are a great team. They may be at their best in the fourth quarter of an already-delayed game when penalty flags outnumber players. And leave it to Dave to make observations like this one when they announced the Reds’ score against the Miami Marlins, and Dave noted: “I bet there aren’t more than 10 people at that game.”
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  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:46 PM
    After all the public meetings and proverbial sidebars, executive sessions and political arm-twistings, here we are almost a year later, and some on city council are still thinking of joining the PC district – and with confirmation of eliminating the additional city income tax. That is sheer audacity. I’ll give you that much. The citizens and taxpayers of Hillsboro need to make their voices heard. Many of you, admirably, did so last November. You can send another message on Nov. 6 to distance our community from the king and his court.
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  • Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:34 PM
    According to a Washington Post story (they’ll print anything, you know), committee chairman Congressman Greg Walden tried to gavel down Laura Loomer’s lament. Loomer labored on. That is, until Congressman Billy Long broke into an impromptu auction call, while “accepting” his imaginary bids. “Thirty dollars now, two and a half, seventy-five, forty. We’re selling the cell phone, there. Four and quarter, four and a half. Sold. I yield back."
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  • Monday, September 3, 2018 3:11 PM
    For some of us, the month of September and the Highland County Fair are almost synonymous with the end of summer. For those of us who are baseball fans – especially fans of the Cincinnati Reds – the end of summer means the end of warm summer nights, sitting back on the deck, watching the stars appear one by one after dusk, and listening to the Reds’ broadcast from Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman and his on-air partner, former Major League pitcher Jeff “The Cowboy” Brantley.
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  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 7:49 PM
    Since the commissioners’ 3-0 vote to approve the new contract on Aug. 22 – which Sheriff Donnie Barrera refused to sign – I have asked the commissioners and the county auditor for the total increase from 2017 to the year-end 2018 contract. Just give us a number. Last week, I offered a WAG (Wild-Ass Guess) on the increase to be $65,000. If that was anywhere in the ballpark, I figured the county was OK. In the grand scheme of things, Auditor Bill Fawley isn’t likely to be taken aback by a $65,000 hit to a departmental budget of more than $2 million
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  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:14 PM
    Dick Zink stopped by The Highland County Press just before my family’s vacation/reunion at the Outer Banks in North Carolina this month. He showed absolutely no indication of battling the cancer that would soon take him from his family and friends. He was smiling; knowing that when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. No one could have imagined what he was going through. But that’s not surprising, once you think about the man. He was always a Type A individual. Strong. Tough. Resilient. Like Frank Sinatra, he did it his way. Always.
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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:15 PM
    There’s an old saying on the college football coaches speakers’ circuit that no one should speak after dinner – or after legendary Coach Lou Holtz. Coach Holtz was always a tough act to follow. At the 38th annual Highland County Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 14 at Southern State Community College, 2018 inductee and Germany native Luise Curtis was a very, very tough act to follow.
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