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Yesterdays: The Fayette Theater

It was called a “Theater of Distinction” and the Fayette Theater certainly was that. Hoy Simons brought to our town a movie palace that showed first-run attractions and the price of admissions was almost modest.For many of my formative years, I could see my favorite Technicolor movies for 14 cents which didn’t put too much of a dent in my modest allowance.

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Getting things done for Ohio

Over the past couple of weeks, two bills that I authored passed both houses of Congress—the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 2013 and the World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2014. Now both are on their way to the President’s desk for his signature.

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‘Bombs bursting in air’ made me feel like a kid

Every year, no matter where I am, I watch a fireworks show on the Fourth of July. This year, as I made the trip to my mom’s in Indianapolis, I thought about how this would be the first year without going to see an organized fireworks show.You see, my sister said we would just hang around mom’s and watch the fireworks set off around her neighborhood.After the week I’d had, and bone-tired as I was, I didn’t argue.And you know what? I ende...

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Helping Ohio workers receive benefits they deserve

To cut costs, some employers cheat the system by misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Though the vast majority of employers are honest, the ones that aren’t deny their employees vital worker safeguards and avoid paying their fair share of Social Security, unemployment insurance, and income tax.This practice, which occurs across several industries including construction, trucking, landscaping, and home health care, cheats workers out of the benefits they ...

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Signers of the Declaration

This week we celebrate the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an event that set a new course for human history. There were 56 men who signed that document, which declared that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States…” The signers understood what was...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Folks,By now you have read of the crisis at Fayette Memorial Hospital (Record-Herald 6/18/2014). My heart and life as a nurse continues to care for the health of our community. I am deeply concerned about the direction our hospital is headed. I attend monthly Board meetings and want to share my observations.The financial situation is clearly troubling. On page 1 of the financial package presented to the Board, the net loss for the year 2013 was $3,268,378. As of May...

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Life from the tips of one’s toes

In my 22 years on this Earth, there are a few things I have gotten to know quite well: chairs, stepladders and the tips of my toes.Long story short (pun intended), I am what you might call “vertically challenged.” At my fullest height, I am 4 feet, 11 inches.So, I’ve had to stand on my tiptoes to dance at every prom and homecoming. I’ve had to push the seat up whenever I get behind the wheel of a car. And I’ve had to maneuver chairs around t...

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The American Flag: ‘A Threat’?

It’s the very symbol of patriotism — Old Glory, as William Driver, a 19th-century American sea captain, nicknamed it. But even as we close in on Independence Day, more and more people across the country are calling the American flag a threat and inappropriate home garnishing.

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Yesterdays: Memories of Johnny Godfrey

Johnny Godfrey was a star pupil of the late Emerson Ludwick while I was just emerging from the “Baby Tappers” and singing such “winners” as “Three Little Fishes” and “Little Red Schoolhouse” in Emerson’s annual dance reviews. Our beloved teacher was killed in World War II.Johnny went on to open his own dance studio while he was still in high school. He was such a talented dancer, he was invited to join “Dance masters of Am...

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FCMH seeks partnership/affiliation

It has been widely publicized that the Board of Trustees of Fayette County Memorial Hospital decided to issue an RFP (Request for Proposal) to explore the opportunities for a strategic partnership/affiliation.As much as everyone would like things to remain the same, in this rapidly changing healthcare environment, anyone who understands the national trends in healthcare recognizes that it is probably not possible to remain independent.

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,The Physicians of the Medical Staff of FCMH feel compelled to respond to the recent article “FCMH Medical Staff seeks to change leadership”.While we do have some differences of opinion and concerns regarding the current leadership at Fayette County Memorial Hospital, these concerns were presented to the Board in the form of a letter signed by the medical staff physiciansand discussed with the Board of Trustees at their April meeting. Areas remain ...

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Confrontation Clause

In Ohio, state law imposes a duty on all school officers and employees – including administrators and employees of daycare centers – to report actual or suspected child abuse or neglect. That’s why a preschool teacher at the William Patrick Day Head Start Center in Cleveland notified her supervisor when she spotted the left eye of a three-old boy in her care. The incident eventually gave rise to a case that came before us – the Ohio Supreme Court.

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It’s time to investigate the IRS

You may have heard that the Internal Revenue Service has lost some emails. We are going to help the agency find them — either on their own, or through an investigation by a Special Counsel.

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Yesterdays

It was a red-letter day for me in the fall of 1940, when my parents decided I was old enough to go to town by myself. I was somewhere between seven and eight and with great anticipation, I donned my white flannel pleated skirt and red jacket. Mother knotted some change in a hankie and tucked it into one of the pockets. She cautioned me, however, not to take any candy into the library.In that era, Carnegie Public Library was — even then — an oasis for book-lovers of all ...

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Omission Control

Reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s story sounds familiar to me: A major network got tired of her reports criticizing government. She no longer works there.The CBS correspondent reported on Fast and Furious, the shifting explanation for the Benghazi, Libya, attacks and the bungled rollout of the Obamacare website.“But as time went on, it was harder to get stories on,” she says.“There are people who simply would rather just avoid the headache of...

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