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Schaffer Sworn into 134th General Assembly

State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) was sworn in this week as a member of Ohio Senate in the 134th General Assembly. He represents the 20th District, which including all of Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, and Muskingum Counties and parts of Athens and Pickaway Counties.

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Wednesday 12/23/2020
A Holiday Message from State Senator Tim Schaffer

In the coming days, many of us will gather to spread joy and gratitude and to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends around dinner tables, in houses of worship, and in front of a warm fire.

Posted: December 23, 2020
Wednesday 12/02/2020
Five ways to talk about politics peacefully

A growing number of Americans dread the holidays because they expect family gatherings to become a political battle. But our discussions need not be an endless series of political landmines. These five steps can bring peace to our discussions through the holidays and well beyond:

Posted: December 02, 2020
Wednesday 11/25/2020
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t let COVID-19 restrictions get you down

Don’t let the COVID crisis put a damper on your Thanksgiving Day. Several years ago, the founder of the Association of Mature American Citizens, the late Dan Weber (my dad), issued a Thanksgiving Day message at another particularly trying time in our nation’s history. The threats we faced then were disruptive but definitely less threatening than the pandemic that has us safe-distancing, self-isolating and watching too many of our fellow citizens fall ill and perish.

Posted: November 25, 2020
Wednesday 10/28/2020
Writer encourages support for State Senator Tim Schaffer

To the Editor:

Posted: October 28, 2020
Wednesday 08/19/2020
A reason to give thanks we live in Morgan County

Every single day, the news gives me a new reason to thank God – that I live in small town America and not in one of the larger cities where I lived during my exile. The coronavirus has a harder time spreading when people do not pile on top of one another on the subway. The chance of a riot breaking out is … remote. And if one did, nobody would justify destroying private property or attacking the police.

Posted: August 19, 2020
Wednesday 07/01/2020
Schaffer introduces legislation to recover funds for local governments and schools in AEP ReCreation Land

State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) introduced Senate Bill 333 this week, which will require the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) to local governments and school districts to make up for tax revenue lost as the State of Ohio purchases the AEP ReCreation Land property.

Posted: July 01, 2020
Wednesday 06/24/2020
DAV issues statement on nationwide protests and civil unrest

For your awareness, DAV has issued the following statement regarding the protests and civil unrest across the nation:

Posted: June 24, 2020
Wednesday 05/27/2020
Remembering the Fallen

May is a time for celebration. The winter finally gives way to the warm sun, and we as a nation prepare for the celebrations of the summer to come. Let us not forget, however, those who have sacrificed everything to give us these warm days of freedom.

Posted: May 27, 2020
Wednesday 04/15/2020
Stories R US: Connect via newspaper during pandemic

You are part of the pandemic story and so am I. Write your own story and send it to your newspaper’s Letter to the Editor. Connect with your community.

Posted: April 15, 2020
Wednesday 03/18/2020
Yost releases 2020 ‘Yellow Book’ early due to ongoing COVID-19 disruption

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost released the 2020 edition of the Sunshine Laws Manual, a one-stop resource for information on the Ohio Public Records and Open Meetings Acts.

Posted: March 18, 2020
Wednesday 02/26/2020
Senators Schaffer, Fedor introduce legislation targeting human trafficking in Ohio

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, State Senators Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) gave sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 247, their legislation aimed at further combating human trafficking and prostitution in Ohio.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Wednesday 02/19/2020
Expanded EdChoice Scholarship Program uses public dollars for private education

Public school officials and advocates in Ohio are opposing the expansion of a state voucher program that would require local public tax dollars to pay for students to attend private schools.

Posted: February 19, 2020
Wednesday 01/29/2020
Bring responsible food choices into schools

Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Nebraska Food Council is urging Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, with inclusion of the Farm to School Act and Kids Eat Local Act, to bring responsible food choices into schools.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Wednesday 01/15/2020
Mike's Musings

Greetings Morgan County! Well…I did something stupid. I know you’re thinking I’m going to need to get way more specific. Okay, specifically I did something stupid involving a 50-caliber muzzle loader with a scope that I want to share with my fellow Morgan Countians because I think it teaches something about human nature.

Posted: January 15, 2020
Wednesday 12/18/2019
My cats made me write this column

Readers of this column know that my cats are a part of the family. However, they are also my silent partners in writing this column.

Posted: December 18, 2019
Wednesday 12/11/2019
How fascism came to America

I usually like to use this space to bring people laughter or deeper insights, but today it's my duty to bring you a somber message, a dire warning about the state of our constitutional Republic.

Posted: December 11, 2019
Wednesday 11/27/2019
The scientific benefits of giving thanks (or gratitude)

This week is Thanks­giving because our forefathers recognized “it is meet and right” to give God thanks and praise, as the ancient prayer says. But science has finally caught up with the Bible in discovering that, aside from being a fit way to respond to divine blessings, thanksgiving provides a host of physical and psychological benefits. Here are a few:

Posted: November 27, 2019
Wednesday 11/06/2019
Honoring the Sacrifice of Veterans

Veterans Day provides a special opportunity for us to recognize the bravery and service of the men and women who protect our freedom. Ohio is home to almost 800,000 veterans, the 6th largest veteran population in America. They come from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and points of view, but all share one trait in common – a commitment to a cause higher than self.

Posted: November 06, 2019
Friday 11/01/2019
Help continue our literacy legacy and invest in YOUR libraries

Dear Editor:

Posted: November 01, 2019
Wednesday 10/30/2019
Letter to the Editor: Morgan County Ambulance Levy explained

To the Taxpayers of Morgan County,

Posted: October 30, 2019
Wednesday 09/18/2019
Where were you on 9/11?

Every year on September 11, Americans commemorate the fallen, remember the heroes who ran into the fire, and ask one another the same question: “Where were you?” Sharing our stories helps us bond and furthers the healing. In that spirit, I’m sharing my story.

Posted: September 18, 2019
Wednesday 09/11/2019
We Shall Never Forget

This year on Sept­ember 11th, Amer­i­cans will mourn the 18th anniversary of one of the most horrific days in U.S. history. We will pause and remember the way we felt when we first heard the news. We will recall where we were and who we were surrounded by. We will mourn the lives lost and the families who still grieve.

Posted: September 11, 2019
An Eye on the Lower Muskingum: FEDERAL BOTTOM – ANDRES POWERS

Andres Powers was born in Connecticut in December 1775. On November 2, 1797, he married Deborah Comstock (1777-1862) at New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He came to Ohio in 1805 and joined his brother, Theophilus H., at Federal Bottom.

Posted: September 11, 2019
Wednesday 09/04/2019
Sobering facts about marijuana use

Of all the words people use to start a conversation, the four that always scare me are: “Hey, did you know?” Too often I don’t know the “information” being passed along because it isn’t true.

Posted: September 04, 2019
Wednesday 08/28/2019
Writer concerned about ‘tent city’

Dear Editor:

Posted: August 28, 2019
Former resident impressed with streetscape

Dear Editor:

Posted: August 28, 2019
Wednesday 07/17/2019
Stockport man speaks on ‘The Alt-Right: A Christian Perspective’ at international conference

Rev. Ben Johnson, of Stockport, spoke about how Christians should respond to a controversial and growing racist movement at an international conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Posted: July 17, 2019
Wednesday 07/03/2019
Communities that work together, win together An Independence Day Reminder

Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they’re so deeply engrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists: seizing the bull by the horns, charting our own course, walking alone into the forest with an axe slung over our shoulder.

Posted: July 03, 2019
Wednesday 06/05/2019
Health Department News

What is Public Health? Who is Public Health? What does Public Health do for you?

Posted: June 05, 2019
Wednesday 05/01/2019
Why I celebrated Easter this week

It’s been awhile since my last column. Since then, my spare laptop died – and four people close to me threatened to follow it.

Posted: May 01, 2019
Wednesday 04/10/2019
Four people in Morgan County await a life-saving organ transplant

To the Editor:

Posted: April 10, 2019
Wednesday 04/03/2019
Writer likes local recovery center’s staff

To the Editor:

Posted: April 03, 2019
Wednesday 03/20/2019
Writer: Parmiter Road drivers should ‘Listen Up’

To the Editor:

Posted: March 20, 2019
Wednesday 12/05/2018
Morgan County ‘Quick Response’ Team is fighting the opiate epidemic

To the Editor:

Posted: December 05, 2018
Wednesday 11/21/2018
Writer urges all to focus on good health

To the Editor:

Posted: November 21, 2018
Wednesday 10/31/2018
Children and families depend on help from MCBDD

To the Editor:

Posted: October 31, 2018
Wednesday 10/24/2018
Sheriff strongly opposes decriminalization of dangerous drugs; urges residents to vote ‘No’ on Issue 1

To the Editor and Morgan County residents:

Posted: October 24, 2018
Vote for the Morgan County OSU Extension renewal levy!

To The Editor:

Posted: October 24, 2018
Wednesday 09/19/2018
OEPA to hold public meeting on proposed coal mine in the Perry State Forest: Public comments will be accepted on community impacts

To the Editor:

Posted: September 19, 2018
Wednesday 05/23/2018
Letter to the Editor: Soccer coach urges residents to support MHS soccer teams

To the Editor:

Posted: May 23, 2018
Wednesday 03/14/2018
Letter to the Editor: The Listening Post explores the journey of life

To the Editor:

Posted: March 14, 2018
As Sunshine Week begins, AG DeWine releases updated ‘Yellow Book’

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has released the 2018 edition of Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual. The release of the manual, commonly referred to as the “Yellow Book,” coincides with the beginning of National Sunshine Week.

Posted: March 14, 2018
‘For Freedom’

Ohio Gun Owners:

Posted: March 14, 2018
Attorney General issues 2017 Concealed Carry Report

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, on March 2, issued a report indicating that 131,345 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2017.

Posted: March 14, 2018
Wednesday 03/07/2018
Letter to the Editor: Writer impressed with candidate’s national solution for health care

To the Editor:

Posted: March 07, 2018
Wednesday 12/20/2017
The reflections of a citizen while attending the 2017 Veterans Day Parade

To the Editor:

Posted: December 20, 2017
Balderson announces $1.4 million for to OU Nursing School renovations

State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) an­nounced Monday, Dec. 18, the approval of $1,475,753 in state funds to Ohio University for the construction phase of the Herrold Hall renovations in Zanesville.

Posted: December 20, 2017
Wednesday 11/29/2017
No more warnings...if you are found without proper dog tags, a citation will be issued

To The Editor:

Posted: November 29, 2017
Wednesday 10/11/2017
Model legislation protects free speech from frivolous lawsuits

Supporters of the “Ohio Citizen Participation Act” thanked State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, for introducing a bill to protect Ohioans from frivolous lawsuits that chill their First Amendment rights of free speech.

Posted: October 11, 2017
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