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Stepping to the polls

Miriam BaierThe election campaign season is in full swing with less than a week to go until decisions are made.

While the official election date is Nov. 4, plenty have already voted absentee.

That just does not seem right to me. I understand there are legitimate reasons for an absentee ballot, but I have trouble convincing myself that convenience — mine or election officials — should be one of the reasons.

Although I dread visiting my precinct Tuesday because I fear it will be rife with confusion and general disorganization, and this year with many more voters, I have not let myself apply for an absentee ballot. I feel it is my cross to bear for the privilege of voting.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Dear Danny: Here’s the tale about my tail

Doug Loehr Okay. I’m starting to get tired of the questions about my hair — namely the tail on the back of my head. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not offended, I’m just tired of answering the questions. In fact, the last question came from Nigle Standley at church Sunday. It was something to the effect of, “Hey, what’s the deal? Is your barber blind or something.?” Then came that classic Nigle Standley chuckle. I had to laugh too. After all, it was Nigle.

So, since I turned around to explain how I got this ever-growing tail on the back of my head I figure I might as well explain it to all of you readers out there who happen to run into me and wonder, or are already wondering if I’ve lost my mind, and to my coworkers who have made remarks as well — some to my face and some behind my back. But hey, I have a great sense of humor and I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion of my new, but temporary look.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Make your voice be heard Nov. 4

Jim MasonLogan County voters face a unique situation in many ways Nov. 4 at the polls.

Local contests are sure to see a fruitful tally with the help of the Presidential contest, which means a greater number to weigh in on our future.

The battle which seems to be front and center is the race for Logan County Sheriff. Both candidates offer experience and have vowed change to guide the agency forward. Andy Smith and Ron Murray have the best intentions for our community and let’s hope they bring their vision to this high-ranking position.

The Logan County Commissioner’s race is just as vital for our community, with John Bayliss, Don Bradley and Bruce Lile contending for a seat.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Life among the walking dead

Reuben MeesI’ve never considered myself much of an actor or storyteller, but there’s something about Halloween that brings out the unusual side in all of us.

So as I lay on a wooden table soaked with fake blood that actually tastes quite good but is very sticky — a sawed off knife protruding from the Heart Rock Café T-shirt I got for donating blood — I was as shocked as the people who walked by and said, “Hey, that’s the newspaper guy.”

Not wanting to break character, however, I just groaned and limped toward them with my red, sticky fingers extended. Sorry for accidentally getting the goo in your hair, whomever the young woman was walking down that dark path last Saturday.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Boeckman did not deserve to be booed

Matt HammondAbout every newspaper in Ohio has run a column this week about Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman getting booed by his home fans last Saturday. I might as well chime in, too.

In short, it was an embarrassing moment for the Buckeyes and their fan base. Boeckman led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title last year and a berth in the national championship game. Yet as he ran off the field after one of three plays he was in for against Troy, many fans booed him.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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The earth moves as music plays

Miriam BaierI felt the earth move under my feet when I heard Carole King was coming Wednesday to Bellefontaine.

Well, that is an exaggeration, but a flood of bittersweet memories stemming from the music on her iconic Tapestry album released in 1971 that includes I Feel the Earth Move did flood over me.

I first came across that album flipping through my brother John’s collection at his house during one of many visits with my parents.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Seven hasn’t proven to be my lucky number

Doug LoehrI sat at my desk with the TV only inches from head when our managing editor, Jim Mason, received word from our circulation manager to tune into CNN immediately. Something “big” was up for the newsroom to switch in the morning from ESPN Sportscenter to CNN.

I remember thinking what in the world could be more important than our daily dose of sports highlights?

But from my chair looking up at the screen, an odd sight was being broadcast. A plane had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York city.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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Beijing deserves pat on back despite issues

Reuben MeesSeveral months ago, I was close to putting the words boycott and Olympics in the same sentence.

I’m glad I didn’t.

Actually, for all my anti-Olympics sentiments before the games, I must admit there were some pretty phenomenal performances this year and I’m rather glad I let myself get sucked into the hype.

Actually, it’s only been three days and I’m starting to have summer games withdrawal. Like many Americans, I was hooked. It was like a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Once you sit down with the bag, you can never eat just one.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012

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