Register Herald- RSS opinion Feed Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:35:14 EST 1800 Improving veterans’ health care Last week, I introduced Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The next day, the Committee –13 other senators... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Cracking down on human trafficking My wife Debbie and I raised two daughters, and, like any parent, the stories of suffering and pain that follow from human trafficking crimes weigh heavily on me. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Honoring Our Vow to America’s Veterans In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays. The great majority of VA... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Pieratt family says thank you Editor:On behalf of the Steve Pieratt family, we would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the 6th annual “Ratt Race” on Saturday, July 12. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Skills gap still exists There's a skills gap in our country that is preventing unemployed Americans from filling available jobs. Legislation I authored is going to help close that gap. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST PCHS says ‘thanks’ to supporters Editor: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Obama has ‘circumvented’ the American people Over the past five years, President Obama has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST All-American made flags As we celebrated Independence Day last week, Americans took time to honor and celebrate our great nation. One way we can continue to express our patriotism is to support American workers and businesses. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Township gives thanks for help with tornado siren Editor: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Helping Ohio workers receive the 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... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST New EPA rule is ‘nuts’ When I heard about the president's new EPA rule, I said it was nuts – that's because it is. The proposed rule would force new federal bureaucratic mandates on states and energy suppliers that will be passed directly to American... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Lessons from the public records audit: 10 years after There's good news for Ohio citizens in the results of a statewide, county-by-county public records audit that was conducted by more than 60 Ohio media outlets in April under the auspices of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 WASHINGTON, DC — On July 2, 1964, Congress completed what many consider to be the most fundamental and consequential legislation in our long history, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Acts make way to Congress 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... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Summer Food Service Program helping families WASHINGTON, DC — With so many families struggling to make ends meet, many Ohio children are living in “food insecure” households, where parents don't always have the resources to provide enough healthy food for their families. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Celebrating Fatherhood: a guest editorial COLUMBUS — As a father myself, and as Chairman of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, I know firsthand the irreplaceable role fathers play in their children's lives. My own father used his high school education and hard work to become a... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Dewine presents Sunshine Law tutorial COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) recently announced the release of eight videos aimed at helping elected officials, public employees, media representatives, and interested citizens better... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST From the bench: Benefits for Psychological Condition? When Delores M. Roxby was injured at work on September 21, 2004, her workers' compensation claim was originally allowed for lumbar sprain and related injuries. But when she made additional claims for compensation, her case eventually ended up... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Making Student Loan Policies Clear for Ohio Students A death within a family is devastating. Grieving family members deserve time to mourn their loss. But some parents who have co-signed a private student loan for their child have instead found themselves facing harassment from student loan... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Time for authorities to see larger problem caused by metal thefts What does it say about society today that one of the fastest-growing crimes pays just pennies?It says people are desperate, and that drugs create an overpowering force that squeezes every cent it can from those it ensnares. 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