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New wildlife officer reviews hunting-law changes

Ohio’s 2014-15 hunting season is well underway. Kickoff began Sept. 1 with the dove, early goose and squirrel season opener.The following weekend of Sept. 6 also brought many sportsmen and women into the field to enjoy the first day of early teal season. As the new state wildlife officer for Delaware County, I’d like to introduce myself and review a few of the upcoming changes for this fall.

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‘Creating Patriotism Week doesn’t make us patriotic’

I commend State Rep. Andy Brenner for his interest in patriotism. However, if he’s serious about promoting it, his proposed legislation must provide real substance to prompt significant results.There’s nothing terribly wrong with his plan to declare a special week to remember 9/11, but it denies Americans’ ability to do so on their own. By its sheer enormity, those dastardly, cowardly attacks require no contrived celebration to help people remember.

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Let’s wait and see about ISIS plan

To the editor:We’ll see! After much pressure from Congress and the citizens he has pledged to protect, President Barack Obama appears to understand what all of us have known for months: The vicious killers ISIS must be exterminated.His last speech sounded aggressive and bold. We’ll have to wait and see if his actions match his rhetoric.I believe it’s more than appropriate to pray for the president to follow through on his promises....

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A little more ‘local control’ is lost

In today’s turbulent political environment, it’s not uncommon to hear Americans complain about the state or federal government imposing rules and regulations that take away “local control.” A popular target these days is the Common Core education curriculum that states collaborated on, but which more recently has become a target for conservative groups who lament that local control is being taken away from school districts and have called for its repeal.You ...

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Fast food and big hearts

Anyone who knows me is aware that I do not frequent “fast food” food restaurants, except for one. Burger King, Krystal, McDonald’s, Sonic, Wendy’s and White Castle – all would be long gone if they depended upon this columnist as their customer base. Give me chicken versus hamburgers any day.Samuel Truett Cathy died last week. Who is that, you might ask? Cathy was the founder of Chick-fil-A, the most successful “chicken-only” fast-food resta...

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History and common sense are best teachers

To the editor:In Sharon Hodgson Hall’s (Sept. 2) letter, she claims to be offended by some, if not all, of the things I wrote in my last response to Mr. (Tony) Marconi’s last letter, and accuses me of breaking The Gazette’s rules for letters to the editor.

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Cepheus and the Garnet Star

I was rummaging through some old newspaper clippings the other day. I happened upon one, yellowed with age, from a USA Today issue in 1999. The front-page article discussed the things that people say they particularly loved in the 20th century and will miss in the 21st. At the time, I was both pleased and deeply saddened that “the stars” were mentioned in the article.The century has worn on for more than 14 years. Now is as good a time as any to think about how we’...

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‘Will renovations hold up that long?’

To the editor:Regarding the upcoming Buckeye Valley bond issue, asking taxpayers to swallow the price tag of a $26.5 million renovation: I have to raise the concern as to what the long-term ramifications of spending $9 million to reopen a school in the least-populated area of the district will be.As far as I can see, the $26.5 million bond issue has a 30-year payback, meaning we will be paying for this step backwards for the district until 2045. That means the current ...

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Trust the key element for police

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series addressing the Ferguson, Mo., incident and other pressing law enforcement issues by Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin and Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski.Ferguson, Mo., has provided a fair share of harsh pictures of law enforcement in a completely adversarial role. The debate over police response to protests will be discussed for a long time. I believe that the relationship developed between police an...

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Tax issue ‘simply makes no sense’

To the editor:Unfortunately, a misprint in a Gazette article titled “BV unveils staffing plan for third elementary” (Sept. 11) made it sound like the Excellence for Buckeye Valley Committee felt that it would cost a total of $700,000 to reopen North. To be clear, the district confirmed cost for renovating North is more than $9 million and we assert that the annual costs to operate it will total more than $700,000 per year for classroom space we don’t need...

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It’s county fair time again here

The biggest week of the year for Delaware County is just hours away. The Delaware County Fair kicks off Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with two events, followed by a 10 a.m. opening ceremony, and then runs through Sept. 20.There are many county fairs throughout Ohio, but none quite like Delaware County’s. The centerpiece of the fair, of course, is the famed Little Brown Jug harness race, this year marking its 69th year running. According to the U.S. Trotting Association, only Ohio Sta...

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Grand juries — secretive by necessity

“The value of confidentiality of matters appearing before a grand jury is very important.”– Kenneth Starr“The grand jury’s job is not to weigh the evidence from both sides; it is only to decide whether there is enough evidence to bring a person to trial.”

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Not much joy at summer’s end

It’s been a difficult few weeks to watch the news, especially as a journalist with past aspirations to “travel the world and tell a story,” as I once did.Television was my career goal, and was achieved by James Wright Foley and Steven Joel Sotloff, who both died doing what they loved. I applaud their bravery up to the end of their distinguished lives. The two photos of each man wearing a bright orange prisoner jumpsuit, just minutes before their deaths, will be fo...

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‘Blighted area’ funds deserve more scrutiny

To the editor:I just can’t seem to understand the Blighted Area Relief Act. The federal government fined five of the largest mortgage lenders billions of dollars and then intended the funds to go to improve blighted areas.The fines were a credit to the lenders; they didn’t really lose money.Then, state and local governments applied for grants to allegedly improve blighted areas. The fund in Ohio is administered by the Ohio attorney general....

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‘The deal simply did not get done’

To the editor,In the recently published letter to the editor (“Fair did not cancel the concert,” Sept. 6), there were references to “rumors floating around town” associated with an announced show featuring the Marshall Tucker Band. While I have no knowledge of these rumors, I can address the basic facts associated with this situation.There is only one measurement to gauge when the time is right to announce a national level sports or entertainment ...

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