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Is fishing over for the winter, at least until the ice grows firm again? Not at all. There are lakes and reservoirs all over Ohio, from Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill clear down to the Ohio River where saugeyes traditionally make a winter migration to territory just below their dams. Over th…

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It was cold, wet, and grey — a gloomy morning indeed. On the road ahead we saw taillights and so we slowed down worried about what we were about to encounter.

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Change is inevitable, necessary and even desired. We choose change all the time. We change our oil, address, hair color, diet, job, friends, toilet paper roll, underwear and even our operating system.

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“My Wild Irish Rose” — Dad Perry loved that song in the 1920s. Opal was largely Irish.

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Stories and storytelling is embedded in our country culture. Appalachian poems and poets speak of the history, the land, the music, the people, and their struggles. Robert Penn Warren wrote, “For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography.”

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Scammers never stop trying to make a quick buck at the expense of victims. During tax season they target taxpayers looking for money or valuable information.

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I lie awake sometimes, in bed, in the wee hours of the morning and I think. Better put, I brood — but not about a single topic. My brain goes from here to there, whizzing, whirring, round about from subject to subject and then back again to a previous one.

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I love a good mystery. On the commute, the mysteries range from solving the puzzle concerning which route will be less entangled with trouble or which will embrace my time budget while also offering me the scenery I crave. And even with the scenery, there are sometimes mysteries.

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The opioid epidemic is taking its toll in communities across the country. In Ohio alone, drugs overdoses killed over 4,300 in 2016, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics. This is unacceptable.

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Kids are surprisingly resilient in the face of a crisis. But even so, serious family money troubles can potentially affect a young person’s home life, education and outlook on money management down the road.

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Social Security is always evolving to meet the needs of the American public. We’re optimistic about the future and the limitless possibilities for progress.