Poor Will’s Almanack for the Final Week of Middle Fall.
In the last week of October, I often go to watch the robins migrating along the river near my house.
The first time I saw their great flocks was on October 21, 1982. I had gone to the woods expecting to find the end of everything, all the leaves down, the flowers shriveled. Instead of desolation, I found a paradise of birds: I'd never seen the woods so alive, the robins chirping and fluttering around me.
Some call it a common sense law to control government labor costs and help over-burdened taxpayers. Others call it an attack on public employees, unions, and the whole middle class. Both sides are talking about the same thing: State Issue 2. It’s on the ballot so voters can either endorse or kill the new collective bargaining law that Republicans pushed through the legislature. Part one of a two part series from Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen.
The Xenia Community School District may be facing more cuts if a levy on the ballot next week fails. The district is asking for a 5 year 4.8 mill emergency levy to help address a $3 million deficit.
In the last two years, the district has already cut 8.8 million dollars from their budget. Teachers and administrators have had pay freezes with no step increases and will pay higher insurance premiums. That's caused a controversy with the Xenia Educational Support professionals Union, who represent bus drivers, custodians, food service workers and other staff.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio program that cleans up after abandoned coal mines plans to undertake 53 projects next year, nearly three times as many as in 2007.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that the work to restore land and streams is being expanded thanks to more federal money. A change in the formula for dividing coal company taxes among the states has increased Ohio's share, from $7.5 million in 2007 to $18.4 million for next year.