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Xenia Gazette News Current (Newspaper) - January 5, 2010, Xenia, Ohio
F to i my county dailies Jon m. Noel editor amp publisher Congress shall make no Law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the Freedom of speech or of the press or the right if the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The first amendment to the United states Constitution 0hnms tuesday january 5, 2010 Bill Taylor it seems to me waiting to exhale it seems to me that the Epa the Federal Agency which has Protection of the environment As its Mission has finally identified the two main sources of stuff that s a threat to the environment a people and animals. Yep. It sure Kriks like their Job would be a snap if it just weren t for human beings and critters. In tact some of those folks have come right out and said As much in speeches writings. And4 such but so far there has t been any official Quot finding Quot a As they Call it a that specifically lays the blame for environmental problems on the existence of humanity and other living breathing creatures. They just keep on coming up with pronouncements that such and such a threat to the environment has been traced to this or that activity by humans and animals and therefore must be regulated. You May recall that about a year or so ago the Epa regulators were in quite a dither about the level of methane Gas in the atmosphere and identified a major cause As the unregulated emission of methane by cattle. The digestive process of these animals prix ducks a variety of gases including methane which must he gotten rid of by these beasts so they Are a released Quot into the air. Since this is done without going through any government regulatory process such As scrubbing to remove or reduce the methane Levels the Epa was reportedly considered licensing each animal a a Quot cow tax Quot at so Many dollars a year As a penalty for their methane pollution. What May have put a stopper to this particular scheme a for now a was w Hen some folks pointed out dial there Are some 300 million human beings in this country who also generate methane Gas by the digestive process and release it into the air in much the same Way cow s do Laid questioned if the Epa would also have to License people for their contribution to the methane level. Anyway the Epa s most recent finding has determined that Carbon dioxide c 2 is a Quot dangerous Gas because they say it s a primary agent in global wanning. Its Kinda funny though the level of c02 has sen considerably in the past ten years yet report after report shows die Earth s a temperature Quot has remained constant. Of Well. That kind of disconnect Lias never been a concern w Ith Diese folks of so moving on. What Are the primary sources of c02? a combustion and respiration. Combustion is essentially the chemical change producing heat and Light that we commonly refer to As a burning Quot a a fire w hich often produces c02 As a by product. So every time a piece of Coal is burned in a Power Kuit a gasoline or diesel engine is started up or a backyard Barbecue is used c 2 is produced. Since these activities Are All designed to Benefit human beings die ultimate fault for these emissions lies w Ith us and therefore we Are die culprits in endangering die Earth by using electricity driving our cars mow ing our lawns mid heating our Homes. Even the product Don. Distribution and preparation of our ii xxi generates c02 a big time. Hie other main source of 202 is respiration a die process of breathing. Yep both humans and animals Breadie in oxygen and exhale c02 a w hich is quite a different process from dial of plants w hich take in c02 mid produce oxygen. Did a Ever wonder How this convenient coincidence Ever came about Widi plants mid animals replenishing each other s vital gases hmm with hundreds of millions of humans mid other creatures in this country breathing in mid out 24/7 the amount of c02 being released each Day from respiration must be staggering mid obviously must be considered in any plan to reduce Dies Quot dangerous Quot Gas. The Epa s w a to combat poll Uon is to Issue rules which either eliminate or Gready reduce an offending substance to min acceptable level. One regulatory approach currently being considered for combustion generated c02 is to Issue permits for limited product Don of the Gas a w till penalties for those who exceed Mieir allo Cadon. Do you figure they re going to regulate that other main source of c02 a respiration a in a similar manner a you know die Way these folks think about humans being die main cause of polluting our environment we May be laced w Ith restrictions on breathing a you know licensing Only so Many breaths per person per Day. Of course die problem s not breathing in it s breathing out so maybe Well have to learn How to hold our bread longer before letting it out a which brings to mind that movie tide a a wading to exhale Quot which never made much sense a until now. At least that s How it seems to me. Bill Taylor May be contacted at Solie . . Matson the new York observer a new years Resolution by sen. Chris wide As 2 x 9 conies to a close it s important to Uzik Back to where we have been As a state this year and to la Xii to future issues die Ohio legislature and governor w ill have to take up in 2010 and beyond. The most prominent Issue of 2 x 9 was the imbalance in the sch Oil funding line item from the budget passed in july. Governor Strickland anticipated the state would gamer $850 million in Revenue from Slot machines Diat he would allow in the race tracks without a vote of the people. The Ohio supreme court said that the Slot Revenue w As subject to a referendum and the Issue could be placed on die ballot in november 2010 w Idi the appropriate number of signatures. So without the Slot machines and without the Revenue the governor said the legislature must approve his plan to increase personal income taxes for 2 x 9 and 2010. The governor and others can Call it a delay suspension postponement or whatever term they choose hut it is a tax increase. Why the Bill language tells the whole Story. Line 202 of House Bill 31 s. Drafted by the governor and approved by the Demix rustic controlled House states that taxes due for the Calendar year 2009 and 2010 for All persons shall be the same As due in 2008. The 4.2f/f reduced income tax rate that was previously passed by die Republican controlled legislature w As repealed for 2 x 9 and 2010 and the Cut is not to Start until 2011. To me. That is a tax increase so. Seven Days before Christmas the governor signed a Bill to increase income taxes for the entire year of 2 utri merry Christmas indeed what is the effect Lins Means if you get a paycheck from an employer the amount withheld from your paychecks this year is too Low. You will owe 4.2c/r More income tax to the state in 2009 and in 2010 because not enough state income tax was withheld in each paycheck of you Are a Small business person and make estimated payments then your estimated payments Are Short for 2009 because the tax rate for the entire year 2 x 9 w As changed just 12 Days before the end of the year. So Call it a suspension delay or whatever words apply the Bottom line is the state of Ohio will get $830 million More from Ohio income taxpayers to cover its expenses for the next is months by increasing income taxes. I disagreed and critics of those of us that Opi Vised a tax increase have been asked Quot what Are the alternatives Quot i said the answer is the same alternatives every Schimil county City and other local governments have used in 2009. Cut expenses in the last two months we have presented and discussed pages of ideas and ways the governor could Cut expenses and use other funds under his control. And frankly we saw these ideas As less risky than the $850 million in Revenue from Slot machines that the governor used in his july budget. I personally proposed cuts in to the state s department of administrative serv ices. For example in what we thought were lean Revenue times in 2 x 8, the state spent $1 million on major it purchases. Hie budget for 2010 is to spend $7.5 million. In 2 x 8, the state spent $3 million for professional development of state employees. The budget for 2010 is to spend $4 million. While professional development and technology Are great in lean times i know businesses and families must make due with what they have w by can t Ohio so line by line we have suggested additional cuts w hich in most cases just get expenses Back to 2 x 8 Levels. Unfortunately the governor and Lite Democrat legislators refused to discuss any of them. We in the Senate were also scolded for wanting to letter to the editor talk about Long term financial solutions. In the next two year budget Ohio faces a $5 to $7 billion Dollar shortfall in Revenue because of the use of a one time Money in this current budget. The governor s budget director says every governor uses one time Money. Perhaps but this governor zeroed out the entire payroll line item for the department of agriculture Iii his budget and replaced it w Ith one time Federal stimulus. Hardly sound fiscal strategy anyone would agree to in an honest discussion on state finances. To Deal with Long term strategies. I have championed the need to reorganize state government and eliminate entire agencies. We have had 23 state agencies Sinee Many were originally created Over it years ago. Times have changed. Surely the state government should change also. We need to focus our limited resources on essential needs of education corrections and helping those in the most need. I hate partisan a it Lipics. And i feel we republicans offered some very realistic ways to Cut wasteful spending tighten the state government s a Belt Quot and initiate Long term strategies for the future. Yet the governor has tried to Label those of use that did t support an income tax increase As obstructionist. In fact the governor called us hot headed republicans for even suggesting it was a tax increase that he proposed. To me. That is political rhetoric the same rhetoric he says he opposes. I know from experience we need to Roll up our sleeves and work together Iii difficult times. My new year s Resolution is to put aside partisan politics and listen to All ideas and All parties involved. The people of Ohio deserve nothing less. House Bill 318 can be v viewed at the following link 128_hb_318 senator c Lins Widener currently series the a people of the 10th Senate District including Clark. Greene and Madison counties. Page 5a editorial income tax proposal would require even deeper cuts in Ohio s budget perhaps it was an end of year thing maybe Early Winter is always the silly season for state lawmakers. It s As Good an explanation As any for two decidedly unhelpful state budget propos als brought Forth recently. The first Dayton Republican rep. Ferry Blair a it plan to enact arbitrary limits on future budgets would hamstring legislators making it harder for them to make the difficult choices and Trade offs that will be necessary. The latest from Republican rep John Adams of Sidney would drop a nuclear bomb on the budget by eliminating the state income tax Over to years. That the same income tax that could t be reduced even a Little bit in the current biennium lawmakers had to postpone a previously approved Cut in the tax in order to generate most of the $851 million needed to erase a shortfall. Perhaps Adams and other would be income tax radicals mean to make up the difference with sales lax Aile thing else. In that Case they should be forthcoming with that Little detail Adams pitch is Ipie and not w without some truth Lowet income taxes would encourage economic development and might persuade More people to stay in the state and be More productive. But that leaves out the inescapable reality that Testate has a Large budget that won t be Cut without tremendous political and social pain. Columbus dispatch still need a 2010 new year s Resolution try finding a new Church. Home. Thanks to fire department for hard work and kindness this letter is to say thank you to the new Jasper township fire department and the other departments that were called in to assist for saving our Home on Christmas eve. We have been told if Iliev had responded Only minutes later our Home would have been a total loss. We would like to commend and Honor them for their hard work and kindness. May god richly bless them for their courage dedication and the Sacri fice of their family time on Christmas eve. We would also like to thank the families of those Brave men Aid women. Thanks also to the couple who pulled off Jasper Road to Knock on the Duir to Alert my father that the House was on fire. I did not get Timeir Lianes but i am very grateful to them. And lastly thank you to the Holiday inn in Xenia for bending Over Beckwall to accommodate us on such Short notice. They have been so wonderful to us during our stay Here and we a so very grateful. Karen Long laugh in new Jasper where id write a is we Welcome your opinions especially on local topics. Email your letters to Westminster presbyterian Church might be a Good fit for you and your family be with other faithful people to worship and glorify clod reach out to those in need in our Community hear a scripturally based Sermon with relevancy for the a test Century understand and study the Bible and what it Means listen for and hear clod s Call for your family enjoy a variety in musical styles with an emphasis on traditional hymns choir led by Csuy a or. William Caldwell judgment is left to code All Are Welcome enjoy Fellowship time during Coffee hour after worship every sunday adult and inter generational sunday school classes offered share your personal commitment of time and talents to fully experience the Joy of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. A nurturing Pise Fries in Xenia since 1841 a k i a Westminster presbyterian Church to old Springfield Pike a Xenia Ohio 45385 <?37-372-<?246 a
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