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Larry Norman And The Creation Of Christian Rock

Playing at the White House in the late 1970s may have been the pinnacle of Larry Norman’s career.<p>When you’re raised in an Evangelical church and you …

Mike Pence

‘Beautiful Boy’ Chronicles Teen’s Descent Into Meth Addiction

Two of the selling points for living in a small, rural town, is less crime and less drug use. Life is often portrayed, especially in farming …

How To Build A Drug Town: Step 1 — Target The User

Company, from nearby county, offering heroin addiction treatment for Preble County residents.<p><i>“Boredom and a sense of uselessness and inadequacy—these</i> …

1973 Movie Examines Kennedy Assassination

I’ve been doing a lot of newspaper research recently dealing with the 1960s and 1970s, and as I was skimming through a publication I came across a …

Political Sabotage Behind Redistricting Scheme

For sale signs, including $50,000 off, adorn lawn of Preble County home.<p>If you can only read two chapters in <i>Ratf**cked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count</i> …

‘Dying in Vein’ Another Tragic Look At The Opioid Generation

Because of the depth of the heroin epidemic in my community, I tend to watch a lot of movies on the subject. Of course most of them deal with the …

‘Party Politics’ Reminds Us Why The Masses Cannot Be Trusted With Democracy

Published in 1980 <i>Party Politics: Why We Have Poor Presidents</i> by Leonard Lurie provides a strong argument why our Two Party political system does not …

‘Cornbread Mafia’ Describes The Rise, And Fall, Of Marijuana Production In Kentucky

As I examine my county’s long-term relationship with marijuana, besides researching our past, I’ve turned to books that highlight the history of …

Charlie R. Claywell

Company, from nearby county, offering heroin addiction treatment for Preble County residents.<p><i>“Boredom and a sense of uselessness and inadequacy—these</i> …

Crime

‘Seductive Poison’ Shows Stages Of Indoctrination, Cult Acceptance

2008 Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN) newspaper clipping — remembering the 30th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre.<p>It was about 15 years after the …

‘American Prophecies’ And The Vision Of A God-Ordained U.S.

We have lots of Stand With Israel signs in Preble County. One can only speculate what the signs would say if the Shepherd of Hermes, instead of The …

3 Shows To Watch During Black History Month

<b>If you don’t want to die, comply</b> — bumper sticker on pickup truck in Middletown, Ohio. As the statement indicates, our whiteness emboldens us — …

Gerrymandering: Why Fools Are Running Our Country

Billboard in Jordan’s congressional district asks a valid question. A 2017 Dayton Daily News article shows that, unlike most Congressmen from Ohio, …

‘Broke USA:’ Exploiting The Working Poor Is Big Business

<i>Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business</i> by Gary Rivlin opens in Dayton, Ohio, a city 20 miles or so to …

‘We’ve Got A Job’ Tells Forgotten Story Of 1963 Children’s March In Birmingham

Scene from 1963 Children’s March courtesy of Wikipedia.<p>Although not formally educated in American history, I consider myself a devout student. My …

‘American Evangelical’ Explores Group’s Historical Fear Of Immigrants

Roughly a week before Trump ‘used rough language‘ to describe his desire to keep certain immigrants out of the country, I found <i>American Evangelical</i> …

‘Stranger With A Camera’ Explores Filmmaker’s Murder In Kentucky

After reading <i>What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia</i>, I walked away with more films to watch and more books to read. My family hails from the …

My County’s Symbolic Connection To Country’s First Post-Revolutionary Conflict

One of the United States’ first acts of war, The War on Tripoli (1801-1805) is largely unknown. I became interested in it because my hometown, and …

World History

Letterman Is Back, Better Than Before

I’ve always been a David Letterman fan — from his early days in comedy — to his more mature interviewing of celebrities and politicians in the later …

David Letterman

‘Appalachia’ By Catte Is A Perfect Antidote For ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

This photo, from the 1950s, includes two of my uncles. My mother’s family lived in the Cumberland Plateau region of south central Kentucky/north …

Books

‘Freeway’ A Tale Of Crack Cocaine And The American Dream

Although a segment of the ‘Freeway Ricky Ross” story winds through Cincinnati, Ohio, I was not familiar it. Ross is of one of America’s most …

Ronald Reagan

‘Evicted’ Describes What It’s Like To Be Poor, Vulnerable

As I recently posted, years ago I realized I live in a very impoverished county. Despite this reality, some local organizations are in denial. In a …

Housing

Heroin(e) Tells Story Of Three Outliers Making A Difference In Opioid Epidemic

<i>If you do the same thing, you get the same results. In my part of the Greater Appalachian region this maxim applies to individuals, not systems.</i><p>In …

Selling

What I Believe: Children Are Ruling The Playground And The Religious Right Is Wrong

Hiking at Ceasar Creek State Park during first snow of the season.<p>I believe it was Ben Franklin who said that most people die at 25 but aren’t buried …

Religion

‘Get A Job’ A Familiar Phrase Of The Politically Lazy

Shuttered K-Mart store in Eaton, Ohio.<p>Everyone should read <i>Man’s Search for Meaning</i> by Viktor Frankl twice in their life: once in their 20s and once …

So A Drop In Farm Land Values Nets 14 Percent Increase In My Property Tax Bill?

Abandoned school in Preble County.<p>The property tax on my Eaton, Ohio home is increasing 14 percent in 2018.<p>I knew the rate was abnormal (it’s roughly …

5 Great State Parks for Camping and Hiking in Ohio

5 Great State Parks for Camping and Hiking in Ohio<p>Updated on December 5, 2017<p>Because of its location, Ohio is home to a wide range of interesting …

‘Godfather Of Modern Popular Gay Fiction’ Graduated From My Local, Rural High School

If you walk into Eaton High School in Preble County you will not find any quotes from our most prolific author. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to …

Walking The Tightrope Of Drug Addiction

Sadness is what I wake to this morning. It permeates my very core. Last night convinced me that I, like the popular Podcast, live in S-Town.<p>This …

‘Full House’ Actress Shares Addiction, Recovery Journey And Inspires Hope

Jodie Sweetin: After Full House — Acting, Addiction and Recovery.<p>I’m too old to have ‘been raised on’ <i>Full House</i> so I have not watched <i>Fuller House</i> …