The United States has launched a huge number of drone strikes under President Obama. It’s widely accepted as OK, by U.S. citizens, however extremely terrifying for those who live in the targeted countries.
An American Hero gives pep talk to Tiger football team
by David Miller,
Loveland, Oh.- The setting was in the Loveland Tiger locker room and on the field last Thursday. It was Military Appreciation Night at Loveland High School.
Before the Tigers took the field against Glen Este, three-time Purple Heart recipient, and recipient of 75 surgeries, Brent "Hoss" Hendricks talked about sacrifice and teamwork. He remained on the sideline, "pushed through the amputation" with "his" team and cheered and coached them to victory.
Hendricks moved to Cincinnati from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center about four months ago. A former starting defensive end on his North Carolina high school football team. Hoss, six-feet, seven-inches tall, went to Iraq to serve his country.
In 2006, a roadside bomb exploded directly underneath the truck he was in after he was sent on a rare day-time mission in the Anbar province to find an insurgent. Hoss didn't have a pulse when his fellow soldiers found him. A doctor declared him dead, but a medic did an emergency tracheotomy to get him breathing again and saved his life.
He next woke from a medically induced coma at Walter Reed Hospital. He would spend the next seven years at Walter Reed recovering from a leg amputation, his jaw being broken in many places, among other things, and the reconstruction of his remaining leg. During one surgery on his back, his heart stopped again. Later, his third heart-stopping event was when a doctor struck a nerve which caused his heart to stop beating. They had to "shock" him back to life.
Hendricks has also dealt with the loss of his mother and father in recent years. Heart stopping.
Six months ago, Hoss completed his 75th, and hopefully he said, his last, surgery. Loveland Athletic Director, Julie Renner, wrote in an announcement read to the fans last Thursday, "He is a true American hero. Hoss has been honored with three Purple Heart awards by the United States government and can motivate about any human being."
The Loveland community would like to welcome and thank Brent “Hoss” Hendricks for speaking with our boys tonight and for all his outstanding service to our country. - Jullie Renner
Hendricks is still an athletic. He plays golf and rides an adaptive hand cycle.
At the end of his pep talk in the locker room Hoss took off the Army tee-shirt he was wearing, reveling the scar on his throat. Pointing to the deep scar, he told his new team, "This is actually where I died in combat and got brought back." He replaced the Army tee with a camouflaged one that had a Loveland Tiger paw and read, "This we'll defend."
"Being together to pick each other up, you know when you fall down."
After donning the Tiger shirt, he somewhat apologized saying, "I know I'm still going to stick out a little bit." However it wasn't just Hoss' large frame, but his enduring courage, that stood out on the sidelines. When he got the shirt on, Hoss said, "Wearing this shirt is an honor. Let's stick together, on and off the field. "
Hoss told the Loveland team to stick together, because he knows life can "change in a second." Let's not let him down.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has done some great things. It’s raised awareness and millions for a terrible disease, and brought many together for a common cause.
But at the risk of becoming “The Grinch of the Ice Bucket Challenge,” here we go: something about The Challenge doesn’t sit right with me.
The other day a couple friends asked to nominate me, and I declined. I don’t like the set up of it: get $100 together or be put in a icy, uncomfortable situation. Instead I promised to donate some cash to “Nothing But Nets,” an organization that gives mosquito nets to families in need where malaria threatens lives. Why? Because I wanted to give through my own motivations rather than out of pressure. Everyone should be encouraged to give, but I’m not qualified to tell you exactly how to do it. I’ll do me, and you do you.
All of this ice dumping is being done for a great cause, and I get that it’s supposed to be fun but part of the movement seems like a bit of shakedown. It’s fine to run, dance, swim, or whatever you do for a cause, but to dump the burden on someone else changes the dynamic of giving entirely.
Plus, those that dump ice on their heads are not even donating in some cases. Many do, but I find it a little brash to say I dumped ice on my head, now you have to or donate money… and oh by the way I did not donate anything myself. Is it not a double standard to donate nothing, then volunteer your friends to donate $100 within a 24 hour window?
In a few years, will this be the new way of giving charity? Post a video, then publically shout at your Facebook friends to get involved, or do something unpleasant? If this becomes the new way of promoting charity, giving becomes an alternative to punishment rather than a kind effort.
So while the efforts are laudable, I think we should question the paradigm of its execution.
Beyond the horror of taking my mind and heart to the thought of ever losing a firstborn, teen-age son a week after he graduated high school, in a senseless murder…
I have been to war. However, never so traumatized since the murders committed at Sandy Hook. Finally, tears were not enough. I had more than I could stomach Friday evening. Vomited.
To see a police chief telling lie after lie after deploying a military force to terrorize his small, mid-west community. Swat teams arresting journalists. To cover-up the murder committed by a officer under his command, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Police Chief Thomas Jackson spent last Friday, either admitting perjury or committing it.
He taunted his fell citizens. He trained machine guns and tanks on his own community, journalists, and the grieving family. The automatic weapons were not only drawn, but through rifle-sights, pointed. He used stun grenades. Tear and pepper grenades. Dogs. Rubber bullets. Armed and armored tanks.
Weapons he acquired from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, purportedly provided to protect his small town from “foreign” terrorists.
Eighteen year-old, Mike Brown, his loved ones, nor the community and reporters were not war criminals or domestic terrorists.
When the grieving family asked, “Who killed my son?” And, “How and why?” Lies.
“Why was their son left laying in the middle of the street for more than four hours?”
Michael Brown's high school graduation photo in the cap and gown he had to share with other graduates. (Photo by Elcardo Anthony )
The community asked, “How.” Journalists asked, “How?” Everyone outside of the police department asked, “Who?” Lies.
Instead of answering the questions, he first trashed the dead, teen-age son's reputation, before his funeral.
A bigoted, racist, militarized police force terrorized all, including myself… to cover-it-up. And kept lying, lying, lying.
Perhaps, although we may never know, if Mike Brown had been allowed medical attention that qualified bystanders at the scene tried to administer, he may have been able to tell us his side of the story. Was allowing him to die after being shot - the beginning of the cover-up?
At the very least, the killer should be arrested and held for questioning. He is still free.
At the very least, police chief Jackson should be arrested and charged with inciting a riot.
At the very, very least, police chief Jackson should be arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.
A mother not yet able to bury her son because she has very good reason to mistrust the autopsy.
The high school Mike graduated from was so impoverished they had only two gowns to share for graduation photos.
The police chief is still on the job calling most of the shots.
A couple of weeks before his death, Brown had confessed Jesus as his savior, said a great-uncle, pastor Charles Ewing. Shortly thereafter, Brown had a dream in which he saw a body laying covered by a sheet, Ewing said.
"He didn't know whose body it was," Ewing said, his voice cracking. "He said, 'One day, the whole world is going to know my name' ... not knowing this is what was going to happen."
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by David Miller
While waiting for a teller at my bank on Saturday I overheard this conversation: “I don’t know how we are going to get across the bridge at five o’clock.”
If you were not in Loveland last Tuesday you missed colossal gridlock with tempers flaring, lost appointments, canceled dinner reservations, and lost sales. Local business owners expressed that Loveland might not be an ideal location because they are seeing profits dwindle. Their customers cannot get to them, and are going elsewhere. Much discussion centers on even more congestion if Loveland Station is completed.
I grinned while hearing the conversation at the bank, because I have been vetting an idea on how to make it somewhat easier.
The idea has been percolating since I had a casual conversation with a downtown businesswoman several months ago about the red light at West Loveland Avenue and Karl Brown Way. We both prefer to turn left at that light to quickly get to the parking spots we like to use. Problem is, that if you want to turn left, and there is on-coming traffic, you hold up anyone behind you, sometimes for the entire red light cycle. We wait to make a decision to turn, hoping for the on-coming traffic will clear. If it does we quickly put on the turn signal and sneak in the turn. Rarely is there a break in the west bound traffic, so guilt sets in each time if we create a mini traffic jam by waiting for the light to turn yellow... sneaking in the turn. The alternative is to just go straight, and make your left hand turn at Railroad Avenue near the bike trail, making left hand turns around the entire block, when the parking space you actually wanted was but a mere few feet away at the Karl Brown Way intersection. And, you know you might also create mini havoc at the bike trail intersection with your needed left-hand turn there as well..
The solution came by just loitering at the Karl Brown intersection watching cars and the traffic pattern. What I discovered was that since only one of the East bound lanes of West Loveland Avenue is needed as you go onto the bridge, a queue lane for cars wanting to make the turn would eliminate the traffic jams.
Simply repaint the roadway and hang a new sign overhead.
This will make it easier to get to all the parking near the Eagles, the parking on the way to Nisbet Park, and to the municipal lot at City Hall. It is also an easy way to get to the local businesses and nearby restaurants. It also, and this is not insignificant, greatly reduces the congestion at the Bike Trail intersection. However most inportant is that traffic keeps flowing into the downtown.
After discussing the plan with residents of the downtown Historic District as well as many business owners, making a map, and then discussing it with them again, it appears the idea to re-configure the intersection with this modest and inexpensive change, seems to be not only workable, but extremely popular. So much so, that amost all suggested the re-configuration go one step further by changing the signaling. Adding a left-turn signal that would allow several vehicles through the intersection from the queue lane. I have opted to keep the proposal simple and inexpensive for now. The change only requires repainting the roadway and the installation of an overhead sign. I am certain however the change will prove to be popular and beneficial enough, that in the near future the cost of re-signaling the intersection will seem a very reasonable expense.
The intersection of West Loveland Avenue and Karl Brown Way as you cross the bridge over the Little Miami entering Historic Downtown Loveland.
A suggested 2nd Change
Others suggested the second change; eliminating left-hand turns from West Loveland onto Karl Brown as you are heading West. The same reasoning prevailed… one person wanting to make this turn can hold up all of the traffic behind them. They pointed out that this can often mean that throughout a traffic cycle, only one vehicle makes any progress, the one making the-left hand turn. This proposal only requires adding a sign.
Changes are needed. Ideling cars get zero miles to the gallon, create unnecessary air pollution and cause lost productivity.
Both changes could be made before the start of the school year.
Jeff Schamel From my experience there is usually only 1 car trying to turn L onto KBW that backs up all the traffic - maybe two. Unless we make them go up to RR ave and turn left, this seems like an adequate solution. I've never been stuck behind someone trying to turn L onto KBW from WB Loveland ave, so I dont think that restriction will hurt anyone - I like it. Now, the bigger issue - where will everyone PARK now?
Sharon Horn That is the bigger question Jeff! Our Fraternal Order already has parking issues with people using our lot that are not members, it's only going to get worse.
Jeff Schamel When restricted by rivers/hills and other geographic issues, even though ugly, it almost seems necessary to add a multi-level garage somehow. Just not sure where it would go or how to pay for it. perhaps where the old B&B that burned down was? When I was a kid we'd go to Richmond IN and never worried about finding a spot because of the parking garage.
Amy Sherman Truesdell Are there that many people that need to turn left going eastbound? Seems like a waste of space.
Sharon Horn We have over 700 members that belong to the Loveland Eagles that turn left, so yes there are.
Loveland Magazine There ARE a great many people that make this turn, or would like to if they didn't hold up the traffic behind them. The Eagles for instance turn there all the time as their building is only about 300' away and there is a parking lot only about 150' away. And people who want to get to the park, etc., would turn there instead of going to the bike trail intersection to turn. There are only two ways to get back there to the restaurants and the bike trail parking. The lane that would be used for the queue lane for cars wanting to make the turn is a wasted lane of traffic for those heading OUT of the Historic District until you get to the other end of the bridge at the Riverside Drive intersection. Keep in mind that West Loveland through the Historic District is, and will remain ONE lane and it does not need to immediately go into TWO lanes. Does this make sense?
Loveland Magazine Do you "LIKE" this idea?
Loveland Magazine Please read the whole editorial at http://www.lovelandmagazine.com/ to see if this makes sense to you. If it doesn't please add your suggestions. Thank you, David
Christine Staggs This is not a bad idea, but I think what backs up the traffic the most is the bike trail especially on nice days during peak traffic times. The sign reads "stop for pedestrians IN walkway" however, almost every car that goes through there lets a person go through. I think what would be best is if there was some sort of walk light on the trail. Maybe when the light is green on Karl Brown Way there is a red no walk sign to stop pedestrians from crossing and vice versa. Maybe this would help with the traffic flow through town.
Monica Mahon I agree with proposal no. 2. With regard to No. 1, I have never seen anyone trying to turn left from the East bound West Loveland onto Karl Brown Way. I travel this intersection at least ten times a day. Maybe it's because they turn left up by the restaurants--I don't know, but I don't think eliminating one of the lanes heading West on West Loveland is a good idea--even if it is for only a little way. The drive in the morning to the high school from Karl Brown Way would definitely be slowed down. It is already backed up to Loveland Hardware for those wanting to turn left onto West Loveland. I don't like the idea of providing a queue lane for vehicles wanting to turn left from East bound West Loveland Avenue.
Amy Sherman Truesdell I agree, Jeff. Parking downtown is a pain.
Sharon Horn Yes to the idea of a turn lane, if you prohibit the turn there it will just back up at RR plus cause more traffic across the bike path and the parking lots. The Fraternal order Of Eagles, never shown on these maps, would not appreciate our property being even more difficult for our members and guests to get to.
We spend a lot of time debating what to post on Facebook. We type out a message, then we rewrite it. Sometimes we erase it all together.
But the code that powers Facebook has been recording everything we type on screen, even if we don't hit publish — and it wants to know why we aren't sharing.
Turns out, Facebook has been monitoring, tracking and interpreting our unposted notes, comments and statuses this entire time, using even what we don't say as metadata to pass on to spy agencies like the NSA or advertisers from Groupon to Mastercard.
This is a scene from the Loveland, Ohio Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the City of Loveland.
By DAVID W. BLIGHT (First published May 29, 2011)
MOST Americans know that Memorial Day is about honoring the nation’s war dead. It is also a holiday devoted to department store sales, half-marathons, picnics, baseball and auto racing. But where did it begin, who created it, and why?
For the earliest and most remarkable Memorial Day, we must return to where the war began. By the spring of 1865, after a long siege and prolonged bombardment, the beautiful port city of Charleston, S.C., lay in ruin and occupied by Union troops. Among the first soldiers to enter and march up Meeting Street singing liberation songs was the 21st United States Colored Infantry; their commander accepted the city’s official surrender.
Whites had largely abandoned the city, but thousands of blacks, mostly former slaves, had remained, and they conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war...
David W. Blight, a professor of history and the director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, is the author of the forthcoming “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.”
Willie Lutz on the left and Loveland Magazine Sports Director, Ricky Mulvey are indeed in, and ready for the Granny’s Garden Amaryllis challenge.
Much like the wizard world felt toward Voldemort, or he-who-must-not-be-named, The Loveland Herald is scared to mention Loveland Magazine. Except in this case Loveland Magazine are the good freedom fighters, and The Loveland Herald is Voldemort.
Mulvey to Loveland Herald: Say my name
by Ricky Mulvey
In an already heated Granny’s Garden Amaryllis Race, The Loveland Herald attempted to remove Loveland Magazine from the Local Media competition by omitting Loveland Magazine’s competitors in their mention of the Media Race in their article. They said WLWT meteorologist Randi Rico and their own reporter Marika Lee were contestants, however tried to erase the Loveland Magazine team with a delete and paste.
Sources at the Loveland Herald claimed the mistake was a case of copy and paste gone awry.
In response to the "mistake", Loveland Magazine issued a press release that stated, “We are relatively certain we did not just fall of the turnip truck. In fact, we maintain we have never fallen out of any kind of truck, and while Sports Reporter Willie Lutz owns a truck, he assured us that it has never been filled with turnips.” Lutz said, "We're harvesting amaryllises here not turnips!"
When questioned why Loveland Magazine was omitted in the article, another unnamed source associated with the Herald said “Because Loveland Magazine is stupid and I hate them and I want them to go away, and they’re stupid idiots okay?”
The Loveland Herald will ice skate on the pond at Symmes Park on March 20th.
The source also added that on March 20th at Symmes Park, the Loveland Herald will host an Amaryllis Race Party. “The party is going to be so much fun, and everyone is invited. We are going to have ice skating on the pond and cake and ice cream, and everyone is invited to be there except anyone involved in that stupid Loveland Magazine, because they are stupid and we hate them.”
Critics are also speculating that The Herald’s tactic may have been out of revenge as well. In recent months, The Loveland Herald, unable to find any news or reporters of their own, attempted to swipe new Loveland Magazine sports reporter, Willie Lutz.
“You’re dang right we wanted to steal that Lutz boy,” the unnamed source said. “And we were going to get away with it too if it weren’t for that Mulvey wiseacre."
“It’s no wonder the Herald acting irrational in this race,” said Loveland Magazine publisher David Miller. “They have been out to get us for years now, and now they are upset that they could not take Willie. Those folks must be drunk on revenge. ”
When the contestants from Loveland Magazine (myself, Willie Lutz, and Helen Davidson) discovered that the Loveland Herald had omitted our names we all gathered to each take down a pint of ice cream. The air was also really dusty at the ice cream shop too, so our eyes may have watered up a bit, but that was solely because of our allergies. In no way were we crying and eating away our feelings.
After the ice cream, we gathered at the Loveland Magazine studio, and Lutz shared an alternate theory on the Loveland Herald’s tactics.
“I think I know why The Loveland Herald did not mention us,” Willie said. “It’s because they are afraid of us. They are afraid of the competition. They are so afraid that we will win that they refuse to say our names.”
So my challenge to The Loveland Herald is quite simple. Stop being craven.