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Mike DeWine (Republican)

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Education: BS degree in Education (Social Studies) from Miami University, 1969; JD degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law, 1972.

Experience: Greene County Prosecuting Attorney (1977-1981); Ohio State Senator (1981-1983); U.S. House of Representatives (1983-1991); Ohio Lieutenant Governor (1991-1995); U.S. Senator (1995-2007); Ohio Attorney General (2011-Present).

Incumbent: Yes

David Pepper (Democrat)

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Do you enjoy your day?

Gallup recently released a poll indicating that less than 20 percent of the world’s adults enjoy what they do each day and feel motivated to work toward achieving their personal goals.

The countries possessing the greatest “purpose well-being” and experiencing positive daily emotions are Panama (66 percent), Costa Rica (50 percent), El Salvador (49 percent), Brazil (45 percent) and Denmark (45 percent).

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FROM THE LEFT

Krugman: What markets will

In the Middle Ages, the call for a crusade to conquer the Holy Land was met with cries of “Deus vult!” — God wills it. But did the crusaders really know what God wanted? Given how the venture turned out, apparently not.

Now, that was a long time ago, and, in the areas I write about, invocations of God’s presumed will are rare. You do, however, see a lot of policy crusades, and these are often justified with implicit cries of “Mercatus vult!

FROM THE RIGHT

Brooks: The case for low ideals

Let’s say you came of political age during Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Maybe you were swept up in the idealism. But now you’ve seen an election driven by hope give way to an election driven by fear. Partisans are afraid the other side might win. Candidates are pawns of the consultants because they’re afraid of themselves. Everybody’s afraid of the Ebola virus, the Islamic State and the fragile economy.

COLUMN OF INTEREST

Curse of the Apportionment Board?

Several readers took exception to last week’s column, which said that if Ohio Democrats worked more, and showboated less, they stood a chance of winning some statewide offices and gaining General Assembly seats.

That is, basics, not bluster, win elections. Shrieking “Lehman Brothers, Lehman Brothers,” in 2009 and 2010 didn’t keep Republican Gov.


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Issues concerning ISIS

Supporting citizens of the world

Re “Back to Iraq: local thoughts,” Sept. 14: Jerry Leggett, director of the Dayton International Peace Museum, referred to the killing of innocent civilians in Iraq and Syria and added that it “seems to me what the president is trying to do, though regrettable, has some credibility.”

Later in the article he seems to be endorsing military action against ISIS when he refers to the president’s responsibility to try to stop the violence by ISIS.

FRESH IDEAS

The status of Beethoven

From The New Yorker: “How did Beethoven become ‘BEETHOVEN’? … The scholar Mark Evan Bonds, in his new book ‘Absolute Music,’ describes the ‘growing conviction at the turn of the nineteenth century that music had the capacity to disclose the “wonders” of the universe in ways that words could not, and that the greatest composers were in effect oracles, intermediaries between the divine and the human.

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