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Ohio University’s Athens campus is beautiful. Part of that is the conformity of most buildings to the red brick and white pillar style associated with the 18th century.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, 62 percent of home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or where smoke alarms are not working. Many people believe they will wake up if they smell smoke, but smoke inhalation can cause a person to drift into a deeper sleep an…

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Most of us like trees. They look wonderful in summer and provide many benefits like shade and oxygen.

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CO is a deadly, colorless, odorless, toxic gas, which results from the unfinished burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.

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The old saying says that free things, nice as they are without cost, cannot be prescribed or selected. The basic image is the hat on the street into which one can toss a penny or a Benjamin — the busker or beggar has no choice in the matter.

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We do many things in our speech such as convey information, give orders, and discuss issues of interest. But sometimes we speak in order to influence other people, in order to change their minds. When the goal is affecting human attitudes and thoughts, other features of communication might b…

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It’s a shame that many Americans have to drive their cars every day. They choose or are forced to live where they are dependent on motors to get to work, buy food, and meet with friends and clubs. If they want to exercise they often drive to a gym or a park.

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“Where There’s Smoke, There Should be a Smoke Alarm” was the ingenious slogan for 1977’s Fire Prevention Week. In 1944, the slogan was “Feed Fighters, Not Fires.”

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Editor’s Note: William Morosko is a 9th grade student at Athens High School with an aptitude in writing movie and music review. He has also directed and written short films that have appeared on Athens Community TV. The Messenger has agreed to publish occasional reviews from William as a new…

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For centuries, opera has been a rich person’s pleasure. It is very expensive to pay soloists, choruses, dancers, orchestras and provide staging in large auditoriums.

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In June, The Athens Messenger printed my column opining that we should reflect on D-Day as a lesson about safeguarding our democracy and our values as a pluralistic society. I’d like to follow up with more thoughts gleaned from my April trip to Poland for a study tour of the Jewish Holocaust.

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Skepticism is good. Don’t believe everything you read or hear.

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People cost a lot. Companies often have to hire people to get things made and sold, but they feel fewer the better.

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In a world full of rubbish, it is wonderful that we have services that help us put some waste back into use.

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Every year in the United States there are between 70,000 and 80,000 workplace fires, leading to approximately 200 deaths and 5,000 injuries.

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The saddest end to life is self murder. Even when it is justified as martyrdom, euthanasia, or defense of self or others, it is a desperate, unfortunate choice. But when it is freely chosen out of pain and disgust with life, it is the most miserable of deaths.

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Monopoly is a fun game, but a horrible phenomenon. Whenever there is only one power in control, disaster results.