July 26, 2014

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Opinion
What you didn’t hear in the news
Written by Jim Robertson   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:57 PM

It’s a wild and wacky world out there. Let us take a look at some of the highlights that may have escaped your notice while you were perusing the news.

Things are getting batty
Hey if you like bats, then the State House in Montpelier, VT is your kind of place. It seems as though there is a large bat colony in the attic of the 155 year-old structure.
The bats have a tendency to fly into the interior corridors of the building during the summer months as they find that a much cooler environment.
Standard procedure when a bat enters, say the Senate Chamber is to open a window and let the bat find its way out which it generally does after several minutes or hours. 
At any rate the state is interested in protecting the declining bat population in the northeast and Canada due to white nose syndrome, a fungal disease which has killed an estimated 5.1 million bats across the area.
The legislators in Vermont may not have “bats in their belfry” but they certainly do in their State House. If there’s a crisis, I can just hear it now, “To the Bat Cave, Green Mountain Boy.”

Red king crab or not?
In other wildlife news, a fisherman off Nome, AK, pulled in a giant red king crab. What’s so special? It was blue.
Frank McFarland is currently keeping his catch at the Norton Sound Seafood Center where the crab has become somewhat of a celebrity as people drop in to have their pictures taken with the crustacean.
Alaska Fish and Game official Scott Kent doesn’t know why the crab has a blue color but he suspects it’s a mutation.  I think that it’s more likely that you’d be blue too if somebody took you away from your home.

Grand theft dino
A couple of 21 year-olds in Raleigh, NC, were apprehended for stealing a baby dinosaur model from the science museum and some other miscellaneous items from the nearby history museum.
The man and woman were caught on surveillance cameras taking the model of an Edmonotosaurus, which was valued at $10,000. They grabbed some items from the nearby history museum including fake heads of cabbage and lettuce (no doubt to feed the fake dinosaur).
The couple faces two felony counts which they were charged with after turning themselves in. Imagine how much fun they could have had with the old Sinclair gas stations back in the 50s.

It’s not delivery, it’s illegal
And finally from our police blotter, we journey to exotic Corbin, KY. 29 year-old Michael Harp while being booked asked to use his cellphone to make a call. 
A short time later a delivery man showed up with five pizzas for Officer Wilson who was the arresting officer. An examination of cell phone records showed Harp as the culprit.
He now faces additional charges of theft of identity, theft by deception and impersonating a police officer.  Bet he didn’t get any of the pizza either.

Jim Robertson is a long time Harrison resident, a member of Harrison City Council, and a weekly columnist for The Harrison Press.

 
Don’t divorce your children
Written by Amy Searcy   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:56 PM

We witness reports of violence regularly in Hamilton County affecting teenagers and families.

Young people often make poor decisions, but when their decisions have such devastating consequences it makes us all stop and think about prevention of such situations in the future.

How can parents and families anticipate and prevent this type of devastation in their children’s lives?

So often, the decisions our children and their friends are out of our control, however there is hope for our families. That hope lies in the strong foundation of parents and their relationships with their children.

It is the strength of the love and trust that our children have in us that helps them to make wise decisions when they are interacting with their friends and others in the community.

This is our gift to them.

Both parents must continue to be role models regardless of their marital status. This is more challenging in families that have followed this path, but parents must step up to this challenge.

Their children, their legacy, depend upon it.

Love your children and develop trust and self-confidence with them to help them grow and develop into good, responsible members of society.

I am the newest judge in Hamilton County, recently appointed to the Domestic Relations Court. I see families every day who are re-defining themselves and their relationships with one another.

Parents may choose to divorce one another but they cannot divorce themselves from being parents.

Parents can continue to be strong, loving role models to their children despite their marital relationship with one another. This is good news. This is hope.

A divorce from a spouse does not divorce a mother or father from good parenting. In Domestic Relations Court, we can promote good parenting for all Hamilton County families, and I will strive to do my best to help families be strong and healthy.

Families matter. Let’s all focus on helping families – for the sake of the children.

Amy Searcy, a Crosby Township resident, is a domestic relations judge in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

 
Sometimes a good old wire works best
Written by Jack Dominic   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:55 PM

One of the most common complaints I hear from people who are new to using Apple products, especially the iPad and iPhone, is their difficulty in getting things in and out of the machines.

Most of these people are coming from the Windows world and the domain of Steve Jobs can be vexing at first.

While once initiated, most of these users find that cloud technology can handle most anything they want to do. There are times when a good old wired connection is easier and faster.

Perhaps some history will help explain. Jobs and Apple have always been iconoclastic when it comes to importing and exporting files to and from their devices. In 1998, Apple introduced the iMac.

This machine was the first to be made without a floppy drive and used only a CD-ROM drive.

So iMac users who were used to sharing files, pictures and games with friends by sharing floppy disks could no longer do so.

Back then, Apple was ahead of the technology curve. Many iMac users ended up buying “unapproved” USB floppy drives.

Today, Apple and most other technology manufactures rely on the cloud and wireless technology to provide storage and access to our files.

If you are not cloud savvy or are not connected to the Internet, there is a simple way of getting those pictures stored on your iPhone or iPad copied to your computer or USB thumb drive.

While neither the iPhone nor iPad have traditional USB ports, they both do have a port and cable normally used for charging.

These ports may not look like USB ports but in reality they function the same. Thy just have a different non-standard plug. So you can use these ports and charging cables to access some files on the devices.

Let’s say you want to get those vacation pictures and videos taken using your iPhone on to a DVD to share, once you do some editing and cropping.

Just connect the iPhone to your computer (Mac or Widows) using the charging cable.

Once plugged into the computer’s USB port your will find that the device becomes an external hard drive.

Any picture or video can be dragged and dropped from the phone to a folder on the computer. 
Once there, you can view, edit and crop the photos and then store them on any media or send them to Facebook or other social media.

All of this can be done using the cloud but some might be intimidated by this technology or you may be in a location that does not provide connection to the Internet.

Sometimes, the direct wire approach works just fine.

Jack Dominic, a Harrison Twp. resident is Executive Director of the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and an adjunct professor at UC.  You can read previously published articles at www.jacksnotesandbits.blogspot.com

 
Everyone makes mistakes
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:54 PM

One of the most important words in the English language is, “Oops.”

It covers a variety of errors. It acknowledges that a mistake has been made, yet it implies that any such mistake was unintentional.

It may not reach the legal term “absence of malice,” but if your mistake ever reaches the point where legal terms are required you are going to need more than “oops” on your side.

Oops also may not measure up to Homer Simpson’s advice of plausible deniability given to his son, Bart, when Homer ponders his mortality and decides to offer Bart some fatherly advice for sensitive situations. Simply say “it was like that when I got here,” Homer tells Bart.

Mistakes are common in newspapers and magazines. None of us are immune, as hard as we try to avoid them.

For example, I usually read these columns three or four times before I click the send button and hope that Joe the editor reads them at least twice more before it is sent to the printer, but the simplest mistakes often slip by unnoticed, until they are displayed on newsprint.

The old printing axiom is, “Never let your mistakes be printed in anything larger than 12 pt. type.” That’s good advice for each of us, whether you are in the publishing business or make widgets.

In this business, copy editors are a dying breed. Those are the people specifically charged with making sure spelling and punctuation are correct, the story flows, and somehow it all makes sense.

As the world has changed, though, the term “do more with less” has become the mantra of business. What it really means is management is laying off people—specifically copy editors in this case—and writers are supposed to be their own copy editors.

Still, it’s shocking when I see magazines such as Sports Illustrated make simple copy editing mistakes. I read about 10 pages of last week’s issue when I saw two mistakes.

Sadly, that has become a common practice for that magazine and I’m sure for others. I imagine that at one time they had a dozen people reading the articles before they went to print, but today that number has obviously decreased.

Maybe some people don’t care or even notice. I know that texting and writing done for social media outlets have changed the way many people—not just kids—look at writing. Some older people feel it is fine to make mistakes because everyone is making them.

In my case, I look back at what I wrote 25 years ago and I’m embarrassed by the quality of my prose. I still don’t think my writing is good enough, but I know I’m more careful about writing and re-writing articles today than I ever was.

I guess the advice here is to be bold in your ideas, but be careful in their execution. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but be sure you can correct them before they go to print.

And don’t be ashamed or embarrassed when someone points them out. That’s where “oops” comes in. Again, one of my favorite four-letter words.


Bob Hyle covers sports and writes a weekly column for The Harrison Press. He lives in Bright.

 
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