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Super Committee Failure Not Surprising

In Business, Economy, Jobs, National News, Opinion, Politics, Uncategorized on November 22, 2011 at 12:42 am

By Gery L. Deer

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President Obama announced this week the abject failure of the so-called congressional Super Committee, which had originally supposed to hammer out a bi-partisan deal to cut the deficit by a whopping $1.2 trillion. Following the announcement, the president told reporters, “Despite the broad agreement that exists for such an approach, there are still too many Republicans in Congress that have refused to listen to the voices of reason and compromise that are coming from outside of Washington.”

Another typical Obama move; when in doubt, blame the other side. It seems the president has forgotten the definition of the word, “compromise,” wherein both sides need to give and take. They must not teach that concept at Harvard Law.

By definition, a committee is a group of people with differing ideas who are charged to work together towards a common goal. Whether it is made up of government officials or members of the local parent-teacher organization, committees generally produce more problems than they solve. Super-size the typical ineffectiveness of any committee, particularly one made up of bickering, self-aggrandizing members of congress, and the result is at minimum counterproductive and at most disastrous.

Given the poor history of compromise between the Democrats and Republicans in recent years, any attempt at a cooperative group was doomed to failure before it was commissioned. Unfortunately, congressional representatives are far more concerned with gaining political points and winning the day than solvingAmerica’s debt problems.

With the next election barely 11 months away, Republicans are firmly against pretty much anything the Democrats have proposed in the way of budget cuts, primarily because most plans involve tax increases. Conservative committee members insist that higher taxes will increase the burden on the average citizen and cause the country’s economy to backslide.

So what will happen next? Since the committee was unable to meet the deadline for the deficit reduction plan, programs like Medicare will experience automatic cuts in funding. Payments to Medicare providers, for example, will be cut by 2 percent across the board by 2013. Government sources state, however, that expenditures to beneficiaries of the program will be unaffected.

Additionally, the affect on general economic growth is, at this point, incalculable. As the country’s debt rises, it’s overall fiscal worth declines. As an example, as news of the super committee’s ineffectiveness spread over the last several days, Wall Street experienced general overall losses, with the Dow, down, 248 points on Monday.

Inaction on the part of the committee only serves to reinforce the idea that neither Congress nor the West Wing is up to current economic challenges. So far nothing has been done to even encourage long-term business and financial growth and spur job creation. Temporary fixes are not going to carry the country through a recession that is constantly on the verge of resurgence.

And, while the White House is responsible for pushing bad programs onto the Democrats in Congress and leveraging future cooperation to get them approved, it’s up to the legislature to determine the benefits, or the lack thereof, to their constituents. Apparently, common sense is not part of the job descriptions inWashington. Only those capable of double-dealing, back-room politics and cold-heartedness need apply.

Considering all of that, at the end of the day, each and every bad decision made by government officials are actually the final responsibility and fault of the American people because they were elected by the short-sighted, easily coerced voter. Winston Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government; except for all the rest.”

He couldn’t have been more correct. A government by the people has a pitfall for every promise. As long as Americans keep sending the same kinds of self-serving, greedy, power-hungry people toWashington, positive change is highly unlikely.

Gery L. Deer is an independent business writer and columnist based in Jamestown, Ohio. Read more at http://www.deerinheadlines.com

Jamestown Music Group Presents Holiday Show At Schuster Center, Dec 4.

In Entertainment, Local News, Media, Senior Lifestyle, Uncategorized on November 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

The Brothers & Co Variety Show will perform a 45 minute set at the Schuster December 4. Photo by Jen Copas

DAYTON, OH – The Brothers & Co. Entertainers of Jamestown will present their unique blend of music and comedy in a holiday performance at the Schuster Center Performing Arts Center at W. Second and Main Streets in downtown Dayton. Dubbed “The Boys in Black” at the Paint Valley Jamboree music festival in Bainbridge, the group will take the atrium stage beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday December 4 as part of the Wintergarden Wonderland series of weekly, holiday entertainment.

The Brothers & Co. Entertainers are a country-western styled family quartet that has been performing together for more than 16 years. The group features pianist, writer, and nationally-known whip artist, Gery L. Deer; singer, percussionist, and comedian Gary Deer, Jr.; guitarist and lyricist Ed Jones; and bass singing sensation and award-winning classical magician, James Karns. Their Vaudeville-style music and variety show includes specialty acts, music and comedy.

The group is presented by the Victoria Theater Association in conjunction with the Downtown Dayton Partnership, presents as part of the entertainment at “Wintergarden Wonderland.” The event will consist of weekly holiday entertainment and family activities every Sunday through Christmas.In addition to live entertainment, attendees can also visit the restored orginal Rike’s animated, holiday window displays.

The Brothers & Co. are best known for presenting their own four-part spin on classic songs from such groups as The Statler Brothers, The Everly Brothers, John Denver, and many more. The 45-minute Schuster performance will also include samplings of their stage variety performances including comedy, magic, and world-champion bullwhip artistry.

This will be the fourth time The Brothers & Co. musicians have graced the stage of the Schuster, having opened the entertainment season at last year’s Wintergarden Wonderland. “Our show is unique,” says group co-host and director, Gery L. Deer. “We like to engage the audience and entertain them, and we offer a unique, family show.” The group will have CDs and autograph photos and other memorabilia available as well.

The Brothers & Co. will be dedicating this year’s performance to the family matriarch, Lois Deer, who passed away recently after a long illness. Weekly, holiday entertainment at the Schuster runs from Noon until 4:00 p.m. and all events are free and open to the public. For more information go online to www.thebrothersandcompany.com or call the Victoria Theater Association at (937) 228-7591. For more on The Brothers & Co. Entertainers, go online to www.thebrothersandcompany.com.


In Business, Entertainment, Local News, Senior Lifestyle, Uncategorized on November 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

CENTERVILLE, OH – Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection will host a personal appearance on December 1, 2011, by

Ne’Qwa Art National Director and demonstration artist Trieste Cordova

Art National Director and demonstration artist Trieste Cordova.

As a representative for Ne’Qwa Art, Cordova travels to stores throughout the year demonstrating reverse painting on glass, a centuries-old art technique that is practiced only by a very few, highly skilled painters. She will be traveling to more than twenty stores this fall answering questions about Ne’Qwa Art and its line of mouth-blown glass decorative accessories.

Cordova will first meet with collectors at a luncheon from 12 – 1 p.m., then will teach the art of reverse-painting on glass in a workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. The luncheon and workshop will be held at Savona Restaurant, 79 W. Main St., Centerville.

Later in the day from 4 – 7 p.m., Cordova will sign ornamental Ne’Qwa pieces at Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection, 38 W. Franklin St, Centerville, OH.

Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection is one of a selected few retailers in the United States to host this signature event. All Ne’Qwa ornaments purchased at the event, or pre-purchased through Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection may be signed, and clients will be allowed a signature on one piece brought from home.

After nearly four decades and four generations, Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection has become the largest coin shop in the Dayton area with more than 4,000 square feet of coins, gifts, jewelry and collectibles.

The family operated shop offers design and repair, customized engraving services, watch battery replacement and refurbishment, personal shopper and corporate gift giving services, school and community fund-raising. Appraisal services are also available.

A fine source of unique gifts, the store offers something for everyone and every occasion. Some of their popular product lines include Lula Bell Art & Designs, Swarovski, Chamilia, Robeez, Kameleon, Stephanie Dawn, Ugly Dolls, Ne’Qwa, Willow Tree, Ne’Qwa, Spartina 449, Poo~Pourri, Lolita and Root Candles.

Admission to the signing is free and open to the public. For more information contact Leslie Marsh, Centerville Coin & Jewelry Connection, 38 W. Franklin St, Centerville, OH, 937-436-3003.

Lois Deer, of Jamestown, dies after long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

In Local News on November 12, 2011 at 8:13 am

Lois Deer of Jamestown, 1933 - 2011

Lois Jean (Sutton) Deer, 78, of 1809 Mt. Carmel Rd., Jamestown, passed away quietly on Friday, November 11, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Lois was born in Kitts Hill, Ohio, near the city of Ironton, to John and Jennie Sutton on September 13, 1933 and raised in Kitts Hill with siblings, Vernon, William, Lyndal, Ruth, Isabel, Gary, and Regina. She married Gary Lee Deer, of Hanging Rock, Ohio, in December of 1951 and raised three children, Gary, Jr., Cathy Jean (Wolf), and Gery, all of whom now reside with their respective spouses, Diana, Robert and Barbara, nearby the family farm in Jamestown.

Lois is survived by her husband and children along with 5 grandchildren, Melissa Van Oss, Jessica (Deer) Simmons, Jodi (Van Oss) Pearce, and Tiffany (Wolf) Knapp, Henry Dill, and three great grand children, Emma, Jonah and Eryn. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, her sister, Regina (Sutton) Marshal, of Riverside, and her sister-in-law, Phyllis (Loper) Sutton, of Ironton.

Over the years Lois and her family lived in Dayton, Fairborn and finally Jamestown, settling there in 1977 where she worked for many years at Curley’s Fine Foods restaurant. Her time was mostly spent raising her children and grandchildren, quilting, gardening and working the family farm and business with Gary.

During the 1990’s, Lois and her family designed and built award-winning parade floats featuring historical scenes from the Jamestown region. Lois was a lifetime member of the Jamestown Area Historical Society and did a great deal to help the early stages of restoration for the Jamestown Opera House.

For the last two years, Lois was cared for at home by her family. Her husband and children express their heartfelt gratitude to niece and cousin, Pamela (Sutton) Suske, who selflessly took on the role of primary caregiver. Her tireless support and personal sacrifices could never be repaid and gave Lois the highest quality of life possible during her long illness.

Services are to be held at Jamestown Presbyterian Church, 61 W Washington St., with visitation 5pm until 8pm, Monday, November 14 and funeral 11:30am, Tuesday, November 15. Graveside services will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Hussey Rd. in Jefferson Township, just west of Bowersville. In lieu of flowers, the Deer family requests donations in Lois’s name to be made to local Alzheimer’s and dementia advocacy organizations. Cards and letters may be sent c/o Gary Deer 1809 Mt. Carmel Rd., Jamestown.