A GOOD TURN FOR OUR VETS

Thomas More College is stepping up. It's joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that eligible veterans incur no out-of-pocket tuition expenses while enrolled.

Under the Post-9/11 Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon Program, Thomas More contributes up to 50 percent of expenses with a VA match. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school and cannot exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at public colleges. There is also a housing allowance for vets with dependents and a book stipend. Networking with fellow vets and counseling are offered.

LEADERSHIP, NOT SOUND BITES, ON IMMIGRATION

There are no easy answers. It's a complicated issue affecting families and futures. Jobs and millions of dollars hang in the balance.

Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones and Ohio Rep. Courtney Combs, Ross Township, want Ohio laws to mirror the embattled Arizona law that expanded police powers to allow them to detain anyone even suspected of being an illegal immigrant and demand papers.

Efforts to measure public opinion are now being boiled down to erroneous headlines and sound bites indicating Ohioans want to follow Arizona's lead.

We believe there are many local business decision makers who differ with Jones and Combs. Let's not let a few control this message and lead some to assume they reflect our region's sentiment.

It's time for leadership to take back the microphone.

HEART HEALTHY EATS

Whoever says heart-healthy meals have to lack flavor should eat again. With The Christ Hospital's addition of three restaurants to its Restaurant Partnership Program, the list of local dining places with nutritional, low-calorie meals is expanding to close to 20 places.

Welcome to Andy's Mediterranean Grille, Destiny's Catering Inc. and Vit'™s Café.

To meet the American Heart Association's Heart Healthy plan, meals must have fewer than 650 calories and 60 calories of fat.

Check out the full list at www.TheChristHospital.com/Restaurant.