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  • Trying to Help with Holiday Stress

    by - Dec 20, 2014
    With only a few days until Christmas stress levels are up. I’m not stressed, but my wife is starting to feel it a little. I try not to get anxious about anything. My only responsibility during...
  • Revitalizing manufacturing and innovation

    by - Dec 18, 2014
    One of my most important jobs is to advocate for working families in Ohio. Middle-class families have felt squeezed by the number of jobs going overseas, especially in the manufacturing sector. A report released last week...
  • Anonymity for those involved in executions

    by - Dec 16, 2014
    A few months ago, I learned that state officials would not start executions again until certain protections were in place to keep the identity of those involved with the process private. What that means is the...
  • Fascinating young people

    by - Dec 13, 2014
    “Mr. Robinson! Mr. Robinson!” I was on one of my three assignments last weekend… at the Coffee Pot for First Friday. I turned around and saw five young ladies grinning at me. One of them was...
  • I “pass” on passwords

    by - Dec 12, 2014
    Are a lot of people totally frustrated with the necessity and operation of electronic device passwords? Could it just be me, or more likely a function of my age? I hate passwords. I used to dislike...
  • No poverty for workers and kids

    by - Dec 11, 2014
    Ohioans – many of whom work multiple jobs while taking care of their children – deserve tax relief. And workers who lose their jobs or their pensions due to no fault of their own deserve help...
  • Adoption reform moving through

    by - Dec 10, 2014
    As we begin to wrap up our work in Columbus for the rest of the year, we still have a few major tasks to accomplish. Among my highest priorities is reforming Ohio’s current adoption system to...
  • Our Creamed Corn Marriage

    by - Dec 6, 2014
    My wife and I are coming up on a monumental anniversary. No, it’s not our 50th – I’m much too young for that. It’s not even our 25th anniversary – still much too young. This anniversary...
  • Safety spurs ban on powdered alcohol

    by - Dec 3, 2014
    A new product under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no place in Ohio until it is proven safe and acceptable for use by experts at the highest level. I am working on...
  • The new life surrounding us

    by - Nov 29, 2014
    After weeks of being out of town Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I managed to put in a day of subbing at Woodland Heights last Friday. The kids welcomed me with open arms… literally. I took part...
  • Agriculture in the classroom begins

    by - Nov 29, 2014
    Fifty years ago in Ohio, the rural school districts looked to the big cities for the best practices in education. Today, big cities are looking to rural areas for clues on how to make their schools...
  • Commissioner’s Corner

    by - Nov 28, 2014
    November is becoming a memory, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and old man winter is approaching. Halloween starts the official Holiday season, but to most of us, Thanksgiving is the time it really starts. We hope...
  • Ohioans not fooled by hype machine

    by - Nov 26, 2014
    The president’s ObamaCare hype machine recently made its rounds throughout Ohio and across the country – making a stop in Cincinnati to pitch ObamaCare to our local area. As I’ve said many times, the Obama administration...
  • Giving Back to our Communities this Thanksgiving

    by - Nov 26, 2014
    As we approach Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. For us, the day marks a chance to gather with family and friends to share a...
  • Finding Morals in my Stories

    by - Nov 22, 2014
    Sometimes I wonder what the great philosophers of history would say about the antics of my children. I’m guessing Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, might be speechless for a moment, shrug his shoulders and say, “Dude,...
  • CAUV has saved farmers billions

    by - Nov 19, 2014
    The Current Agriculture Use Valuation has been a topic of discussion lately.  I support this modified tax rate for agricultural land in Ohio because it has saved around $10 billion for farmers in Ohio since 1973....
  • Raising awareness of premature births

    by - Nov 18, 2014
    The birth of a child is a cause for celebration. For most families, a new baby brings feelings of excitement and anticipation for the future. Unfortunately, one in every nine babies born in the United States...
  • Something to be proud of – Our kids amaze me.

    by - Nov 15, 2014
    On Beggar’s Night one little boy was a skeleton. He and his sister told me they weren’t who they were. The boy made sure I understood he had real skin under his skeleton costume. His sister...
  • Workers Comp refunds will help

    by - Nov 13, 2014
    A major focus of Ohio lawmakers ever since Governor Kasich took office has been to fight for skinny government. Saving local governments money is part of this fight. As part of this process, the Ohio Attorney General’s...
  • Seek Opportunities to Honor Our Veterans 

    by - Nov 11, 2014
    Our veterans have given all a person can give – so that we may live free – and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. So as we pause to pay tribute on Veterans Day,...

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