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  • I’m Two Days Late

    by - Oct 11, 2014
    There’s nothing that will get a husband or boyfriend’s heart racing like hearing the words, “Honey, I’m two days late.” What? Huh? Ha, ha, ha…you’re kidding, right? It’s one of those statements that needs no further...
  • Managing the public’s tax dollars

    by - Oct 11, 2014
    When I was sworn in as a State Representative the first time around, I made it clear to my constituents that sound money management would be a focus of my time in the legislature.  Today, I...
  • Arcanum-Butler has levy renewal on ballot

    by - Oct 10, 2014
    On Nov. 4, the Arcanum-Butler Local School District will be asking the voters to approve a .75% income tax RENEWAL for the next five years. This is not a request for additional money.  The .75% income...
  • Steps at the VA are just the beginning

    by - Oct 9, 2014
    Hearing directly from veterans in our own region on the veterans’ benefit claims backlog is what led to my pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers and accountability years ago.  Our veterans deserve nothing less. What...
  • Preventing the spread of Ebola

    by - Oct 8, 2014
    Over the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about the Ebola virus. The stories from Africa are heartbreaking – countries with limited resources are fighting to contain the disease and in many cases it...
  • Even adults get sad

    by - Oct 4, 2014
    “Hey, I heard from someone that some guy was here to take pictures and write stories… we can’t let him do that. Find him and stop him… get him outa here… “Tar and feather him!” No,...
  • Shelby County: A place filled with opportunity

    by - Oct 3, 2014
    West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great...
  • Commissioners Corner

    by - Oct 2, 2014
    As the month of September comes to a close, we are reminded that colder weather is just around the corner. This has certainly been a nice cool spring and summer, and if the Farmer’s Almanac is...
  • Manufacturing and innovation in Ohio

    by - Oct 1, 2014
    In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to...
  • But I Didn’t do Anything

    by - Sep 27, 2014
    A lot has been made of punishment in the media lately, both social and mainstream, because of Adrian Peterson and the switch, log, tree trunk, forest (depending on which media outlet you listen to) he used...
  • Let’s kick start our economy

    by - Sep 27, 2014
    If you look at America’s economy, it’s flat – it hasn’t been growing as it should. While Ohio is moving forward thanks to common-sense Republican economic solutions, concern remains about the condition of our nation as...
  • Combating opiate addiction from the start

    by - Sep 26, 2014
    Since the beginning of 2013, the Ohio General Assembly has been working tirelessly to study the opiate addiction epidemic that plagues Ohio and its public health. Two study committees have traveled around the state during the...
  • Nutrient loading impact questioned

    by - Sep 25, 2014
    Recent concerns at Lake Erie have increased public awareness of the importance of water and reducing phosphorous loading in Ohio waterways.  Water is important to our quality of life and the recent issues in Toledo that...
  • Admitting to being Unfiltered

    by - Sep 24, 2014
    This past Saturday, I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine whom I can count on to be brutally honest.  I like that about her, she tells me what I need to hear,...
  • When the lights go out

    by - Sep 20, 2014
    “I look forward to these assignments.” “Why?” “What?” “Why?” “What? I can’t hear you!” “Why!” she yelled. We were in the cafeteria at Woodland Heights… kindergarten students had finished eating; first graders were enjoying their lunch....
  • Mercer County a Destination for All

    by - Sep 18, 2014
    West central Ohio is the best place in the world to live, work and rear a family.  I am fortunate that our local papers print Statehouse Updates, but often we forget to talk about how great...
  • CampusFire Safety Awareness Month

    by - Sep 17, 2014
    September marks the beginning of a new school year, the start of football season and cooler weather, but more importantly, it’s Campus Fire Safety Month.  Last month I introduced Senate Bill 359 which addresses the very real need...
  • Ensuring clean drinking water

    by - Sep 16, 2014
    Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise...
  • Like Father – Like Daughter

    by - Sep 13, 2014
    I looked at my daughters the other day and thought to myself “How did they become so much like me?” Fortunately, they look more like their mom the older they get. Their red hair is the...
  • We’re maintaining our focus

    by - Sep 11, 2014
    It’s filling up at the gas pump and watching the numbers climb to more than $40 for a tank of gas, or it’s a trip to the grocery store where the packaging seems to be shrinking...

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