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  • Dum Dums for the teacher

    by - Jul 13, 2015
    When I was a kid they were called suckers. Evidently not anymore. One of the things I do when I tutor is give kids a reward for their hard work. Stickers are a no-brainer. I have...
  • Paying the overtime workers earned

    by - Jul 10, 2015
    Too many Ohioans are still struggling in today’s economy. They work hard, but still have trouble getting by. For many workers, it feels as though the harder and longer they work, the less they have to...
  • Marijuana, Monopoly, follow the money

    by - Jul 8, 2015
    It appears Ohioans will be determining the fate of the marijuana legalization debate in the near future.  I am interested to see how direct democracy will work in this situation.  I am excited about the freedom...
  • Supporting Ohio’s No. 1 Industry

    by - Jul 7, 2015
    As Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture is incredibly important to the well-being of our state. I am pleased to report that the Ohio House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 80, a piece of legislation designed...
  • I’m not the nerd I thought I was

    by - Jul 4, 2015
    Let me give you a little quiz. Have you ever heard of these persons and/or terms – Cosplay, Gamer, Anime, Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, and my favorite, Bronie? (I hang my head in shame at you if you...
  • Commissioners Corner

    by - Jul 2, 2015
    The end of June means that the year is at its halfway point. It is hard to conceive that 2015 is on the downhill slide to 2016 already! The good news is we have had more...
  • Big tobacco’s Assault on our children

    by - Jul 1, 2015
    Protecting our children from the dangers of tobacco products has always been a challenge — and now Big Tobacco has a new product it is actively peddling to children and teens. E-cigarettes are the new frontier...
  • This child is going places

    by - Jun 27, 2015
    “Hello, Grumpy,” she said with a huge smile. I was leaving the grocery store; she was coming in. Nothing more was said as we each went our way. I grinned. That made my fifth “contact” in...
  • Clear or Cloudy?

    by - Jun 24, 2015
      Transparency is a word that I remember from a very young age.  I had a first grade teacher, who addressed the windows in our 1930’s classroom as transparent (clear) and the door glass translucent or...
  • Breaking down geographical barriers

    by - Jun 23, 2015
    The school year has ended and now is the best time to fully examine the results of Ohio State’s “Agri-science in the City” program.  The close of this school year also marks the completion of the...
  • Fathers need a theme song

    by - Jun 20, 2015
    Father’s Day… Does it really matter or is it just another Hallmark holiday? I have wonderful children. My daughters adore me and would do anything for me. They treat me with respect. They never tease me...
  • President owes vets a real plan for fixing VA

    by - Jun 18, 2015
    It has been more than a year since General Eric Shinseki resigned as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs after widespread mismanagement and secret wait lists were exposed— and we are still waiting for President Obama to...
  • The budget process nears the finish line

    by - Jun 16, 2015
    With the Senate wrapping up their work on the budget, we are now looking at the differences between their version and the House’s version. I’ve spent the last month meeting with over half of Ohio’s Senators...
  • Life is good

    by - Jun 13, 2015
    “I know you!” he said, grinning. “Yep! How ya’ doing, buddy?” He said okay, then looked at dad… “He’s my teacher at school.” “Substitute teacher.” He grinned again. “Yeah… I know.” He looked at dad again,...
  • Working to help racing thrive in Ohio

    by - Jun 11, 2015
    Not long ago, the Horse Racing Industry was operating on small purses in Ohio.  With less prize money for winners, it was difficult to attract the best horses, leaving the sport and the agricultural industry that...
  • Export-Import Bank helps Ohio businesses

    by - Jun 10, 2015
    Davenport Aviation is a small business in Columbus—an aircraft parts distributor that exports its products to Africa and South America. Its business has grown over the past four years with the help of the Export-Import Bank....
  • Some days it doesn’t pay to be an adult

    by - Jun 6, 2015
    There are some days I really don’t enjoy being an adult. Yes, it does have its advantages most of the time and the homework my kids brought home this past school year reminds me of how...
  • Commissioners’ Corner: May 2015

    by - Jun 4, 2015
    With the end of May being rainy and cool, it may seem like summer will never get here. However, June is here now and hopefully the weather will be more like we expect with warmer temperatures...
  • Proof that Western Ohio is the best

    by - Jun 3, 2015
    I have always believed that Western Ohio is the best place to live, work and rear a family. As a son of Western Ohio, I have seen how our home has changed over the years while...
  • The shock of my life

    by - May 30, 2015
    The school year’s pretty much wrapped up… you can see it in everyone’s eyes. Teachers are tired (contrary to the opinion of some, teaching nine months out of the year is a tough job, folks) and...
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