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  • 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...
  • TPA is important for Ohio workers

    by - May 28, 2015
    Every corner of Ohio, from our farms to our factories, benefits from trade, and the reason is simple. Trade pacts allow us to expand exports with other nations and reach new customers for Ohio small businesses, manufacturers,...
  • Sound money management helps

    by - May 27, 2015
    As we continue through the budget process, I am mindful of the struggles of local governments because they play such a vital role in the everyday lives of Ohioans.  Without local governments, many of our roads...
  • Things that Make You Go Hmmm

    by - May 23, 2015
    I’ve never been known to be the smartest tool in the shed (see what I mean; I couldn’t even get the analogy correct), even though I’ve been called a “tool” a time or two. Some of...
  • Reverse is always backwards

    by - May 22, 2015
    For the last five or six years, network television viewers have been enticed to investigate a financial instrument called a “reverse mortgage.” As Fred Thompson strolls along a busy street or garden path, he tells of...
  • Dredging in Lake Erie is a growing topic

    by - May 21, 2015
    Of the five great lakes, Lake Erie is the shallowest. As a result, a large portion of the dredging that happens in the Great Lakes takes place in Lake Erie, our great lake in Ohio. Water...
  • Re-learning the things I’d forgotten

    by - May 16, 2015
    One of the fascinating things about substituting is never knowing what’s going to happen next. The last few weeks have given me opportunities to work on every Greenville campus. Each is as different as night and...
  • Returning Control to Ohio’s Schools

    by - May 13, 2015
    The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and PARCC testing is wrapping up.  Overall, administrators are unhappy with the rollout of PARCC because it uses too much valuable time in the classroom and has...
  • I’m not going to run for president

    by - May 9, 2015
    I Ryan Berry, being of sound mind, hereby announce that I will not be seeking the presidential nomination in 2016. It was with much thoughtfulness and understanding of the stress and strain it would put on...
  • Budget discussion continues in senate

    by - May 8, 2015
    At this point in the budget process, the Senate is discussing their concerns with the budget and making changes as they see fit.  Amended Substitute House Bill 64, the state operating budget, passed in the House...
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