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April 25, 2015


  • Coverage through Medicaid makes impact

    by - Jan 22, 2015
    The past year has seen the most dramatic shift in decades in health care coverage for Ohioans and the role of hospitals in our local communities. As a member of the Ohio Hospital Association, I saw...
  • Expanding Health Coverage for Ohioans

    by - Jan 22, 2015
    Since its creation in 1965, Medicaid – a joint federal and state program – has provided low-cost health insurance to Ohio’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, physically disabled, and children. Beginning in 2014, the health law...
  • You get to share my nervousness

    by - Jan 17, 2015
    I know a lot of readers of this column have already experienced many of the things I have written about, but for me they are new experiences. Some of those experiences I expected; others…? I must...
  • Municipal Tax Reform cuts red tape

    by - Jan 14, 2015
    Of the many steps we have taken to improve Ohio’s economic situation, our latest effort involved making serious reforms to the way municipalities collect income taxes. House Bill 5, which passed the legislature at the end...
  • Alternative to high interest payday loans

    by - Jan 13, 2015
    When unexpected costs arise before tax returns come in, workers are faced with a dilemma and many workers turn to predatory payday loans to make ends meet. These loans – which can carry hidden fees and...
  • I am here for two reasons

    by - Jan 10, 2015
    Monday was a long day. On the road at 6:30… returning home about 6:30, 12 hours later. I was one of dozens of men, women and children watching our senators conduct official business in the Ohio...
  • State helps prevent falls this winter

    by - Jan 7, 2015
    Did you know that falls are the number one cause of injury-related hospitalization and death among people 65 and older? Many of us did not worry about the risk of falling when we were young. We...
  • The 2014 Woohoo and Uuugh Awards

    by - Jan 3, 2015
    Several years ago my cohort here at The Early Bird wrote a weekly column that would pass along praise where due and would gripe about things he didn’t like. There were generally more praises than gripes,...
  • Commissioners Corner

    by - Dec 31, 2014
    January is finally here. Families have gathered together for the Holiday’s, schools have taken a much needed break, and decorations are everywhere to celebrate this most wonderful season. With the last month of the calendar year...
  • It wasn’t a good day

    by - Dec 27, 2014
    You might remember my comments about a child I tutored over the summer. We would work for about five minutes, 10 or 15 if she was really engaged, then with no warning she would decide she’s...
  • A Very Merry Christmas for Ohioans

    by - Dec 25, 2014
    Once again, the Christmas season is upon us. This year, many households in Ohio are poised to have a better Christmas than in years past. We have worked hard over this past year to put people...
  • 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...
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