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September 3, 2015

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  • 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...
  • Little ones need hugs

    by - May 2, 2015
    It was former Greenville Superintendent Susie Riegle’s fault…. well… hers and Woodland Principal Tammy Stritenberger’s. It was fall of 2011. I wanted to start substitute teaching. High school and maybe some junior high. I told Susie...
  • Powdered alcohol’s potential dangers

    by - Apr 29, 2015
    Powdered alcohol is a new substance that could hit the shelves in liquor stores as soon as this summer.  I support the public’s ability to consume food and drink in a responsible manner and generally work...
  • There’s Not Much on My Bucket List

    by - Apr 25, 2015
    My daughter’s near-death experience a few weeks ago… I guess I wouldn’t call it near-death, but more like a Fred Sanford “I’m coming to meet you Elizabeth” type of moment. There were tears and fears from...
  • Taxes and the Deep Blue See!

    by - Apr 23, 2015
    It’s the time of year when all of us go to work each day and turn to thoughts of taxes. Deductions from our paychecks, estimated taxes and the amount owed to Uncle Sam are a huge...
  • People’s House is not wasting any time

    by - Apr 22, 2015
    I hear every day from local families, small business owners, and seniors that they expect their government to focus on their priorities – not Washington’s. That is why the People’s House has not wasted any time...
  • Helping Ohio families afford college

    by - Apr 21, 2015
    College costs are sky-high and climbing. Right now, many families across Ohio are waiting on their financial aid packages. For many students and their families, those aid packages can force agonizing choice over budgets, savings, and...
  • Tough days ahead

    by - Apr 18, 2015
    I like to tell my Edison students that every situation is a learning opportunity. For instance, I’m not at all bashful about telling them I’m learning from them the same time they’re (hopefully) learning from me....
  • A BWC budget that saves Ohioans dollars

    by - Apr 16, 2015
    As we continue to move forward with the budget process here in the Ohio House, I wanted to highlight two of our budget bills that I am particularly proud of. House Bills 51 and 52, which...
  • I have regret, but it’s still awesome

    by - Apr 11, 2015
    I finally got my way! I got what I wanted! I only had to grovel at my wife’s feet for a few minutes, but it was worth it, right? Yes it was! For 31 hours, the...
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