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  • Ag in the City update

    by - Apr 26, 2016
    Agriculture in the City is a state funded program which teaches agriculture education to students in city schools. This program is being piloted in one high school and one elementary in Cleveland and Cincinnati. The schools...
  • I will not be turning the Big L

    by - Apr 25, 2016
    I am now less than two months away from turning the Big L. The Big L, you ask? I thought it would somehow make me feel a little better about myself if I described my next...
  • Legislators stand in strong opposition

    by - Apr 21, 2016
    In Ohio we have recognized Obamacare for the failure it is and rejected Washington’s attempt to burden Ohioans with the bureaucratic responsibility of managing his federal health care exchange.  Our state budget has been choked by...
  • Ohio’s Internship and Co-op Appreciation

    by - Apr 12, 2016
    Many people can trace their career success to participation in an internship or co-op. Internships and co-ops prepare the next generation of professionals to become leaders and step into important roles with work experience and a...
  • Dear Generation…Millennial

    by - Apr 9, 2016
    I have learned a lot of useful things in my life. Things like don’t spit into the wind, play nice with others, wear clean underwear if you are in an accident, and other bits of knowledge that have...
  • Marriage is Worth the Work

    by - Apr 9, 2016
    It’s hard to believe I have nearly 20 years of marriage under my belt. Even more incredible is that all of those years have been with the same woman. I’m scratching my head on that one,...
  • Dear Generation Cupcake

    by - Apr 7, 2016
    Yes, I know you prefer to be called millennials, or whatever else you choose that doesn’t scare or offend you, but I think you are proving to all of us the millennials name doesn’t quite describe...
  • Stop the war on our family farms

    by - Apr 7, 2016
    In western Ohio, we enjoy the good fortune of traditional family farms that use the latest technologies to provide affordable, wholesome options at our local grocery stores.  All-too-often it seems our local agriculture is under attack...
  • Eat traditionally – disease free meat

    by - Apr 1, 2016
    In western Ohio our family farms are working diligently to provide high quality wholesome food to the world.  Yet, elitist vegetarians and the HSUS are working to destroy production agriculture piece by piece. In particular you...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Mar 31, 2016
    March did what it is supposed to do; come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. We have had a pretty good March so far, with just a few shots of severe weather....
  • Breathing Sounds – Creepy or Relaxing?

    by - Mar 26, 2016
    With my oldest daughter in dating mode, my wife has been open and honest about life when we were dating. I’ve determined she is crazy. I know it’s been 20 years since we were dating, but...
  • Favoritism, Cronyism and the Corruption of Power

    by - Mar 25, 2016
    We’ve all heard, seen or experienced firsthand favoritism, cronyism and corruption of power at some point in our lives. It is certainly alive and well and unfortunately tolerated and accepted all too often. We are very...
  • Reduced taxes spur economic growth

    by - Mar 24, 2016
    Its tax season again, and local farmers are concerned by increased property tax bills.  Like last year these increases are caused by structural problems with the Current Agricultural Use Value Formula (CAUV).  Since the ultimate fix...
  • Honoring women during special month

    by - Mar 23, 2016
    Originating from a one week celebration in 1978, Women’s History Month has been celebrated since 1987 as a time to recognize women’s significant contributions to the fabric of our nation. Even with the vast progress that...
  • Help school districts; help the students

    by - Mar 16, 2016
    In western Ohio, we have the best schools in the state.  Ohio’s public high schools were ranked seventh in the Nation in 2015 by US News and World Report.  Ohio needs to continue to support and...
  • Keeping promise of secure retirement

    by - Mar 14, 2016
    Last week, I met with Rita Lewis of West Chester, in Butler County. Rita was in Washington to testify in front of the Senate Finance Committee in honor of her late husband, Butch. Butch worked as...
  • Spring cleaning hurts, a lot

    by - Mar 12, 2016
    I don’t get it. Why do I have to suffer when my wife decides it’s time to start spring cleaning? She made the announcement a day before we were to clean and made sure to ask...
  • PARCC test gets an F in Western Ohio

    by - Mar 9, 2016
    We have the best schools in the state and we cannot allow the bureaucrats in Columbus to reduce our community pride through faulty testing and flawed report cards. A little over a year ago, we were...
  • Hardest Hit Fund helps neighborhoods

    by - Mar 3, 2016
    The housing crisis and the Great Recession that followed took a devastating financial and psychological toll on a generation of Ohioans. One of the most painful and lasting wounds of the economic disaster was the massive...
  • Best thing to do is ignore Report Cards

    by - Mar 2, 2016
    A year ago when the Ohio Department of Education decided to proceed with the new PARCC test, despite its questionable results, they raised eyebrows.  As part of the Common Core roll-out, PARCC faced considerable concern from...

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