Modernizing Child Support Guidelines

As a parent myself, as well as the chairman of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, I know firsthand that all children deserve the best...

I should invest in a Flowbee

I'm the kind of person that doesn't like to ask for help. It always seems like I'm imposing if I have to ask for...

Commissioners’ Corner

Is it just me or should February have been March and March should have been February? This weather has been completely confused! Seventy-degree weather...

A more accountable government with HB 51

In the private sector, companies that refuse to face the realities of the changing market go out of business. Competition breeds innovation. Historically, government...

I Don’t Have What it Takes to be Rich

It's a good thing I'm not rich. I don't want to say I don't have the class to pull it off because I can...

Funding tourism is vital for rural areas

Many people don’t think of Ohio as a big tourist destination. Your first thought probably goes to places with beaches and the ocean. Would...

Deaf history offers valuable lessons

On March 13, 1988, Dr. I. Jordan King was elected as the first deaf president of Gallaudet University. Before this date, Gallaudet University, the...

Believe it or not, I have two kids

With my oldest daughter getting a lot of attention lately, we've been asked more than once, "How is your youngest daughter handling it?" To...

Looking back on the 131st General Assembly

A little over a month ago, I was standing at the podium presiding over Senate session as president of that body. Now, I am...

Commissioners’ Corner

February has passed by very quickly, and with weather comparative to what we have in March; some nice days, some rain, some snow. Well,...

The Opioid Solution

I heard an incredible statistic last week, one that makes you really stop and think.  It stated that the United States has four percent...

From the Commissioner’s Chair

I have hit the 30 plus something days in office and I’ve had a lot of information to absorb. During this time I have...

Honoring All of Our Presidents

February seems to have a penchant for producing great presidents. Feb. 22 was the birthday of our first president, George Washington, the father of...

I’m the Definition of Motivator

Motivator – Something that provides a reason or stimulus to do something. A person who promotes interest in or enthusiasm for something. While that...

YOLO’s Urban Park benefits city & county

When you travel to larger cities in Ohio and across the country, what is one thing you see cities making a large investment in?...

Musings on Social Media

“If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They are the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on...

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

I've written about bad days before, but a week's worth of bad days is really not fair. To borrow a portion of the title...

Know what you need before you need it

I'm usually pretty easy going. I prefer to find the humor in life rather than dwell on the negative. I would rather laugh than...

City’s black-eye is their own fault

After 23 years of covering meetings, one might think I would no longer be surprised at some of the decisions I see. A lot...

Farewell to the residents of the 84th HD

To the Residents of the 84th House District, As the year and my term of office wind down, I want to take a minute to...