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  • February 14, 2012

    Many people don’t associate water and sewer systems with job creation. In fact, most Americans might not think about their water and sewer systems much beyond paying a water bill. But one consistent message I’ve heard at many of the 200 roundtable discussions I’ve conducted across our state is that affordable water and sewer rates... Read More
  • January 09, 2012

    Some Ohio families are starting the New Year in a new neighborhood, apartment, or shelter after being foreclosed upon or being unable to sell their former home for as much as they paid for it. Meanwhile, once-thriving, middle-class neighborhoods are being undermined by vacant homes, vandalism, and declining property values. If we’re going to... Read More
  • December 23, 2011

    This holiday season, Ohioans will receive scores of gifts—from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili—but many of the parcels probably won’t be dropped off by their local postal carrier. The United States Postal Service (USPS)—the second-largest employer in the United States and one authorized by the U.S. Constitution—is... Read More
  • November 24, 2011

    At a local food pantry, I met an Ohio family who were long-time volunteers. While they were used to collecting canned goods and sorting through boxes of donations for their neighbors in need, they were not used to turning to the food bank for help themselves. Unfortunately, due to economic hard times, this family went from being volunteers at the... Read More
  • November 21, 2011

    Belle is a 90-year old resident of Cuyahoga County who, like so many other seniors, has lived a longer and healthier life because of Medicare and Social Security. But Belle’s income and Social Security benefits barely cover the costs of hearing aids, eye glasses, prescription medications, and rising energy and housing expenses. Simply put,... Read More
  • September 11, 2011

  • July 26, 2011

    Help wanted? It’s hard to believe that even during challenging economic times, there are numerous employers across our state with vacant jobs that they can’t fill. According to the State of Ohio, there are as many as 70,000 open positions for which Ohio companies are unable to find qualified workers. America has a unique opportunity to... Read More
  • July 18, 2011

    These are tough times for small business owners. With the high cost of fuel, a still-challenging credit market, and rising competition from countries like China, many small business owners have trouble keeping their heads above water. Each day can present a new set of challenges for the mom-and-pop corner store in Chillicothe or the start-up... Read More
  • July 01, 2011

    Independence Day is an opportunity to commemorate the founding of our nation, as well as the promise that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are rights – not privileges. Every American should have access to the tools needed to build a meaningful life. Elementary students in Elyria deserve to learn from the latest text books.... Read More
  • June 21, 2011

    The best way to address our deficit is to make sure that every American has a job. After all, there are nearly 14 million Americans who would prefer to be paying taxes instead of collecting unemployment insurance. Since 1965, the Economic Development Agency (EDA) – the grant-making arm of the Department of Commerce – has been charged... Read More
  • June 14, 2011

    Many children from low-income families depend on school for more than an education. For children living well below the poverty line, schools also provide a dependable source of food and nutrition. So what happens to these children during the summer months? While critical lifelines that provide essential support are available, many Ohio families... Read More
  • June 07, 2011

    Saving the auto industry was critical to saving Ohio jobs. The auto rescue was not solely about stabilizing the “Big 3” auto companies – Chrysler, GM, and Ford ­­– it was intended to provide a vital life-line to workers in Defiance who manufacture engine blocks and Tiffin workers who build transmissions. Ohio is... Read More
  • May 27, 2011

    Today’s technology has made it easier for grandparents in Canton to connect with their grandchildren in Chillicothe. Items from a store in Orrville can be purchased in Sharonville and shipped to Circleville. But improved technology also brings challenges along with opportunities. The Internet and some popular communication devices have made... Read More