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Great Picture from the President's Visit

Necole Brownlow hugging some guy

Early Voting this Weekend

Don't forget that you will be able to vote this weekend at the Board of Elections office, 204 N. Main. Early voting hours will be 8am-2pm on Saturday, 1pm-5pm on Sunday, and 8am-2pm on Monday. The President deserves our thanks for visiting Lima--first Democratic President to visit here since Harry Truman. All of you going to the President's visit on Friday--if you haven't already voted, it would be an excellent present to him to vote that day. The Board of Elections office will be open until 6pm so there'll be plenty of time to get there after the President's speech.

Why we need more firemen and fewer Republicans

Abe Zaidan, who blogs as Grumpy Abe, has a blog entry everyone should read today. Remember back in July when the President was trying to get a bill passed to allow communities to hire more police, firemen, and teachers? Romney ridiculed the notion and the House Republicans of course said no. The Akron Beacon Journal reported today on a fire that destroyed a church in Norton, Ohio. The Chief said that they couldn't get there in time because of a longer response time and lack of personnel. Due to failed levies the local station has to close from 10pm to 6am.

Early Voting Starts Today--Oct 2nd

I just voted. Barack Obama, Sherrod Brown, Jim Sloan, Bo Huenke, Connie Miller, Supreme Court (Mike Skindell, Yvette McGee Brown, William O’Neill.) Yes on Issue 2--redistricting and on the Lima schools levy. You may copy from my paper just this once. ;-) The hours this week are 8-5 Tue-Fri. It is important that we get as many early votes as possible. Not only will you feel good about having voted, you can help with the get out the vote effort on Election Day. So toddle on down to the Board of Elections and cast your ballot. It is the patriotic and cool thing to do.

Answering the Medicare Lie

What a great speech Bill Clinton gave last night! If that didn't get you up and ready to work hard on getting out the vote I don't know what it would take. Having said that, there is one point where I think Clinton's speech could have been improved. As my title suggests that is in answering the Republicans' Medicare lie. Suppose that your wife normally spends $1000 a month on groceries. She then gets inspired by reading about saving money through using coupons. This month she clips and uses coupons, buys the same food, but spends $800. Did your wife steal $200 from your food budget?

Day 1 of the Convention--Wow!

I was going to write about something else, but after seeing the first day of the convention and particularly Michelle Obama's speech all I can say is -- Wow! All I can say is that everyone else who is speaking at this convention, including Barack, is lucky they didn't have to follow directly after that. Everyone was blown away. Even the pundits. Even Faux News. That was the most perfect and perfectly delivered speech it has ever been my pleasure to hear. We have an incredible First Lady. I also want to note that Ohio had an excellent speech from Governor Ted Strickland.

Republicans and labor safety

Just how little do Republicans care about the lives of workers? They want to cut the budget for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and make it harder for it to create new regulations. Is that because it is not doing its job? No, in fact we can trace a very close relationship between the increase in the budget of OSHA and the decrease in the number of deaths among workers.

Ohio Thowing Most Vulnerable Off Welfare Rolls." 6/19/12

"Since January 2011, Ohio has thrown nearly 70,000 people—including 40,000 children—off of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program, called Ohio Works First (OWF). That’s nearly 25 percent of the state’s TANF caseload. The reason? The state faces up to $130 million in federal penalties if 50 percent of the adults receiving assistance don’t meet the federal work participation requirement by September 30" [Greg Kaufman in The Nation magazine.] Imagine a mother with two children. The maximum benefit she could receive is $450 in Ohio.

Public Higher Education vs Prisons in Ohio 5/13/12

There was an interesting article in The New York Times on Saturday. It Talked a lot about Ohio Northern and student debt. One section caught my eye. "Ohio’s flagship university, Ohio State, now receives 7 percent of its budget from the state, down from 15 percent a decade ago and 25 percent in 1990. The price of tuition and fees since 2002 increased about 60 percent in today’s dollars. The consequence? Three out of five undergraduates at Ohio State take out loans, and the average debt is $24,840.

Alberta Shurelds' tree 5/8/12

In celebration of Alberta Shurelds\' life.

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