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Mayors Don’t Just Work in the Office

Posted by admin - July 16, 2014 - Blog
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The Mayor wasn’t at City Hall. “He’s out at the Smith Orr Homestead painting,” said Jean, who answered the phone. David Handwerk, the Mayor of Orville, Ohio, isn’t the kind of guy who takes meetings in the morning and golfs in the afternoon. He’s a value-added kind of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands […]

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Congratulations, Cleveland!

Posted by admin - July 8, 2014 - Blog
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Columbus – The following statement may be attributed to Auditor of State Dave Yost regarding the choice of Cleveland as the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention: “Here’s further proof that Cleveland rocks,” Auditor Yost said.  “This is a great opportunity to show off what’s right and good about the North Coast and […]

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted by admin - July 3, 2014 - Blog
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Liberty  Bell

Every school child knows about the Liberty Bell – how it hangs in silent testimony to the cause of freedom in Philadelphia, how it cracked during a celebration of George Washington’s birthday in 1846. It hasn’t rung since that day 140 years ago, although it was struck to commemorate the D-Day landing.  Here is audio […]

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Everybody Loves Skinny Government

Posted by admin - June 30, 2014 - Blog
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Comfest Collage

Everybody loves skinny government. “Skinny” government is efficient government – getting the public business done better, faster, cheaper. We can argue about what to do with the money squeezed out of the system – but you just can’t argue that there’s anything good about taking a long time to do a lousy job and charging […]

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LEADING FROM THE FRONT

Posted by admin - October 4, 2013 - Blog
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campbell

The City of Campbell, Ohio has been in fiscal emergency since 2004.  A child who was born the year Campbell went into receivership was coming home yesterday from class in the third grade.  I was proud to be in the council chambers of City Hall Wednesday to release the city from fiscal emergency — especially […]

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Dance Like a Child

Posted by admin - July 16, 2013 - Blog
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Child dancing

It’s become received wisdom: live every day as though it’s your last.  Leave aside the demands of work, forget the destination and experience the journey.  The idea is that — with death knocking on the door — we will focus on what’s really important: Love, beauty, family, and truth. Steve Jobs said he heard that […]

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Content of Character

Posted by admin - January 21, 2013 - Blog
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liberty

The most important thing about a person is not their gender, race, age or ethnicity. It is how they think, what they believe and how that drives their actions — what King called “the content of their character.” Today, those of us who were disappointed by the November Election have the opportunity to demonstrate the […]

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This is the day.

Posted by admin - November 6, 2012 - Blog
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ohio

For most of history, transitions of power were settled with violence – retail, with an assassin’s blade, or wholesale through war.   It still happens too often, in too many places. For 220 years, through 53 elections, America has been different.  Through war and panic, scandal and corruption and depression, Americans have settled their differences in […]

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The DMA Form

Posted by admin - June 25, 2012 - Blog
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dmaform

If you were a terrorist, would you admit it to the government — in writing? One of the most meaningless laws ever to disgrace the pages of the Ohio Revised Code expected them to do just that. The General Assembly put a stake through its heart during its most recent session – but the wonder […]

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Ohio outruns the nation.

Posted by admin - June 18, 2012 - Blog
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Unemployment US vs Ohio

Ohio’s doing better, and the credit belongs to the policies of Gov. John Kasich – the same proven, common-sense policies Mitt Romney will bring the White House. The national news media has tried to argue that the credit goes to President Obama as much as Gov. Kasich.  Balderdash! (e.g.: http://swampland.time.com/2012/05/29/a-tale-of-two-economies-mitt-romney-vs-republican-governors/) If that were so, we […]

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