‘Suffer not the little children…’

Seems like every day brings a report of some new atrocity resulting from U.S. wars somewhere in the world. It’s getting to the point it is a full-time job just to keep up on them. Doesn’t pay very well, and it’s depressing, it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Don’t they?

Wake up Ohio

Over the last four months, I’ve been traveling the highways and byways of District 74, getting to know people and places, listening, knocking on doors, and making phone calls alone and with my team.

Thank you for your support

On behalf of the Madison-Plains Board of Education I would like to take this opportunity to thank our voters for their support of Madison-Plains levy. We are very excited about the future of Madison-Plains and we believe the district can be a force for good to our entire community. In addition to our overarching goal of providing a quality education, we also want to be a district that positively affects property values for everyone while being good stewards of your hard earned tax dollars. The levy campaign provided us with the opportunity to hear direct input from many of the different stakeholders in the district. We will strive to do the very best for each and every student at MP and look forward to the bright future of all students. Again, thank you for your support and Go Eagles!

Politics: We need it

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declining national optimism. Our relaxed attitude toward fixing our election machinery, overseeing financial institutions, and making sure that our key democratic institutions and processes are working effectively. There’s wage stagnation, income inequality, a high poverty rate, failing infrastructure, inadequate healthcare coverage, a dysfunctional Congress…. You get the idea.

Of time and immigration

There is a certain tyranny to the 24-hour news cycle, a certain grip on human awareness and attention. We have been rightly consumed by the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children, and the media have been filled with pictures and stories of anguished families, along with voices of critics from across the political spectrum. Yet though President Trump has retreated on the issue, he has still successfully used the powers of his office to dominate the media. He and his staff have been able to manipulate the 24-hour news cycle to frame ongoing debates about immigration, limiting the possibilities of what can and can’t be discussed, and what can and can’t be considered politically viable.

A better farm bill for all Ohioans

The best ideas don’t come out of Washington — they come out of conversations with Ohioans.

Yoder’s go camping

We’re actually settled into our new home, and yes we love it. Okay, I can’t say that I don’t have some things that need to be organized yet, like the armoire for example. When my mom needed something in it, I told her, “Get it with your eyes shut!” Of course she knew how I meant it, it simply takes time to get all these corners done.