Evolution of religion

Science answers many questions but not of morality or wisdom. Human judgment is responsible there.

Local decisions are made by voters

Voting is an incredibly important duty as an American—but actual voting has to have taken place in order to effect change.

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.

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.

Stromboli ushers in chilly weather

The trick-or-treaters lucked out on Halloween this year. In a period of cooler than usual weather, a couple of warmer days allowed them to scurry from door to door and show off their costumes without bundling up in winter coats (as long as they carried umbrellas).

Empowering Ohio women

My office recently hosted the fourth annual “Women’s Leadership Summit: Together We Rise” at Xavier University, where we joined several southwest Ohio business and community partners to bring together more than 600 women who are lifting up their communities in southwest Ohio and playing leadership roles around the state.

Lie and deny

It is difficult to keep my head from exploding with each new day’s political developments. So now Rod Rosenstein is quitting or may be fired, leaving Mueller’s Russia investigation in grave jeopardy. Or maybe not. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces an increasing number of allegations of sexual misbehavior which may derail his nomination to the high court. Or maybe not. Trump addresses the United Nations and gravely blames all the world’s ills on Iran. Sounds like a recipe for a Trumped-up invasion/October surprise. Or maybe not. In any case the waves of breaking news wash over us with relentless ferocity, keeping us locked in hypnotic distraction.

Good simple pot roast

If you cook for long enough sooner or later something will go wrong. The Hollandaise sauce will break or the famous “Nanna candy” will break and ooze butter. The list of what can happen is almost endless.

‘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?

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!