Readers' Opinions

Westlake needs to address sanitary sewer problems

In my opinion, there are four things the city of Westlake has failed to display toward solving the sanitary sewer system inadequacies: I have never received any communication from the city concerning my basement filling with sewage. I have never seen the mayor initiate any type of response to the sewer back up. I have never seen any type of plan to investigate or resolve the problem (for SIX years!). The city sewer system is clearly inadequate after 20+ years of neglect.

I have repeatedly asked the engineering department for proof of activity and proof of plan. I have visited the engineering department and mayor at City Hall and I repeatedly receive nothing in return – zero, nada. I send emails and make calls and receive the same.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:37 PM, 06.28.2011

One Senior's Opinion: Walking the Relay, one step at a time

This Friday was the first time I have been able to participate in Bay Village's Relay for Life. Diagnosed in October, 2008, I have been struggling to define myself in relationship to the cancer which turned my life upside down. For some reason, I wasn't able to assemble in public with others like myself who were co-existing with this dreadful disease. 

My cancer was my private challenge. I was reluctant to share much about it except in the safety of my support groups. This year, I decided, it was time to step up with others and be counted as one who is surviving.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:20 PM, 06.01.2011

Mohican outdoor school turns 50

Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors was begun in 1961 to provide outdoor environmental education to school children. Over 250,000 students in grades 4-8 have attended this program in the last 50 years.

I am a former principal of Parkside School in Westlake which still sends students to Mohican. I was also a member of Mohican School's board of directors for 25 years and served as executive director from 2005 to 2010. 

I would like to reflect on the impact of this program on participants in helping to better understand and appreciate our natural surroundings. Students spend class time hiking through the woods learning about geology, water studies, trees, animals, plants, astronomy and flowers.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:13 PM, 06.01.2011

Spring means baseball and memories of seasons past

As a loyal Cleveland Indians fan, spring – in addition to the blooming of lilacs and the budding of trees – means baseball season. There is no sweeter sound than the crack of a bat as it sends a baseball over the fence at Progressive Field. Of course, the batter had better be an Indian's hitter.

My love of baseball goes back to the late forties when my grandmother would take me to afternoon games at Municipal Stadium. I loved the crowds, the peanuts, the popcorn, the players and the sense of excitement in the air. Those outings lasted through the 1956 season when I decided I was just too grown-up to go to ballgames with grandma. I saw Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Bobby Avila, Minnie Minoso, Early Wynn, Luke Easter and Mike Garcia play.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:40 PM, 05.03.2011

Online Small Business Resource Center proposed to Ohio legislature

In today’s fast-paced world, the most successful businesses are those that take advantage of every available resource. To achieve a competitive edge, Ohio’s small businesses need to be aware of the resources available to them through their state government. Ohio is at a crossroads when it comes to business growth and job creation, and our economic prosperity largely hinges on the success of our small businesses.

Here in the state legislature, my colleagues and I are actively looking for ways to foster business development and expansion. Sometimes, this can be as simple as consolidating and organizing existing government resources. To this end, in the previous General Assembly, Representative Peter Stautberg and I introduced legislation that would create a small business resource center on the Ohio Department of Development’s website.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:49 PM, 05.03.2011

Yoga is for every-body

Some time ago, I was in a chiropractor’s office with acute low back pain. Years of running long distance outdoors was wearing on my spine. Along the course of treatment, more than one doctor suggested I consider yoga as a path to healing.

Out of sheer desperation for relief of pain, I made my way to a studio. While I began my yoga practice seeking relief from physical pain, I quickly learned that it offered value far beyond the physical.

Yoga is an ancient physical and spiritual practice that reportedly originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. The word yoga means to unite, yoke or join. A physical yoga practice is a safe, non-competitive, non-judgmental way to integrate body with mind and mind with soul. Practicing physical yoga regularly did heal my body, but the unexpected surprise was how it reached all areas of my life.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:44 PM, 05.03.2011

Friendship must be nurtured

What ingredients go into a friendship? Is it three tablespoons of this and some of that? A warm smile, an outstretched hand, yes, those meet mutual interests.

A reaching out of one's heart to another, but like a garden, you must continue to replenish the soil, water it and see it gets the rays of the sun. Weed out anything that would stunt its growth.

Nurture friendship by keeping in touch, offer help when needed. Don't become too busy to be a friend or you will find yourself alone.

Friendship is like a flower neglected: it will wither, droop and be gone.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:27 PM, 04.19.2011

After long winter, Easter brings hope and happiness

Another long winter is finally over. With Easter on the horizon and those brutal cold days just a memory, I feel liberated.

No need to bundle up just to step outside. A lightweight jacket is sufficient. No more ice skating down the sidewalk hoping to make my destination without breaking a leg.

Winter can be delightful if you're young, but at my age I prefer the warmth of spring and summer. I no longer count the years, I experience the passing of the seasons. Measuring time by years can get a little uncomfortable now. Plans are made on the spur of the moment or for the following week. Next year...who knows? I enjoy the present moment. That's all we can be certain of.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:21 PM, 04.19.2011

In memory of a friend

Jane was a customer of mine. With the progression of time she became a dear friend.

Letters sped back and forth between our mailboxes – three or four monthly! The written lines telling of her knitting, card ladies, menus planned, deer, birds, and raccoons seen in her yard. A cat alone in the world needed TLC.

Children, hubby, grandchildren and friends dotted the pages she sent to me.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.03.2011

The Great Flood

I've been living in Westlake for 20 years now. Never did I think my investment, my life savings in my home would be in jeopardy. On Feb. 28 2011, at about 4:30 a.m., my basement began to fill with sewage from the floor drain connected to the sanitary sewer. 

I understand many other people have had to deal with this as well. I tried to go back to sleep, but the fumes were awful so I had to check into a local hotel for a week. Have I been spoiled? Am I asking too much to have a sanitation system that does not fill my basement with sewage? Apparently so.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.05.2011

Collective bargaining: Getting it right

Wow. Do you see all the whooping and hollering going on in Columbus and Wisconsin? People with homemade signs. People with colorful T-shirts identifying which union they belong to and clever cheeky slogans. People screaming to shout down the other side. 

Such theater. Such drama. But what is the truth, and what can we citizens do to make sure our lawmakers get it right? Here are some facts: The unions don’t want to give up the power given to them by Governor Celeste. The State of Ohio is $8 billion dollars in debt. There are massive abuses to the system, a system that is funded by taxpayer money. Nobody wants to lay off the guys who run into burning buildings but nobody wants to keep the lazy guys who are sleeping in the back and clocking in the overtime for 30 years, either.  

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.22.2011

Cabin Fever

Cabin fever. Not so much fun, is it? If you are a senior citizen, this time of year may be more difficult for you than most people. Face it, children love snow and snow days.

I remember what fun it was building snowmen, snow forts, sledding, throwing snowballs and getting hit hard by an ice ball, wielded by certain of my friends who thought it fun to make girls cry. As teenagers, there were winter parties, winter formals, toboggan runs and learning to ski. As adults, snow became more of a nuisance but still had its perks: winter vacations to the Bahamas, getaway weekends to ski resorts, ice skating and taking the kids cross-country skiing.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.22.2011

Another Horror Story

Good job, Colleen Harding, that was an important essay you wrote in the February 8 issue of the Observer. Now here's my story.

I burned my hand quite severely in the early morning and went to a hospital emergency room. I was treated very tenderly and efficiently by a lone nurse. No one else came into the room during her treatment. As she was finishing up, a head popped through the doorway, but not the rest of the body. The head asked if everything was okay, then quickly left. I didn't even have a chance to answer.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.22.2011

When is enough...enough?

Recently I experienced something that really had me scratching my head.

I had a procedure done by a local doctor. On my way out, she told me make an appointment on Monday for the results. I asked if she could call me on the phone instead and she said no. I had to make an appointment to see her. She wanted to deliver the results in person in case there was a problem. I told her I really didn't mind hearing what ever the results were by phone. Once again she said no.

I really liked this doctor. Everyone really likes this doctor. Besides leaving her patients on hold for extended periods of time, she is a pretty nice doctor. Nothing bad to say about her.  

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 5:54 PM, 01.28.2011

The most polite town in America

Since moving to Bay Village four years ago, I have put in roughly four-thousand miles running the streets and sidewalks of this lovely town. I mention this only to establish myself as a bit of an authority on the subject matter for the following article. 

I love to run. I’ve been devoted to this sport for over twenty years. I run in all conditions, in all seasons, on all surfaces. My family and I are so blessed to live in a town one hundred percent covered in sidewalks. It makes a great environment for runners, walkers, bikers, mail carriers, school walkers, and general enjoyment of the outdoors. We all love our life on the lake.

Until winter comes… snowing, blowing, icing us in, chilling us to the bone. Still, I run. I see others running and walking – trying to continue habits of good health. There seems to be just one roadblock, so to speak. The sidewalks of so many homes and businesses are covered in ice and snow – never to see the light of day until spring.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 5:59 PM, 02.04.2011

Senior travel tips: Medical emergencies

Traveling is an activity many seniors enjoy. Taking precautions is important at any age, but a real necessity for seniors. Even the most healthy seniors are susceptible to medical problems, especially when away from home and daily routines. I would like to share some hints which will help seniors to cope with medical issues and emergencies while on the road.

1. Always carry identification, medical cards and emergency contact information. Wear medical alert necklaces or bracelets and carry information cards for implanted medical devices.

2. Doctor's phone numbers are vital. These should include your primary care physician and all specialists routinely seen.

3 If you do not have a living will in place, you might consider having this done before you travel.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 7:59 PM, 01.04.2011

Recycled jewels as gifts

Have you ever been searching through a dresser drawer and noticed some old jewelry that you’ll never wear again? This was the case with my husband and I and we decided to recycle and reuse these pieces. We gathered our gold pieces and a few gems that were from my grandmother’s wedding ring and came up with the idea of transforming the items into three rings for my husband's daughters. The idea for connecting these three young ladies through sisters' rings became our mission.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:43 PM, 01.04.2011

Storm chasers cause more damage than hail storm

Several days after the hail storm, Bay Village was invaded by clean-cut, all-American young men walking up our driveways with clip boards in hand, ready to show us all the damage that had been done to our homes.  

They represented themselves as allies that were going to help us negotiate with our insurance companies in exchange for using their contractors. They played the fear card and said that if we didn't correct the damages, we could experience leaks and further damage in the future.

John, a representative from a multi-state company with an office in Bay Village, was our wolf in sheep's clothing. He pointed out the golf ball dimples in our siding and roof, slapped down his samples and the presentation was in full force. I am sure this story is very similar to many. We were naive and afraid that if we didn't do something, we were going to see serious trouble in the future. 

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:32 AM, 01.04.2011

A Christmas rose

One Christmas morning stands out in my mind as so unusual and non-traditional that at times I think it must have been a dream. Three o'clock that morning found me outside enjoying the brisk, frigid air while making sure my one-hundred-plus customers woke up to find their Christmas newspaper neatly tucked inside the storm door or hanging from the door knob.

Several inches of day-old snow covered the lawns. Snowflakes dropped lazily from the sky. As I trudged down the sidewalk and up the drive, my boots made crunchy noises in the snow. Down the street, a dog barked. As I headed toward the door, something caught my eye. I looked down and there was a perfect pink rose in full bloom. I bent down to touch it, just to confirm it was real. The petals felt soft and velvety to my ungloved hand.

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Volume 2, Issue 25, Posted 12:02 PM, 12.06.2010

Those of low degree

Luke 1:46-55

I was in the third or fourth grade when Bobby Roethliesberger moved into the house down the street. Right up until he dropped out of high school and went into the Navy, though, Bobby and I had hardly any contact. It wasn’t him – he wasn’t fat or ugly or particularly weird – and it wasn’t me: none of the kids in the neighborhood paid him any attention. He was a nobody.

Nobodies were on my mind thirty years later, in the mid-1980s, when I was working on a sermon based on the passage from Luke’s gospel where Mary sings about how God has turned the world upside down, how God “has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly… has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.”    

That’s the song of praise offered by Mary, a woman of no social standing, scandalously pregnant out of wedlock, member of a minority religion, living in an occupied land that was a backwater of the Roman Empire. Yet she saw God at work in her life and in the lives of nobodies like her. She didn’t predict that it would happen; she said that God was already making it happen.

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Volume 2, Issue 25, Posted 3:39 PM, 12.08.2010

Spirituality comes from within

“I’m not religious, but I am spiritual.”

This statement, heard so often not only at Unity, but at churches and spiritual centers all over the world captures the feeling that millions of people have about their interior lives in this era in which we live.

Despite hyper-consumerism, massive shifts in social structures, economic and political despair, and a world which often appears to have gone entirely negative with uncertainty and fear, spirituality is as important to people as ever. It just has to make sense to them.

The ways they communicate this need vary but the longing is the same:  
"I’m yearning for connection."
"I want to find my inner voice."
"How do I link the spiritual path to everyday life?"
"I want to believe in something greater than myself that makes sense with the reality of science."

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Volume 2, Issue 25, Posted 3:40 PM, 12.08.2010

All kids deserve Christmas toys

Christmas means many things to many people – from devout religious services to shopping mania, but to most children it means toys. It was always religious for our family as I was growing up but more than anything I looked forward to opening presents and finding toys on Christmas morning.

Children need shelter, food and clothing, and they also need toys. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, many children may not be getting any toys this year and may not have received any toys last year, either. For them Santa Claus is just a well-intentioned guy who can’t seem to find their homes.

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Volume 2, Issue 24, Posted 10:31 AM, 11.27.2010

Rewarding bad behavior

There is something truly wrong in this country when a disgraced former governor of New York, Elliot Spitzer, is awarded with a news show on CNN. Switch over to "Jersey Shore" where most of the Generation Duh on the show have the morals and behavior of animals. 

And lets not even talk about the Real House-?&%$# of whatever city they're from, airing their "ladylike" behavior for all to watch. I know it's all about ratings, but as a society does this mean that we should watch these shows because we have the technology to do so, or can we just say no?

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Volume 2, Issue 24, Posted 2:41 PM, 11.22.2010

Spirit of the holidays is in acts of kindness

Every year I watch people put their lives in high gear around the holidays. Everyone is in a big hurry. We have to pack as much into the month of December as possible.  

We meet friends for dinner, shop like crazy, bake cookies till midnight in search of the spirit of the holidays. We pack so much in that at the end we are exhausted, in debt and sad because something was missing. What was missing is the true spirit of the holidays. This year slow down, breathe and use your good manners.

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Volume 2, Issue 24, Posted 4:16 PM, 11.22.2010

Local authors offer information and inspiration

As a person who loves to write I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend two informative and interesting presentations given by authors who once lived in the Cleveland area. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, I joined a large group at the Bay Village Branch Library to listen to Emilie Richards discuss the journey which led her to a very successful writing career.

She is the author of over sixty novels, including "Whiskey Island," a mystery thriller set right here in Cleveland. Ms. Richards shared many useful tips on the "how to's" of writing for publication. One which I felt was most helpful was "ideas are everywhere." I believe many people would like to write but don't know where to begin.

As I listened to Emilie Richards I thought of the many potential reporters for the Observer who would like to try their hand at writing for publication but don't know how to get started. If you are interested in writing for the Observer but feeling intimidated, please contact the paper and speak with Tara or Denny Wendell. They will give you support and information to help you get your news and/or ideas into the paper. I am grateful to Emilie Richards for her many writing tips and plan to read one of her latest novels, "A Truth for a Truth," published this year.

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Volume 2, Issue 23, Posted 7:03 PM, 11.07.2010

A Virginia Thanksgiving

As I looked down over the valley below, I sighed. How beautiful it looked from the side of the mountain. This is home, I mused. My dad's father grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I always felt my roots were planted deep in the Virginia soil.

I never spent the holidays there but grandpa told me many stories. A huge turkey dominated the dining room table. Candles were everywhere. Roast duck, country ham, salad, sweet potato casserole and mincemeat pie added to the feast. The neighbors always brought over a bottle of spirits which the men shared while the women cooked, served and cleaned up. Each Thanksgiving two or three families gathered at the house to give thanks and celebrate a successful harvest.

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Volume 2, Issue 23, Posted 11:36 PM, 11.13.2010

We should all communicate, neighbor to neighbor

We are all neighbors, whether we live on the same street, in the same country or just live on the same planet. We all consider ourselves neighbors in one way or another.  In order to live in an orderly, healthy society we need to live along side one another, be respectful and courteous to the fellow next door.

We need to plan, discuss and imagine how we can make life better for us now and for future generations. We often hear about a tragedy or crisis that causes people to come together to help one another. Watch any news report and you will see people of all colors, religions and backgrounds lending a helping hand when disaster occurs. That is neighbor helping neighbor.

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Volume 2, Issue 23, Posted 2:43 PM, 11.12.2010

Bay Village Historical Society deserves recognition

Bay Village is on its way to the next celebration (300 years) in 2110. Hopefully, the Bay Village Historical Society will be in place to look back on the Bicentennial celebration of 10-10-10. Recognition of the Historical Society should have been mentioned from the platform on Sunday, Oct. 10. 

Carole Roske, president of the Bay Village Historical Society, and Tom Phillips, trustee and treasurer, worked tirelessly for many months to put together this wonderful event. Funding for the celebration was accomplished by the generous contributions of many individuals, corporations, and organizations.


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Volume 2, Issue 22, Posted 11:22 AM, 10.29.2010

Happiness is in the unexpected

Walt Whitman once said “Happiness... not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.” This advice should not only apply to spectacular events that are scheduled or precisely planned but also the unexpected ones that are more often the ones remembered because they are just that, unplanned.

An amazing sunset – the kind an artist tries to capture – that takes your breath away, a child with that wide-eyed innocent look, the light sweet kiss of the older couple still feeling the love from years past, the opening of a Champagne bottle that makes you giggle.


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Volume 2, Issue 22, Posted 7:42 AM, 10.11.2010

We are Bay Village

As a newer resident of Bay Village, I am quite interested in the city's history, especially now that the Bicentennial looms on the horizon. I wonder what life was like in 1810 for the first settlers? I'm sure they endured many hardships and challenges as they began building our community. When I moved to Bay Village I was unaware it had any historical significance. To me it was just that rather well-to-do suburb located near Lake Erie.

Now that I call Bay Village home, I am learning how erroneous my perception was. Our community is more than just a place to live. It's a unique combination of people, businesses, land and heritage. From the school crossing guard who watches over our children come rain or shine, to the clergy who preach in our many churches, offering hope in these troubling times, to the many volunteers who reach out to our less fortunate, to our police and fire fighters who provide for our safety...and the list goes on and on.

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Volume 2, Issue 20, Posted 6:14 PM, 09.16.2010

Enough with the mud slinging!

Can we just talk about the issues? Why is it that candidates for political office feel the need to resort to mud slinging, misinformation, half truths, character assassination and outright lies of an opponent instead of telling what they can do for me? 

Take the time to spell out what you want to do for me in your political TV ads instead of directing me to your website; you have my attention, inform me now of your plan. All the whining and complaining about an opponent just gets the MUTE BUTTON pushed. 

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Volume 2, Issue 20, Posted 4:36 PM, 09.29.2010

Simple objects still have a place in high tech world

Assuming the personal essay is still alive and well in Cleveland, I'd like to discuss a couple of my favorite old and ordinary objects that can still be impressive in our current age of high technology.

First, consider the clipboard, about as simple as any device man has invented. Yet, if you walk down a city street holding one with determination and wearing a grim facial expression, it can be as intimidating as an uncased shotgun. People usually step aside with trepidation, or they fear you more subtly as Liza Doolittle feared Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," or if you go into a store you might be escorted out as a detested comparison shopper.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.21.2010

Of Community Interest: Thanks

Updating two good deeds with public thanks from many as we ongoingly enjoy them.

1) The air pollution that spanned years apparently has cleaned up its act. That merits and hereby gets a thank you—from one who speaks for many in the Knickerbocker / Dover Center area. And we never called it malicious. One high governmental figure thanked me for a letter that had thanked him—surname when he wants it. The note was rather brave and savvy and kind of him–and indicated that many had helped. Whatever. The text is somewhere. And I months ago mailed thanks to others, too.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 2:46 PM, 09.03.2010

One Senior's Opinion: Military personnel deserve gratitude for bravery

Seeing the huge tree sprawled on the ground just a few feet away from the Bay Village community garden where families were busy preparing the soil and planting, took my breath away. Had the tree come down at that moment someone surely would have been hurt. Luckily it had happened the night of the storm and no one was there.

The scene I witnessed made quite an impression on me. I wondered why some people are caught up in a raging storm, injured or killed while others are spared. Of course, there is no answer. We have no control over the forces of nature. We go about our daily routines with no thought about the possible tragedies which might  happen to us. We trust that we will be safe, and most often we are right.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 7:18 PM, 08.31.2010

Matters of Opinion: Adventures in writing letters to editors, Part II

In Part I of this article in the last issue, I told you how I got started in writing Letters to the Editor and some of the experiences this avocation has  led to over the years in two areas – greater Nashville and greater Cleveland. Overall my purpose in these pieces is to encourage you to also express your opinions in writing to papers, magazines and web sites.

While I have accumulated some experience in writing and some success in having many of my letters printed since I started about 18 years ago, I would not presume to tell you how to write. I consider writing, much as opinions, to be very personal. We all have our own style just as we have our own opinions. Sometimes, people that know I write letters will suggest topics to me. While I appreciate their confidence, writing others’ opinions would just not work for me – and probably not for you either.

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Volume 2, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 08.20.2010

Fall sessions hold promise for Ohio

This General Assembly, the people of Ohio have experienced a roller coaster of triumphs and struggles. We saw the extension of the job-creating Third Frontier initiative, while at the same time, a nearly billion-dollar tax increase was levied when families were least able to afford it. While there has been significant job loss and economic decline both here at home and across the state, there is still hope—as long as the legislature puts politics aside and works to breathe new life into our region.

For the past 20 months, I have kept my promise to the families back home who entrusted me to be their voice in the People’s House. Specifically, I sought to create jobs for our community by introducing legislation that would fortify Ohio’s economy and get Cuyahoga County back to work. The 10 “Future of Ohio” jobs bills would help get our state back on the right track by offering businesses incentives to hire new employees, creating a more conducive business climate, and striving to keep young, educated college graduates within our borders.

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Volume 2, Issue 17, Posted 2:56 PM, 08.09.2010

Matters of Opinion: Adventures in writing letters to editors, Part I

It never occurred to me back in 1992, when I dashed off my first “Letter to the Editor,” that it would become the avocation it has for me or the grand experiences it would bring me.

I don’t know how many such little opinion pieces I’ve written since then – well over a thousand for sure – but I do know that about 600 of them have been printed in various publications, to name a few: the Observer, The Plain Dealer, USA Today, Time, Readers Digest, The National Review, Cleveland Magazine, The Sun Papers, West-Life, the Nashville Tennessean and other local papers and publications.

My topics have included almost anything and everything. Once in preparing an introduction for a talk I give on my letter writing experiences, I calculated that – in terms of circulation alone, without regard for Internet distribution – that over 350 million copies of my words have been printed.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 2:31 PM, 07.19.2010

Amnesty for illegal aliens

Immigration reform is a very heated topic these days. Arizona is probably taking an extreme course to remedy a problem that's plagued this country for decades, illegal aliens. The majority of illegal aliens, who are mostly of Latino descent, are hard-working individuals that take on jobs that most "homegrown" Americans won't take because it may require breaking a sweat and earning pay that doesn't equal the work performed.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 8:18 PM, 08.04.2010

A call to create jobs for our unemployed neighbors

With nearly 47,000 jobs lost over the past 18 months, my number one goal as your state representative is to create jobs for nearly 100,000 unemployed individuals in our region. My mantra, “It’s all about jobs,” has become much more than a slogan; it has been my motivation throughout the 128th General Assembly as I introduced and co-sponsored legislation to put our hard-working citizens back to work.

I have spearheaded numerous efforts to create conditions for economic recovery in Ohio. Last fall, I unveiled the “Future of Ohio” job creation package, which will keep jobs in Ohio and encourage small businesses to expand. This package of 10 bills includes a tax credit for businesses that expand their payroll and occupy a vacant facility, an online resource portal for small businesses, and an in-depth study of why companies choose to leave the Buckeye state.

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Volume 2, Issue 15, Posted 9:05 AM, 07.14.2010

One Senior's Opinion: Bay's Fifth of July fireworks a welcome change

I don't remember watching fireworks on the Fifth of July before, but this year was different. In the past the Fourth of July meant toting folding chairs, blankets or, perhaps, a cooler filled with the makings for a picnic supper to wherever we decided to go.

Excited children in tow, we would search frantically for the best spot to watch the fireworks. Some years we would go to Edgewater Park, others would find us at Clague Park. When Great Northern Mall sponsored fireworks we would walk to the end of our street and sit in front of Baskin and Robbins to watch. When our children were teenagers my husband and I were on our own. Sometimes we would go as far as Berea to watch the fireworks. Mighty adventurers were we.

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Posted 5:34 PM, 07.07.2010