Readers' Opinions

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

Stop the gluttony in America

I know they are long-standing traditions but the time of Food Eating Contests must come to an end. It just seems that there is no sensitivity to the fact that people around the world, let alone in our own country, go days  and sometimes weeks without a proper meal.

Now do a split-screen with Joey Chestnut wolfing down 54 hot dogs in ten minutes – please! I'm sure some starving person in Africa would be thankful to to have one hot dog a day for 54 days. What satisfaction do people get from watching these competitions? Has our society become so desensitized to the entertainment factor that we can't see what's clearly right in front of us on the daily news – that people are starving in the world?

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.09.2010

One Senior's Opinion: Spirit of community not just human nature

We were seated in a circle at Pebble Ledge Ranch in Geauga County, cancer survivors, caregivers and family members, when someone began giggling. She looked  across at me and said, "Do you know there's a horse behind you?" I looked up and there was a large brown horse whose head was inches from mine. "Oh my gosh," I wondered, "how did this happen?"

The morning retreat was about horses and healing. Ten of us plus several staff members from the ranch were getting briefed on horses' innate ability to tune into human emotions. That morning I was feeling lonely and uncertain.


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Volume 2, Issue 13, Posted 1:12 PM, 06.20.2010

Summer is the best season

Summer is my favorite season. The days are long and the sunrays are bright. What I enjoy about summer is that I get to learn new things and interact and play with my friends at the same time. I have been doing lots of fun and creative things. I have been learning different styles of art like Still Art, Tie and Dye, how to make three-dimensional cards, etc.

I am learning how to play the violin and how to play tennis. I enjoy swimming in the summer. The serene water makes me feel cool and I love relaxing on my Spiderman surfboard as much as I do swimming. I like to ride my bike around the neighborhood with my friends. I recently got a cool new helmet.


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Volume 2, Issue 13, Posted 5:29 PM, 06.25.2010

One senior's opinion: Father's Day is about children, too

How will you spend your Father's Day this year? Cards, cake and presents help us honor the man who was there for us as we were growing up. He went to work, paid the bills, taught us right from wrong and cheered us on as we tackled the complicated hurdles of adolescence. Perhaps this is not reflective of everyone's experience of dad but many of us can relate to it.

Unfortunately, there are children who grow up without a father. Some men walk away from fatherhood, unwilling or unable to commit to caring for their families. For these children, Father's Day is just another day, or a painful reminder that there is someone out there who should be a part of their lives, but isn't.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 2:38 PM, 06.06.2010

Bay residents leaving in search of condos

I was reviewing real estate ads on the Internet recently when I came across an ad for a house on Columbia Rd. in Bay Village. The ad caught my eye because that house was the first house that my wife, Bev, and I lived in when we moved to Bay in 1971.

Two years later, we bought our first house on Elmwood Rd., and, over time, owned homes on West Oviatt Rd. and Bates Dr.  During our 33 years of living in Bay Village we lived in all four wards, and our children attended every public school in the city. In our son Scott's case, he actually may be the only person who ever attended all four elementary schools as well as the old middle school and the high school. In a bit of minor irony, Scott was on the Board of Education when the new middle school was approved and built and his name is included on the dedication plaque.

Six years ago Bev and I moved to a condo in Avon Lake. We did so after two years of searching for a viable alternative to our large "empty nest" on Bates. We wanted to stay in Bay Village, but we recognized that a condo or cluster home was what we needed, and the available alternatives in Bay did not meet the profile that we were looking for. 

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.28.2010

After one year of sky-high unemployment, our community needs jobs

As a long-time resident of Cuyahoga County, it is heartbreaking to see thousands of our friends and neighbors losing their jobs or struggling to put food on the table. With Ohio’s unemployment rate at 10.9 percent, families have now endured 12 consecutive months of double-digit unemployment. They are looking to their elected leaders to guide our state out of this recession and do what it takes to create jobs. While serving as your state representative in Columbus, I have fought to create the environment to retain, create and attract jobs for those back home who are barely making ends meet in this difficult economy.

Ohio has joined the ranks of many states that have raised taxes in an effort to fill budget deficits. However, soaking the taxpayers in financial burdens that discourage economic activity has actually had the opposite effect in Ohio. Many small business owners and entrepreneurs have left our state, taking jobs and investments with them. We must stop the bleeding.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 05.24.2010

One senior's opinion: Welcome spring

It's lilac time again. How do I know this living on the sixth floor overlooking the tree tops? My exposure to lilacs is non-existent. An asphalt parking lot surrounds my building.

Don't get me  wrong. I love my apartment with its wall of windows facing north toward the lake. Unfortunately, living on an upper floor of an apartment building can sometimes blur the seasons. Clouds and the sky don't change that much from day to day.

I was recently reminded of the beauty of spring and the kindness of others at a writers group I attend at the Rocky River Senior Center. Carole Calladine, published author, director of the senior center and group mentor, remembered I had shared a story about loving lilacs.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 12:20 AM, 04.28.2010

Yes is the answer, what's the question?

As a baby boomer who is creeping up on 50 years old it is amazing that dining out has become a way of life for most people in this day and age. Growing up, going out to dinner was an occasional event that was very exciting; now it is just common place in society. 

Now that I've stated the completely obvious why hasn't most of the restaurant industry caught on to the fact that families are dining out? Mom, Dad and the children. Most restaurant do an average job of catering to families. 

Yes, they have their children's menus, but you can go into almost any restaurant, close your eyes, open the children's menu, and recite what's on it and when you open your eyes you may be off by one item. It's time to be more creative with menus for children. How about including a children's selection as part of your daily specials?

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 3:56 PM, 01.29.2010

One senior's opinion: Skate park debate should be respectful

Enough already. After six years of hassling over the existence, logistics and location of the skate park, isn't it time to put differences aside and work together for the common good? As a grandmother of small children, I really don't have much of an interest in skate parks, but any activity that promotes outdoor exercise can't be all bad.

I believe there are questions about vandalism, excessive noise, the possibility of violence and concerns about who will clean up the facility at the end of the day. Unfortunately, I am not very knowledgeable about either side's agenda, but I do know for certain that tempers are short and emotions are heated.

I believe a return to civility and respect for others' opinions is in order. After all, if adults fail to observe the rules of good conduct, what can we expect from our children? Obviously, if skate park participants don't abide by the rules, they will suffer the consequences.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.15.2010

View from the Cheap Seats: Monopoly money

Ever lose at Monopoly? I sure have. Isn’t it disturbing to see the money you earned passing “GO” eaten up with rent and taxes before you reach Boardwalk?

But you know, losing that money isn’t really difficult because, well, it’s only Monopoly money after all. The city of Bay Village's Finance Department acts like the city runs on Monopoly money too, as was emphasized to me last Monday evening.

I’m not really sure why, but that night the wife and I intentionally attended the City Council committee session. You should try it sometime. It’s frequently more fun than watching monkeys play football, and it was fun Monday, right up to the finance discussion. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 PM, 04.16.2010

Making Mountains Out Of Rose Hills: Part II

I feel it is necessary to address possible misinterpretations from my last contribution to this paper. Based on my attendance at a recent Bay Village City Council meeting, I wanted to provide a logical evaluation of the Bay Village Historical Society’s (BVHS) position as it adheres to the Cahoon Will.

I asserted that since the function of the Will was to expressly declare property rights and avoid contention via court proceedings, a lawsuit would contradict the Will. If the Cahoon Will is central to your complaint, then your argument should probably operate within the confines of the document.

My ultimate goal was for the Society to reconsider their “approach.” Threatening legal action was an attempt to coerce the decision and a subsequent suit will squander taxpayer dollars. I felt this presented a perspective that has been ignored until now, but that individuals who are not members of the BVHS or the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation would find relevant.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 5:46 PM, 04.15.2010

Prevent Pollution

We'd like much more than an ounce of prevention. And you know the rest of the proverb.

There is still anxiety about air pollution in the Knickerbocker/Dover Center area..

The Observer ran our column of months ago. A more recent one got lost in the shuffle, but there is wide community interest.  The bad air that time (11/12/09) came when most people were asleep; a new angle. And warm weather is ripe for trouble.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 8:35 PM, 04.14.2010

Help is needed to ban puppy mills in Ohio

Puppy mill operators buy and sell “breeder” dogs at auctions. These animals are not treated as pets –  they are valued strictly for their capacity to make money. They are kept in cages for their entire breeding lives, usually living in outbuildings in wire cages instead of homes.

They never run in grass, sleep in a bed, or play with a toy. Instead, they are “fed and bred,” eating and relieving themselves in the same 2-foot-by-2-foot cage until their breeding days are done, at which time they are often destroyed.

The Ohio Dog Auction Act is a state ballot initiative whose mission is to help improve the lives of dogs in commercial breeding operations. The proposed law would make it illegal for anyone to auction or raffle a dog in Ohio.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:26 PM, 03.30.2010

Skating on the wrong site

In the last issue of the Observer, Kevin DeFrank takes issue with the Bay Village Historical Society’s opposition to the current siting of the skate park in city’s Historical Area. His seemingly limitless faith in his city government to do the right thing is admirable. I wish I shared his confidence, but I see the issues quite differently.

Our city officials have approved the siting of a skate park in a Historic Area, an area designated in 1975 to “preserve and restore” the historic character of the city. A historian from the Ohio Historical Society opines that a skate park at this site is inappropriate and will degrade the character of the area, which boasts two National Register Historic buildings in the first donated lakeside park in the city. 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:43 AM, 04.02.2010

Soccer at the city dump

I’ve been closely following the controversy about the skate park location, which has seemed to me more like duck hunting with blanks – lots of noise and little meat – than a reasoned discussion. We’ve investigated a number of sites: Behind the police station (it was a dump), Reese Park (neighbors objected), Bradley Park (those pesky neighbors again), overflow pool parking (another dump) and now the historic area (during our bicentennial?). 

The only location that hasn’t raised a public outcry of one sort or another has been the police station location. The main reason the city council doesn’t want to try to put the skate park there is that it used to be a dump. They’re afraid that, if they go through the EPA process to get approval, they might find out that the prior dump contains toxins that would require that we clean up the whole area. 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 8:42 PM, 04.02.2010

Bay Village Historical Society: Making mountains out of Rose Hills since 2010

This is a response to the Bay Village City Council Meeting on March 15, 2010. During this meeting Council approved the site location for the Bay Skate and Bike Park (BSBP). As a result, the project will now move to the Planning Commission.

Residents representing The Bay Village Historical Society (BVHS) expressed their opposition to this site and promised legal action against the City if such an approval should happen. The BVHS claims that such a location will lead to a violation of the agreement established by the Cahoon Will, and is not the right location because it is within the historical area designated by City Council.

The threat of legal action created a new concern for councilmen deciding the issue because they had to consider the tremendous litigation fees that might burden the City budget as a consequence to their decision. Also during this meeting, Law Director Gary Ebert outlined a historical and legal context surrounding the Cahoon Will and the City’s excellent reputation of addressing possible violations, supporting the idea that simply installing a park does not violate the Will.

I would like to preface my opinion with some background information: I am fond of history. I am fond of Bay Village. I am fond of Bay Village History. After the March 15 meeting, I am NOT fond of The Bay Village Historical Society.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 8:41 PM, 03.19.2010

Job resources for today’s economy

With 10.8 percent of our neighbors in Cuyahoga County unemployed, it has been my continuing priority to attract, create, and retain jobs for our community. Despite the efforts of the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio is still suffering double-digit unemployment and a loss of businesses from our borders.

Luckily, the legislature has ample opportunities to turn the economy around by enacting common-sense reforms to the way Ohio does business. With all 10 bills of the “Future of Ohio” jobs package now introduced, an effort that I led as ranking member of the Economic Development Committee together with my other hardworking colleagues, we now have a chance to have a pragmatic discussion about how to fix the economy.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 1:36 PM, 03.18.2010

One senior's opinion: Let your voice be heard

A quiet revolution is taking place in several suburbs surrounding Cleveland. Residents are being encouraged to put pen to paper, fingertips to keyboard to let their individual and collective voices be heard. The vehicle which is responsible for promoting community-written newspapers is called the Observer. Residents in Lakewood, Parma, University/Cleveland Heights and Collinwood are publishing their papers under the Observer name.

Resident-written newspapers have been in existence since our country's beginning. Small towns still publish newspapers written by local journalists and reporters, however, those living near cities such as Cleveland must rely on daily papers for the written news.

We are being given a unique opportunity to report local news, share thoughts and opinions, and voice that pride we so often feel as residents of Westlake and Bay Village. As the trend toward regional government gains ground, I believe it is important to preserve the connectedness and vitality shared by those who live, work and are being educated in our community.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 8:59 PM, 03.05.2010

Restoring energy rates a vital action by PUCO

Here in Cuyahoga County, many residents of the 16th House District have been affected by the recent energy rate change for all-electric homes by FirstEnergy Corp. I have received countless phone calls, emails and letters about this issue, and I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the issue and the steps that have been taken to mitigate the problem.

For the past 30 years, customers who owned all-electric homes were offered significant discounts on their energy bills. The discount was first implemented when FirstEnergy sought to lower the cost of electricity during the energy crisis of the 1970s.  

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:14 PM, 03.04.2010

Bay animals should not be forgotten

The 2010 Bay Village budget process will be coming to closure at the end of March. There is not much time left for residents to make a difference in the direction the city could be headed.
There are Bay Village city councilmen that do not understand nor have attempted to grasp the importance of an animal care and control officer. Their lack of understanding potentially raises significant safety issues for our animals and Bay residents.
Of the approximate 14,000-plus residents in Bay, it is estimated that at least half of those probably have two or more domesticated pets.
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:10 AM, 02.20.2010

View from the Cheap Seats: Spring

I love spring and I anticipate it like an underfed puppy waiting for his gravy train. There’s lots of yard work to do and I’ll miss hunkering down around the fireplace with a warm toddy like in the winter, but I’d prefer spring to winter any day. Today as I walked to the garage I heard the birds singing, so I think they anticipate spring like I do.

For a moment I ignored the snow and thought about all the things that come with the start of spring – dinner on the patio, the smell of freshly mowed grass, grub treatments. Well, almost everything. I love spending time in my yard and I don’t want anything to ruin the experience.

Nobody wants anything to destroy their enjoyment of their home, and some people call that attitude “Not in my backyard” or NIMBY (if you’ve never heard of that, you pronounce it “Nimbee”).

In some cities, Nimbee is a term that can reasonably be applied to people with the “put that someplace, but not here” attitude, but that actually doesn’t make any sense in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:43 PM, 02.19.2010

Reality Check: Bay Skate and Bike Park

To skate or not to skate, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the noise and disruption of outrageous skate parks, or to take arms against a sea of "thrashers." Paraphrasing Hamlet brings us right up to date relative to the current situation regarding the Bay Skate and Bike Park.

The United States was directly involved in World War II from December, 1941, through August, 1945, a total of 3 years and 9 months. As of this month, skate park discussions in Bay Village government circles have gone on for more than two years longer than U.S. involvement in WWII. That seems a bit extreme, don't you think? The original group of middle-schoolers who were involved in the initiation of the skate park project are now well into their college careers. Time to inject some reality into this situation:

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 6:42 PM, 02.01.2010

The end of newspapers

It seems to be a common theme these days – newspapers are dying. You hear it everywhere: newspapers are going away. I view this sentiment with an unfortunate sadness as I happen to like newspapers. The common wisdom seems to hold that newspapers are irrelevant because you can get all your news online these days faster, and for free.

You have got to be kidding me.

When I was growing up, it was called it The Paper. The morning ritual of putting on your slippers, sometime braving the elements, to retrieve The Paper was comforting in its predictability. Sometimes you’d see your neighbors out doing the same. I loved it when The Paper was brought inside during the winter months, when the pages were cold and the print was fresh. You could even detect the faint smell of ink.


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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 10:50 PM, 02.04.2010

Reality Check: Bay budget and other issues

In his last article, Alex Dade implied that the initial iteration of the Bay municipal budget, showing a large deficit, would prove to be a formidable hurdle for city officials to deal with. Reality? Virtually all municipalities begin the annual budget process with an initial iteration showing a deficit. The law requires the final version to be balanced, with no deficit. As is the case year after year, Bay's final budget will be balanced.

Dade also stated that the mayor has recommended the expenditure of $12.8 million on municipal building renovations. I reviewed the last several years of council meeting minutes and the city newsletter, and read nothing that would support Dade's contention. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 11:48 AM, 01.13.2010

View from the Cheap Seats: One man

Our daughters are grown and married (both to Yankees, which would have made my Kentucky-born mother grab her confederate money and run for Atlanta bellowing, “Skawlette! The Yankees is comin'!”).

I’m kidding of course, although Mom wasn’t. They’re both nice young men and, more importantly to old dad, they both love my little girls and protect them. But I remember a time when I was the only man protecting them, when my girls were high school age, facing all the temptations that tender age brings (alcohol, drugs and the like) and the urge to follow the crowd and “do what everybody does.”

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 7:05 PM, 01.22.2010

Dog auctions in Ohio need to be banned!

Dogs sold at auction live in deplorable conditions. Often these dogs live in cages for years where they are stacked on top of each other. The urine from the dogs on top fall below to the dogs beneath them.   

By the time these dogs reach auction they have been bred over and over again. These dogs churn out puppies to be sold at pet stores, on the Internet or at the dog auction in Farmerstown, Ohio. Why is the state of Ohio allowing these auctions to continue? Auctions have been banned in Pennsylvania since 1982. It is time for Ohio to ban these auctions as well.

To get more information on what needs to be done to ban these auctions, please visit:

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 11:28 PM, 01.21.2010

Monday morning political quarterbacks

It's wonderful to see the people of this country sit back and profess their displeasure over the job that President Obama has done in his one year in office. I don't believe he said he had a magic wand and was going to make everything better overnight. Most of what has occurred in the current economy has been building over several years and if you know anything about economics you would know that unemployment will continue to go up even after the economy has stabilized. 
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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 7:11 PM, 01.22.2010

View from the Cheap Seats: Resolutions

It’s that time of year. New Year's resolution time. We’ve been discussing ours and I think we’re finally settled. The wife plans to get more exercise – walk more, ride less. She’s never been an exercise fanatic and I have. She’s never had a weight problem and I do. Go figure.

My resolution is to eat less eel. Yep, eel. I mean, I had to come up with something I could actually accomplish. One year I vowed to lose 25 pounds, and that lasted till the end of January. The year I pledged to clean out the garage was a disaster when everything ended up in the driveway covered in snow. So this year, no eel. No problem.

So what is your New Year’s resolution? I have a suggestion: Get involved in what’s going on in city government. There’s something for everyone.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 8:37 PM, 12.18.2009

Reality Check

And I thought the Bay mayoral election was over! Given that Alex Dade and some of his family members combined to provide something like one-half the campaign funds for Jim Scott's mayoral campaign, I can see why Dade might be a bit frustrated by the result. You need to let it go, Alex! You're just not going to be a power behind the throne. At least for the next 4 years. That's reality.

I chose to ignore Dade’s rantings in his columns during the campaign, chalking them up to Scott-induced negative campaign tactics. The continuation of the attacks and derivative misinformation, however, require a response.

So here we go, let's project some reality:

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 2:50 PM, 12.09.2009

One senior's opinion

Living a balanced life makes sense to me. Good nutrition, regular exercise, intellectual stimulation, good friendships, and socialization contribute to achieving a balanced life. As we age, however, our ability to navigate life's many pathways lessens.  Aching joints, vision changes, and loss of stamina sometime make it difficult to get up and get moving. Just thinking about establishing a regular exercise routine can be intimidating. Some days, the thought of getting out among friends and neighbors seems impossible.

Many times, seniors need encouragement to pursue activities they used to enjoy. Being as active as possible is so important during our senior years, even if it requires pushing ourselves a little each day to do it. I believe striving for a more balanced life results in better mobility, better health, and a more optimistic outlook for senior citizens.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 7:59 PM, 12.23.2009

Reinventing the community resolution

Let us work together for a common goal and be dedicated as well as committed in promoting community service. Noble contribution of community service should be voluntary, full of enthusiasm, and energy. We need to be full of humility, temperance and honesty in our interactions with others both in words and body language.

Work for a common need and not greed in the community. Weave the fabric of collective social responsibility by adding value to the life of others we come in contact with. Making a difference in the community comes by setting a personal example in anything we are motivated to do. For instance when we make character ethics a part of our being and execute it in actions we empower others in the community. This creates a feeling of mutual harmony as well as rapport in our interaction. This eventually generates trust and long-term relationships. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 8:49 AM, 01.07.2010

Jobs bills will encourage business expansion in Ohio

When it comes to job creation and economic growth in Ohio, the sense of urgency is undeniable. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, since 2007 nearly 350,000 Ohio jobs were lost and more than 300 companies suffered plant closings or mass layoffs.

Every month, Ohioans who are starving for jobs are hit with the news that yet another company has chosen to relocate to another state with a better business climate. We as legislators have an obligation to work to improve our business climate, support entrepreneurship and create jobs.  

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 8:10 AM, 12.14.2009

View from the Cheap Seats: The Christmas Budget

Christmas is coming and here at the homestead that means we’re talking about the Christmas Budget. “Christmas Budget?” you say. Yep – that’s an agreement the wife and I have on how much we’re each going to spend on Christmas gifts. We talk about how much we can spend and do our best to stick to the limits. She wants Le Creuset cookware and I want a Jaguar – that’s fair isn’t it? I thought so.

So anyway, we agree on how much we can spend. She may have to pass on the GPS system on the Jag, and we can’t afford a whole set of cookware, so we both acknowledge that we don’t have an unlimited amount of money to spend on Christmas gifts.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 6:14 PM, 12.04.2009

View from the Cheap Seats: Yogi was right

I was talking to a friend recently and wondered out loud what his plans were after the mayoral election. “I’m moving to Parma,” he said with great conviction. PARMA??!!?? I’ll admit I was disappointed too, but PARMA? The conversation did make me wonder, though. What did my friends think the next step was after the election? So I took a poll. Remember, this was a very unscientific poll. I didn’t hire a consultant, I just called friends.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 1:20 PM, 11.13.2009

Ohio's estate tax should be laid to rest

Here in Ohio, we have been hit especially hard by the recent economic downturn. Since January, 174,600 Ohio jobs have been lost and many businesses are relocating to more business-friendly states. It is certainly no secret that our state's business taxes are among the most oppressive in the entire country, which accounts for the mass exodus of businesses from our borders. However, we have continuously overlooked the effect that other types of taxes are having on our economy, and in the case of the archaic estate tax, the wealthy and the business owners who would normally invest in our communities and create jobs are pursuing ventures elsewhere.
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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 2:44 PM, 11.05.2009

Let us look toward Ohio's future

Here in Cuyahoga County, 8.5 percent of our friends and neighbors are unemployed and trying to provide for their families. As Ohioans struggle to make ends meet during this difficult economy, I will continue to fight for my number one priority – creating and retaining jobs for residents of the 16th Ohio House District.

In the past three years, more than 330,000 Ohio jobs have been lost, and our population has suffered a net loss of nearly 36,000 people to other states from 2007 to 2008. Ohioans are facing the most difficult economy in decades, and they are looking to their state representatives for leadership and direction. As our economic situation becomes increasingly urgent, the Ohio Legislature needs to work to retain and create jobs and assist small businesses. 

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 2:58 PM, 10.27.2009