Addressing poverty by "de-toxing" our charity
Since 2013 a signficant and growing portion of my legislative efforts focuses on the challenge of undersourced citizens in our comunities across Ohio. One of the most interesting books I've read is Toxic Charity, by Robert Lupton.
He was in Ohio in early February and presented with a panel on the question of moving from approaches to poverty that feed dependency to the more challenging approach of developing people to move up and out of their difficulties. You can watch this discussion at this link.
A synopsis and snippets from the discussion is also provided on the next page ...Read the Full Story
Protecting our state constitution from monopolistic special interests
Do you believe the audacity of those who ask voters to describe their properties in our Ohio Constitutuion and give them monopoly or cartel exclusive rights to a business proposition? It has already happened once with four casino locations around Ohio. Now a marijuana cartel is seeking to put their farms in exclusive rights to grow and sell marijuana.
Yesterday I testified in the Ohio Senate on a proposal to voters for this Fall that would prohibit monopolistic interests from using the initiative process to carve an advantageous place for themsleves in our state constitution.
Here is my testimony on the proposed ballot language that the Ohio House passed last week by a vote of 81-12.Read the Full Story
It's time for Wayne County taxpayers to dial 911
Yesterday was another sad day for the taxpayers of Wayne County and the City of Wooster. So far there has been little to no clear, objective explanation of the facts associated with one of the most critical and basic functions of life-critical services provided by their elected officials.
Receiving our calls for emergency law enforcement, fire and ambulance services and connect them to that help is what is at stake here.
When turf and personality conflicts are driving key leaders -- both elected and appointed -- the results are almost never pretty. But the good news is that there is still time and real opportunity to make lemonade for the taxpayers of our community. Unfortunately that is not the path that has been developing -- mostly behind the curtain -- for the past several years.
This is a call for help. Our communities need to ask some basic questions and make some simple requests that their elected officials re-commit themselves to play nice in the sandbox for the benefit of us all.
The latest drama happended in Columbus yesterday ...Read the Full Story
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