My red Huffy bike

My red Huffy bike

On this day, the weather is serene. Wind calm. Sky clear. The temperature is at an ideal summer warmth and I am pedaling fast on my red Huffy bike. It...

April 4th, 2017 |  


Making hard work pay off again

Making hard work pay off again

Americans are working longer and harder than ever before, with less and less to show for it. Over the last 40 years, GDP has gone up, corporate profit...

April 3rd, 2017 |  


START to help families affected by drug abuse

START to help families affected by drug abuse

Children traumatized as a result of their parents’ drug abuse are often the invisible victims of the opioid epidemic. They may have gone days wi...

April 3rd, 2017 |  


An oasis in Vinton County’s food desert

An oasis in Vinton County’s food desert

For one in six Ohioans, hunger and food insecurity is a constant threat to their wellbeing and livelihood. This is higher than every surrounding state...

March 30th, 2017 |  


Technological innovation leads to job creation

Technological innovation leads to job creation

One of my very favorite parts of being Speaker of the Ohio House is the increased opportunity to witness and be a part of incredible advances in techn...

March 30th, 2017 |  


Using Solutions Journalism to empower communities with solutions

Using Solutions Journalism to empower communities with solutions

Last week I traveled to Mansfield, Ohio to participate in a workshop with Solutions Journalism Network at MT Technologies. Reporters from the Mansfiel...

March 30th, 2017 |  


Career-tech education is a viable option

We’re always interested in what people are saying about career-technical education in general and about Great Oaks in particular.At our open hou...

March 29th, 2017 |  


Celebrating the women in Congress

Celebrating the women in Congress

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin made history. Hailing from the state of Montana, she was the first woman ever elected to the United States Congress. Since t...

March 27th, 2017 |  


Ohio START addresses opioid epidemic with children in mind

Ohio START addresses opioid epidemic with children in mind

Ohio has a problem, a debilitating, all-encompassing problem—the heroin and opioid epidemic. It seems as though stories of overdose plague our h...

March 27th, 2017 |  


What will Big Pharma, the criminal behind the opioid epidemic, pay for?

What will Big Pharma, the criminal behind the opioid epidemic, pay for?

I was thinking about the idea Portland is taking on to establish a safe injection site for its addicts. Imagine a building in which addicts could go t...

March 22nd, 2017 |