I Want My Country Back

On February 6, 2017 By

There’s much that I don’t understand about the new president, but most of all,  I don’t  understand how he got here. Consider: He is the same  super hawk who managed to dodge the draft with five deferments.  Right! FIVE.  One-two-three-four… FIVE! Despite his avowed fondness for the evangelical Christian culture, he unblushingly boasted that he  groped a female’s “pussy”, and he wasn’t talking about the neighbor’s cat. His staunch defense of his role model Vladimir Putin, the powerful dictator who doubtless engineered the cyber attack on Hillary Clinton’s emails. His refusal to release his income tax records, then and now. […]

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15,000 Ohioans were engaged in discussions to advise ODE regarding the ESSA plan. Did ODE really listen to the folks that participated in the feedback sessions? Or did ODE listen to the Governor, who in a political statement, said we are not going to back down from high standards. The Governor’s posture on the matter would be appropriate if the “high standards” had validity. School district officials and teaching personnel do not not opt for low standards-they want the appropriate high standards.

The key highlights on page four of Driving Education Excellence: Securing the Future for All Ohio Students […]

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Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder of Perry County was Jim Tressel’s personal escort this past Friday morning, when the former Ohio State University football coach spoke before 400 or more residents and students at Sheridan High School.

Before Tressel gave his talk on lessons he’s learned in life so far, Mr. Householder, who some Capital Square watchers predict may once again wield the speakers gavel, offered comments on Gov. Kasich’s recent budget and on whether the Trump revolution will fade away or continue as attention shifts to the midterm elections just two short years away.

Bow Shot To […]

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“We have to have a system that allows people who can help themselves help themselves so that we can put more into poor districts that need it,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said, trying to explain his star-crossed plan to further starve some locations from state funding because he thinks the wealthy should pay more. “There are people in some parts of the state that can’t help themselves because they don’t have the wealth to do it.”

Kasich tried to use this same dysfunctional formula on school funding in his last budget, but state legislators took so much heat on […]

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A Renacci-Trump Moment

On February 6, 2017 By

We noticed a brief interview of Rep. Jim Renacci on WKYC-TV in which the reporter quite naturally asked the northern Ohio Republican for an assessment of Donald Trump. For the viewer it was not a learning moment. The former Wadsworth mayor, and millionaire Trump surrogate didn’t find it a good fit for his fusion to the new administration and he wasn’t going there despite some mild prodding.

“He’s moving very quickly” Renacci said, uncomfortably repeating his lean answer and telling us what we already know.

The congressman, like many Trumpeters these days, doesn’t need further schooling to maintain his equilibrium […]

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For Trump, Time To Punt

On February 6, 2017 By

In an instant, our so-called president Donald Trump Twitterboarded James Robart as the “so- called’ federal judge who blocked the travel ban as ‘“outrageous” . His anger spread quickly throughout his so- called realm. Kellyanne Conway, a so-called leading presidential advisor and first responder, promptly turned up on Fox News to denounce the court action as “alternative lies” while Sean Spicer, the so-called White House press secretary, tried to explain that the court had no more authenticity than a weather report.

On Sunday so-called Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told Jake Tapper that he had no interest in replying to […]

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It was still dark and below freezing as people streamed into Sheridan High School early Friday morning to hear Jim Tressel speak at the 2nd Annual Groundhog Breakfast. They arrived at the home of the General’s in Perry County with the same enthusiasm they had when coach Tressel was leading the Ohio State football Buckeyes to Big Ten conference victories and national championships.

Coffee, juice, donuts, eggs, sausages and pancakes was breakfast fare for about 400 people and students, who even before daylight broke in Ohio’s 55th largest county were clapping to rousing renditions of songs performed by student musicians, […]

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Twitterboarding Trump’s Nasty Week

On February 4, 2017 By

Well, were you seized by a severe bout of vertigo last week as President Trump stumbled his way through his red (state) white (guy) and boo (everybody else) playbook to make America great?

We witnessed a spectacle of managerial incompetence. At best, it shocked allies around the world – and worse – that the land of the free and the home of the depraved could disrupt the lives of thousands upon thousands (immigrants? travelers? it isn’t clear) with valid passage to set foot in America because of a vengeful blowhard with no idea of how humanity works. Trump, I mean.

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“You don’t give up just because you don’t get anything done,” said John Kasich, Ohio’s great reformer governor, about the last bad budget he submits before wandering off the political radar screen in two years.

Statehouse watchers predict Gov. Kasich’s last bad budget at $66.9 billion, again topping the charts as the largest in state history, will largely be ignored in its current form. Not getting anything done while talking about what he wants to do is basic Kasich. As C.G. Jung put it: “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

Why Johnny can’t learn that his former […]

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The last man standing in last year’s race for president on the Republican ticket has some stern advice for President Donald J. Trump, the mega-sized outlier candidate who defied political gravity by thrashing 16 Republican wannabe candidates with deadly mocking tweets, bombastic statements and finally, and worst of all, more votes.

Ohio’s term-limited chief executive, John Kasich, has won the hearts of many—curiously, many of them Democrats—for not lining up behind Trump as many former anti-Trump Republicans did after the New York billionaire became the GOP’s presidential nominee. On the outs with Trump world after dissing him in Cleveland by not […]

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Summit County council President John Schmidt, County Executive Ilene Shapiro and their Democratic allies deserve a salute for erecting their own wall against President Trump’s botched anti-immigration order that has turned America’s values upside down. The council Democrats unanimously supported a resolution to that effect co-sponsored by councilwoman Elizabeth Walters 10-2 with the two dissenting Republican members, Gloria Rodgers and Ron Koehler, now in line with the Summit County Trump Party.

Schmidt said “diversity in our country should be celebrated. We hope this resolution will send a message that Summit County welcomes and supports our immigrant community.”

Good. We need […]

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