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People love getting something more PDF Print
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

If you want to be a success, always remember, “people soon forget most of what they hear you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” They also like getting something more…the value added principle that this story illustrates.

Mrs. Smith, the manager of a huge candy counter, employed two clerks, Betty and Mary to serve customers. This is a story told by Brad and Alan Antin in their book titled Secrets From The Lost Art of Common Sense Marketing.

One day as the normal crowd of after school kids flooded her shop, Mrs. Smith noticed that there were twice as many kids in the line waiting for Betty as there were waiting for Mary. So she went to the end of Betty’s line and asked little Johnny why he was waiting in such a long line when Mary’s line was so much shorter.

Johnny looked up and said, “That’s easy. Betty gives us more candy for our quarter.”

The next day, Mrs. Smith watched Betty sell her candy. Each time a child would put his or her quarter on the counter, Betty would sell them exactly half a pound of candy.

Getting America back to work this Labor Day PDF Print
Saturday, August 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Labor Day is bittersweet for too many Ohioans. On a holiday meant to celebrate the end of summer with a day off from work, too many of our friends and neighbors will spend it looking through the Want Ads for a job. Full-time jobs are hard to come by, while more and more people are forced into part-time work. More and more Ohioans are having to take two or even three jobs just to make ends meet. Washington can and should do more to help.

We should start by reforming our broken tax code. Burger King is just the latest company to move its headquarters to another country to avoid our overcomplicated and burdensome code. Our tax rate is the highest in the world at 35 percent. Canada, where Burger King is moving, has a 15 percent rate. The math isn’t complicated.

Ohio College-bound students need to add meningitis vaccine to their ‘to do’ lists PDF Print
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

By Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite

Mid-August marks the time when many of our high school graduates pack up and head off to college for the first time. This time of year is always accompanied by packing lists and to-do lists. One item our students should be sure not to forget: their meningitis vaccination.

People of any age can get meningitis, but those most at risk include very young children, adolescents and, especially, those living in close quarters like college dormitories. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the meningococcal vaccine for everyone aged 11 to 18 years old. Those who are headed off to college should have a booster shot if their original dose was given at least five years earlier.

Current state law requires students in on-campus housing at public universities to tell administrators whether they have been vaccinated for meningitis. There is currently no legal mandate in Ohio that college students be vaccinated, though some other states have taken that step. In recent years, there have been several cases of meningitis at Ohio colleges, some fatal. Nationally, about 100 cases of meningitis occur on campuses each year. To protect students, some colleges require proof of vaccination as a condition of enrollment.

Unleashing America’s energy potential PDF Print
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

By Congressman Bob Latta

While trouble abroad has typically led to greater pain at the pump, Americans have experienced relatively stable gas prices over the past few months despite foreign crises. With the national average price for regular gasoline down more than 10 cents from last month, today’s fuel prices are both a contradiction of the past four decades’ trends and an example of the benefits that can result from increased domestic energy production.

American innovation in advanced energy development technologies has unleashed an abundance of domestic energy resources. In 2013, U.S. energy production rose more than the combined increases in the rest of the world to reach its highest level in 24 years. This is why the United States is now the number one producer of both oil and natural gas in the world.

This energy renaissance is not only strengthening North American energy security as domestic resources replace imports from hostile environments in Middle Eastern countries, but it is also fueling expansive job growth throughout the energy industry. While the energy industry supports nearly 10 million American jobs today, that number is expected to grow by 3 million by 2020. For Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District, this energy renaissance has already increased local business’s global competiveness, resulting in expanded operations and new jobs at home.

Yes, there is honor in all work PDF Print
Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:00 PM

There’s more to be celebrated on Labor Day weekend than the last blast of summer and the coming of another beautiful autumn.

It’s time to celebrate working folks—not just the ones who own or manage businesses, but the ones who work for them.

Even Labor Day is a busy workday for those who bag groceries, work in restaurant kitchens, checkout customers at retail stores, bus tables, haul garbage, patrol our streets and highways and defend our country.

They are the front line workers who take our abuse when we don’t like their bosses’ policies or when the equipment malfunctions. They are the ones who often work combinations of jobs to make the rent or pay tuition or keep the kids in sneakers and braces.

They are the ones who show up even when they don’t feel well, the ones who stay as long as it takes to get the job done. Many will start counting the days this Labor Day until they’re laid off for the season.

I like to say there is honor in all work, no matter what kind of work it is. As we pause this weekend to celebrate Labor Day, I am reminded of the following thoughts:


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