Patrick D. Kennedy: A Miami County man on the frontier

Miami County history and people never cease to amaze me. So many events took place here, and people from Miami County, native or not, influenced our area, state, or even the country in some way that ties our home to portions of history.

Guess What’s New in Reading?

ENGLEWOOD — Well folks, we slipped through the winter days of December and January, and now we are leaping into February with leap year, and it’s 29 days. Last month, we wrote about a children’s column. Now I’m going to leap into young adult readers, commonly called Young Adult Fiction (YA), written for readers from 12-18 years of age. While the genre is targeted for teenagers, approximately 55 percent of YA readers are adults. Let’s take a look at some of the books for youngsters and oldsters.

Yet another political scam exposed

Now that the political scam surrounding the state’s EdChoice Scholarship Program has been exposed to the public for what it really is, which is a political grab for tax dollars to fund private education, Ohio’s legislators are scrambling to “fix” the program.

A historic week for US trade, American workers

Last week, I participated in a roundtable at Fecon, an agricultural equipment manufacturer in Southwest Ohio. Our discussion included some of the biggest issues affecting Ohio business owners, farmers, and employees, including tax reform, workforce development, and the international trade agenda.

The status quo: My view from Washington

Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the “existing state of affairs.” I ran for Congress to change “the existing state of affairs” in Washington. Before starting this journey, I spent the previous fifteen years building manufacturing businesses across Ohio’s 8th district. We were over-regulated and over-taxed, and increasingly, I grew frustrated with politicians kicking the can down the road on a variety of issues.

Smelly — and costly — start to new year

We have an expression in our house; “It’s an onion.” When you live in a 200+ year-old house, problems frequently arise and just like an onion, there are always layers to every home repair issue. Even when you think it’s going to be simple, there’s always some hidden issue that arises when you begin to fix it. That’s why “it’s an onion” came into being as our code for “they found insects under that board,” or “when digging for the fence, we hit a gas line,” or “the wiring behind that outlet was completely frayed and sparking.”

Remembering those history has forgotten

On Nov. 28, 1929, Chicago Cardinals fullback Ernie Nevers set a National Football Record that will more than likely never be broken. In a game played in the Windy City, Nevers scored all forty points the Cardinals would have in a victory over their cross-town rivals, the Chicago Bears. The games was a bright spot in the Cardinals 1929 campaign where they went 6-6-1.

Patrick D. Kennedy: Miami County’s history with tornadoes

Troy has been very blessed over the years. Yes, the community has had numerous homegrown business and industry ventures prosper and several philanthropic-minded individuals who have voluntarily reinvested into the community and helped to enrich many lives. These things are known and rightfully celebrated, but it is not what I am referring to this time.

A tribute to a very special woman

All of us have come in contact with certain individuals, and, if we are lucky, many individuals, who have enriched our lives simply by being in their presence. After all, none of us have enjoyed whatever successes we have achieved without help from others.