of District 7
District 7, consisting of Euclid,
South Euclid, Richmond Heights and the part of Cleveland
known as Collinwood, has numerous concerns consistent
with the problems that plague the entire state.
Jobs, jobs, and more jobs! Euclid,
Ohio was once booming with factories, providing numerous
employment opportunities for many residents. The Euclid
Square Mall, Anchored by two major department stores,
is now a “Ghost Town”. The Super K across
from the Mall have windows plastered with “ For
Lease” instead of “Big Sale” signs.
Little businesses that are now “Out of Business”
can be seen all throughout District 7. Employees are
fleeing the state of Ohio, while new employers continue
to look elsewhere.
Geographically, this is the best location
in the nation. Our work force in second to none. We
have the interstates, the airports and numerous work
sites that are readily available, combined with our
hospitals, Medical facilities and places of higher learning;
we need a major promotion to turn this trend around.
Education is another major concern.
Our graduates are creating a “Brain-Drain”
by taking their diplomas outside of Ohio. In order to
attract more jobs, we must insure that our prospective
employers will have a more than adequate list of potential
employees to pick from. Our escalating tuition costs
do not assist this dilemma. High school seniors are
looking outside of Ohio for their education due to the
high cost of their colleges.
Our seniors are calling out for help.
Health Care, prescription drugs, and virtually everything
else has cast a tremendous burden on the financial security
of our seniors. We must not sit still while those who
fought in World War II and in Korea find themselves
in yet another battle – this being a war on surviving.
We all dream of retirement. Let’s not turn this
dream into a nightmare.
Our society has also turned our backs
on many problems that plague many of our neighbors.
The single Mom – trying to find a balance between
her parental responsibilities and her workplace responsibilities.
We must also address those who work for a wage that
is inadequate for providing a decent life for their
families. There are too many Americans who are working
hard every day and still living in poverty. This cannot
Also, our neighborhoods are changing.
I see too many “For Sale” signs when we
should be seeing “Welcome” signs. Our nation
was built on the principles that we are all equal. Different
nationalities immigrated to this great nation. They
learned that the Slovenians, Irish, Italian, Hungarians
and Polish could live in harmony. Today’s world
is no different. We must reach out, learn to live in
harmony, to respect our differences and to insure that
everyone has the opportunity to choose where to live,
choose where to worship and to earn a decent wage to
provide for our families.
Together – we can all live in
peace and harmony. Together – we can all take
pride in where we live and work and do the best that
we can. Together – we can work to look out for
the unemployed factory worker, the single Mom, the Grandmother
struggling to make ends meet and the frustrated college
student. Together – we must reach out and work
as one to keep our neighborhoods safe, to restore our
homes to their original condition and our property values
up. Together – we can revive our moral values,
our desire to worship at a church of our choice, as
well as our ability to live in peace and harmony.
2005 brought skyrocketing gasoline
prices, increases in our taxes and heating costs which
continue to keep getting higher. We fought to protect
the funding for our communities and for various programs
that serve so many of our constituents. Once again,
school funding for our public schools fell flat. In
November 2005, Ohioans voted for a Job Program. My concern
is the repayment of these monies if we continue to take
Ohio down the wrong path.
2006 will challenge us to look at
new resources for fuel and energy. As more and more
people rely on the State of Ohio for assistance, we
must assure that our various programs are adequately
funded. We must take action to provide necessary dollars
for our public schools and places of higher education.
We cannot allow our businesses and factories to either
close or move to another state. Ohio must remain competitive
in medical research and science technology with not
only other states, but with countries throughout the
world. We must restore the "hope" that way
too many people rely on as their motivation to stay
Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he
stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where
he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
As your State Representative, you
have my pledge to continue the fight so that contentment
and happiness is more than just a dream... that one
day soon it can become a reality.