An alternative view on tree value

An alternative view on tree value

In past articles, we talked about the value trees bring to our property and way of life.You know such things like storm water retention, energy saving...

March 30th, 2020 |  


Winter 2020: Identifying overhead hazards in your back yard

Winter 2020: Identifying overhead hazards in your back yard

The impetus that started all the Swanton Tree Commission activity was a visit, in 2005, by Stephanie Miller, Ohio DNR Division of Forestry, Region 4 U...

February 3rd, 2020 |  


Ohio anti-SLAPP bill would be victory for free speech

Thirty-six states have anti-SLAPP laws. Ohio needs to make it 37.A big step has been taken in that direction with the introduction of the Ohio Citizen...

January 27th, 2020 |  



Protecting victims of human trafficking

Protecting victims of human trafficking

Ohio knows all too well that human trafficking isn’t a problem from the distant past, or one found only in countries across the world — Oh...

August 5th, 2019 |  


School’s cruel with lunch money threat

School’s cruel with lunch money threat

You wouldn’t think people would want the title of “America’s Meanest,” but it seems so many are vying for it.Today’s win...

July 29th, 2019 |  


Bearing witness at the border

Bearing witness at the border

Last week, Connie and I traveled to El Paso, Texas, on our southern border, to bear witness to this humanitarian crisis. We met with children and fami...

July 29th, 2019 |  


Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Fighting resurgence of meth and cocaine

Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that’s been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June o...

July 22nd, 2019 |  


New holiday will hang the moon

New holiday will hang the moon

It’s time to give our national holidays an upgrade. Let’s make July 20 Moonwalk Day.July 20 is, of course, the day that man first walked o...

July 15th, 2019 |  


Connecting Ohio educators with D.C. legislators

Connecting Ohio educators with D.C. legislators

When I first came to the Senate, I met with a number of higher education leaders around Ohio. In these conversations we realized how little opportunit...

July 15th, 2019 |  


Honoring Ohio law enforcement

Honoring Ohio law enforcement

Each year during National Police Week, we honor our law enforcement officers, and the families who support them and sacrifice alongside them. They all...

June 17th, 2019 |