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Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 10:52 PM
— TROY – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stop in Troy on Sunday during a tour of small Ohio cities that are a key part of his campaign strategy to win the state.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp., joined Romney at K’s hamburger shop downtown, the first time the two have campaigned together. Troy is in Boehner’s congressional district.
“Ohio’s going to make the difference,” Romney said. “Ohio I need you to help me become the next president of the United States.”
During his brief remarks in front of K’s, Romney told the crowd he would get rid of President Obama’s health care plan, move the country closer to balancing the budget and become more energy independent.
“Ladies and gentlemen the president’s policies have failed,” said Boehner. They have made the economy worse.”
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a possible vice presidential candidate, joined Romney and Boehner and emphasized the importance of Ohio in determining the outcome of the election.
“Two of the last three presidential elections were decided by Ohio,” Portman said.
The 2000 and 2004 elections were decided by less than Ohio’s electoral votes.
The three Ohio stops took place in counties that overwhelmingly voted for GOP Sen. John McCain in 2008, located about 20-30 miles outside Democratic city centers.
Miami County and most of the rural counties around Dayton have not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since the 1964 election between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. But rural areas and suburbs are a key part of Romney’s strategy to win Ohio and try to balance out the advantage President Obama will have in the major cities of the state.
Wife, grandchildren accompany Romney
Romney’s wife, Ann, and three grandchildren joined him on the platform in front of the diner where he addressed the crowd.
Steve Bruns, a the owner of a Tipp City general contracting business said the country is at a crossroads right now and he was encouraged by Romney’s speech in Troy.
“Small businesses are what create jobs in this country,” Bruns said.
Marcia Ryan, who owns K’s, opened the restaurant for the event. It is normally closed on Sundays.
“I’m a small business owner, and I think he would be good for the economy,” said Ryan. “If you just have the government hiring all the time, you have to raise taxes to pay them. It’s a vicious cycle.”
Hundreds of people stood outside in the heat waiting for Romney’s bus to arrive. Many fanned themselves with their Romney signs to cool off.
“I think he has to be given a chance to do all the ideas he has to put our country on track and make it a better place for our children,” said Joanne Disbrow, a 78-year-old Troy resident.
Steve Simpson, a 37-year-old Troy resident, stood outside with his 7-year-old son, Anakin, waiting for the Republican candidate to arrive.
“He’s our only chance at saving my son’s future,” Simpson said.”
Protesters shouted “Romney go home” throughout his appearance.
A group of Romney staffers moved a set of speakers into the middle of the group of protesters to try to drown them out in return. The group had gone through regular security, and no staffers or security attempted to remove them from the event area.
Troy was the last stop Sunday of Romney’s “Every Town Counts Tour.” The five-day bus trip started Friday in New Hampshire, where Romney announced his candidacy last year, stopped in Pennsylvania on Saturday and continues on to Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.
All six states were won by President Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
Candidate promises to stimulate growth
On Sunday, in the town square of Newark, east of Columbus, Romney promised to stimulate growth in the private sector and build an American economy that will “shock the world.”
“This is an election about a fair shot for the American people, a fair shot for the coming generations, a fair shot for job entrepreneurs and innovators,” Romney said.
“I think it’s time for a fair shot for the middle class of America.”
The tour’s campaigning at ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts is a shift from Romney’s recent string of fundraisers and closed-door meetings with business leaders.
The tour is an opportunity to get off the beaten path and visit towns where “people are really struggling in the Obama economy,” a Romney adviser told reporters Friday.
The national unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in April.
Ohio’s rate was lower — 7.3 percent — and the three counties Romney visited Sunday posted even lower rates in April, according to the most recent data available.
Republicans fare better in places like Troy and Newark, and the Obama campaign has set up offices there and in other small towns.
Democrats said Romney could not relate to small towns and residents in the Troy community,” during a news conference a couple of hours before Romney arrived.
“Mitt Romney thinks he understands Miami County and Ohio, but the truth says otherwise,” said Dave Fisher, Miami County Democratic Party chairman. “Mitt Romney not only has a devastating and dangerous philosophy for our nation’s public sector workers, he has a dangerous philosophy for workers right here in Ohio,” he said.
Hundreds gathered in the rain in Brunswick, south of Cleveland, Sunday morning to greet the candidate with a pancake breakfast.
The clouds cleared by mid-afternoon in Newark. Romney rallied the crowd of about 1,000 there around criticism of Obama’s economic policies.
“Last time when he ran for president, his campaign theme was hope and change — this time he’s hoping to change the subject because the American people aren’t happy,” Romney said.
Romney didn’t delve deeply into solutions, but said he’d do three things differently than Obama, starting with tapping coal and natural resources.
To cheers, Romney said he would bring the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, and he’d build it himself if he had to.
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
ADEL, Ga. — Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:46 AM
ASHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — An Xbox is tops for many gamers’ holiday wish lists.
Mikah Frye was no different, until he noticed homeless people outside during the cold Ohio weather.
His grandmother said he asked what homeless people do when it’s cold outside. So he came up with an answer: giving those who needed them a blanket to stave off the chill, WJW reported.
But he needed to find out how to pay for the gifts.
His grandmother suggested he give up one gift to help warm the homeless.
“He later said if the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant, told WJW.
Mikah’s family found themselves in a similar situation a few years ago. They had some financial difficulties and lost their home and had shelter thanks to the Access program, WJW reported.
So far more than 60 blankets have been donated and have started to be given out to families in need. Each one has a message from Mikah that says, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket.”
He ends his note with “Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”
And while Mikah gave up his dream of an Xbox for those who need help, WJW reported that “Santa” is still trying to get the video game for the selfless child.
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:54 AM
— A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.
Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.
Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.
This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.
Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.
Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”
The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM
— Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.
So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cybersecurity.
“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then, they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”
They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, providing the final link in their well-laid plan.
Police tell us thieves mark their calendars with notes that say such things as "Package theft Wednesday."
“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” Miliefsky said.
There are, however, ways around even cybercriminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:
• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way, they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours while anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family members to ship packages to your work address.
• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on workdays, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.
• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.
• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers, for that matter – can’t track your location. There’s no need to make it easier for them.