One of the two major speeches I’ve anticipated hearing
this month was finished Tuesday when President Barack Obama
State of the Union Address.
The other comes this Tuesday in Lima, when Gov. John Kasich
will give his State of the State Address.
Initially, I thought a few of Obama’s proposals were
interesting, but I also was left with questions.
The president wants high-quality preschool available to
every child in America.
Obama said that every dollar spent on children for that
purpose can save $7 down the road.
The president didn’t exactly specify how — no matter how
much merit the idea might have — it would be funded initially.
Obama also called for an increase in the minimum wage and
for Congress to put gun-control legislation up for a vote.
Critics often argue that increases in minimum wage lead to
inflation and prompt businesses to raise prices or cut employee hours or jobs
to offset the added wages.
Minimum wage proponents frequently say people should be
able to earn enough to make a living and the added income gives minimum wage
recipients more money to purchase goods and services.
Obama said gun violence victims deserve a vote, and he
shared the story of Hadiya Pendleton
, a 15-year-old girl from Chicago who
was killed recently in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from
Obama said people including Pendelton’s family, the people
of Newtown, Conn., and other victims such as former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle
deserve a vote on gun control measures, whether it be a yes
Emotion aside, my question is what would that legislation
look like and how effective might it be?
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
, R-Florida, gave the
Republican rebuttal speech and provided a sharp contrast to the president in
terms of policies moving forward.
He also shared a little bit of his family’s roots and was
encouraged by a renewed effort by Congress to take up immigration reform.
Unfortunately, Rubio’s speech will likely be remembered as
much, if not more, for his awkward attempt to grab a drink from a bottle of
But the appearance did raise Rubio’s profile on the
national stage and may position him to be thought more as a presidential
candidate in 2016.
U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce
, R-Russell Township, has
joined the United Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of freshman Members of
Congress committed to working together to find common ground on issues.
The caucus was founded by U.S. Reps. Robert Pittenger
R-N.C., and Patrick
, D-Fla. Nearly 30 members of the freshman class have joined.
Recently taking out petitions with the Lake County
Elections Board was Lori Lipton
for Concord Township trustee. The deadline
to file for the position is Aug. 7.
The Ohio Supreme Court has approved the nomination of
Geauga County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell
as a member of the
Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts representing the
Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges. The term ends Dec. 31, 2015.
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Concord Township Trustees Paul Malchesky
re-election fundraiser is 5 to 7 p.m. March 4 at Harry
Buffalo in Painesville Township. See Malchesky, Galloway or Connie Luhta
Re-election kickoff party for
Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets
, 5 to 8 p.m. March 7 at Holiday Inn Express
LaMalfa Centre in Mentor. See Ed
or Cindy Hughes
Re-election kickoff for Eastlake
, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 21 at Patrician Party,
Eastlake. See Ted or Patricia Andrzejewski
John Arthur Hutchison
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