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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Joyce recaps first eight months on the job

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce reflected on issues such as immigration, health care, jobs and Syria during a visit this week with The News-Herald.

Joyce, R-Russell Township, has completed his first eight months as a congressman.

When comes to immigration, Joyce acknowledges that this is a big issue especially in Lake and Ashtabula counties, which are part of the seven-county 14th Congressional District.

Joyce believes that for any bill to have a realistic chance to pass through Congress it must address border security, and the process must be improved when issuing visas.

The congressman said he continues to hear from businesses and his constituents about concerns they have about uncertainty of the nation’s new health care law often called Obamacare.

He said people are genuinely concerned about whether they will continue to receive health care from their employer and that some businesses are considering or have already dropped coverage because it may be cheaper for them to pay a fine and let employees buy their own coverage on health exchanges.

Joyce doesn’t believe that defunding Obamacare or shutting down the government is the right approach to address the issue.

Rather, he believes it’s time for President Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats to work together on health care and find common solutions.

The economic recovery remains soft and there is apprehension about what the future may hold, Joyce believes, adding the number of jobs in the 14th Congressional District remain about the same since the beginning of the year because businesses in general aren’t planning much expansion due to an uncertain feeling as to what their costs are going to be.

He thinks the economy will get better when people feel more secure and can spend their money.
Joyce would like to see the Obama Administration lay out an overall strategy for what to do in Syria after the government there apparently launched a chemical attack.

He feels that the United States shouldn’t launch an air strike to just do it without a greater plan to move forward and to have an end strategy.

Lake County Probate Court update

An appointment by Gov. John Kasich for the Lake County Probate Court bench inches closer and could happen this week.

Candidates said to be under consideration are Geauga County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Bartolotta; Lake County Probate Court Magistrate Lora Lynne Krider; Lake County Assistant Prosecutor John O’Donnell; and Jim O’Leary, a Painesville Township attorney.

In the meantime, retired Stark County Probate Court Judge R.R. Denny Clunk has been filling the seat on the bench until Kasich makes the appointment.


n Former U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette is the headliner speaker for the 20th anniversary reception for the behavioral health care service provider Bridges from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dino’s in Willoughby. Others featured are Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck, Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Provider CEO Hubert Wirth, and Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board Director Kim Fraser.

n Bolton Women’s Club Cupcakes Social is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the The Confectionary Cupboard, Mentor.


n Fundraiser for John Popelka, candidate for Willoughby Council Ward 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mullarkey’s Irish Pub in Willoughby. See Popelka, Geoff Weaver or John Bowers.

n Kimberly Evers, candidate for Eastlake Council, hosts his fundraiser 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Captains Club in Eastlake. See Diane Goss or Mary Evers.

n Susan McGuinness, candidate for Painesville Township trustee’,  hosts a “ ’60s Night” fundraiser, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Harry Buffalo in Painesville Township. See Susan or Ray McGuinness.

n Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy hosts his Fall Classic golf outing and Clam Bake, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start Sept. 27 at Lost Nation Municipal Golf Course in Willoughby. See Kip Molenaar.

John Arthur Hutchison

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