Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Thank Them-- Vote NO on Issue 2

*** Update: 5:00pm.  Think Progress has a picture of Gov. John Kasich sporting a shirt from an exclusive, private, male-only country club:

Today, Ohioans will decide on Issue 2, a referendum on GOP Gov. John Kasich’s deeply unpopular anti-labor law Senate Bill 5. In its print-version of a story on how voters “are set to roundly reject” his “signature achievement, Politico included a picture of the beleaguered Kasich stumping for his law at a Building A Better Ohio meeting. What’s striking about this image, however, is his shirt. It appears that Kasich decided to step out at a public event in a polo shirt bearing the logo of the Pine Valley Golf Club — an invitation-only, male-only country club.

Described as one of the “most exclusive” clubs in the world, Pine Valley Golf Club in Camden, New Jersey is “male-only membership” that is offered “by invitation from the board of directors only.” The membership list is “a closely guarded secret” and women wishing to play the course are permitted only on Sunday afternoons.....

(You can see the picture at Think Progress.)

As he goes up against middle class workers in Ohio, Kasich wears a shirt that clearly says, "I think I'm better than you." 

Vote NO on Issue 2.


In a very odd way, voting NO on Ohio's Issue 2 is a way of saying "Thank You" to those in your community that have worked to make your life good and safe.  Issue 2 would create chaos and danger in our neighborhoods, hospitals, and schools.

*  Having the best qualified teachers in our public school classrooms is a benefit to our children and our communities.  Experienced teachers provide their knowledge, familiarity with curriculum, skills to motivate children, proper degrees and certificates in education, the ability to deal with all learning levels and situations, and the common sense to know what works in the classroom.  Why would you take away the input of knowledgeable, experienced teachers and replace that with the decisions made by a partisan bureaucrat who hates teachers and public education?

Thank your teachers, past and present, and vote NO on Issue 2.

* Several years ago, we had a fire in our neighborhood. It was amazing to see the bravery and skills of our local, professional firefighters. They worked rapidly, and efficiently to get the fire out.  Of course, it had a lot to do with the fact that they were outfitted in modern fire safety gear, professionally trained, and properly staffed at their firehouse.  They respond to health emergencies quickly with care and professionalism.  Living close to a firehouse has provided us with insight into their daily lives and emergency runs, and the fact that they put their lives on the line every single day at work.

Stand up, and thank our firefighters, show them you respect them, and vote NO on Issue 2.

*  Whether it be on the highway or in the neighborhood, our police officers risk their lives in keeping us safe.  In an road accident, they are the first to arrive and assess the situation. When a crime is occurring, you know that your 911 call will have your local police officers respond immediately.  Staffing is so very important for our officers and our own safety. In an emergency, we don't want to wait for twenty or thirty minutes for assistance because someone, other than police officers, decided that only one or two officers could maintain order and safety.

Let your police officers know that you appreciate their hard work, vote NO on Issue 2.

* If you've ever been a patient in the hospital or have had a loved one in the hospital, you've watched nurses at work.  Nurses see us all in our most difficult of life's situations, and yet, because of their training and experience, they are able to respond quicklyand calmly to our needs.  In an emergency, the last thing you want to hear from someone is that there are not enough nurses on duty to respond to your rapid heart rate, bleeding ulcer, or birth of your child.  How many nurses does it take to staff an emergency room? Today, that decision is handled by other nursing staff.  Issue 2 would allow someone else, not a nurse, to set staffing levels, and would prevent nurses from speaking up about problems.

Thank a nurse for helping you and your loved ones.  Show you care, and vote NO on 2.

*  Our public employees have been under an incredible amount of pressure recently.  They've been forced to take several weeks of furlough days without pay. With the new administration in power, they've also experienced a huge amount of stress because they never know if their position will be eliminated.  Despite what some have indicated in their database of public employees salaries (Josh Mandel's flawed, inaccurate, mistake-filled website-see NewsNet 5, Plunderbund, News-Herald), public employees are not overpaid.

Support our men and women in public service, and vote NO on Issue 2.

For all these people and your community, vote NO on Issue 2.

We don't want some Wall Street vice president/Fox News talking head to tell us what we need.  We know what we want and need-----
Vote NO on Issue 2.