Mark’s Musings – March 9, 2016

| March 9, 2016
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

The folks in the Ridgewood School District deserve to be proud of their Lady Generals. These young women gave it all they had against an undefeated opponent – indeed they gave it everything all season long – and with just a few breaks one way or another could have been in Columbus this week. Regardless of that, the tremendous season that they enjoyed and gave to the fans of Ridgewood and this community will go down as another chapter in the rich and storied legacy of Ridgewood athletics. Congratulations to all of the Lady Generals players, coaches, managers, families and fans. Enjoy what your hard work earned. You deserve it.

I was hoping that the Buckeyes would get a better draw than Michigan State. HOWEVER, many basketball experts will tell you that beating the same team three times in a season is difficult at best. We will see. The Big10 men’s tournament tips off on Wednesday. The Buckeyes’ men’s team will need a huge win to make the big dance. The women are doing a lot better, currently ranked number nine.

I must admit that I will miss watching Peyton Manning on the field. I will not miss watching the Broncos. Now I have no reason at all to watch them. Why can’t the Browns find a “Manningesque” or “Bradyesque” caliber quarterback?

Gas prices have increased now for the past 12 days according to but are still below two bucks a gallon.

I haven’t touched the political landscape lately. Let’s give it a shot. I don’t think Bernie Sanders has a prayer but kudos to him for having the courage to face all of the challenges that come with running in a Presidential primary. This is not really much of a stretch – Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic candidate. The GOP race is perhaps – not such a sure thing for Mr. Trump. I thought he would be the nominee until the latest round of primaries that show Ted Cruz making some headway. And for all those that think Mr. Trump is just a lot of talk, think about it. Do you really think that he would not have a plan of some sort? I think that you are seeing his game strategy play out in every debate, just about every comment and every conversation with the media. Based on his experience I would imagine he knows what he is doing. I look for Mr. Kasich to possibly get on the ticket as a VP.

Maybe some of you have followed the ups and downs of Chesapeake Energy and its former founder, Aubrey McClendon, whose life ended when his vehicle slammed into a highway overpass one day after he was indicted on conspiracy charges by a federal grand jury in Oklahoma City. It is a sad and tragic end for a man that at one time was one of the highest paid CEO’s in America.

Cleveland Indians spring baseball is a tragedy in its own right. So far, no wins in the Cactus league. Oh my.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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