Mark’s Musings – October 17, 2012

| October 16, 2012
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

With the Roscoe Village apple butter stirrin’ and the farm fall foliage tour this weekend, the community will be buzzing – speaking of buzzing – I did not notice that many bees at the fair this year so hats off to whomever was responsible for that. Even gorging myself on that delicious ice cream several times failed to bring them out.

I am hearing the phrase, “Going to rebuild the middle class”, “This is going to help the middle class”, etc., etc., being pandered about by both the incumbent and his opponent this election season. I am not quite sure how the government defines the “middle class”, but am quite interested in knowing what that definition is. Someone told me over the weekend that is a household earning less than $250,000 in income. So I’m not quite sure where that puts a lot of us – and perhaps there are various levels of that category. I will attempt to do some research and let you know.

Someone said that the play currently being performed at the Triple Locks Theater is quite hilarious. The folks that devote their time and energy to these performances and this facility truly do it as a passion. Hats off to all of them. The Triple Locks Theater and all of the people associated with it provide our community with another terrific asset for which our community is known.

The Coshocton Business & Professional Women (BPW) and the Coshocton County Farm Bureau deserve big thanks for again hosting the “Meet the Candidates” night at the Career Center last Thursday. 26 candidates were on hand – ranging from local county candidates to spokespersons for each Presidential candidate to Fifth District Court of Appeals candidates. Scott Rupert, running as an Independent for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat against Democrat incumbent Sherrod Brown and Republican Josh Mandel, received a healthy round of applause following his comments.

Rupert, as you may know, is running as an Independent in what has been termed the most expensive Senate race contested this year. Millions are being spent by in state supporters and outside the state supporters on both sides (Brown and Mandel) in this important Senate race. Do you think all of that money being spent will actually sway voters? Does it sway you? Do political advertisements on television have any impact at all or do you just “tune them out”? I enjoyed hearing from the candidates at the “Meet the Candidates” night but hearing – or seeing – a continuous stream of ads for the higher level campaigns grows weary.

Did you watch Felix Baumgartner make his historic and record setting jump on Sunday from the edge of space?

Thanks to you we met our page view goal for the first month of our newly launched website – Watch for continued improvements as we move forward in the digital arena. But we are not neglecting our print product either as the many positive comments we received during the fair proves. Thanks to those that took the time to leave us a note.

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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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