Rolling like a snowball

| January 27, 2022

It’s incredible to see what can happen when people, leaders, groups and organizations work together to make things happen. To sum it up, things happen. I know, it sounds cliché, but it is the reality. This is the reality of where we are in Coshocton County right now. There is a lot of forward movement and positivity across the board. This is evident as you look at Main Street with more businesses opening their doors last year than in many years combined.

Like a snowball this momentum gathers speed, size and strength. We are there and you are witnessing solid growth and creativity. Sure, it takes a few breaks here and there. Anyone that plays sports will tell you that if you play the game long enough, the ball will bounce your way every so often. Wi-Fi on Main Street is a cool investment that will pay big dividends for our community.

Speaking of the ball bouncing, how many were fortunate to see history in the making with Bills and Chiefs game on Sunday evening? What an incredible performance by two of the game’s top quarterbacks. This “new” breed of gunslinger would also include the Bengals Joe Burrow, who, as an Ohio native, is easy to root for going into this weekend’s conference championship games. The Bengals have a solid chance against the Chiefs but as everyone that follows the game knows, the Chiefs are tough to beat at home.

Are you ready for tax time? Presumably, preparers are ready, early filers are more than ready and others involved are ready. I am not so sure that the IRS is ready. If you are among the millions still waiting to resolve an issue from your 2020 taxes, you are asking yourself, will that have an impact on my 2021 taxes? Don’t ask me, I have no idea!

What do we have now, about 20 people running for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Rob Portman? And that’s just on the Republican side of the blotter. Okay, I could be exaggerating a bit but that may not be far off the mark. There were also some notable declines among the potential candidates.

Absentee voting by mail begins on April 5 for the May 3, 2022, Ohio primary election. The deadline to register to vote is April 4 and military and overseas absentee voting begins on March 18. This is from the Ohio secretary of state website. And as you may already know, our state has lost one Representative (now at 15) beginning this year and one electoral vote for the 2024 and 2028 election.

Any Super Bowl predictions out there? Can the Bengals take down the Chiefs? Who will emerge from the west coast? Will it be the Rams finally taking care of business against San Francisco? And how do the Forty-Niners go into Green Bay and knock off the Packers – who should be almost unbeatable in the cold against a team from the coast. But that’ why they play the game.

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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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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