Since early voting has started, you may want to know a little more about who to vote for in the 83rd District representative race. Many people have received attack ads and phone calls about Jon Cross. But all the dirt that they’re throwing just isn’t true.

So, here is the truth: Actions speak louder than words. Jon has been meeting with many members of the 83rd District for over a year, and he sincerely cares what kind of community we live in, as he was born and raised in our district and is raising his own children here. Jon has been endorsed by Ohio Right to Life, Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, all three county sheriffs from Hancock, Hardin and Logan, Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans For Concealed Carry. His opponent, Cheryl Buckland, didn’t get any of these endorsements. Jon is a true conservative, believes in upholding the Constitution with our Second Amendment rights and is 100 percent pro-life.

For the past year, Jon has been going door to door talking to voters and listening to their concerns. He met with county commissioners, city councils, attended township meetings, and visited businesses to find out how best to make it easier for them to thrive.

He went to flood meetings and listened to the people who would be affected by high-hazard dams and diversion channels and the impact on communities around Findlay. He has attended meetings on opioid addiction, listened to people who have been addicted and how horrible it is for them to get through the problem. He will work to educate people about these drugs and how to keep them out of our lives, starting with our children. He has also visited area schools and listened to suggestions on how to make them safer, along with attending agriculture breakfasts, many dinners, parades, several community events and enjoyed visiting with all the members of our communities.

As Jon’s Hancock County co-chair, I can attest that Jon has been working extremely hard in our district to understand our concerns and I believe he is the best choice for state representative. I think he will truly work to represent the people in our district and will uphold principles over party politics. Please vote for Jon Cross on May 8!

Cheryl Blakely



Election time is here for Ohio, and we will soon be going to the polls to choose the Republican Party nominee for the 83rd Ohio House District.

There is one clear choice in that race — Cheryl Buckland.

Cheryl has the knowledge, understanding and experience to effectively represent Hardin and Hancock (and parts of Logan) counties in Columbus.

She is by far the best person on the ballot.

We need a nurse in Columbus. We need Cheryl Buckland.

William “Billy” Simon



Twenty-seven overdose deaths in 2017 plus six more probable and on track to double the score for 2018. These are the numbers for Hancock County, and by no means do they display the face of progress.

It appears that instead of addressing the root causes of drug abuse, we are passengers riding a runaway train. The real trouble comes when the train accelerates to a speed that creates a wreck, tears up the track and shuts down the railroad.

Findlay business is already struggling to fill workforce needs, while potentially productive individuals are incarcerated on drug convictions. Rising conviction numbers in turn puts pressure on our criminal justice system, leading to cries for expensive new jail facilities. And many drug abusers, in jail or out, fail miserably in their role as parents of young children. This phenomenon is currently reflected in a steep increase in costs of caring for children who have essentially been abandoned. Now, we are told a new real estate levy is needed to pay these costs.

We should ask if opioid deaths even describe the full measure of the problem. Does the wide availability of naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, actually make things appear less serious? If so, could addiction be increasing exponentially while deaths merely double?

To stop this train, we must shut down the engine and apply the brakes. While current programs designed to help addicted individuals recover can be helpful, it is clear that an overall success rate of roughly 25 percent is not serving us well. Worse, we do far too little to discourage trafficking and expansion of the user population.

Most would agree that prevention is the key. The engine driving this train is the drug dealers. Deal with them harshly, and they will fade away.

Simultaneously, we can apply the brakes by creating disincentives to drug abuse. Various social, economic and legal obstacles can be established, thereby turning drug abuse into an extremely uncomfortable behavior at a personal level. There is much that can be done in our courts, city and county government and publicly funded agencies to address prevention.

We are already spending the money, just not in the right places.

Tom Quarrie


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