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BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — A handfulof his family gathered at theDelphos Veterans MemorialFriday afternoon to lay aspecial paver for their fallensoldierENC(SW) John KeithBemis would have been 31years old on Friday. He diedAug. 7 at his residence inSan Diego, Calif. A Masswas also held Friday at St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch celebrating his life.Friday afternoon, his par-ents, Sue and Tony Bemis;his oldest sister, Allison; andgrandparents, Donald andNaomi Bemis of Versailles;watched as a permanentreminder of Keith’s serviceto his country was laid.His sisters, Christy andFran, also in the Navy andstationed overseas, and hisbrother, Ted, a chemicalengineer in Florence, S.C.,were unable to attend.The laying of the paver was just one of many instances of support from the community,according to Sue Bemis.“The support we have felthas been overwhelming,” SueBemis said. “We aren’t origi-nally from Delphos so it wasvery comforting when thecommunity gathered aroundus. Nothing kills the pain butit’s so helpful to have thesupport of so many. Peopleare profoundly uncomfort-able with someone in mourn-ing but Delphos has helpedus so much.”Delphos and the surround-ing area physically came tothe Bemis’ aid when theirson died. Keith’s nameappeared on a group’s website that protests and picketssoldier’s funerals. Supportersquickly united and surround-ed St. John’s Church duringthe funeral, putting a bar-rier between the family andwhomever might show up.“Keith would have lovedall the motorcycles and theescort to the cemetery,” Suesaid.The oldest Bemis child joined the Navy in 1999 andwhen he finished his senioryear at St. John’s HighSchool in 2000, he was off tothe service.“Keith was the first in ourfamily to go in the service,”Sue said. “I was OK with it,my husband was OK with itbut my mother was worried.When he joined, there weremore problems domesticallythan overseas and there wasa lower casualty rate in theNavy, better pay, better foodand he knew he would be liv-ing on the coast somewhere.For someone who lived hiswhole life in Ohio, that wasattractive. He wanted to trav-el.”Keith was also looking formoney for college.“He was the oldest of fivechildren so money was tightand he knew it would be astruggle,” his mother remem-bered.He began his Navycareer aboard the USS LakeChamplain and providedsupport to ground troopsduring the first campaign inAfghanistan. He was Sailorof the Month in February2004 for his efforts in pre-venting a fire that could havedestroyed the ship. He servedas a recruiter for the Navy inwest Texas where he was thetop recruiter. Recently, heserved as an engineer aboardthe USS Independence andwas awarded the Navy andMarine Corps AchievementMedal for Navigation in thePanama Canal.All the while, he earned anassociate degree in criminal justice and marketing fromSan Diego State Universityand was working toward hisbachelor’s degree.Keith’s service aboard theUSS Independence was clas-sified and his presence therewas requested.“Keith was on board witha group of mature guys,” Suesaid. “The crew was hand-
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Delphos Veterans Council member Rick Schuck says a prayer in honor of Chief Petty Officer Keith Bemis as his fam-ily looks on; from left, Allison Bemis, Bemis’ parents Tony and Sue Bemis and Bemis’ grandparents Naomi and DonaldBemis of Versailles. Unable to attend were Bemis’ brother Ted of Florence, S.C., and Bemis’ other two sisters, Fran andChristy, stationed in Guam and England, respectively, with the US Navy.By JOHN PERROTTOThe Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — HomerBailey had a certain mile-stone on his mind when hewalked to the mound Fridaynight. He wound up pullingoff an even bigger feat.Bailey pitched the seventhno-hitter in the majors thisseason, leading the CincinnatiReds to a 1-0 victory over thePittsburgh Pirates.The right-hander beganthe night with 195 inningspitched this season and waseager to reach 200 for thefirst time in his six-yearcareer.
Bemis, right, most recently served as an engineeraboard the USS Independence and was awarded the Navyand Marine Corps Achievement Medal for Navigation inthe Panama Canal from Commander Jerry Olen.Bemis borrowed a Navyuniform for his seniorpictures.See Bemis, page 10
First Assembly of God Church marks 80th anniversary
BY NANCY SPENCERnspencer@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — “It all beganwith a dream in the heart of a woman named Mrs. TillieHershey back in 1932,” PastorDan Eaton said of the begin-nings of the First Assembly of God Church in Delphos.Pastor Eaton is proud toannounce the celebrationof 80 years of ministry atthe First Assembly of GodChurch, located on the cor-ner of Metbliss Avenue andEighth Street.The church’s history iscertainly something to cel-ebrate.Hershey, along with asmall group of her acquain-tances, would join in homeprayer meetings. They even-tually moved their meet-ings into a building locatedat 1104 N. Washington St.,where they took the name of Full Gospel Tabernacle.In 1947, the Rev. C.L.Gruver assumed the pastor-ate of the church. Under hisleadership, the church raisedmoney through hard workand sacrificial giving usedto purchase a new buildingat 808 Metbliss, where thechurch stands today.In 1961, the Rev. WarrenCampbell assumed the pas-torate and the parsonagewas constructed next to thechurch.In 1971, Rev. Daryl Sharpassumed the pastorate and thecongregation began workingtoward the creation of themulti-purpose center. TheRighteous Outreach Center,or ROC, was created in orderto help the church minister tothe youth of the community.It’s still used today for thesame purpose.In the 1980s, the churchbegan to have problems withovercrowding, so Rev. TerryCollier finalized plans for anew worship facility in 1985.The groundbreaking for thisfacility took place on March8, 1987. The final productwas a new sanctuary thatseats more than 400 people.“The new facility wasand is a tribute to the LordJesus Christ. The theme forthe building program was‘Commitment 87.’ It tookcommitment on the part of the congregation to make it areality. More than $100,000was given by the members of the community in less thanone year and many othersgenerously donated their timeby helping to build the facil-ity. The people of the congre-gation made a new commit-ment to the Lord as well as totheir community,” Eaton saidabout the sanctuary.In honor of the 80th anni-versary, a special worship ser-vice will be held at 10:30 a.m.Sunday followed by a chickenBBQ at 12:30 p.m. and plentyfor the youth to do.The Delphos FirstAssembly of God strives tooffer a place where all peo-ple can come together in thename of Jesus Christ.“Our Church is dedicatedto the proclamation of thefull Gospel while workingfor reconciliation and unityamong the Body of Christ.We are more concernedabout reaching people withthe love of Jesus than weare about arguing doctrine,”Eaton said.“We are very excitedbecause God is really makinga difference in the lives of people today. We live in a fear-filled world but the church is asafe-haven. It’s like a hospitalwhere the wounded can comeand seek help. It’s a safe refugefrom the world but at the sametime, we also equip people togo out and change the worldwhile they are here. We tryto be a purpose-driven churchthat emphasizes discipleship,worship, evangelism, serviceand fellowship,” Eaton con-tinued.The First Assembly of God offers Sunday Worshipat 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., withthe later service featuringTeen Ministry. “Discipleshipfor All Ages” is offered at9:30 a.m. on Sundays andat 7 p.m. on Wednesday.Children’s Bible Quiz isoffered at 6 p.m. Sunday andYouth Bible Quiz is held at7 p.m. on Mondays. As partof its outreach program, thechurch holds a monthly foodgiveaway.Eaton and his congrega-tion look forward to a brightfuture.“Twenty-five years havepassed since the dedica-tion of the new facility andGod has blessed this churchin many wonderful ways,”Eaton said. “However, I’mstill convinced that the great-est years for our church areyet to come.”
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the Rev.Donald R., 77, of Gibsonburg,Mass of Christian Burial willbegin at 11 a.m. Monday atImmaculate Conception Church,Ottoville, where his body willlie in state one hour prior tothe service. Bishop Leonard P.Blair will officiate. Burial willfollow at St. Mary’s Cemetery,Ottoville.Visitation will be held fromnoon to 3:30 p.m. today at St.Michael’s Catholic Church,Gibsonburg, with the Rosarysaid at 3:30 p.m. Additional visi-tation will be held on Sundayat Immaculate ConceptionChurch, with Reception of theBody and Vespers at 4 p.m.followed by visitation until 8p.m. The Herman-Kinn-VehFuneral Home & CremationServices, Gibsonburg and TheLove-Heitmeyer Funeral Home,Jackson Township, assisted withFather Mueller’s arrangements.Those wishing to send an onlinecondolence please visit www.hermankinn.com or www.love-heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.
Jack G., 82,of Gomer, funeral serviceswill begin at 11 a.m. today atHartman Sons Funeral Home,Columbus Grove, Pastor DennyCoates officiating. Burial will bein Pike Run Cemetery, Gomer.Preferred memorials are theGideons.
Gary E., 61,of Spencerville, funeral ser-vices will begin at 11 a.m.today at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Pastor Jim Lyleofficiating. Burial will be inMaplewood Cemetery east of Spencerville. Friends may callafter 9 a.m. today at the funeralhome. Preferred memorials areto donor’s choice.
Janet A. (Plickerd),49, of Venedocia, funeral servic-es will begin at 11 a.m. Mondayat Thomas E. Bayliff FuneralHome, the Rev. Jan Johnsonofficiating. Burial will be ata later date in the VenedociaCemetery. Friends may callfrom 4-8 p.m. Sunday and after10 a.m. Monday at the funer-al home. Preferred memorialsare to the Van Wert HumaneSociety.
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Bret R. Hart, 48, of Lima,died at 8:15 a.m. Thursday athis residence.He was born May 25, 1964,in Van Wert to William andNaomi (Hire) Hart. His fathersurvives in Van Wert.He was engaged to JenniferSink, who survives in Lima.Funeral services will beginat 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home, theRev. David Howell officiat-ing. Burial will be at 3 p.m.Monday in Ridge Cemetery.Friends may call from noonto 2:30 p.m. Sunday at thefuneral home.Preferred memorials are tothe family.
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Friday was a bittersweet day. A longtimefamily friend and co-worker of my father’swas laid to rest.This man had been a fixture in my life grow-ing up. I would often stop by the Marathonstation after school and hang out. There hewould be, dressed in his work clothes, anunfiltered Camel hanging from his lips and abig smile — always a big smile.Dave Kiggins was a mechanic, a husband,a father, a grandfather, a brother, a son. Heloved to camp and stayed busy with his fam-ily. He and my father had a lot in common.Dave had been in a car accident in hisyounger years and walked with a limp. Itnever slowed him down. He was alwaysupbeat, friendly and loved to help people. Thelimp was the only sign of his hardship.He was also dedicated to his job and hisfamily. You would be hard-pressed to findsuch loyalty today.When I got older, my favorite times at thestation were Saturday afternoons, the floor-scrubbing day. After the last car left the bay,the floor was swept and then hosed down. Thesoap came next and everyone within 10 feet of a broom was expected to grab it and get mov-ing. The grease and oil from the week’s workwould disappear.That was also the time we all let our hairdown and had a little fun. We’d slide aroundamong the bubbles and joke with each other.Dave always enjoyed a little ribbing and hegave as good as he got.As I visited with his family Friday, itbrought back a lot of memories; not just fromthe gas station. Dave and Delphia attendedmy high school graduation and my weddingreception. They were an extended family. Itwas a delight to see them out and about; tocatch up.They are good people. They care aboutothers and wish them well. They make themost of what they have and what they have ispriceless — each other.I was surprised at how much older his chil-dren were. How funny is that? I guess some-times we don’t realize that the whole time weare growing up, everyone else does, too.As I stood with his oldest son, we talkedabout how much his dad loved working oncars and how hard it was for him to slow downand take it easy.“I can tear apart a car and put it backtogether. He taught me that. I will miss him,”he turned as said to me.“You’ll always miss him,” I said. “Becausehe was a good dad.”As I left, I told him I hoped his father andmine were in heaven together, working oncars. Who knows; maybe the Big Guy needs atuneup now and then.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Friday:
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Today is Saturday, Sept. 29,the 273rd day of 2012. Thereare 93 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight inHistory:On Sept. 29, 1862, Prussia’snewly appointed minister-president, Otto von Bismarck,delivered a speech to the coun-try’s parliament in which hedeclared the issue of Germanunification would be decided“not through speeches andmajority decisions” but by“iron and blood (Eisen undBlut).” (Some references givethe date of this speech as Sept.30, 1862.)On this date:In 1789, the U.S. WarDepartment established a reg-ular army with a strength of several hundred men.In 1829, London’s reor-ganized police force, whichbecame known as ScotlandYard, went on duty.In 1907, the foundation stonewas laid for the WashingtonNational Cathedral, whichwasn’t fully completed untilthis date in 1990.In 1938, British, French,German and Italian leaders con-cluded the Munich Agreement,which was aimed at appeasingAdolf Hitler by allowing Naziannexation of Czechoslovakia’sSudetenland.In 1957, the New YorkGiants played their last gameat the Polo Grounds, losingto the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-1.(The Giants moved to SanFrancisco.)
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NEW YORK — Nonfatcheese that tastes like plastic.Low-calorie soda that leavesa bitter aftertaste. Sugar-freebrownies that crumble likeStyrofoam.Dieters have learned animportant lesson: When youtake the fat and calories outof your favorite treats, yousometimes have to say good-bye to the taste too.But snack brands likeDreyer’s/Edy’s ice cream,Hershey’s chocolate andLay’s potato chips are tryingto solve this age-old dieter’sdilemma by rolling out so-mid-calorie goodies that havemore fat and calories than thesnacks of earlier diet craz-es but less than the originalversions. They’re followingthe lead of soda companieslike Pepsi and Dr Pepper thatintroduced mid-calorie drinkslast year.It’s hard to isolate sales of mid-calorie snacks since theyalso usually have reduced fat,or other healthy attributes likereduced sodium. But sales of all foods and drinks in whichthe amount of things like fat,sugar, salt, carbohydrateshave been actively reducedduring production have risen16 percent to $51.72 bil-lion since 2006, accordingto research firm EuromonitorInternational.The mid-calorie trend ishitting at a time when com-panies that make sugary andsalty treats are being blamedfor the country’s expand-ing waistlines. The problemis that the same things thatmake snacks taste good —sugar, salt, calories — alsomake them fattening. Andmany Americans don’t wantto sacrifice taste at snacktime. Shaving a few caloriesenables companies to mar-ket their cakes, cookies andchips as healthier withoutthe stigma of bad taste thatgoes along with some low-fatproducts.It’s just the kind of market-ing that might attract MonicaOlivas. She says she wantsto lead a healthy lifestyle,including curbing her fat andcaloric intake as much as pos-sible. But most low-fat foods just don’t appeal to her.“Sometimes companies gotoo far and take out all thefat — and all the flavor,” saysOlivas, a 29-year-old recruit-er from Pico Rivera, Calif.A NEW ‘LIGHT’The mid-calorie trend isa toned-down version of the“light” craze that started inthe 1990s. Back then, “lowfat” or “no fat” was all therage. But the products oftenfizzled.For instance, McDonald’srolled out the McLeanDeluxe, a low-fat burger, in1991. But the burger, whichwas in part made with sea-weed, had dismal sales. Itdisappeared from restaurantswithin five years.Similarly, Lay’s in 1998introduced Wow fat-freepotato chips that use fat sub-stitute Olestra. But the ickfactor trumped healthinesswhen the Food and DrugAdministration said the chipshad to come with a warn-ing that Olestra may causeabdominal cramping, loosestools, and that it inhibits theabsorption of some vitaminsand other nutrients.The FDA dropped therequirement for the label in2004 after studying the mat-ter. The chips were renamed“Light,” but sales have notrecovered.“Originally, a lot of the dietstuff just wasn’t good,” saysRichard George, chair of thedepartment of food marketingat Saint Joseph’s University inPhiladelphia. “People wouldsay you could throw awaycontents and eat the box. Butthey’ve gotten better.”The new era of diet foodstarted in the last decade.In 2007, companies beganoffering 100-calorie packsof popular snacks like Oreoscookies and Twinkies cakes.That’s when brands startedputting their focus on reduc-ing calories — without anyflavor change.Turns out, there’s somescience behind all this calorieslashing. Nutritionists say it’snot necessary to cut out allthe “junk” foods in your cup-board or to take all the fat orcalories out of them.Reducing a nominal num-ber of calories in your dieteach day — even from thatmorning coffee run or after-noon visit to the vendingmachine for chips — is aneffective way to battle obesi-ty, says David Levitsky, pro-fessor of nutritional sciencesat Cornell University.A girl was born Sept.27 at Blanchard ValleyHospital in Findlay to Brettand Alice Warnecke of NewWashington.Grandparents includeMark and Elaine Warnecke of Delphos and Jim and ElaineSmith of New Reigel.
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Those Were The Days 
Pastor Dan Eaton
80 Years Ago 1932
In 1932 the average costof a new house was $6,510and the average cost of rent-ing a house was only $18per month. The average costof a new car was $610 anda gallon of gas only cost 10cents! A pound of hamburgersold for 10 cents and a loaf of bread cost just 7 cents.Average wages 80 years agowere $1,650.Although the cost of livingin 1932 compared to 2012 wasvery low, there were a lot of problems in the United Statesand the world. Unemploymentin our country was a stagger-ing 24.5 percent. The GreatDepression was not lim-ited to the U.S. The UnitedKingdom had over 20 percentof the workforce unemployedand in areas reliant on heavyindustry, up to 30 percentwere unemployed. Millionsin the UK were forced to usesoup kitchens as a way of life.Australia’s unemploymentreached 29 percent .In addition to the GreatDepression, Canada was alsoaffected by dust bowls causedby severe drought and unem-ployment reached 27 percent.Due to the devastation andloss in World War I, Germanywas one of the worst effectedcountries because other coun-tries including the UnitedStates ended aid for rebuild-ing the country. Germany’sunemployment rate reachednearly 30 percent and pro-vided an opportunity for theradical Nazi Party headed byHitler to come to power.Other political leaders likeItaly’s Prime Minister, BenitoMussolini, and Russia’sGeneral Secretary of theCentral Committee, JosephStalin were in critical posi-tions of influence.Around the world changesalso occurred when the British jailed the Indian nationalistleader Mahatma Gandhi whowas on a hunger strike inopposition to Britain’s CasteSeparation Laws. Also inBritain, was the first eversplitting of the atom. Russiahad major problems with theagricultural policy and theresulting famine caused anestimated 5 million deathsdue to starvation.There were other prob-lems and events in 1932 inAmerica. A series of tornadoesin March killed at least 184persons in Alabama, Georgia,Tennessee, Kentucky andSouth Carolina.Everything was not bleakin the United States 80 yearsago. The tenth SummerOlympic Games were held inLos Angeles and the WinterOlympics were held in LakePlacid, New York. Also inNew York was the openingof Radio City Music Hall.Amelia Earhart became thefirst woman to make a soloair crossing of the AtlanticOcean. The parking meterwas invented in Oklahomaand the polaroid by EdwinHerbert Land. Tarzan the ApeMan opened, with Olympicgold medal swimmer JohnnyWeissmuller in the titlerole. “All Of Me “ by LouisArmstrong and His Orchestrawas very popular as was BingCrosby’s hit song, “Brother,Can You Spare A Dime?”In the US presidentialelection of 1932, FranklinD. Roosevelt (Democrat)defeated Herbert Hoover(Republican) and NormanThomas (Socialist). PresidentRoosevelt faced a lot of chal-lenges as the newly electedpresident 80 years ago just aswhoever is elected presidentthis year will face greaterchallenges than one mancould ever solve.Despite all the problems in1932, there were still peoplewho believed that throughprayer to God and mak-ing themselves available tobe used by God there wascause for hope. That’s howour church, Delphos FirstAssembly of God, was start-ed 80 years ago and why itis still here serving Delphos,the surrounding communi-ties, and the world today.Our hope for today and theanswers to the problems weface can still be answered bypraying like it’s up to God todo it and working and part-nering with God like it’s upto us to do it.There is hope for theUnited States of Americaand the world! God says in2 Chronicles 7:14, “If Mypeople, who are called byMy name, will humble them-selves and pray and seekmy face and turn from theirwicked ways, then will I hearfrom heaven and will forgivetheir sin and will heal theirland.”
Working across party lines for Ohioans
There’s an old saying thatit’s hard to learn with yourmouth open. That’s why asSenator, I believe that thebest way I can serve Ohio isby first listening to Ohioansfrom different walks of life,political parties, and profes-sions. To do that, I’ve trav-eled to all 88counties andheld morethan 200 com-munity round-tables.Manypeople askhow anythinggets done inWashington.And they’reright. MostOhioans don’tcare aboutlabels. It’s notabout wheth-er you’re aDemocrat orRepublican.It’s aboutwhat you are trying to accom-plish.That’s how we need toapproach the political pro-cess if we’re going to turnour economy around and putOhioans back to work. Andthat’s the kind of approachthat should bring togetherDemocrats and Republicansin Washington.When I joined the Senate,I committed to work withmy Republican colleagues asoften as possible. I’m gladto say that in the past twoyears, I have written andintroduced bills with 24 of my Republican colleaguesand have cosponsored bills,written by others, with allof my Republican colleagues.Working across party linesis the only way that we canaddress the challenges thatour nation faces.Here are five accomplish-ments I’m most proud of – not just because they were bipar-tisan, but because they camefrom the ideas of Ohioans,many times originating atone of the many communityroundtables I have held.Working with Sen. KayBailey Hutchison (R-TX) toImprove Tour Bus SafetyFollowing a Deadly CrashInvolving Bluffton UniversityBaseball Players.When a motorcoach carry-ing members of the BlufftonUniversity baseball teamclaimed seven lives in 2007,I met John and Joy Betts,parents whose son Davidwas killed in the crash. Thebus carrying the Blufftonstudents did not meet cur-rent safety standards. Aftermeeting with Blufftonfamilies, I began workingwith Senator Kay BaileyHutchison (R-TX), who wasalso concerned about the lackof updated bus safety stands.Together, Senator Hutchisonand I worked alongside fami-lies for five years to passthe Motorcoach EnhancedSafety Act. This common-sense, bipartisan legislationprotects tour bus passengers,drivers, and other motoristson America’s highways.Working with Sen. JohnThune (R-SD) to Reform theFarm Safety Net and Reducethe Deficit.During the past six years,I held a seriesof roundtablesthroughoutOhio where Iasked farm-ers to sharetheir ideas toreform thefarm safetynets so thatit’s moreresponsive tothe needs of farmers andto taxpayers.At a roundta-ble in HenryCounty, afarmer gaveme an ideathat led to thecreation of a new program tobetter protect producers whilesaving taxpayers money.Last year, I began work-ing with Senator John Thune(R-SD) to improve the farmerprogram that arose from mymeeting in Henry County.The result was a bipartisanprovision that better meetsfarmer’s needs while savingtaxpayers more than $20 bil-lion.Working with Sen.Olympia Snowe (R-ME) toensure American workers aretraining for the jobs of the21st century.I routinely hear from busi-ness owners who – despitethese challenging economictimes – have jobs to fill butcan’t find workers with thenecessary skills and trainingto fill these vacancies.That’s why I’ve beenworking alongside SenatorOlympia Snowe (R-ME) toensure that our federal jobtraining programs meet theneeds of local businesses. Weintroduced the StrengtheningEmployment Clusters toOrganize Regional Success(SECTORS) Act which woulduse existing federal funds toalign job training programswith so that workers learnsthe skills employers actuallyneed. Ensuring Americanworkers are equipped withthe skills needed to fill open jobs isn’t a partisan issue, it’scommonsense.Working to ImproveInfrastructure with Sen.George Voinovich (R-OH).Another concern I’veheard often – from businessleaders, not just mayors andcounty commissioners – isthe need for modern sewerand water infrastructure topromote economic devel-opment and to attract newinvestment. Communitiesacross Ohio want to updatewater infrastructure, but theystruggle to comply with costlyregulations and cannot affordneeded improvements.That’s why Senator GeorgeV. Voinovich (R-OH) and Iintroduced the Clean WaterAffordability Act in 2008.This legislation would protectlocal ratepayers, streamlinepermitting, lead to cleanerwater, and promote economicdevelopment. A sound waste-water infrastructure with fairrates isn’t just a health andsafety issue—it is an econom-ic development imperative.While Senator Voinovich isno longer Senator, I continueto push the legislation thathe helped write — Workingto Level the Playing Fieldfor Ohio Manufacturers —with Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-SC).Finally, as Ohioans know,our workers and manufactur-ers are ready to compete withanyone. But when a coun-try like China purposefullymanipulates its currency tomake its exports cheaper,that’s not competing—that’scheating. And China’s blatantcurrency manipulation – theact of undervaluing its cur-rency to give its exports anunfair price advantage overproducts Made in the USA –drives American companiesout-of-business, costs Ohio jobs, and undermines oureconomy.That’s why I introducedthe bipartisan CurrencyExchange Rate OversightReform Act of 2011 with Sen.Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Thisbill, which was also support-ed by Senator Rob Portman(R-OH), cleared the Senateby a 63-35 vote. The bill pun-ishes China when it cheatstrade laws and ensures a levelplaying field for Americanmanufacturers.These examples show thatDemocrats and Republicanscan work together on com-monsense efforts that cre-ate jobs, promote economicdevelopment, and improvethe lives of all Americans.Bipartisanship is aboutmore than rhetoric. It’s aboutsetting aside political labelsand ideological differences tomove our country forward.It shouldn’t take hardshipto break partisan gridlock, wehave other economic chal-lenges that we must address,together.Democrats andRepublicans shouldn’t befighting each other; we shouldbe fighting for the middleclass. We have a chance to setaside partisan differences andremember who we’re fight-ing for. And if we do that, wemight even see bipartisanshipemerge as an unintended –but certainly welcome – sideeffect.
US SenatorSherrod Brown
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