North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

Sherrod Brown visits Adams County

On Wednesday, Sept. 2 the Adams County Democrats Club hosted a luncheon for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at the American Legion Hall, Post 594, in Peebles.

Brown received an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd that included both Democrats and Republicans. The Senator spoke on several topics from health care to income inequality to international trade.

He talked at length about the skepticism surrounding the Affordable Care Act. “It’s hard to get people to accept something like the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “It was also difficult to get people to accept Social Security in 1936 and Medicare in 1965. No one understood how they worked either, but in 78 years Social Security has never missed a single check.”

He drew applause when he spoke about income inequality and protecting the middle class from Wall Street’s greed.

“Wages have not kept up with productivity,” Brown said. “Taxpayer money is being used to subsidize big business by providing food stamps and other social services to employees who are not paid a fair living wage. “Wall Street, he added, brought the economy to the brink of destruction in 2008, and Republicans want to remove the restrictions that protect the middle class from their greed.”

Brown also attributes some of the disparity between wages and productivity to the loss of unions in America.

“After the Second World War up to the Reagan years you saw a parallel between productivity and wages,” the Senator said. “But then the unions that protected worker’s rights and wages began to decline. There were once many good paying union manufacturing jobs that supported families, but they aren’t there now.”

Brown also expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement between the United States and 11 Asian nations.

Typically past agreements like NAFTA have resulted in well-paid manufacturing jobs being replaced with low-paying service jobs. “We can’t continue to make deals that give corporations handouts while workers get sold out,” he said.

Brown also visited the GE Aviation testing facility near Peebles. He met with workers and company leadership and was given a tour of the plant, considered the world’s foremost jet engine testing facility.

“GE Aviation isn’t just leading our state’s aerospace supply chain, it is critical to our nation’s economy,” Brown said. “But to ensure that businesses like GE Aviation and its many thousands of supplier businesses in Ohio can grow and create jobs, we must renew the Export-Import Bank.”

The Export-Import bank is the official export credit agency of the United States federal government. Operating as a government corporation, the bank finances and insures foreign purchases of United States goods for customers unable or unwilling to accept credit risk. According to its charter, the bank does not compete with private sector lenders, but rather provides financing for transactions that would otherwise not take place because commercial lenders are either unable or unwilling to accept the political or commercial risks.

Brown, ranking member of the U.S. Senate committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has worked with GE Aviation to call for renewal of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which expired at the end of June. Since 2007, the Ex-Im bank has provided direct financial assistance to more than 350 Ohio businesses, including GE Aviation, to support $3 billion of exports. Brown has been a long time proponent of the EX-Im Bank and, following the charter’s expiration, helped the Senate pass an amendment to the transportation bill that would reauthorize the bank through September 2019.

Members of the Adams County Democrat Club pose with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. From left, Ethel Chambers, Secretary of Executive Committee, Dallas Hurd, Chairman of Democratic Party in Brown County, Barbara Finnegan, Treasurer of Democrat Club, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Janet Campbell, Club President, Jerry Grooms, VP of Executive Committee, Virginia Grooms, VP of the Democrat Club, and Sandy Schwering, Democrat Club President.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BrownVisit.jpgMembers of the Adams County Democrat Club pose with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. From left, Ethel Chambers, Secretary of Executive Committee, Dallas Hurd, Chairman of Democratic Party in Brown County, Barbara Finnegan, Treasurer of Democrat Club, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, Janet Campbell, Club President, Jerry Grooms, VP of Executive Committee, Virginia Grooms, VP of the Democrat Club, and Sandy Schwering, Democrat Club President.
Ohio Senator given an enthusiastic welcome

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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