Winchester- How an interstate highway changed the face of one small town Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr

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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