Catching up on our last week in Ohio… We’ve come to farm country near the mid-western border of Ohio for a pit stop. This afternoon I was out in a barn putting up bales of hay… Earlier in the day, I talked with a man in Greenville, Ohio, who is a member of the Ginghamsburg Methodist Church in Ginghamsburg, Ohio. Among a wide variety of outreaches, both domestic and overseas, this church regularly sends congregation members to help in The Sudan. They go to help in the midst of the violence/genocide, in the midst of abject poverty, because, well, that’s the Gospel message.This man said that while much of the church money could go into bigger church buildings, and so on, the pastor thinks there are greater needs. Good paradigm… In Greenville, I also interviewed Amber Schmerge at the Greenville Farmer’s Market downtown. Ms. Schmerge is the director of the Downtown Re-Development Project here. The project is multi-pronged. It focuses on attracting new business to the downtown. It’s involved with historic preservation. And it features an array of creative approaches to get people coming back downtown again. As an example, one Friday night a month an outside movie is shown on 5th Street here. Last month the feature was Spanky And Our Gang, which drew 150 people… I’ve also spent part of the week sanding our campaign vehicle. (I’m really hoping Air Force 1 doesn’t have any rust.)… And finally, I met with organic farmer Dan Kremer. He said current applications of artificial pesticides and herbicides on conventional farms get into the food, which we then ingest. He said there are links between eating these foods and cancer. What’s more, these pesticides and herbicides damage the microbes in the soil that are part of the nutrition chain to the plants. As a result, the crops are becoming less and less nutritious. In turn, our immune systems are diminished in kind. And the weaker the immune system, the less it’s ability to fight carcinogens that come into our bodies. A staggering one in three people in America now get cancer. I told a newspaper in rural Bellefountaine, Ohio, that instead of just “Racing for a Cure,” common sense says we should: STOP USING THE STUFF THAT CAUSES CANCER IN THE FIRST PLACE! Note: That night at the Kremer farm, there was an outdoor volley ball game in some grass next to the cow pasture. The game was illuminated by a spotlight on the barn. It was adults, neighborhood kids, everybody. And it was such good clean fun, I can’t tell ya. Think Norman Rockwell, in his heyday. Note 2: As we ready for the next tour leg, we are trying to raise campaign donations. If you can help, please send your check to our current location at: Schriner Presidential Election Committee, 14304 Mangen Rd., Yorkshire, Ohio 45388-9715. Thank you.