The campaign rolls on… While the more high-profile candidates jockey for position on the national stage, we went to: Ada, Ohio (pop. 6,052), this week. I stumped at the Sawmill Restaurant, a small locally owned eatery in the center of town. It sits just adjacent to the Ada Post Office. And I walked out of the restaurant just in time to see a middle-age, kind of paunchy bald guy emerge from the post office with a t-shirt that read: “With a body like this, who needs hair!” (Is it just me, or is this t-shirt prose thing getting more and more off-the-wall?) Incidentally, while in Ada we learned a small Wilson Sporting Goods factory here: makes all the footballs for the NFL. How’s that for trivia? Then it was on to Lima, Ohio… In Lima,my daughter Sarah and I went to The Meeting Place (on Market) for lunch. And I put up a campaign flier in the front window there. That’s right, our answer to the multi-million dollar campaign TV ads:? Well placed fliers. (And we continue to do all of this without paid political consultants.) The Meeting Place has a rather large variety of coffee drinks and a list of 10 Things That Might Mean You’re Coffee Addicted. One of them: “You think sleep is only for the weak.” Note: At a gas station in Ada, I put up a campaign card that reads, in part: Average Joe for President. The cashier glanced up at it and asked: “You’re running for president of what?” Apparently we haven’t reached a “tipping point,” yet. Note 2: Free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama were approved this week by the House. This will open the door to way more trans-continental shipping and all the attendant global warming gases that come with that. It will also open the door to more sweat shop conditions in these other countries — so they can compete. So this might, in the short term, create more jobs in the U.S. because of ramped up exports, but at what long-term costs globally? I.e., common sense says we’ve got to stop being so myopic.