Traveling south on Rte. 68 in Ohio, I interviewed Larry Spradlin who has been a volunteer EMT the past 20 years in Ada, Ohio. Larry is a member of the Local Emergency Planning Board, which is made up of representatives from the Fire Department, Police Department, town council, business community… He said it is his take that we have been way too preocupied with “Homeland Security” of late, and as a result, planning for natural disasters, and the like, has lagged. He said he believes we saw this quite graphically in New Orleans. On a local level here, Larry said he’s been lobbying for more emphasis on planning for the aftermath of, say, tornadoes than terrorist attacks in this rural area. Because he said common sense would indicate tornadoes are more likely in this part of Ohio… We then traveled south to Kenton, Ohio where I was interviewed by the Kenton Times. The reporter asked if I thought the busy hurricane season this year is a byproduct of global warming. I said it could well be. In addition, I said according to things I’d read of late, global warming could well be accounting for dramatic melting of the polar ice caps and the warming of the oceans. For instance, I read an article last year that explained that as the ocean temperature rises along the coasts, massive amounts of plankton are dying in kind. Why that’s important is because plankton is the first level: on the food chain. Note: In La Rue, Ohio today I learned that the famous Jim Thorpe lived here. He coached and played for the Oorang Indians, which was a Nationl Football League team made up entirely of Native Americans. Local historian Lance Roberts told me that La Rue was the smallest city (pop. 800) to ever have an NFL team. The team played just two years, 1922 and ’23. And it probably would have been longer, if the guys didn’t get so tired. Roberts told Oorang Indians would play the first half, go to the locker room, change into Native American traditional garb, do a Wild West half-time show (“With wild animals, and everything,” Roberts smiled.), then race back to the locker room, change, and take the field for the second half. Let’s see the ?Cincinnati Bengals, or Cleveland Browns, do that, huh!