Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: We stumped at the Steel Trolley Diner in Lisbon where a man from East Palestine, Ohio, told me he was out of work for a year (actively looking the whole time) when he finally got a job at the local steel mill. “There doesn’t seem to be a middle class anymore,” he sighed… We drove on to Scio, Ohio, stopping to talk with people in little villages along the way. We talked with George at “George’s Automotive” in one of those villages. I asked him how he came up with the garage’s name… In Scio our son Joseph, 10, was allowed to practice with a Little League Team. We cheered Joseph on and passed out some flyers in the stands… The next day it was more back road stumping on our way to Steubenville, Ohio, where I talked to a group of Franciscan University students at an “average Joe Politics in the Backyard Barbeque.” I said that in a speech to the United Nations, Pope Benedict said we must “…eliminate inequalities between countries.” To put a face on this, I said we had done research in Juarez, Mexico, where 200,000 people — many of them families — live in one room, cobbled together shacks the size of the porch I was talking on this night (about 15 ft. by 15 ft.). If we want to bring “equality” between nations, shouldn’t the average American family go to “house sharing” with one, two, three… more families, and take the savings so that many people in Mexico (Haiti, Uganda, Nigeria…) had at least the basics in adequate shelter? Of course we should.