Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: This week we stumped at the Farmer’s Market in Athens, Ohio. Guitarist Billy Reiter, from Thornville, was playing “Neil Young stuff” there. I gave him a campaign flier and we talked briefly. Several days later I got an e-mail from him saying he was, indeed, going to vote for me. “We are no longer a government of the people, we are a government of the biggest bidder,” he wrote. What’s more, he said he was working on a blues-rock song titled: “Average Joe.” Stay tuned… At the Farmer’s Market, I also talked with organic farmers (and authors) Art and Peggy Gish. They are both Christian Peace Keeper team members who have spent a considerable amount of the time in the Middle East. Peggy wrote the book Iraq (A Journey of Hope). She had just returned from yet another trip to Iraq and said the situation, contrary to some media reports, is “getting worse.” Peggy gave me a copy of her book. I read a section that night that explained that after an insurgent attack, if our military has pinpointed that the insurgent(s) has come from a specific neighborhood, a platoon will go door to door, sometimes beating, sometimes killing, often times taking off to jail… a significant number of the men (fathers, sons, brothers…) in the neighborhood. One Iraqi told Peggy that one Hussein is gone, yet another — U.S. military — has arrived. Note: We got an “endorsement” from Georgia Dr. Jonathan Davis and an excellent write-up on his blog Gridbook this week.