Average Joe Buckeye Blitz cont. Stumped in Colleen’s Place Restaurant in Lisbon, Ohio this morning. Local contractor Bill Martin told me with a lot of lumber going to Iraq for reconstruction, it has hurt him because lumber prices here have gone up considerably as a result. I then headed to East Palestine, Ohio where Larry Walton told me he gets frustrated that a candidate’s first obligation is often to the party, even if this means passing on a good idea from somebody of the other party. Walton was Chairman of the Young Republicans in Columbiana County, Ohio when Barry Goldwater ran for president in 1964. Walton also volunteers his time to tutor youth in reading, and I told the local newspaper in East Palestine it is people like Mr. Walton who we consider “extra-mile Americans.” I then headed south to Stuebenville, Ohio and Franciscan University. There I was met by editor Dennis Sadowsky of the Catholic Universe Bulletin of the Cleveland Diocese. (He had driven down for the day.) After an initial interview, Mr. Sadowsky shadowed me for a time. I stumped in Stuebenville’s downtown. Saline Township Clerk Connie McCourt, who was on the street this day, told me she was concerned about Governor Bob Taft’s statewide budget cuts. Candice Hill, who worked for the county Mental Retardation Services here, told me she was involved in programs for helping the mentally retarded find work. “I’d much rather work with the mentally retarded than many others,” she said. “They don’t back stab, they work hard, are generous, caring…” I then met with Josh Miller, who runs People Management, in Stuebenville. His firm helps people match their talents with a profession through a series of rather extensive discernment processes. [Even though we spend a tremendous amount of time working, many people take little time in discerning where their talent could be best used. They often just follow, say, a money path, I would later tell Stuebenville’s The Herald Star.] I then headed further south to Martin’s Ferry where I stumped downtown there passing out literature and talking to people on the street.