I’ve picked a 75-mile radius to campaign in on nights and weekends in Northwest, Ohio. [And we’re asking our supports to do the same in their areas.] Last Saturday I stopped, first, at a Pilot Truck Stop about five miles down I-75 from us. I passed on campaign cards to people from West Virginia, Ohio, Oklahoma… and I approached a guy who turned out was from Canada, but he wished me luck anyway. I smiled… The people from West Virginia had a Sierra Club sticker on their car. I, in turn, said I was “pro-environment” — which I am. See our position paper on the environment… I then headed to Gomer, Ohio (pop. not much). At Uncle Al’s Pizza there, I talked with Cody Woods, who had recently graduated from Columbus Grove High School and was going in the Navy next month to serve on submarines. He said a vet he works out with at a local gym discovered a tumor, but it seems it took him the longest time to get in to see a VA doctor. Woods said he’d definitely like to see improvements in the VA around healthcare for vets. I passed on a campaign flyer to Cody and said when I got to D.C. I’d work on that. He smiled… In Middle Point, Ohio (which is in no way close to the middle of the state), I dropped in unannounced on a volunteer firefighter meeting in the downtown station. This turned into a town hall meeting of sorts, with the main topic being: guns. Two of the firefighters were adamantly opposed to the government banning any sort of weapons — which, they said, would be a “slippery slope” in then banning more, and more… types of guns. Because we saw the gun violence up-close-and-personal in a rough neighborhood in Cleveland for five years, I’m in a different camp. While I back the Second Amendment, I believe (as does President Obama) that there should be more “common sense” gun laws to cut down considerably on shootings in America (we have an astronomical 100,000 a year now). For more, see our position paper on guns. After the conversation with the firefighters, I passed on some campaign cards and asked them to tell others about the campaign — since we’d decided to use word of mouth instead of millions of dollars in TV advertising. Call it a hunch. They smiled.