Average Joe Buckeye Blitz cont. Stumped at M.R. Mack’s restaurant in downtown Logan, Ohio early this morning and talked with Logan Daily News columnist Edgar “Bud” Simpson. He said growing up in northern Maine he watched as clear cutting and pollution from the paper mills all but destroyed the Penobscot River. (He and his brother, as youth, used to fish in the small Mattawassuk cove there, which he said, seemed the only spot that wasn’t totally polluted. Sad story.) I told the Logan newspaper later that bad forestry management practices need to be reversed and commended the Chief Logan High School Forestry Management Team for their recent state championship… Staying with the environmental theme, I then traveled to Nelsonville, Ohio where I interviewed a Hocking College student who is majoring in eco-tourism. Mark Sdrang told me the thrust of eco-tourism is to take people to places like rain forests in Third World countries to educate. What’s more, some of the tourist dollars are then funneled into raising the standard (better water treatment, more food, etc.) of living in nearby rural villages, and so on… From Nelsonville I went to Athens, Ohio where I stumped downtown, and, at one point, was surrounded by two reporters from area papers, a photographer and a television camera man. I mean, it was almost a: “media event.” When asked what I had to say to the people of Athens, I told the news people that, although we don’t pander to anyone, the people of Athens (home of Ohio University) need to know the first thing I’d do when I get to D.C. is change the national symbol from the Eagle to: the Bob Cat (OU mascott). (I’ve got to stop doing that!) On a more serious note, the reporter from the Athens Times Messenger asked me about the economy. I said families should consider house sharing. This would halve expenses, which would allow for, say, more job sharing (20 hour work weeks). In turn, there’d be much more time for faith, family and community, I said… I then went to McArthur, Ohio, where I interviewed Penny Alzayer who spent 13 years living in Saudi Arabia. She said culture and religion are interwoven there and she was extremely impressed with the depth of spirituality in a majority of the people there when it came to helping others. For instance, she said if you get a flat tire there “100 cars won’t whiz by before someone stops to help.” She adde she’s concerned about the perception Americans are getting about the Arab world because of how it is being portrayed in a lot of the media with the recent conflicts. While in McArthur, I was also interviewed by the county newspaper. Afterward, I interviewed Tabatha Sexton there, who is a senior at Vinton County High School and involved with a “Marketing Class.” This class allows for students to work part-time, and the rest of the curriculum is geared to teach about the fundamentals of running a business, etc., for students who may not go on to college. This seemed to make sense, common sense. I then stopped at the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce where I interviewed Brandi Boggs who is heading up an eco-tourism project for the county. Ms. Boggs the project involves fixing up a series of covered bridges in the area (with area volunteers) to increase tourism to Vinton County, which is in the heart of Appalachia and one of the poorest counties in Ohio (17% unemployment rate currently.)… From McArthur I traveled to Wellston where I talked with Michael Morrow who regulary keeps up with politics, he said. Morrow said the country wasn’t founded on a party system, which he says he believes effectively “locks everyone else out.” I closed out the day, stopping in tiny Hamden, Ohio where I put up a flyer at the small grocery store there (my continued answer to the million dollar advertising).

About Joe Schriner

Common man, Common sense, Uncommon solutions. "In an era when presidential campaigns run on multi-million dollar war chests, lavish fundraising dinners and high gloss television ads, Joe Schriner is a different breed of candidate." - The Herald, Monterey, California. Joe at a glance... Age: 56. Family: Husband of 17 years, and father. Faith: Catholic. Home state: Ohio. Graduate of Bowling Green State University. Journalist and author. Also a former addictions counselor, with an emphasis on family systems. Independent presidential candidate in four successive election cycles. On the road campaigning extensively. In between campaign tours, now does part-time house painting and light handyman work to make ends meet (aka: Joe the painter). Volunteer work with: Brown County (OH) Board of Mental Health; Catholic Worker outreach to the poor in the inner city of Cleveland; We Are the Uninsured Healthcare Movement in Ohio. Inner city youth league baseball and soccer coach (won some, lost some). Hobbies: Trying to beat his wife at "Scrabble," weight lifting, swimming, photography, sandlot baseball, soccer, football and basketball with his children. In Joe's words... I'm, for the most part, your average Midwesterner, I told the Duluth (MN) News. I jog in a pair of gray sweats. My favorite spots to eat are your basic diners. Whats more, I cut my own lawn. Oh, and Im running for president. I told the Lancaster (OH) Eagle Gazette that the reason I am running for president is that I am a concerned parent. That is, I don't want to leave a world of climate change, war, abortion, rural and inner city poverty, violent streets, nuclear proliferation, astronomical national debt, little social security, dwindling access to healthcare to our children. What sane parent would? Now, I didn't go to Harvard, Yale, or even Rutgers for that matter. I went to Bowling Green State University where I majored in journalism. I then worked for a couple intermediate-sized Ohio newspapers. I later became an addictions counselor. And in 1990, as a lead up to the presidential run, I took my journalism skills on the road to look for common sense solutions to the societal problems I outlined above. And in some tremendously extensive, cross-country research (that has continued during my years of campaigning), I've found those solutions.        Getting policies enacted... Amidst abject poverty on the Southside of Chicago, I learned how to end homelessness. In Atwood, Kansas (pop. 1,500), I learned how to balance the National Budget. In Grand Junction, Colorado, I learned how to get quality healthcare for all. In High Springs, Florida, I learned how to end global warming, for good. In Eunice, New Mexico, I learned how to unequivocally solve the immigration issue. And it was with this information, and much more, that I am running for president. No big money. No special interest backing. Just with tried solutions to make the country a much better place for our kids. While campaigning for president the past 12 years (and over 100,000 road miles), I've been telling people about these answers in hundreds of talks, more than 1,000 newspapers, a lot of radio, television and in a very up-close-and-personal way on the street corners of America. I told Channel 10 News in Albany, Georgia, that I can get a policy enacted long before I ever get to D.C., if somebody picks up on an idea and tries it in their town. And who knows how far out it will ripple out from there. So in a small way, I said during a talk at Toledo University, I am already president now! The students all smiled, politely. Be the change... I am also a firm believer that this won't be a better world for our children until more of us follow the saying: Be the change you want to see in the world. In this pursuit, my family and I try to live the messages we are conveying, at least the best we can. On a radio station in Indianapolis, Indiana, I said our platform asks some people to consider moving into the inner cities of America to live side-by-side with the poor. So our family moved to the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, where we volunteered at an outreach to the poor. I told the Tifton (GA) Gazette that our family has also set aside a Christ Room for the homeless at our place. And in D.C. we'd do the same thing in the West Wing. Just like I may well be looking for a youth baseball team to coach when I get there. I recently coached an inner city Rec. Center League team in Cleveland. On draft day I picked the kids who looked liked they'd be picked last, first. And apparently I did pretty well with this, because we lost almost all the games. Many of the kids on the team, sadly, didn't have a father at home. And many of these families don't have healthcare insurance either, just like two million other Ohioans. To help try to reverse this, my children and I have done volunteer work for the We Are The Uninsured Movement in Ohio. The reason our children are involved is because Liz and I want them learning as much about helping others -- as they do learning about math, science and English, I told The Mississippi Press. In fact, our education platform calls for a lot more local community involvement with students. I we also propose many more classes be focused on environmental awareness. To do our family's part for the environment, we created a "Kyoto Protocol Home Zone." (I even put a "Kyoto Protocol Home Zone" sign up in the front yard, to Liz's embarrassment.) We live in small places, use little air conditioning, cut the thermostat back in the winter, bicycle or walk almost everywhere within a five-mile radius and we recycle practically everything. And in D.C., we'd do all this as well. I mean, those big black limos alone can be such gas guzzlers anyway, right? Heal the family... "My concern for the environment, for the disadvantaged, for the unborn flows out of my spirituality. I'm Catholic, and trying to live the essence of the Gospel message is what I try to be about," I told columnist Mike Haynes of the Amarillo (TX) Globe News. And part of living the Gospel message is being centered in faith, having time for family, being concerned about others. I'm not the poster guy for all that, but I try. What's more, its Liz and my role to make sure our children have a wholesome and emotionally healthy upbringing. And I have some additional expertise in the latter area. Besides having been a journalist, I was also a counselor who worked with family system dynamics. And it is my contention that the current breakdown of the family in America (parents being physically or emotionally abusive, or absent, or addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, media entertainment, work) is creating a constellation of societal problems, I told ABC News in Monterey, California. Because of these dysfunctional family dynamics (and they seem to be everywhere these days), kids grow up depressed, angry and emotionally empty. As a result, incidence of domestic violence, street violence, addiction, mental and emotional problems spike in kind for the next generation, and the next... "So to heal the country, you have to heal the family. Theres just no way around it," I told the Bangor (ME) News. And we have a solid plan to do this, based on research weve done in Arthur, Illinois, Holbrook, Arizona, Carmel Valley, California, etc. Snow shoveling... Now when I'm not grappling with these pressing societal issues, my wife Liz is beating me at "Scrabble" (an issue in itself), or I'm playing racquetball with some buddies, or I'm trading baseball cards with our kids. That is, I'm doing all this in between doing chores for Liz. During a campaign talk in Wichita, Kansas, I was asked what the first thing I'd do as president was. I responded that "wed get to D.C. in January, so it would probably be snowing. If that, indeed, were the case -- the first thing Liz would have me do is: shovel the walk. " That will probably be a new one for the Secret Service. And so it goes... Joe

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