Catching up on the month of July… I wrote a good number of freelance articles for the Bluffton News. Each, for the most part, tied into various parts of my campaign’s platform. For instance, I did a story on residential solar panel installations, focusing on how cost effective they are in the long run. Our “energy stance” is that global warming is, indeed, an evolving threat and we need to move to a lot more green energy, energy conservation, and such, in becoming better environmental stewards — so our kids aren’t inheriting a world of climate chaos. I once told the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette newspaper in Ohio that Liz and I are running as: concerned parents… Another thing we’re ‘concerned’ about is continually evolving “centralism” (move toward more and more big box stores on the periphery), while small town business districts are dying, in droves. For this article, I interviewed Bluffton University Economics Professor Jonathan Andreas. [Bluffton (pop. 3,875) has been able to maintain a vibrant downtown business district because it’s just far enough away from the the Wal-Marts, Targets, Lowes… What’s more, there’s an informed consumer base here who understand the importance of buying local and keeping these small Mom & Pop stores going.] Professor Andreas said it’s not just about getting stuff, but rather it’s also where community members regularly meet to share the ‘stuff’ of life. In that, community camaraderie and solidity increases exponentially. Our economic platform includes a series of strategies to super-charge small-town, downtown revitalization. Note: Staying with “green energy”… Our son Jonathan played a soccer game in the small town of Pettisville, Ohio last month. While there, I learned the high school had put in a two and a half million dollar wind turbine and a retaining pond for their geothermal piping through the school’s floors. Even the 20 MPH school zone signs had solar panels on the tops.