Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: We ended our pit-stop in Cleveland and have headed back out onto the back roads of Ohio. In Wooster, Ohio, farmer Ed Schafrath (brother of former Cleveland Brown Dick Schafrath), told me he once went to a seminar on organic farming. The presenter started with holding up a handful of soil and then posed a question: “How many of you think God makes mistakes?” No hands went up. The presenter then explained that God put thousands of micro-organisms into a handful of soil, all working together to make the perfect growing environment. Yet we now pump herbacides, pesticides, fertilizers… into the soil to “improve it.” Ed said after he heard this presentation, he bacame an organic farmer. Hard to argue with that, huh. For more on our agricultural platform… While in Wooster, we also talked to Eugene Grande, who had recently given a talk on “The Common Good” at St. Mary’s in Wooster. Eugene said that issues pertaining to the common good include: arms control, the death penalty, the environment, housing, labor and employment, poverty… He continued that each of these are subjective (according to the Catholic Church) in relation to view points of legislators and the electorate in regard to acceptable levels. However, he said the Catholic Church looks at the following points as always “intrinsically evil”: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, in-vitro fertilization… Eugene also offered the following in relation to the latter: “For a growing number of people, absolute beliefs or norms indicate nothing but an inablility to tolerate other peoples’ views and convictions. History provides evidence that relative standards of morality breed chaos and ultimately the downfall of society.” By the way, anyone see how the stock market did yesterday?