Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: The Athens News did a story on our campaign that included: “I recently coached an inner-city Little League Baseball team in Cleveland,” Schriner explains on [his] website. “On draft day, I picked the kids who looked like they’d be picked last, first. And apparently I did pretty well with this because we lost almost all the games…” While in Athens, I also talked to Stephen Rounthwaite who is part Seminole and was protesting Columbus Day in front of the Athens County Courthouse. Rounthwaite, a street musician, was beating a drum next to a sign that read: You Support Columbus, You Support Terrorism. Our position paper on Native American issues reflects this as well. “They say Columbus ‘discovered America’ — but there were all these people living here already,” Rounthwaite laughed… Before meeting Rounthwaite, our family stood in solidarity with a group protesting for peace in front of the same courthouse. Two rather big guys, in their own show of protest, showed up and held McCain/Palin signs just adjacent to us. They said they were pro-War, and not only should the U.S. be in Iraq, we should be aggressive about making sure Iran didn’t develop nuclear weapons. “My boxing coach used to always say: ‘Come at ’em early and come at ’em hard,” one guy said. I asked this guy what he would do if someone was coming at him with a gun? “Get a gun and fight back,” he instantly replied. “So what if a country like us (read: U.S.), had a lot of nuclear weapons aimed at a country like Iran? What would be Iran’s natural reaction?” I asked. Note: While in Athens, I met Pastor Jeff Bartlett of the First Christian Church here. He had a wonderful spirit about him and told me he was trying to come up with a series of creative ways to interest college students in getting involved with church. The night I met him, he was doing a cookout with a small group of students on a hibachi next to a busy sidewalk. He was cooking: Spam. I, as tactfully as possible, mentioned he might draw more students with, oh, a different type of main course.