Sometimes it's hard to tell the governor from a shoe salesman.
Ohio's first lady, Frances Strickland, told a crowd at last week's Erie County Democratic Women picnic that although the Stricklands have become well-known names in Ohio politics, many Ohio residents don't recognize them or even know their names.
"I can go most anywhere and not be recognized," she said. "They'll wait on you at the store, take the credit card and nothing registers."
Mrs. Strickland doesn't get her picture in the paper as often as her husband, but Gov. Ted Strickland goes unrecognized, too.
The governor was shopping for shoes in Macy's recently when a man in the shoe section asked for help.
"I don't work here," the governor explained.
"Well, you sure look like a shoe salesman to me" the customer replied.
-- Tom Jackson
Michael Vick in Perkins Township?
Residents of Searsville in Perkins Township, inspired by the heavy rains in the beginning of the week, reminisced about the worst floods they've seen in their neighborhood.
Men gathered on a porch on Tremper Avenue agreed the flood of 1969 was the worst they've seen, with waters as high as stop signs.
"It washed the dogs away down the street. I was glad I didn't have to listen to them anymore," one man said.
"OK Michael Vick," his friend responded.
Babies and the board
Wednesday night's Perkins school board meeting was missing one thing -- President Brian Printy.
Vice President Steve Schuster opened the meeting by explaining, "Dr. Printy is popping babies out."
Printy is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Northern Ohio Medical Specialists.
Marcy Kaptur still on top of trade issue
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur does know the facts about the NAFTA free trade treaty, regardless of what her newsletter says.
The Toledo Democrat showed up for two separate Democratic Party events in Erie and Ottawa counties last week. At both, including the Democratic Women of Erie County picnic at UAW Local 913 hall, each table got copies of her latest newsletter.
The newsletter included a full-page article and chart criticizing free trade pacts and showing how the U.S. trade deficit has ballooned. It's one of Kaptur's main issues.
But the chart dates NAFTA to about 1975, before Kaptur was elected to the U.S. House. The treaty actually was passed in 1993, with the backing of former President Bill Clinton but over Kaptur's "no" vote.
Kaptur owned up to the mistake when the newsletter chart was pointed out to her.
"That's a typo!" she exclaimed, pointing her finger to where the offending treaty should have appeared. "I didn't see that."
-- Tom Jackson