Ohio Politics

A Letter to My Husband

Dear FireDad,

I’m proud of you.

I’m normally pretty proud of you, and you give my heart cause to fill with more pride than usual on occasion. But I’m really proud of you today.

I know it’s cold. And I’m guessing your dress shoes that go with your dress uniform aren’t all that warm. And watching the coverage on Facebook, twitter and the blogs about how you were locked out of the statehouse — and likely haven’t made it inside even yet — made me boil with anger. Interesting that they locked protesters out on the cold, snowy, sleety, slushy, nasty day; not last week during the unseasonably warm weather. Interesting indeed.

But know that I am proud of you today.

I am proud of you for standing up for Ohio. For your job. For our family. For doing what you believe in. For standing up for others and what they believe in. For participating in the core of democracy; the right to stand up for what you feel is right… or wrong.

For being you.

I wish I could have been there today, to stand with you in solidarity. But I will be waiting at home when you return. I’ll even make you a hot tea with whiskey to warm you up if you so desire. I’ll stop short at rubbing your cold feet, but I’ll let you wear my Snuggie if you want.

I kid, I kid. We both know the Snuggie is mine.

What I’m trying to say is that you remain my hero.

Standing in Solidarity (and Snow)

Be safe. I’ll see you later tonight. Chant a little for me, wouldya?

All my love (and solidarity),


Wisconsin Firefighters March on the Capitol

Our thoughts are with Wisconsin who is fighting a similar — but different — battle right now. While their firefighters (and police officers) are exempt from the changes, I applaud their solidarity to stand with their other union brothers and sisters in their time of need.

I love how they explained why they’re standing with the other unions.

“We appreciate the fact that Governor Walker recognizes the unique work that firefighters do. However the PFFW is unable to stand by while legislation moves forward that undermines the rights of our brothers and sisters in other public employee unions,” Mahlon Mitchell, State President of the PFFW said in a statement today.

“We work with these public employees every day and cannot support a two-tier collective bargaining system that treats them so different than we are treated.

“We are all dedicated public servants. We each have unique duties and responsibilities and all are important to making our communities better places to live, work and raise our families.

“We therefore call on state legislators to reject the portions of the Budget Repair Bill that would permanently undermine the state’s collective bargaining law,” Mitchell concluded.

We stand with you, Wisconsin.

That second video made me cry last night, I admit it. As someone else said on YouTube, “Solidarity is? better when it comes with bagpipes. Go Wisconsin!”

It looks grim, but we will keep Wisconsin in our thoughts and prayers while the vote remains delayed. Our family hopes that our Senators here in Ohio listen to the masses more than they have in Wisconsin. No on SB 5!