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Blog: September 2012


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There is so much negativity today in the news and everywhere we look that it is always nice when we can pause to recognize good things that are happening in our community. I would like to take the opportunity to use this blog to highlight some of the positive events that are happening in Central Ohio.

In times of need, a community is faced with a true test of friendship and trust. When neighbors lend a hand to one another it is a testament to the strength of the community as a whole, and to the character of its citizens. I am so proud to represent a district where people are still able to trust each other and work together to overcome adversity. Do you trust people? If not, hopefully this story will help you realize that there are still people in our community that do.

During the power outages which left so many Central Ohioans in the dark this July, one small business in Upper Arlington operated on trust. Nutter Hardware is a neighborhood store owned by Chuck Nutter, a well-known member of the Upper Arlington community, whose vision is to help people. Just like everyone else, Nutter Hardware lost its power, but with community in mind stayed open and even issued IOUs to customers without cash, trusting that they would be repaid.

It is truly an honor to represent such good people. The generosity in our Central Ohio communities sets an example for the rest of the Nation, and proves that we can make it through tough times together. The next time you see a neighbor in need, remember this story and trust that your neighbor would lend you a hand if needed. Even small gestures such as writing six IOUs can help build trust and strengthen our communities. I commend Nutter Hardware for their generosity and hope that we can all follow in their footsteps.

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