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  • Get properties moving

    DISPATCH June 24, 2013

    A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, local officials and experts has an idea that could help get more blighted properties more quickly into the hands of people who will improve them: Allow them to sell at sheriff’s auction for whatever the market will bear, no matter how low the price.

  • Welcome to the Radical Middle
    USA Today 12/27/2012

    Who wants to be in "the middle"? Not many. Or so you might think after a quick tour through cable news, talk radio and the Internet, or after a look at one of those red-state, blue-state maps...

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  • Curtin Looks To Put Statehouse Experience To Work For Constituents

    Gongwer News Service 3/26/13

    Representative Michael Curtin (D-Columbus) is a freshman legislator this year, but he already has more Statehouse experience than many veteran lawmakers...

  • JobsOhio Must be Open

    Every Ohio newspaper that has editorialized on the fight between Gov. John Kasich and State Auditor Dave Yost over whether JobsOhio’s books should be open to public scrutiny has concluded: Yost is correct. The books must be open. This is the correct conclusion, because the state-owned liquor profits that sustain JobsOhio are public funds. The fact that JobsOhio was created…


Please Help a Child Learn To Read

Nothing is more important to a child’s success in school than learning to read early – before entering school.

lit-webEach of us can help, whether it’s with your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other children in the neighborhood. Nearby schools and libraries always are looking for volunteers to help teach reading and improve learning skills.

Here are the building blocks for teaching a child to read. These tips are provided by the reading experts at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Please consider helping a child learn to read. You can make a world of difference.

  • Teach your child the alphabet.
  • Visit the public library to check out picture books for your child about his or her favorite things.
  • Use your finger to point to letters and words while you read.
  • Point to capital letters in the story.
  • Make the sounds that match the letters and words.For example: C = cat
  • Point to words and show what they mean by pointing to pictures on the page.
  • Repeat words in the book that rhyme, such as hat, cat, sat.
  • After reading, ask your child what happened at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the story.

For more information, visit www.columbuslibrary.org or your local public library.

Please Support Local Nonprofits

Our community is stronger by the presence of top-quality nonprofit organizations that each day help people lead better lives.

Our neighborhoods are fortunate to have some of the nation's highest-rated nonprofits promoting healthier lifestyles, youth development and life-long learning.

Please support them. See information above about the non-profits in the 17th district. Learn more about their missions, programs and how you can help through your contributions and volunteerism.