Winifred (Barb) Barbara Toth-Greeno, age 84, NB

…passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Winifred (Barb) Barbara Toth-Greeno, age 84, of North Baltimore, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Barb was born on May 20, 1934, to the late Clarence and Hildigard (Haas) Peters. On December 25, 1953, she married her first husband Joseph Toth and he preceded her in death on June 25, 1992. She later married Robert Greeno, Sr. on November 25, 2015, and he preceded her in death on January 27, 2019.

Barb worked most of her life as a homemaker and she often helped Joe work on the farm. Surviving, are Barb’s two daughters: Barbara Naus of Mexico Beach, FL, and Pamela (Carl) Phillips, McComb; two brothers: Joe (Grace) Peters, and Bernard Peters; four sisters: Martha (John) Cisco-Stevenson, Mary (John) Sapp, Joyce (Bill) Belton, and Judy Arrington; 6 grandchildren: Jason Naus, Stephanie Kern, Brian Garvey, Christopher Phillips, Danielle Roeder, and Lee Phillips; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters: Carol Sharp, Walburga Nixon, Chris Krone, and Connie Hatton; and brothers: Sonny and Gary Peters.

Barb loved farming, and her dogs: Buddy and Timmy. She was a homemaker and was affectionately known as the “bikini lady” around North Baltimore.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Maranatha Bible Church, Van Buren.

Visitation will be held prior to the funeral services from 12:00PM to 2:00PM. Burial will follow in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore.

Arrangements are being handled by SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.smithcrates.com.

Edward “Eddie” Bear, 22, of Hoytville

…passed away, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in McComb from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Edward “Eddie” Bear, 22, of Hoytville, passed away, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in McComb from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born on August 13, 1996, in Bowling Green to Edward, Jr. and Karie (Wildman) Bear and they survive in Hoytville.

Eddie is also survived by his sisters: Jestine Bear of Bloomdale, Abigail (Aaron) Perales of Fostoria, and Lindsey Scholidon of Fostoria; his maternal grandfather, John (Susan) Wildman of Fostoria; his maternal grandmother, Faye Wildman of Fostoria; his paternal grandmother, Pat Bear of North Baltimore; and his niece, Jocelyn Kleopfer.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Edward Bear, Sr.

Eddie was a Truck Driver for Josh Barnhisel Trucking in Hoytville. He will be remembered for his positive influence on others and his ability to make everyone laugh.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with his grandfather Pastor John Wildman officiating.

Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm, Monday March 18 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Smith-Crates Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithcrates.com.

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

es over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. Ma

This St. Paddy’s Day, Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish:

For decades, Americans across the country have come together to celebrate their Irish heritage (Irish or not) over a pint of green beer and community festivities. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as party-goers head home.

In 2017 alone, 59 people were killed in drunk-driving crashrch 18). The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever.

For this reason, Wood County Safe Communities is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.  

Tragically, March 17 has become a dangerous holiday on our nation’s roads. According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, more than one-third (37%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The early hours of March 18, 2017, were the most dangerous. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., three-fourths (75%) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. In fact, from 2013 to 2017, over one-third (35%) of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations well above the .08 limit, with 234 drunk-driving fatalities total.

Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. It’s that simple.

Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, of pedestrians, or of other drivers and passengers nearby.
This holiday season, Wood County Safe Communities, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Party with a Plan
First and foremost: Plan ahead. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911 or #677
  • Have a friend who is about to drive after drinking? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

If you are buzzed, do not drive. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

Lucas Co. Roadwork by ODOT – Various Routes

Plenty of ROAD Work in Lucas County!

Interstate 75

I-75 Widening and Bridge Work 

Project 485-14/PID 77254

Through Spring 2019

Lane restrictions possible between I-475 and Lagrange Street

 

Through Spring 2019

• Pioneer Ln. between SR 120/Central Ave. and Jeep Pkwy. interchange closed

Detour: Willys Pkwy.; Berdan Ave.; Jeep Pkwy.; Central Ave.


75 

Interstate 75

*UPDATE*

Pavement Widening and Bridge Work

Project 277-18/PID 93594

Through Fall 2023

Lane restrictions possible on I-75 between South Ave. and Monroe St. for major reconstruction

Nightly ramp and lane closures possible on I-75 between Monroe St. and South Ave.

Tonight 9pm to 6am

Ramp closed from southbound I-75 to Anthony Wayne Trail (Exit 201A) for equipment relocation

Detour: Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A); Washington St.; Michigan Ave./Anthony Wayne Trail

 

Through May

Ramp closed from South Ave. to northbound I-75

Detour: South Ave.; Southbound I-75; Miami St.; Northbound I-75

 

Through November

Dorr St. bridge closed between Division St. and Washington St.

Detour: 17th St.; Monroe St.; Collingwood Blvd.; Dorr St.

Ramp closed from northbound I-75 to Collingwood Blvd.

Detour: Northbound I-75; SR 25/Downtown; Erie St.

 

Through summer 2020

Ramp closed from Collingwood Blvd. to southbound I-75

Detour: Collingwood Blvd.; Erie St.; Washington St.; SR 25; Southbound I-75

Emerald Ave. and Segur Ave. under I-75 closed. Seek alternate route.


75 

Interstate 75
*UPDATE*

Indiana Avenue Bridge Replacement

Project 8010-17/PID 86926

Through July

Indiana Ave. over I-75 closed to through traffic

Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) reduced to one lane

7pm-6am: Lane restrictions on I-75 possible between Dorr St. and Nebraska Ave.

Pedestrian access maintained on Indiana Ave.

 

Tuesday, March 19, 8pm to 6am

Rolling road blocks on I-75

9pm: Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) closed for bridge beam setting

Detour: Collingwood Blvd. (Exit 202B); Monroe St.

11pm: Ramp from Anthony Wayne Trail to northbound I-75 closed

Detour: Washington St.; northbound I-75

 

Sunday, March 24, 7pm to 6am

8pm: Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) closed for bridge work

Detour: Collingwood Blvd (Exit 202B); Monroe St.

 

Monday, March 25, 9pm to 6am

Ramp from Anthony Wayne Trail to northbound I-75 closed

Detour: Washington St. ; northbound I-75


I 475 

Interstate 475
*NEW WORK*

Interstate 475/US 24 Interchange Improvement

Project 93-19/PID 103739

Wednesday, April 3 through September

Ramp from southbound I-475 to westbound US 24 (Exit 4B) will be closed for ramp realignment

Detour: Eastbound US 24 (Exit 4A); northbound I-475 (Exit 68B); westbound US 24 (Exit 4B)

Additional lane restrictions possible


Interstate 75, 280 & 475

Interstate Maintenance Work

Project 1048-18/PID 108630

Through March

Lane restrictions possible

 

Wednesday, March 27, 8pm to 6am

Lane restrictions on southbound I-475 at Dorr St. for bridge deck repairs


US 24 

US Route 24

Turn Lane Modifications

Project 63-18/PID 100995

Through April

Lane restrictions possible at the intersection of US 24 and Monclova Rd. for signal and pole installation


state route 2 SR 2 

State Route 2/Anthony Wayne High Level Bridge

Bridge Dehumidification Project

Project 3001-18/PID 101556

Through June 2020

Lane restrictions possible between Broadway St. and Clark St.


state route 2 SR 2 

State Route 2
*NEW WORK*

Traffic Signal Replacement

Project 33-19/PID 101148

Through December

Lane restrictions possible on SR 2/Airport Hwy. near Holloway Rd.


SR 25 

State Route 25/Anthony Wayne Trail

Bridge Replacement

Project 142-18/PID 85266

Through summer 2020

Lane restrictions on SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail between Western Ave. and Collingwood Blvd.

 

Until further notice

Inbound SR 25 reduced to one, 11-foot lane

Outbound SR 25 remains two lanes

 

Through October

Emerald Ave. closed between Vinton St. and SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail and City Park Ave. closed between Greene St. and SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail

Seek alternate route

Additional lane restrictions may be announced


SR 64 

State Route 64

Waterville Bridge Replacement
Project 567-17/PID 92088

Through September 2020

Lane restrictions possible

One weekend closure in 2019 (dates TBA)

Memorial Park remains closed through October 2020


SR 184 

State Route 184
*UPDATE*

Resurfacing & Drainage Work

Project 262-18/PID 99662

Monday, April 1 through May

Lane restrictions on SR 184/Alexis Rd. between Acres Rd. and Flanders Rd.


SR 184 

State Route 184
*NEW WORK*

Traffic Signal Replacement

Project 33-19/PID 101148

Through December

Lane restrictions possible on SR 184/Alexis Rd. near Whiteford Rd.


SR 295 

State Route 295
*WORK STARTING*

Bridge Painting

Project 553-18/PID 102923

Monday, March 18 through May

Lane restrictions possible on SR 295 in Grand Rapids for bridge painting preparation work


Various Routes District-wide

Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

Projects 1052-17, 1050-18 & 1059-17/PIDs 103414, 103373, 106115

Through December

Lane restrictions are possible district-wide

Interstate 75I-75 Widening and Bridge Work Project 485-14/PID 77254Through Spring 2019Lane restrictions possible between I-475 and Lagrange Street Through Spring 2019• Pioneer Ln. between SR 120/Central Ave. and Jeep Pkwy. interchange closedDetour: Willys Pkwy.; Berdan Ave.; Jeep Pkwy.; Central Ave.

Interstate 75*UPDATE*Pavement Widening and Bridge WorkProject 277-18/PID 93594Through Fall 2023Lane restrictions possible on I-75 between South Ave. and Monroe St. for major reconstructionNightly ramp and lane closures possible on I-75 between Monroe St. and South Ave.Tonight 9pm to 6amRamp closed from southbound I-75 to Anthony Wayne Trail (Exit 201A) for equipment relocationDetour: Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A); Washington St.; Michigan Ave./Anthony Wayne Trail Through MayRamp closed from South Ave. to northbound I-75Detour: South Ave.; Southbound I-75; Miami St.; Northbound I-75 Through NovemberDorr St. bridge closed between Division St. and Washington St.Detour: 17th St.; Monroe St.; Collingwood Blvd.; Dorr St.Ramp closed from northbound I-75 to Collingwood Blvd.Detour: Northbound I-75; SR 25/Downtown; Erie St. Through summer 2020Ramp closed from Collingwood Blvd. to southbound I-75Detour: Collingwood Blvd.; Erie St.; Washington St.; SR 25; Southbound I-75Emerald Ave. and Segur Ave. under I-75 closed. Seek alternate route.

Interstate 75
*UPDATE*Indiana Avenue Bridge ReplacementProject 8010-17/PID 86926Through JulyIndiana Ave. over I-75 closed to through trafficRamp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) reduced to one lane7pm-6am: Lane restrictions on I-75 possible between Dorr St. and Nebraska Ave.Pedestrian access maintained on Indiana Ave. Tuesday, March 19, 8pm to 6amRolling road blocks on I-759pm: Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) closed for bridge beam settingDetour: Collingwood Blvd. (Exit 202B); Monroe St.11pm: Ramp from Anthony Wayne Trail to northbound I-75 closedDetour: Washington St.; northbound I-75 Sunday, March 24, 7pm to 6am8pm: Ramp from southbound I-75 to Washington St./Downtown (Exit 202A) closed for bridge workDetour: Collingwood Blvd (Exit 202B); Monroe St. Monday, March 25, 9pm to 6amRamp from Anthony Wayne Trail to northbound I-75 closedDetour: Washington St. ; northbound I-75

Interstate 475
*NEW WORK*Interstate 475/US 24 Interchange ImprovementProject 93-19/PID 103739Wednesday, April 3 through SeptemberRamp from southbound I-475 to westbound US 24 (Exit 4B) will be closed for ramp realignmentDetour: Eastbound US 24 (Exit 4A); northbound I-475 (Exit 68B); westbound US 24 (Exit 4B)Additional lane restrictions possible

Interstate 75, 280 & 475

Interstate Maintenance Work

Project 1048-18/PID 108630

Through March

Lane restrictions possible

Wednesday, March 27, 8pm to 6am

Lane restrictions on southbound I-475 at Dorr St. for bridge deck repairs


US Route 24Turn Lane ModificationsProject 63-18/PID 100995Through AprilLane restrictions possible at the intersection of US 24 and Monclova Rd. for signal and pole installation

State Route 2/Anthony Wayne High Level BridgeBridge Dehumidification ProjectProject 3001-18/PID 101556Through June 2020Lane restrictions possible between Broadway St. and Clark St.

State Route 2
*NEW WORK*
Traffic Signal ReplacementProject 33-19/PID 101148Through DecemberLane restrictions possible on SR 2/Airport Hwy. near Holloway Rd.

State Route 25/Anthony Wayne TrailBridge ReplacementProject 142-18/PID 85266Through summer 2020Lane restrictions on SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail between Western Ave. and Collingwood Blvd. Until further noticeInbound SR 25 reduced to one, 11-foot laneOutbound SR 25 remains two lanes Through OctoberEmerald Ave. closed between Vinton St. and SR 25/Anthony Wayne Trail and City Park Ave. closed between Greene St. and SR 25/Anthony Wayne TrailSeek alternate routeAdditional lane restrictions may be announced

State Route 64Waterville Bridge Replacement
Project 567-17/PID 92088Through September 2020Lane restrictions possibleOne weekend closure in 2019 (dates TBA)Memorial Park remains closed through October 2020

State Route 184
*UPDATE*Resurfacing & Drainage WorkProject 262-18/PID 99662Monday, April 1 through MayLane restrictions on SR 184/Alexis Rd. between Acres Rd. and Flanders Rd.

State Route 184
*NEW WORK*Traffic Signal ReplacementProject 33-19/PID 101148Through DecemberLane restrictions possible on SR 184/Alexis Rd. near Whiteford Rd.

State Route 295
*WORK STARTING*Bridge PaintingProject 553-18/PID 102923Monday, March 18 through MayLane restrictions possible on SR 295 in Grand Rapids for bridge painting preparation work

Various Routes District-wide

Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

Projects 1052-17, 1050-18 & 1059-17/PIDs 103414, 103373, 106115

Through December

Lane restrictions are possible district-wide

HELP!!! NBHS 50 YEAR CLUB BANQUET

NBHS 50 YEAR ALUMNI BANQUET in peril… HELP is NEEDED!!!

NBHS 50 YEAR CLUB BANQUET in peril

The first Saturday in June has been the traditional day for the North Baltimore High School 50 Year Club. Usually 150 to 200 alumni, out of school for 50 years+, return to NB for this annual event at the Legion.

Larry Slaughterbeck reports that “This year we have a serious problem – we have only 2 volunteers to help on this event! It appears that this may be the last (final) 50 – Year Club Dinner unless several alumni step forward to help. It actually doesn’t involve many hours.”

Larry adds, “Kathy Eninger has taken it on her shoulders to make sure that we will have a banquet this year. She is in need of several volunteers to help her.

If you are interested in this very nice event continuing PLEASE—call Kathy at (419)257-2159 or email her at: kathretird@outlook.com…We need your help/thanks!”

The North Baltimore High School Alumni Association is a separate entity from what became known as the “50-year Club”, that has been organized for the past many years by Jan Dukes and a small group of volunteers.

The Alumni Assn. organizes the Annual Alumni Dinner the Friday evening prior to GOST at the end of July, also held at the legion. The alumni assn. honors classes every 5 years (this year 2019, 2014, ’09, ’04, 1999…1969… etc.) and they raise funds for and award the annual NBHS Alumni Scholarship (currently two (2) @ $750 each year). This group holds the Annual GOST Golf Tourney, a 2-person OPEN – Shotgun Scramble. This fun event is currently played on GOST Day at 8 am.

The Alumni Assn. Committee Co-Chairs:
Jeff (’73) & Sue (Benedict ’75) Miklovic and Don (‘75) and Tami (Bibler ’79) Thomas. Jill (Shaffer ’72) Guy is the Treasurer.

E-mail: nbhsalumni@gmail.com for information or with questions!

Latta: Military Service Academy Information

Congressman Latta Invites High School Students and Families…

BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an informational meeting at Owens Community College – Findlay Campus on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. to learn about the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students seeking an appointment in the future – and their families – are also invited to attend.

At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting.

Applications and additional information are available on Congressman Latta’s website here. Initial applications are due on September 30 and must be completed by October 15.

Details for the event are as follows: 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta’s staff, Representatives from the U.S. Military Service Academies

WHAT: Military Service Academy Informational Event 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 

WHERE:

Owens Community College – Findlay Campus

Education Center Conference Room 111

3200 Bright Road

Findlay, OH 45840

Farmers Need to Gear Up for More Rain

Last year was the third wettest year ever in Ohio……

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Weather extremes like those during 2018, much more rain, and heavier downpours are likely to become the norm rather than the exception in Ohio, according to a climate expert with The Ohio State University.

As a result, the state’s farmers will have to deal with more and more water pouring onto and running off of their fields, and that could threaten the quality of water downstream, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

Photo: Getty Images

Last year was the third wettest year ever in Ohio. Temperatures have been getting warmer across the Midwest, with the coldest temperature in the year now up 3 degrees from what it was in the first half of the 20th century, Wilson said. Warmer temperatures have led to a greater amount of water vapor in the atmosphere and increased rainfall.

Intense rain events are more common now. On Aug. 4, nearly 2 ½ inches of rain fell in one hour near Cincinnati, and from Sept. 8–9, nearly 7 ½ inches of rain fell in Brookville, just east of Dayton.

“The question is, what do we do with it? How do we steward that water?” Wilson asked.

Wilson spoke of recent weather trends during the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference from March 5–6 in Ada, Ohio. The annual conference drew 824 people and offered a series of speakers on topics including soil health, nutrient management, and cover crops. The conference is one many educational offerings that CFAES provides to Ohio farmers, whose contributions are being celebrated this week as part of Ohio Agriculture Week.

Increased rainfall in Ohio is contributing to the load of nutrients, such as phosphorous and nitrogen, entering Lake Erie and other bodies of water, Wilson said. In 2017, Lake Erie recorded its third largest harmful algal bloom ever reported. Phosphorus runoff is a main driver of the lake’s blooms.

Farmers might want to look into other measures – such as a second ditch, cover crops, an underground drainage system, and other conservation practices – for handling the additional water, he said.

“I don’t think we should ever look at a single solution to a problem,” Wilson said.

The increase in the amount of annual rainfall in Ohio ranges from 5–15 percent, he said.

Saturated fields keep farmers out of them. Work days have been lost due to rain, with an average of five days lost in April and an additional five in October, both important months for farmers for planting and harvesting, Wilson said.

Besides the additional rain and a warmer winter, on average, summer days tend to not be as hot, but summer nights cool down less than they used to, Wilson said. Daytime temperatures across the Midwest, on average, are a little over 2 degrees cooler now compared to those in the first half of the 20th century.

These weather trends are leading to additional stress on livestock, more insects surviving through the winter, and more weeds, Wilson said.

“The changing climate we’re seeing makes the job of a farmer more difficult,” he said.

Two Centuries of Election Laws in Peril Thanks to Progressive, Socialist Democrats

According to the LDF, the so-called campaign finance reform bill aims to overturn “the federalism foundation of the electoral process…


Led by the progressive socialist wing of the party, Democrats passed a bill in the House that, if it became law, would upend election law, says AMAC
HR 1, the For the People Act of 2019, ‘facilitates fraud,’ say political experts, calling the proposed law ‘the on-ramp for the road to socialism,’ says AMAC
WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 11 – The passage of HR 1 in the House of Representatives on Friday “seems to be the on-ramp for the road to socialism. It confirms the intentions of far-left extremists in Congress to make it easier for socialism to gradually undermine and overtake our Constitution and the legacy of our founding fathers.”
The Lawyers Democracy Fund [LDF], which is focused on election law, has prepared documents that expose what appears to be the move by progressive members of the House of Representatives to drastically change America’s election laws.
According to the LDF, the so-called campaign finance reform bill aims to overturn “the federalism foundation of the electoral process in the United States that has been in place for the past two centuries.”
Says AMAC, “the enactment of such a law would facilitate fraud, not while the GOP holds the White House and the Senate, but if and when the Democratic Party, with its increasingly progressive tendencies, controls the three branches of government. And, it would give the left an edge and allow them to further tamper with our rights and our lives.”
The LDF notes that among the provisions in the legislation is one that would essentially abolish voter ID laws. All that would be needed to cast a ballot would be a signature. The measure would also allow online and same-day registration and a variety of other “permissive” elements that would almost invite tampering.
And, it would “remove state registration signature laws that require an affirmation of eligibility from the voter at the time of registration. The voter is currently required to fill out the necessary information to register to vote and affirm, by signature under oath, that the information is true and correct and the voter to the best of his knowledge is eligible to vote. Under the bill, new registrants would not be required to provide a signature at the time of registration. Instead, they would only have to provide their signature at the time the voter requests an absentee mail ballot or when they check-in to vote at a polling place.”
National Review’s senior writer David French summed up the implications of the self-styled, For the People Act of 2019, whose cosponsors include among 20 others, self-styled Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, [D-NY-14].
“At its essence, the bill federalizes control over elections to an unprecedented scale, expands government power over political speech, mandates increased disclosures of private citizens’ personal information (down to name and address), places conditions on citizen contact with legislators that inhibits citizens’ freedom of expression, and then places enforcement of most of these measures in the hands of a revamped Federal Election Commission that is far more responsive to presidential influence,” French wrote.
AMAC recommends those who are interested should make their own evaluation of the pros and cons of HR 1 and notes that the full LDF assessment is worth a read.
“This is, perhaps, the first of many bald-faced gestures we can expect as progressives, socialists — and even Communists — gain attention and try to influence susceptible millennial voters in the months and years to come. Vladimir Lenin, who ruled Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 when he died, boasted that socialism would provide ‘peace, bread, land;’ instead, there was no peace, bread was scarce and the land belonged to the state.”