Friday, February 28, 2014

Doc Sees A New DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone)

There is a drug that will bring heroin addicts back to life if they overdose.  Dr. Christina Delos-Reyes supports giving naloxone to non-medical professionals...namely, the family and friends of addicts, so that it is readily available.  She says it will save lives. Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) has succeeded in convincing state lawmakers to approve the plan.

Dr. Delos-Reyes,  Program Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, says five people in Ohio die every day from an opiate overdose.  And during this interview, she offers an argument that bucks the growing trend toward legalizing marijuana.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Brimfield Bests Boston With Facebook Fan Numbers

Chief David Oliver and Jim McIntyre

Brimfield, Ohio police chief David Oliver has a way with words.  He put a bunch of them together in a book, titled No Mopes Allowed, and subtitled A Small Town Police Chief Rants and Babbles About Hugs and High Fives, Meth Busts, Internet Celebrity and Other Adventures.

Chief Oliver explains he and his department gained notoriety when they took to Facebook to communicate with the township's 12,000 or so residents in his inimitable way. The number of people who "like" the department's Facebook page is approaching 140,000 as of this writing. Only the New York City police department has more "likes."  Chief Oliver says Brimfield has surpassed the Boston Police Department for the number of Facebook page "likes."

He has been called an "internet sensation," and embraces the moniker with his tongue planted in his cheek.

Leveraging The Holy See's "Soft" Power

Francis Rooney served as Ambassador to the Vatican during the second term of George W. Bush. He looks back on Pope Benedict's denunciation of radical Islam and his opposition to the war in Iraq.  And he offers his perspective on Pope Francis' efforts to reform the Vatican.

Ambassador Rooney explains why the current pope's recent comments about capitalism have been misunderstood, and are colored by Francis' Argentinian roots.

Is Public Education Policy Too Particular?

We send our children to school for many reasons, but the author says public policy is singularly focused on career preparation.  Mike rose says there is more to education than reading and math.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The State Of The State: Governor Kasich's Preview

Governor Kasich delivered a preview of his State of the State address on February 13th, at the annual Lincoln Day Celebration thrown by the Cuyahoga County Republican Party.

Here is an excerpt from his speech, preceded by a session with the assembled press, during which the Governor discusses plans to try and attract one of the political conventions to Ohio in 2016.

Governor Kasich has chosen Medina for this year's State of the State Address location, in honor of retiring House Speaker William Batchelder.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Studiothink "Brands" Itself In A Different Way

Studiothink is an ad agency that Ron Kaminsky calls "a brand management and culture development firm."  Kaminsky is Partner and President of the Culture Development Division, and explains how StudioThink projects help organizations like Habitat for Humanity as well as its clients.

Fifth Third Bank Funds Stand Up 2 Cancer Research

Fifth Third Bank is helping Stand Up 2 Cancer fund innovative research projects.  Rob Soroka, Senior Vice President for Fifth Third in Northeast Ohio explains why the bank is funding the "Paid to Order" campaign by giving new customers $150 for opening a checking account, and donating another $150 to SU2C. 

Joining Rob is a co-founder of Stand Up 2 Cancer, Rusty Robertson, who explains how the organization was started, and how it has been embraced by the entertainment community.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Iran Nuclear Deal "Frightens" Morton Klein

Morton Klein/Photo provided by ZOA

The National President of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein recently spoke in Cleveland about the Iran nuclear deal reached in Geneva last November.  He contends the agreement allows Iran to continue development of nuclear weapons, while providing the government relief from sanctions.

Klein says he has no hope for a deal that would stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and that the Geneva deal brings the Middle East closer to war.  He also weighs in on President Obama's recent executive order that no longer automatically bans people with past ties to terrorists from entering the U. S. 

He calls the Arab-Islamic war the most dangerous situation facing the world since the era of the 1930s, when the Nazis rose to power in Germany.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Solon High Student Promotes Tolerance

Justin Bachman
Photo credit: Lisa Bachman

Justin Bachman, a student at Solon High School, lives with Tourette Syndrome.  It has given him a unique perspective on the importance of tolerance.  While in the eighth grade in March 2011, Justin founded the Tolerance Fair, to highlight the diversity of people and to showcase their particular needs.

The next Tolerance Fair is expected to draw thousands of people to the new Cleveland Convention Center on March 9th from 1 PM to 5 PM. Admission is free.  Justin reveals the incident that lead him on his quest to promote tolerance through the Tolerance Fair.  He is joined by his mother Lisa in this interview with Jim.

County GOP Welcomes Governor Kasich Thursday

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be the special guest speaker at the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County's annual Lincoln Day celebration on Thursday, February 13.  The Chairman of the county GOP, Rob Frost previews the event, and talks politics with Jim in this interview.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fisher House Task Force Works For Families of Veterans

Tom Sweeney, Doug Harvey and Rich DeChant of the Fisher House Cleveland Task Force

There is no Fisher House in Cleveland.  That oversight is currently being addressed, thanks to the efforts of Tom Sweeney, President of the Fisher House Task Force in Cleveland, Task Force Vice President Doug Harvey and Rick DeChant, the Secretary Treasurer of the Task Force.

Never heard of Fisher House?  There are dozens all over the world, which makes the absence of one in Cleveland even more glaring, considering the recent consolidation of the Brecksville Veteran's Administration Hospital with the one at Wade Park, making the Louis B. Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland the second largest in the country.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Independence, Ohio Celebrates Its Bicentennial In 2014

Wes Gaab and Kim Scott
The city of Independence, Ohio is celebrating its bicentennial this year with a series of programs and events.  Kim Scott, the former Cleveland TV and radio personality and fitness guru is Chairwoman of the Independence Bicentennial Committee.  She is joined in this interview by Wes Gaab, who writes the "Historically Speaking" column in The Independence Post newsletter. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Certified Geriatric Care Management Explained

Jennifer Beach, Certified Geriatric Care Manager

Geriatric care management is growing exponentially with the aging of the population. Jennifer Beach of
Advocate 4 Elders explains how a certified geriatric care manager can help an ailing elderly parent, especially when there is no family nearby.