Lorain County Reacts To The Governor's State Of The State Address
An Article from the Lorain Morning Journal, By Rick Payerchin
February 24, 2014
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Republican legislators around Lorain County gave good reviews while Democrats panned Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State Address.

State Sen. Gayle Manning and Rep. Terry Boose, Rep. Dan Ramos and Rep. Matt Lundy all were in Medina for Kasich’s speech, delivered Feb. 24.

“I’m often very energized when I hear something like that,” said Manning, a Republican from North Ridgeville. “It inspires me to work harder and to do more.”

A former teacher, Manning said she approved of Kasich’s emphasis on education from young ages to lifelong learning.
The governor also cited some ideals and programs already working in Lorain County, Manning said.

For example, Kasich cited the need for high school students to earn college credits while still in
high school. Many Lorain County schools already do that with strong connections to Lorain County Community College, Manning said.

Kasich also mentioned the epidemic levels of addiction to heroin and prescription medication, Manning said.
Lorain County also is on the cutting edge of drug policy thanks to the efforts of Coroner Dr. Stephen B. Evans, Sheriff Phil Stammitti and Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera, Manning said.

Their support helped create the legislation for a pilot program for law enforcement officers to carry Narcan, a drug that counters drug overdoses and that already has saved lives in Lorain County, Manning said. The program is getting state and national attention for its results, she added.

“We’re ahead of the game there,” Manning said.

Kasich also emphasized the need to talk to students about drug use, and school districts of Lorain County already have begun those conversations to discourage youths from taking the substances, Manning said.

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