TOM HODGES: Local attorney Tom Hodges was appointed last week to serve on the governing board for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which operates the Metro bus system. At age 30, Hodges is the youngest person ever appointed to the board, and it shows in his forward-thinking attitude. He is a supporter of multi-modal mass transit and offering rail options to commuters and residents. If you ever hear Hodges speak, he might sound familiar: He’s also co-host of City Talk Radio, a public affairs program heard from 7-8 p.m. Sundays on WKRC (550 AM). Welcome aboard, Tom.
CINTAS CORP: The Mason-based company that’s been plagued by numerous workplace safety violations in recent years continues to be hit hard by President Bush’s recession. Cintas last week reported a 32 percent drop in its third quarter earnings compared to the same period a year earlier. For the three months that ended Feb. 28, Cintas reported earnings of $48.9 million, compared to $71.8 million for the year-ago period. It appears all that campaign cash that Cintas Board Chairman Richard Farmer gave to Bush and the national Republican Party during the past decade hasn’t served him so well. It’s a bad time all around for Farmer: He didn’t make this year’s Forbes “Billionaires List” for the second consecutive year. Farmer last ranked on the list as no. 1,062 in 2008.
THE UNINSURED: There’s a light on the horizon for the roughly 46 million people in the United States who don’t have healthcare insurance, including 9 million children. With the U.S. House vote on March 21 to approve a healthcare reform bill, it’s estimated about twothirds of the uninsured will now get coverage, once all the provisions kick in. It’s a shame that a nation as wealthy and enlightened as the United States doesn’t offer healthcare to all of its citizens, as most other industrialized democracies do. Still, the bill is an important first step to becoming a kinder, more civilized society. Now let’s see if we can’t get some sort of public option passed.
JOHN BOEHNER: The House Minority leader from West Chester gave a rambling speech on the floor of Congress before the healthcare vote in which he seemed to flip his lid. Often raising his voice and looking desperate, Boehner chided reform supporters, asking if they had read the bill. “Hell no, you haven’t!” he yelled. Also, Boehner called Congress “arrogant” for approving the legislation. Dude, you served in the House throughout the George W. Bush years, which was the most arrogant Congress in modern history. Combined with Boehner’s recent remarks at a banking conference urging bankers to fight tougher regulations (“Don’t let those little punk staffers take advantage of you and stand up for yourselves”), it’s clear corporate interests come first for Boehner.