Grandma Quinn

I was sabotaged! Thank you very much

The morning before Election Day I eagerly go to my computer to post my newest and last blog regarding the fight against SB 5. Computer is working fine, I do some last-minute polishing of a piece I have been working on for several days and then press the button to post it to my blog—NOTHING!

I access my internet home page and the Columbus Dispatch but then it slows to a crawl and then a stop. I cannot access my blog and then I suddenly have no internet connection. Strangely, when I check my modem connection it shows 5 green bars but then there is an orange circle over it. I call my internet provider and am told they can’t send a technician for 3 days. Curiously, I find I can get back on the internet an hour before the polls close on Election Day.

Did someone deliberately block my internet connection? The internet technician came out today, three days after the event, and tested all necessary items. Bright green bars flashed across the screen. He tells me there is no problem with my internet or modem. In fact, very strong signals are coming my way. I ask him about the possibility of sabotage and he politely repeats that there is nothing wrong with my internet connections. He explains that many things can be done to create interference—even someone from China could have created the problem. Somehow I doubt that anyone in China could give a rat’s ass about Ohio politics, my writings and my blog.

Am I frustrated? Yes! Am I angry? No. I am not angry and in fact I have many things to be thankful for. So, I am taking this time to extend my thanks to the malicious culprit who tried to silence me:

  • ·         Thank you for giving me the opportunity to run several scans on my computer. Everything checked out OK with no viruses so I guess my firewall is working.
  • ·         Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reboot my computer and internet several times. I needed the extra exercise of crawling under my desk. I also found a few extra pens while I was down there.
  • ·         Thank you for the opportunity to talk with the lovely tech support people in India. I enjoy the challenge of interpreting their dialect mixed in with the background noise of a hundred other tech support people.
  • ·         Thank you for the extra glass of wine at the end of that day.
  • ·         Thank you for freeing up my time and allowing me to take advantage of a beautiful Indian Summer day and go for an impromptu drive through the back roads with my husband. It was a lovely day.
  • ·         Thank you for confirming that people are reading my blog. The events are too coincidental for make me to think it was anything else but objections to my blog. In addition, there is also the time you or your friends reported my blog to the Facebook people as being “abusive”. I must have made my points well.
  • ·         Thank you for including me in the list of those who were censored. That list includes: George Orwell’s 1984; Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer;  Adolph Huxley’s Brave New World; Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; Joseph Heller’s Catch 22; J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye; Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass; John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter; and many, many more. That is a pretty impressive list and I feel honored to join it.
  • ·         Thank you for showing your true, sadistic colors.

Although this was done anonymously, I know who you are. Your politics are different from mine so you are leaning to the right of the scale. You are obviously a fan of Gov. Kasich and feel he can do no wrong or you would not have found my words so offensive. You are a bully and a control freak; otherwise you would not stoop so low. You would, instead, wait until my blog is posted and then engage in debate under the comments section.

Unlike many other blogs found on the web, I have tried to maintain a sense of decorum and professionalism. I have not resorted to profanity or name calling which is found in many others. There is nothing “abusive” in my content other than a different point of view than your own. True followers of Notes from the Pond know that I encourage healthy debates and discussions. That has been one of my points during the SB 5 campaign—people deserve the right to come together to discuss the problems and work them out together. It is only through open minds and honest discussions can we find the answers to the many problems our state and nation are facing.

We need to be able to come together as one family around the table to look at our many needs and then find a workable solution that benefits everybody. This will never happen as long as there are some people so interested in their own self-serving needs that they feel they must stoop so low as to change the words of a grandmother as in Grandma Quinn or to try to silence a lowly blogger.

Finally, thank you, my friend, for opening my eyes.

More on “Vote No on Issue 2”

The election is still more than three weeks away and the battle over Issue 2 is heating up. A lot is riding on this issue and both sides are digging in for a tough fight.

As I stated in my previous blog, I am definitely voting no on Issue 2. I see that every TV station in the state and some in West Virginia have pulled the despicable ad that purposely twists Grandma Quinn’s words to support their view to pass Issue 2, but the ad’s sponsor Building a Better Ohio (or you might call it Building a Broken Ohio or even Bullying for Ohio) is working hard to restore its misleading message.

Those hoping to pass Issue 2 say they are grateful for the attention their ad is getting. I am sure they are happy about the attention because as long as the issue is stirred up people will confuse in their minds what stand Grandma Quinn is making. The average, partially informed voter standing in the voting booth may think of the sweet grandmother and want to support her but may not remember which stand she was taking. To be clear—Grandma Quinn is voting no on Issue 2.

Those wanting you to vote yes on Issue 2 are circulating an email and close by saying, “Stand up for free speech….it is time to fight back against the bullies who want to shut down free speech, while using our tax dollars to fund their multi-million dollar propaganda campaign. Enough.” This is not a free speech issue, it is a truth in advertising issue and the only bullies I see are the Breaking Ohio Team. They are the ones who took the words of an ordinary citizen out of context and twisted them to their own advantage. As for the claim of using tax dollars, I feel this is highly doubtful or it would be all over the news.

I received an excellent letter from a reader and small business owner who gave a unique perspective of the problems addressed in Issue 2. You can find it at under “comments” at the end of “Opponents of ‘Vote No on Issue 2’ stoop to new low”. In the letter he makes an interesting distinction between “spending” and “investment” regarding pay cut for teachers. In addition he notes that a balanced budget is not everything but rather an investment to create growth. This reminds me of discussions I have participated in on various boards—a budget is there to serve as a guideline for spending but it is not written in stone. Thank you, Lenin, for a fresh point of view on this very important and controversial subject. The letter follows:



Thanks for writing this piece. I agree with you and thought I would share my opinion here.

My opinion on pay cut for teachers:

Education is investment. Not spending. Instead of cutting the benefits and salary for teachers, the government should increase the pay to attract and retain quality teachers. For example, as a small business owner, I cannot go to my employees and say 
“we need more effort from you and by the way, I am cutting your salary and benefits”.

My opinion on balanced budget:

 What use is the balanced budget, when there is no scope for growth? For example, showed loss for several years initially. They would borrow huge amount(s) of money and  (then)spend on capturing (the) market. Investors wanted profit. But the CEO was not in a hurry. He just reinvested all the company’s revenue to position his company for further growth. Now we know the success story of Amazon.

 Balanced budget is not everything. As long as we invest the money to create growth, then debt is not a problem. The corporate CEOs know this better than us. What better growth area can we find to invest than the education sector in the state of Ohio?

For example: if our state had the most density of software engineers, Google and Microsoft would open office here. We don’t have to offer tax cut. In the absence of that kind of Human resources, no tax cut can attract business here.

Let us invest and grow. That is the good old American style.