2006.12.17: December 17, 2006: Headlines: Figures: COS - Tanzania: Politics: State Government: Columbus Dispatch: History may recall Taft more fondly than polls

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Tanzania: Special Report: Ohio Governor Bob Taft, RPCV Tanzania: February 9, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: RPCV Bob Taft (Tanzania) : 2006.12.17: December 17, 2006: Headlines: Figures: COS - Tanzania: Politics: State Government: Return to our Country of Service - Tanzania: Columbus Dispatch: Taft plan to revisit Tanzania where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer : 2006.12.17: December 17, 2006: Headlines: Figures: COS - Tanzania: Politics: State Government: Columbus Dispatch: History may recall Taft more fondly than polls

By Admin1 (admin) (ppp-70-245-26-66.dsl.okcyok.swbell.net - 70.245.26.66) on Monday, December 18, 2006 - 12:04 pm: Edit Post

History may recall Taft more fondly than polls

History may recall Taft more fondly than polls

He left an enduring mark on Ohio by funding the largest school construction program in history, establishing the Third Frontier job-creation program and overhauling the stateís antiquated tax code. "Fifteen, 20 years from now, I think Taft will go down as one of the smartest and most accomplished governors weíve had," Ohio Republican Chairman Robert T. Bennett said Friday. Taftís legal troubles resulted from his failure to report on his annual financial-disclosure forms 52 golf outings, meals, hockey tickets and other gifts worth almost $6,000 since 1998. By law, all gifts of $75 or more must be disclosed to the public. "Obviously, I made a mistake. ... Iím the governor. Iím the one thatís responsible for making sure itís accurate, and it wasnít. Thatís why I took responsibility. It was the right thing to do." Ohio Governor Robert Taft served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania in the 1960's.

History may recall Taft more fondly than polls

History may recall Taft more fondly than polls

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Alan Johnson and Mark Niquette
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

As he leaves public office, Gov. Bob Taft is happy to discuss education, tax reform and the Third Frontier.

But Ohioís 67 th governor flat out wonít speak about his darkest hour.

More precisely, it was 12 minutes in a Franklin County courtroom last year where Taft was found guilty of four misdemeanor ethics violations and fined $4,000, plus costs.

"Thereís nothing more to say about that," Taft said, folding his arms across his chest. "I just donít want to talk about it."

Taft sat down Friday with The Dispatch to reflect on his per- sonal highs and lows in eight years as governor before he leaves office Jan. 7, his 65 th birthday.

The highs are easy for Taft and his supporters to tick off, and although those 12 minutes in court mark his two terms in office, fairly or unfairly, history may treat him more kindly.

"Fifteen, 20 years from now, I think Taft will go down as one of the smartest and most accomplished governors weíve had," Ohio Republican Chairman Robert T. Bennett said Friday.

The road traveled was often rocky for the great-grandson of a president, the grandson of "Mr. Republican" featured in John F. Kennedyís Profiles in Courage, and the son of a U.S. senator.

He enjoyed a largely successful first term, helped by a strong economy and accomplishing most of his campaign promises during his initial year in office. As the economy soured and scandals surfaced, Taftís popularity sank.

Even with the problems, Taft said he remained focused on his agenda.

"I think we have accomplished important things that are going to make a difference for Ohioans going forward," he said. "Thatís what I look to for my satisfaction."

And although Taft leaves with public-opinion polls showing him the most unpopular governor in the country, he says public opinion never dictated how he did his job.

"You canít try to govern by polls," he said. "Iíve tried to do whatís right, and Iíve set out an agenda that I believe prepares Ohio for the 21 st century.

"Iím really going to miss the job. Ö I have enjoyed being the person making the decisions."

Even so, he said he wonít miss campaigns like the last one in which he was frequently a political punching bag for Republican and Democratic candidates alike.

"I donít watch TV very much, but obviously that was not a very pleasant period of time for me. I wish I could have been more helpful to our Republican candidates, but that wasnít the situation."

Still, he wasnít surprised in light of daily headlines generated by the investigation of Thomas W. Noe, a Maumee coin dealer and prominent GOP fundraiser who was convicted last month of stealing nearly $14 million from the $50 million rare-coin investment he managed for the Ohio Bureau of Workersí Compensation.

"Once Noe happened, and I knew Noe, I just expected it was going to happen whether it was fair or not," Taft said of his political battering. "I was disappointed in some of our Republican friends who were taking that kind of tack in their own races even though they were people that I had I supported and worked with over the years."

He left an enduring mark on Ohio by funding the largest school construction program in history, establishing the Third Frontier job-creation program and overhauling the stateís antiquated tax code.

However, he was frequently bullied by fellow Republicans in the General Assembly and last week became the first governor in 20 years to have a veto overridden.

While Taft badly wanted to sell his ideas to Ohioans, he is such an intensely private person that even those close to him rarely got a glimpse of the real man inside.

Mary Ann Sharkey, who was Taftís communication director during his first term, said he is "a gentleman who followed the rules of prep school, his family, society and culture. What he didnít realize is that other people didnít play by those rules.

"I donít think thereís any doubt that historyís going to treat him a lot kinder," she said. "In retrospect, people will look at not reporting the golf games and gifts and put it in a larger context."

William C. Binning, chairman of the political science department at Youngstown State University and a former county Republican Party chairman, says Taft came to symbolize for many Ohioans everything that was wrong with the GOP and the state.

"Itís not just about him," Binning said. "I think heís become a metaphor for the last Republican reign in Columbus."

Taft said he isnít dwelling on how history will view his eight years in office.

"Thatís for the historians. Thatís for you pundits and for someone else to say. I did the right thing.

"I hope this time will be looked back upon as a period when Ohio really embarked on a steady course of school improvement and addressed a lot of education issues from school buildings to high academic standards to teacher training."

Taftís legal troubles resulted from his failure to report on his annual financial-disclosure forms 52 golf outings, meals, hockey tickets and other gifts worth almost $6,000 since 1998. By law, all gifts of $75 or more must be disclosed to the public.

"Obviously, I made a mistake. ... Iím the governor. Iím the one thatís responsible for making sure itís accurate, and it wasnít. Thatís why I took responsibility. It was the right thing to do."

He refused to blame his staff, even praising his chief of staff, Brian K. Hicks, who also was convicted of an ethics violation because he never revealed he had accepted a discounted stay at Noeís Florida home.

"Brian did a great job. Ö He was very good public servant, and I certainly regret that he had to get raked through the coals for one pretty minor error."

There were good times, too, Taft said, recalling how Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had to don an Ohio State University football jersey after losing a bet on the 2002 OSU-Miami championship game. He has fond memories of governors dinners at the White House, visiting schools statewide, foreign-trade missions and promoting Ohio travel and tourism.

His future plans are likely to focus on education and teaching at the college level.

But he definitely wants time away from the public limelight after having his agenda driven by 30 years in office.

Taft will go full circle in January when he returns to the roots of his public service some 40 years ago.

He said one of the first things he and his wife, Hope, plan to do is to visit Tanzania, the African country where Taft served as an idealistic Peace Corps volunteer teacher in the 1960s.

A black-and-white picture of a younger, thinner Taft digging a ditch in Africa was used in Taft campaign ads and is prominently featured near the front of The Taft Years, a 128-page state-published book detailing his tenure as governor.

"Weíre going to Ö just have fun for a while," Taft said.

ajohnson@dispatch.com




Links to Related Topics (Tags):

Headlines: December, 2006; RPCV Bob Taft (Tanzania); Figures; Peace Corps Tanzania; Directory of Tanzania RPCVs; Messages and Announcements for Tanzania RPCVs; Politics; State Government; Ohio





When this story was posted in December 2006, this was on the front page of PCOL:


Contact PCOLBulletin BoardRegisterSearch PCOLWhat's New?

Peace Corps Online The Independent News Forum serving Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
All Volunteers Safe in Fiji Date: December 9 2006 No: 1044 All Volunteers Safe in Fiji
All Volunteers in Fiji are safe and accounted for. The Peace Corps is monitoring the situation very closely. Volunteers are on standfast but there are no plans for evacuation at this time. Peace Corps is working closely with the US embassy and with host country partners to monitor the situation. Peace Corps is confident that volunteers are not in harm's way. The military seized control of Fiji on December 5 after weeks of threats. Subscribe to our news feed to read the latest breaking news.

Top Stories and Breaking News PCOL Magazine Peace Corps Library RPCV Directory Sign Up

December 8, 2006: This Month's Top Stories Date: December 8 2006 No: 1043 December 8, 2006: This Month's Top Stories
Ryan Morris disputes Borat image of Kazakhstan 20 Nov
PCOL announces Peace Corps News Feed 8 Dec
Michael O'Hanlon writes: Civil War in Iraq? 4 Dec
Dayton Daily News Editor Jeff Bruce retires 3 Dec
John Sherman writes libretto for opera "Biafra" 30 Nov
Carol Bellamy writes: The Hidden Cost of AIDS 30 Nov
Gaddi Vasquez in Egypt with World Food Programme 29 Nov
Bill Moyers writes: Message To West Point 29 Nov
Alejandro Toledo appointed Stanford Fellow 29 Nov
PC to start five new Master's International Programs 27 Nov
Garamendi hopes to reshape role as lieutenant governor 26 Nov
Parents plant seeds of caring for Carrie Jane Dulin 25 Nov
Beth Duff-Brown returns to Congo Kinshasa 25 Nov
Forbes gives Direct Relief International perfect score 23 Nov
Margaret Krome writes: Parents provide a lesson 22 Nov
PC IG investing in case management system 21 Nov
Amy Taylor producing a CD called "NamibiAlive 20 Nov
Chris Matthews interviews Seymour Hersh on Iran 20 Nov
Joe Acaba speaks to Tech students 20 Nov
Jeffrey Stanaway teaches life skills to at-risk teens 19 Nov
Sam Farr's spinach fest 18 Nov
Dodd Introduces Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act 16 Nov

Ron Tschetter in Morocco and Jordan Date: November 18 2006 No: 1038 Ron Tschetter in Morocco and Jordan
On his first official trip since being confirmed as Peace Corps Director, Ron Tschetter (shown at left with PCV Tia Tucker) is on a ten day trip to Morocco and Jordan. Traveling with his wife (Both are RPCVs.), Tschetter met with volunteers in Morocco working in environment, youth development, health, and small business development. He began his trip to Jordan by meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and discussed expanding the program there in the near future.

November 12, 2006: This Month's Top Stories Date: November 12 2006 No: 1030 November 12, 2006: This Month's Top Stories
Michael O'Hanlon writes: The New Congress and Iraq 9 Nov
Amanda Host named new PC Press Director 12 Nov
Shays will reach across the aisle for answers in Iraq 8 Nov
Petri loses chance to become committee chairman 8 Nov
Doyle gets a mandate to improve education 8 Nov
Eunice Shriver spends election night with Schwarzenegger 8 Nov
Donna Shalala writes: Eliminating gender bias in universities 7 Nov
Robert Paul upheld peace amid Afghan war 6 Nov
Carol Bellamy receives humanitarian award 6 Nov
Joseph Opala studies Black Seminoles 6 Nov
David C. Liner named PC Chief of Staff 3 Nov
PCV Matthew Costa remembered 2 Nov
Ethiopian-American community rallied for Garamendi 2 Nov
Christopher Poulos named Teacher of the Year 1 Nov
Peace Corps Writers and the Lost Generation 1 Nov
James Rupert writes: A deadly attack in Pakistan 31 Oct
Hill meets secretly with North Korea to restart talks 31 Oct
Jimmy Carter remembers mother in Peace Corps 30 Oct
Leigh Emery travels world for science 27 Oct
IFAW breaks ground for new headquarters 25 Oct
RPCVs Podcast Around the Globe 23 Oct

Election 2006: Results of RPCV Races Date: November 8 2006 No: 1024 Election 2006: Results of RPCV Races
Chris Shays claims victory in closely watched race
Jim Walsh wins re-election to Congress in close race
Tom Petri unopposed for re-election to Congress
Sam Farr wins re-election to Congress
Mike Honda wins re-election to Congress
Jim Doyle wins re-election to Wisconsin Governorship
Kinky Friedman loses in long shot bid for Texas Governor
John Garamendi elected Lt. Governor of California

The Peace Corps Library Date: July 11 2006 No: 923 The Peace Corps Library
The Peace Corps Library is now available online with over 40,000 index entries in 500 categories. Looking for a Returned Volunteer? Check our RPCV Directory or leave a message on our Bulletin Board. New: Sign up to receive our free Monthly Magazine by email, research the History of the Peace Corps, or sign up for a daily news summary of Peace Corps stories. FAQ: Visit our FAQ for more information about PCOL.

Chris Dodd's Vision for the Peace Corps Date: September 23 2006 No: 996 Chris Dodd's Vision for the Peace Corps
Senator Chris Dodd (RPCV Dominican Republic) spoke at the ceremony for this year's Shriver Award and elaborated on issues he raised at Ron Tschetter's hearings. Dodd plans to introduce legislation that may include: setting aside a portion of Peace Corps' budget as seed money for demonstration projects and third goal activities (after adjusting the annual budget upward to accommodate the added expense), more volunteer input into Peace Corps operations, removing medical, healthcare and tax impediments that discourage older volunteers, providing more transparency in the medical screening and appeals process, a more comprehensive health safety net for recently-returned volunteers, and authorizing volunteers to accept, under certain circumstances, private donations to support their development projects. He plans to circulate draft legislation for review to members of the Peace Corps community and welcomes RPCV comments.

He served with honor Date: September 12 2006 No: 983 He served with honor
One year ago, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Paul (RPCV Kenya) carried on an ongoing dialog on this website on the military and the peace corps and his role as a member of a Civil Affairs Team in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have just received a report that Sargeant Paul has been killed by a car bomb in Kabul. Words cannot express our feeling of loss for this tremendous injury to the entire RPCV community. Most of us didn't know him personally but we knew him from his words. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. He was one of ours and he served with honor.

Meet Ron Tschetter - Our Next Director Date: September 6 2006 No: 978 Meet Ron Tschetter - Our Next Director
Read our story about Ron Tschetter's confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that was carried on C-Span. It was very different from the Vasquez hearings in 2001, very cut and dried with low attendance by the public. Among the highlights, Tschetter intends to make recruitment of baby boomers a priority, there are 20 countries under consideration for future programs, Senator Dodd intends to re-introduce his third goal Peace Corps legislation this session, Tschetter is a great admirer of Senator Coleman's quest for accountability, Dodd thinks management at PC may not put volunteers first, Dodd wants Tschetter to look into problems in medical selection, and Tschetter is not a blogger and knows little about the internet or guidelines for volunteer blogs. Read our recap of the hearings as well as Senator Coleman's statement and Tschetter's statement.

Peace Corps' Screening and Medical Clearance Date: August 19 2006 No: 964 Peace Corps' Screening and Medical Clearance
The purpose of Peace Corps' screening and medical clearance process is to ensure safe accommodation for applicants and minimize undue risk exposure for volunteers to allow PCVS to complete their service without compromising their entry health status. To further these goals, PCOL has obtained a copy of the Peace Corps Screening Guidelines Manual through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and has posted it in the "Peace Corps Library." Applicants and Medical Professionals (especially those who have already served as volunteers) are urged to review the guidelines and leave their comments and suggestions. Then read the story of one RPCV's journey through medical screening and his suggestions for changes to the process.

The Peace Corps is "fashionable" again Date: July 31 2006 No: 947 The Peace Corps is "fashionable" again
The LA Times says that "the Peace Corps is booming again and "It's hard to know exactly what's behind the resurgence." PCOL Comment: Since the founding of the Peace Corps 45 years ago, Americans have answered Kennedy's call: "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." Over 182,000 have served. Another 200,000 have applied and been unable to serve because of lack of Congressional funding. The Peace Corps has never gone out of fashion. It's Congress that hasn't been keeping pace.

PCOL readership increases 100% Date: April 3 2006 No: 853 PCOL readership increases 100%
Monthly readership on "Peace Corps Online" has increased in the past twelve months to 350,000 visitors - over eleven thousand every day - a 100% increase since this time last year. Thanks again, RPCVs and Friends of the Peace Corps, for making PCOL your source of information for the Peace Corps community. And thanks for supporting the Peace Corps Library and History of the Peace Corps. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

History of the Peace Corps Date: March 18 2006 No: 834 History of the Peace Corps
PCOL is proud to announce that Phase One of the "History of the Peace Corps" is now available online. This installment includes over 5,000 pages of primary source documents from the archives of the Peace Corps including every issue of "Peace Corps News," "Peace Corps Times," "Peace Corps Volunteer," "Action Update," and every annual report of the Peace Corps to Congress since 1961. "Ask Not" is an ongoing project. Read how you can help.


Read the stories and leave your comments.






Some postings on Peace Corps Online are provided to the individual members of this group without permission of the copyright owner for the non-profit purposes of criticism, comment, education, scholarship, and research under the "Fair Use" provisions of U.S. Government copyright laws and they may not be distributed further without permission of the copyright owner. Peace Corps Online does not vouch for the accuracy of the content of the postings, which is the sole responsibility of the copyright holder.

Story Source: Columbus Dispatch

This story has been posted in the following forums: : Headlines; Figures; COS - Tanzania; Politics; State Government

PCOL35616
24

By ohio (cpe-24-210-46-145.columbus.res.rr.com - 24.210.46.145) on Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 7:06 am: Edit Post

Getting Ohio Republican Chairman Robert T. Bennett's stamp of approval as a smart guy is actually quite an indictment.

Three other Ohio GOP insiders beloved by Bennett, along with their current whereabouts:

* former Congressman Bob Ney: jail

* Toledo businessman and coin scandal figure Tom Noe: jail

* Mean Jean Schmidt, reelected despite calling Congressman John Murtha a coward on the floor of the house

Taft may not be the theocratic wacko type Republican -- though he he IS in league with election stealer / election loser Ken Blackwell, who IS one -- but, contrary to this article, Taft has been a disaster for this state. Noe and Hicks are not getting raked over coals for a minor error: this Republican machine has conspired in a variety of ways to personally profit while wrecking the economy and the social safety net.

Goodbye, Mr. Taft. You and our state will be a lot better off when you're finally out of office and in the classroom.

By ohio (cpe-24-210-46-145.columbus.res.rr.com - 24.210.46.145) on Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 7:05 am: Edit Post

Getting Ohio Republican Chairman Robert T. Bennett's stamp of approval as a smart guy is actually quite an indictment.

Three other Ohio GOP insiders beloved by Bennett, along with their current whereabouts:

* former Congressman Bob Ney: jail

* Toledo businessman and coin scandal figure Tom Noe: jail

* Mean Jean Schmidt, reelected despite calling Congressman John Murtha a coward on the floor of the house

Taft may not be the theocratic wacko type Republican -- though he he IS in league with election stealer / election loser Ken Blackwell, who IS one -- but, contrary to this article, Taft has been a disaster for this state. Noe and Hicks are not getting raked over coals for a minor error: this Republican machine has conspired in a variety of ways to personally profit while wrecking the economy and the social safety net.

Goodbye, Mr. Taft. You and our state will be a lot better off when you're finally out of office and in the classroom.


Add a Message


This is a public posting area. Enter your username and password if you have an account. Otherwise, enter your full name as your username and leave the password blank. Your e-mail address is optional.
Username:  
Password:
E-mail: