MTV has started a project where they are hiring young people to blog about politics and society. The blog entries are put under the heading of "Think MTV", and they call the bloggers "Street Team 08". One of the bloggers is Medina County Democrat Joel Hanek. Joel is the son of Patricia and John Hanek. Patricia is the Central Committee Woman to the Ohio Democratic Party State Central Committee.
Joel's latest blog entry can be read here: http://think.mtv.com/044FDFFFF00989DED00080098CEE7/User/Blog/BlogPostDetail.aspx If you go to the link above, you can then link to other articles that Joel has written.
The entry linked to above is an article about the impact of the minimum wage on society. Joel is a graduate of Ohio University and his minimum wage blog entry refers to his experience at OU. Here is a quote from his minimum wage entry:
Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachians, Athens County is home to Ohio University (not to be confused with Ohio State University). Southeastern Ohio used to be home to an industry that relied mostly off of harvesting of the natural resources such as salt and coal mining. However, as the years have gone by, the largest employer in Athens County now is Ohio University, and next after that, Wal-Mart. As a small rural town, most of the jobs in Athens revolve around catering to the ebb and flow of college students – providing sustenance to the college kids and then cleaning up after them.
It’s quite the interesting juxtaposition: the college kid working for the dining services to make a little extra money to blow at the bars, and the middle aged mother working for the dining services to support a family.
If you get a chance check out Joel's minimum wage entry and his other articles for ThinkMTV. It will be well worth your time.