The Midwest is dotted with hundreds of small towns and northwest Ohio has its share. These towns are uniquely American, and America is a stronger nation because of them.
This past Saturday I took part in a 32-mile bike ride through Waterville and Whitehouse. We crisscrossed through miles of farmland and lunched on the banks of the Maumee River. Over the 4 hours, I was once again reminded of the timeless quality of these wonderful places.
Later that day we went to the Delta Chicken Festival. As I stood in line in the high school cafeteria, I heard pieces of the conversations around me. Grandparents waited patiently with several generations of their family. Their faces revealed community pride and an intimate sense of its history. This is their town.
As we stand on the brink of uncertainty, facing economic and possibly even social upheaval, it's good to know that these people and their small towns will hold up their end of the bargain.