01/24/2021: “Trump passes on ‘ex-presidents club'”

by Will Weissert and Deb Riechmann of the Associated Press

Sometimes when I read an article in the Gazette all I can do is shake my head and smile. This is certainly one of them!

The article, as others have done in the past weeks, has pointed out that President Trump chose not to attend Biden’s inauguration. This article seems to suggest it was an inappropriate thing to do. But President Trump said he didn’t want to be a distraction by attending and President-Elect had agreed with that decision. So Trump decided to leave Washington and fly back to his home in Florida. Hadn’t he just been accused of inciting an insurrection? Hadn’t he just been impeached? Yet the writers present his decision in a bad light, rather than common sense considering all that has just go on.

The article goes on to tell us that Trump’s behavior started before he even took office. ‘“After his election victory in November 2016, Obama hosted Trump at the White House promising to ‘do everything we can to help you succeed. Trump responded, “I look forward to being with you many more times in the future” but that never happened.'” “Instead Trump accused Obama of spying on his campaign…”

Have Will and Deb spent any time reviewing the growing evidence coming from declassified documents that show that the Obama Administration did spy on the Trump campaign. That they used false evidence in FISA requests to get permission to do so. That after his election they undermined Trump’s incoming National Security team. And Obama’s supporters and left overs from his Administration continued the Russia Collusion investigation long after they knew there was no evidence supporting it. So if that’s “doing everything to help you succeed” I would hate to see what President Obama and the Democrats would do if they were doing everything to help you fail! I can’t imagine it would have been anything different.

But Trump is breaking tradition and not joining in a group of former Presidents? Let’s see what those former presidents did. Carter criticized Trump on numerous occasions. Clinton wasn’t as outspoken against Trump, but his wife proposed the Russia Collusion story to take the focus of attention away from her illegal use of a private server and 30,000 missing emails. She repeatedly claimed the election was stolen from her and Trump was an illegitimate President. President Obama worked to stop Trump from taking office and then later to have him removed. That might leave someone hesitant to join in their circle. And as the article says, Trump concluded ‘”I don’t think I’ll be accepted.”‘

The article goes on to state that “current and former presidents sometimes loathed each other, and criticizing their successors isn’t unheard of. It goes on to give three examples. The most recent were President Obama and Carter. They had to reach back a hundred years to Teddy Roosevelt for their example of a Republican former President acting in this manner.

The article finishes with the following: ‘“I think Trump has taken it too far,” Brower said. “I don’t think that these former presidents will welcome him at any point.”‘

Considering all that has taken place over the last five years I don’t blame President Trump for questioning whether he wants to be part of a group that undermined his term in office and his attempt at re-election. At this point in time doing anything else would just looks phony! Our Country doesn’t need more phony. We’ve had plenty of that in recent years.

01/24/21: “Ohio ranks last for administering second doses of COVID-19 vaccines”

by Jackie Borchardt of the Cincinnati Enquirer and USA TODAY NETWORK

The article starts off by stating “Ohio is dead last among states in administering a second does of the coronavirus to residents…” That sounds pretty bad for the Governor’s Administration. Next it goes on to state the following in reference to the the first week the Pfizer vaccine was available: “That left only 9,750 doses for hospitals to administer to front-line health care workers. Meanwhile, other states such as Illinois and Texas, put all their initial Pfizer does towards health care workers.” Again it sounds bad for Ohio. So what is going on?

You have to go well past the halfway point of the article to get good news. And what was the good news? “Ohio is second in the country for number of nursing home residents and staff who have received second doses…” So how did the current administration choose to prioritize nursing home residents and staff over other Ohio Residents?

You get a sense on why Ohio chose nursing homes over others near the end of the article. The article states “Ohio has about 72,000 nursing home residents…” It also goes on to say “About 52% of all Ohio COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents…”. So half of Ohio’s COVID-19 Deaths have occurred in 0.6% of Ohio’s population! It goes on to state that “Gov. Mike DeWine has cited mortality statistics to support moving nursing home residents and seniors to the front of the line to get scarce vaccines.” Imagine that, using actual mortality statistics to prioritize who gets vaccinated first? Doesn’t that sound logical to you? It does to me.

So if Ohio is leading the Nation, or at least in second place, in protecting the most vulnerable of its population, wouldn’t you think that would be the headline and main focus of the story. But it wasn’t. And why is there a story about the use of the first 100,000 doses in the first place when the article goes on to say that Ohio has now (at the time the article was written) received “more than 1.2 million doses…”.

Finding something negative to report about the current Governor and his Administration seems to be a priority for this journalist. But is that what a journalist is supposed to do?

01/23/2021: “Trump showed he didn’t care about Ohioans”

by Jason Williams of the Cincinnati Enquirer

Today’s Chillicothe Gazette devoted most of its Opinion page to attempting to convince us of the importance of “red and blue” working together to solve our nation’s problems. That was the theme of the Guest Editorial by the Columbus Dispatch. “Commit to serving the civic good” was the headline and topic of a peace by multiple employees of USA Today. But it seems that was too much getting along for the Chillicothe Gazette. They had to include at least one “anti-Trump” piece to go with the others. This time it was the above referenced piece by Jason Williams, a political columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Chillicothe Gazette is the “paper of record” for Ross County, Ohio. So did they think Jason’s column would be well accepted? Was he preaching to the choir when he stated “And stop kidding yourselves and accept that Donald Trump is an unrepentant jackass.”

But what if we don’t accept that fact. What if we actually believed and still believe that President Trump cared about every citizen of Ohio and every other state in the union? It appears that Jason Williams thinks we are all fools if we believe that and don’t accept the “facts” he puts forward as true.

Jason finishes up his piece by pointing out that he was “Gallia County born and raised“.

I couldn’t help but wonder how did the residents of Gallia County vote this past November:

Biden/Harris = 2,990 (21.6%) and Trump/Pence = 10,645 (77.1%)

So the editor of the Chillicothe Gazette thought it was appropriate to include a column by a Gannett employee originally from Gallia County who thinks that nearly 80% of the voters from his native county disagreed with his statement on whether President Trump cared for Ohioans? And how did that column convince the the two thirds of voters in Ross County who voted in the presidential election for President Trump that there is even the slightest possibility that “red and blue” can find enough common ground to work together.

Jason states “They’ve made you, the regular Trump supporter, look bad.” just who is “they”? Is it journalists like Jason that take every opportunity possible to ridicule President Trump and his supporters, even when that includes most of the voters from their native county? Is it the Democrat Party’s Congressional leadership team that thinks that they must impeach (remove from office) a President who is no longer in office? Or is it editors who think it is going get “red and blue” to work together even after if they include a column like Jason’s in their paper.

In my opinion, those are the people left looking bad!

01/19/2021: “Freezing weather brings much of Europe misery”

by Vanessa Gera of the Associated Press

The article tells us “extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe,…”. The article goes on to talk about extremely cold weather in the Balkans (in southern Europe) and snow in Istanbul.

But it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere so cold weather is expected. And all of Europe is in the Northern Hemisphere so, again, cold weather is expected. So what makes this weather worth reporting on. The article tells us: “Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures.” It goes on to tell us it includes “Snowing blanketing the Turkish city of Istanbul and smog spiking as coal was being burned to generate heat. Also “Temperatures dropped to minus 18 F in some Polish areas overnight, the coldest night in 11 years.” This is extreme weather for some of these locations.

This year’s extremely cold weather follows articles from last January about a snowfall that covered much of Saudi Arabia’s north-west desert. In recent years there have been more reports on snow in parts of the Mid-East which have rarely seen snow in past years. So what is going on?

Climate does change. So is this a change in our climate? And if so, what should we expect?

The September, 2004 issue of the National Geographic Magazine included a chart of the climate changes the Antarctic continent has experienced over the last four hundred thousand years.

Others have put together charts of the changing climate over the last several thousand years.

So why, when we are told that we just experienced one of the hottest years in history, are we experiencing extreme cold weather in Europe or elsewhere? Is it possible that we may be approaching the dramatic change in climate that the National Geographic chart indicates might just be over due?

Only time will tell!

01/17/21: “Falling prey to entirely unfounded fears”

An editorial by The Marietta Times

In this editorial The Marietta Times expresses concerns over the fact that many healthcare workers are expressing concerns about taking the Covid-19 vaccine. In a front page article concern was expressed that African Americans were concerned about being vaccinated. In other articles we seen how black athletes are being recruited to promote the vaccines. Both talk about the efforts being made to medical journals, the media and others in promoting vaccination so why are so many reluctant? Is it just a natural response or were they told they should be warry of any “Trump” vaccinations by someone?

Let’s start by reviewing some of the columns by the Gazette’s favorite columnist, Dick Polman:

9/12/20: “Who wants to inject Trump vaccine?” In this column Dick doesn’t promote people taking the vaccine when it became available, but expresses concerns on how it would be foolish to take one that was developed while President Trump was in office.

9/16/20: “Trump knew the danger. End of story.” In this column Dick states that “…he (Trump) has now shot and killed 190,000.” He wasn’t stating that President Trump had actually shot people, but that he was responsible for their deaths due to his response, or lack of it, to the Covid-19 virus. There wasn’t one word in the column that promoted the use of a vaccine once one was available. Considering how close this column came to his last one, it would only enforce peoples concerns about one.

9/25/20: “Dr. Trump can’t resist looking foolish on virus” He included the following in this column: “Trump and his death-cult party members…”. There was nothing in this column about the need for the taking of the virus.

So in the space of just two weeks the Chillicothe Gazette published three columns by Dick Polman in which he ridicules President Trump, his response to the Covid-19 response and tells people that they would be foolish to take the vaccine unless President Trump took it first to prove it was safe. How many other Gannett papers used these very same columns by Dick Polman? Why would any newspaper give space to his outrageous and provably false claims that President Trump was responsible for all the Covid-19 deaths? Where would he get the idea to make that claim in the first place?

September 27th the Gazette carried a column in the Opinion section by USA Today. The headline was “200,000 souls are asking their fellow Americans why?” It included the following: “Much of the blame lies at the hands of an astonishingly incompetent and politically motivated Trump administration”. Those are pretty harsh words from USA Today. And if the Trump administration was really that incompetent and only politically motivated, why would anyone take a vaccine developed while he was in office. After all, Dick Polman told us how foolish it would be., didn’t he?

In a September 23 article regarding President Trump and the virus by Darrel Rowland of the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and USA Today Network he makes a very good point. “Trump’s response to the coronavirus remains a major campaign issue…” Truer words were rarely spoken.

Vice President Biden and Senator Harris spent much of their time focusing on the Covid-19 virus. In her speech given early in the last day of the Republicans’ convention Sen. Harris claimed that President Trump’s administration was responsible for many, if not most of the deaths the US had experienced. She falsely claimed that the Trump Administration had no plan to begin with and still had no plan (in late August). Vice President Biden also joined in the chorus of criticism of President Trump and his administration’s response. An October 24th article on the second Presidential Debate Julie Pace of the Associated Press quoted Biden as saying: “Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States.” He also blamed Trump for all the deaths from the virus, even mistakenly claiming there had been 200,000,000 deaths, not the actual number of 200,000.

So Vice President Biden and Senator Harris spent the entire campaign casting doubts on the Trump Administration’s handling of the virus as did many in the media. They also cast doubts on any vaccine that was developed under the Trump Administration. And the media covered this as if it were true and included columns that told people that they would be foolish to take the vaccine.

And now they wonder why many people, especially those who typically vote for Democrats, might be reluctant to be vaccinated? Maybe the Democrats, media and columnists should have thought about that when they were using the virus as a political weapon against President Trump in the 2020 campaign.

PS: I submitted a column to the Gazette pointing out the false and inflammatory statements VP Biden and Sen. Harris were making regarding the virus and the Trump Administration’s response to it. However it never made it to the paper. It didn’t fit their narrative and it might have hurt Biden’s chance in the election. Gannett and the Gazette could let that happen! You can read what I wrote here.

1/09/21 & 01/10/21: Political Cartoons

by Kevin Siers (01/09) and KOTERBA (01/10)

With so much going on it is hard to know what to write about next. Having taken a couple days off to do some yard work, write some political letters and do some fused and stained glass work, the pile of pieces I’ve saved to comment on has gotten pretty high. This time I decided to write one piece on a couple political cartoons I saw in the Gazette.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”

That’s an old saying that is pretty much understood to mean it takes a lot more words to express the same thing that you can do with one single picture. The only problem with that saying is the following. You can give a lot of detail and context in a thousands words. You can even do it in less. That’s why newspapers limit submitted columns and LTEs to far fewer than a thousand words. In the Gazette it is five hundred words, though occasionally that limit is waived. A well written column or article leaves the reader with few questions other than “Do I agree with the facts and conclusions?” If the facts are well documented it takes away part of the question. If the conclusion is well grounded in facts it may address the second part too. That isn’t always the case with a “picture” (or cartoon).

Kevin’s cartoon (01/09/21 issue) depicts a rattle snake coiled around the US Capitol Building. It’s mouth is open, tongue stretched out and fangs ready for action. Its rattlers are ready to sound their warning. The snake appears to be very similar to the one used by colonists prior and during the American Revolution and again by the “Tea Party” in its heyday. I still see them flying on poles or on cars and trucks when I drive around town.

So what is the snake doing? Has it wrapped itself around the US Capitol in an attempt to crush it and the nation? Or is it attempting to defend the Capitol and the nation, and if so from whom?

I’ve read and heard that rattlesnakes are not an offensive animal unless they are in search of food. When confronted by threats such as people they typically shy away. However when they feel they can’t retreat they coil up, shake their rattles in warning and strike out when they feel it is their last resort.

Kevin did label the snake as “Trump’s Mob” so I’m guessing that this was not supposed to be a positive portrayal of their actions. But looking at the picture you can come away believing that the snake is feeling the Nation is threatened and is coiled around the US Capitol Building attempting to protect it from the perceived threat. While that might not apply to those who rushed the Capitol, broke its windows and rushed inside, it would apply to tens of thousands of those who attended the DC rally against an election they felt was “stolen”. They went to DC to express their concerns that our country and its founding principals are being threatened by a group of leftist radicals. So in this cartoon’s case, a few more words would have better relayed the artist’s message.

KOTERBA’s cartoon shows an eagle (labeled Democracy) on the ground in distress. It also shows boots and shoes on the bottom of legs which appear to be rushing towards the Capitol Building. We don’t see any more of the “people” than their legs so don’t know who they might be. Are the politicians, are they law enforcement? Or are they citizens coming to the Capitol Building’s defense? Or are they an angry mob? If they are angry, why are they and is their anger justified? And finally, was the eagle in distress before to the running legs came or are they what is causing the crisis for “Democracy”. Again, a few more words might give us a better understanding of the artists intent.

I suspect that there very appearance in a Gannett newspaper would indicate the intent of the artists was to portray President Trump’s supporters in a very negative light. That certainly could be a valid interpretation of the cartoons. But our Nation is very divided. There are two large segments of the citizenry. One see Donald Trump and his supporters as a major threat to our nation. They applauded and approved of the steps taken to keep him from being elected (both in 2016 and 2020) and to have him removed from office after his 2016 victory. Yet another large segment of our citizenry sees the attempts to spy on the Trump Campaign in 2016, to falsely accuse him of being an asset of and colluding with Russians and both impeachments as the greatest threat our Nation and Democracy have experienced in their life time.

I can’t help but think that any fair minded individual, when presented with the facts we’ve already seen, would tend to side with those who see the actions of the Democrats and DC Bureaucrats as a threat to our nation. They might even come to the conclusion that it is the best example we’ve experienced as a country of individuals trampling on our Democracy.

So maybe it is best that the artists didn’t add a few more words to make their intentions perfectly clear. It gives Trump supporters a ray of hope that their interpretation was what the artists intended.

I doubt it was.

01/14/21: “Twitter ban of Trump isn’t like China”

by Jack Greiner of the USA Today Network

Mr. Greiner is identified as the managing partner of Graydon law firm in Cincinnati and the attorney who “…represents Enquirer Media in First Amendment and media issues.” So I guess we’re supposed to take what he says as truth and the final word on a topic. So when Mr. Greiner says:

“With all due respect to Ambassasor Haley, she has this completely backward. Presumably, she considers Twitter’s decision to be a form of censorship, similar to that exercised by China’s Communist regime. But it is pretty clear its not. Not by a long shot.”

Mr. Greiner makes two key points. The first point is Twitter is a “private” company, not a government. While he is correct that Twitter is not the government, he is wrong about it being a “private” company. Twitter is not a “private” company, it is a “public” company. I proved it by asking my iPhone the question of “How can I invest in Twitter”. It answered by giving me suggestions of how I could buy stock in the company. It gave similar responses to “How can I invest in Facebook” and “How can I invest in Amazon”. Each of those companies started off as truly private companies, but at some point in time the original owners decided to cash in on the value of their company and offered shares to the general public. That makes them public companies, not private companies. As public companies they are under a much different set of rules and regulations. They are also subject to boards of directors and ultimately stock holders. As a true “private” company management and owners have the right to make decisions that don’t violate laws in any manner that they choose, whether it enhances the value of their company or not. But as management (and boards) of public companies, their ultimate responsibility is to shareholders. And in the past, the test was always “Does the action enhance the share holder’s investment value?” If the answers is “No” there usually are consequences. If the answer is “No and it was egregiously no” management opens the company and themselves up to legal consequences.

Was management’s action of excluding the President of the United States from using Twitter in the best interest of the shareholders of Twitter? How about its action to deny the ability of individuals to question whether the results of an election were legitimate like millions of voters believe is the case? How about freezing the account of the New York Post when it properly reported shortly before the November election that there were Federal investigations underway regarding Hunter Biden’s business ties to foreign governments? There are many open questions as to whether the management of Twitter has been and is acting in shareholders’ best interest. So “private company” doesn’t just mean “non-government” as Mr. Greiner would like us to believe. There is some evidence that Twitter’s management believes they answer to no one, but themselves. If that is the case, then they are very similar to the Chinese Communist Party.

Mr. Greiner goes on to tell us “…certain speech is ‘unprotected’. And speech that incites violent (I think he meant violence) fits in that category.” We’ve heard the claim that President Trump’s speech to those who attended the rally “incited violence”. However they don’t point to which words they were. Certainly when he urged those who had attended the rally to go to the Capitol Building peacefully and patriotically it is hard to see that those were words inciting violence? And the fact that the Capitol Building was breached prior to President Trump urging individuals to go to the Capitol Building would lead an honest person to question whether his speech incited the breaching.

So in the typical fashion of lawyers arguing a case in the best interest of their client, Mr. Greiner uses words that might not really apply to the actual facts of the case before him.

  • The Chinese Government uses the means available to it to make sure that speech that they don’t like doesn’t appear and that those attempting to express it don’t have a platform with which to speak.
  • The management of Twitter is using the means available to it to make sure that speech they don’t like doesn’t appear and that those attempting to express it don’t have a platform with which to speak.

That may not sound similar to Mr. Greiner, but to many of us, whether we support President Trump or not, it sounds very similar. It sure does to me! Twitter’s actions are a form of censorship and it is being done by a “PUBLIC” corporation. Shame on them!

Hopefully Twitter’s shareholders will be upset with the company’s management’s actions too.

01/11/21: “GOP senators urge Trump to resign”

by Darlene Superville, Alan Fram and Mary Clare Jaionick of the Associated Press

When I first read the headline to the story I was surprised. My first question was “How many are there?” The answer to the question came quickly. The beginning of paragraph two identified two of them. Both have been critics of President Trump for some time now.

So why didn’t the headline state “Two GOP senators urge Trump to resign” or “Two GOP senators who have been long term critics of Trump urge him to resign”. Those would have been more representative of the actual article than suggesting it was wide spread in the GOP Seenate.

But an even more accurate title for the article might be one of the following:

“Democrats continue effort to remove President Trump that they started before his election”

Or something like the following might be even more accurate:

“Democrats plot to find way to keep President Trump from running in 2024”

The article includes the following:

‘”Let’s give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running,” Clyburn said. “And maybe we will send the articles sometime after that.”

But won’t President Trump be out of office by then? And if he is such a great threat to the nation, how can you wait 100 days or more?

“Another idea being considered is to have a separate vote that would prevent Trump from ever holding office again.”

So with that, I think it is pretty clear. The Democrats aren’t really worried that Donald Trump might do something horrible while still in office. They are worried that he might run again in 2024. But if he really lost by 7 million votes this year why would they be worried about 2024. And if the Democrats’ agenda is so popular that Biden received over 10 million votes than President Obama, why are they worried about President Trump running again?

But it sure seems they are. It is hard to explain exactly why that is?

Maybe the journalists at the Associated Press should have been asking those questions too!

01/09/2021: “I’m ticked at DeWine, Portman and myself”

by Jason Williams of the Cincinnati Enquirier

The attacks have started. Any Republican who hasn’t been denouncing President Trump strongly enough since the election is mostly likely unfit for holding office in the future. At least that sounds like what Jason Williams is implying in his article. It is interesting that Sen. Portman is a target of this disappointment. Sen. Portman is one of the Republicans senators up for reelection in 2022. Coincidence?

Jason starts off praising Gov. DeWine and Sen. Portman stating they “…are two of the most respected Republicans in the nation…”. He even calls them “political giants” and as such wants them to chastise the president for expressing the feelings that many in this nation have. The Democrats used mail in voting, changes in signature verification, mass ballot mailing and other methods to ensure that VP Biden was elected President. They were aided in this effort by most of the media and “big tech”.

But that’s not really what his article is about. He makes that clear when he adds: “Powerful Republicans nationwide should be doing some soul-searching today and kicking themselves for giving Trump a mostly four-year free pass.” Taken literally, Jason Williams, the fair-minded Cincinnati Enquirer journalist, thinks that “powerful Republicans” should have spoken out against President-Elect and then President Trump starting before he took office. He regrets not doing the same himself.

I have my own concerns about those very same powerful political giants. But I have many more concerns about the elected members of Congress, especially those who have been serving for many years. But mainly I have concerns about Congressional Democrats. Unfortunately I don’t have the platform that Jason Williams has to let those concerns be known.

A couple days ago I decided to check to see what the National Debt and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) were at the end of fiscal year 2020 (September 30th). I found the National Debt stood at $27.5 trillion and the GDP was at $21.6 trillion. That’s a Debt to GDP ratio value over 127%! Wasn’t it just 96% in 2011? Wasn’t it only 111% after fighting WWII?

Wait a minute. You mean our nation’s debt now exceeds the size of our economy by nearly $6 trillion dollars? I remember when I first wrote about our national debt in 1996. Our National Debt was less than $6 trillion back then. But it is worse than just three months ago. With the normal deficit spending Congress approved and the second stimulus program they just passed, the nation’s debt is now approaching $30 trillion. (I’ll be sharing more information on this in future blogs and additions to my website.)

Another concern I have is why Congress has failed to pass meaningful reforms to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid along with the mass of other programs that are bankrupting our nation. The Social Security Trustees have included a statement in their last sixteen annual reports urging Congress to make changes in a timely way so the impact will be planned for and less disruptive. But Democrats have delayed the reforms because it has been too helpful to them in Congressional elections. And journalists like Jason Williams have never called the Democrats out for doing that.

I’ve written a email to Jason expressing some of the things I’m “ticked off” about and who I blame for them. It will be interesting to see if he responds or starts to address them. I won’t hold my breath waiting!

So we have a media obsessed with condemning President Trump and ensuring he has no place in the future of American politics. But if President Trump is gone, someone else will rise up and lead the charge in expressing many Americans’ concerns on how broken our system really is. It’s too bad we don’t have a mainstream media, such as Gannett, to count on doing the same.

12/29/20: “Ohio seeing a surge in interest in solar farms” Part 2

by Beth Burger and Mark Williams of the Columbus Dispatch

I previously posted a blog on this column questioning whether it makes much sense to invest heavily in solar farms considering the normal climate Ohio experiences. While the weather implications of Ohio’s climate varies somewhat depending on what part of the state you are referring to, the overall climate is basically the same. For winter it is colder temperatures, cloudy days and moderate precipitation, often in the form of snow. But that weather pattern is typical of much of the northern tier of states in the United States and much of Canada. It’s also the weather pattern of much of the northern section of the Northern Hemisphere including much of Europe and Asia.

I do some strange things and one of them is occasionally check out the projected weather for ten cities in Ohio. I did that around 8:00 on the January 3rd. Here is a chart of what I found.

Source: IPhone Weather AP

The first thing that stood out was the fact that there were no clear SUNNY days predicted for any part of Ohio over the coming seven days. That doesn’t bode well for generating electricity from solar farms! But that has been a pretty consistent theme to our weather since sometime in October.

The next thing that stood out was how few partially cloudy days were being predicted. Some cities had none while the most any had was two. That means the state would be blanketed by heavy cloud cover for most of a week.

I did a search to see how well solar farms do in producing electricity during this type of weather. The first thing I checked was whether solar farms produce electricity during non-daylight hours (night time). As was suspected, the answer was a resounding “No!” The second thing I checked was whether solar panels can produce electricity in cloudy weather. I found the following:

Myth: solar panels don’t work when it’s cloudy.

Short answer: Solar panels do produce electricity in cloudy weather. They don’t produce as much electricity as they do on sunny days, but they have been shown to produce 25% of what they produce on a sunny day, or 10% when it’s very cloudy.”

So with the seven day forecasted weather for the the ten cities in Ohio one would expect approximately 13% of the optimal electricity production over that period of time. But since there is no electricity generated at night and winter nights are longer than average, that means the solar panels will generate less than 5% of their optimal production capacity. This type of weather is not all that unusual for Ohio’s winter.

Doesn’t that mean that solar farms will generate very little electricity for a quarter to a third of each year in Ohio? It appears it does! Maybe that’s why the largest company promoting solar farms is located in the “Sunshine State”, Florida.

So are solar farms really a good investment in Ohio and a good use of otherwise prime agricultural land?

The last thing that stood out was the wind speeds. If commercial wind turbines have a “cut-in speed” of 8 mph, only one of the cities could have been getting electricity from wind. That doesn’t bode well for dependence on renewable energy sources in Ohio.

But long time residents could have told you that!