Three cheers for State Rep. Kathleen Clyde!
Ms. Clyde has "drawn the ire" of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce for backing billboards that focus attention on wage disparity and other issues (Record-Courier, Aug. 23.) The chamber's claim is that such billboards could hurt Ohio's tourism because they're placed near Ohio's major airports.
I seriously doubt that anyone coming into Ohio via an airport, be it for business, family or pleasure, will turn around and return to the airport and leave Ohio based on the billboards' messages. Rather, it's the publicity over the lack of equal pay for women as compared to men and the restrictions to abortion in Ohio that has the chamber upset. Its concern over the impact on the travel and tourism industry is only a smoke screen for its members' greed and lack of respect for every woman's rights.
It is the citizens of Ohio, men and women alike, who should be appalled that such conditions exist in 2014 in this great state. My hat's off to Rep. Clyde for standing behind the billboards' messages and telling it like it is.
John C. Zizka, Freedom Township