Snuffing out jealousy

Published 5:56 am Saturday, June 8, 2019

Some slights are just uncalled for.

Recently, the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company Simple Nature put out a candle for Ohio. Not a bad idea.

So, does it smell like the great woods of Wayne National Forest or Shawnee State Park? Maybe, it smells like a Buckeye? Or pumpkins to remind people of the Circleville Pumpkin Show and Ohio’s vast agricultural industry? Maybe it smells like rubber for Akron’s tire industry.

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It smells like… nothing.

The unscented candle bears the description of “Not much to see. Not much to do.”

We would argue that is pretty big talk from the candle’s creator, Derek Miles Taylor.

Disc jockey Alan Freed brought rock and roll to the world via a Cleveland radio station. Dozens of bands got their start in Ohio. We have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Indiana’s contribution to rock and roll pretty much starts and ends with John Cougar Mellencamp. Although, he is a pretty good singer.

Ohio has sent seven of its sons to the White House — Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James E. Garfield, William McKinley, William Taft, and Warren G. Harding. William Harrison was born in Virginia but he moved to Ohio, so he counts. Benjamin Harrison was elected to the presidency after serving in several positions in Indiana but he was born in Ohio, too. And we have astronaut and senator, John Glenn.

How about sports?

The NFL got its start in Ohio with the Ironton Tanks and the Portsmouth Spartans.

Heck, even “A Christmas Story,” which was based on author Jean Sheppard’s life in Hammond, Indiana, was filmed Cleveland.

Ohio has always had a lot to offer with the nation and the world.

Taylor said he might be projecting his “insecurities of being a Hoosier on Ohio.”

That’s OK, then.

There is a lot to be jealous about.