Local Columns

Continued happy motoring

There they sat, side-by-side, resting on a raised platform and protected by a foot or so of plexiglas. They are marvels of engineering, one representing all of the excitement and innovation that came out of Detroit in 1968, and the other a showcase of how far cars have come in the last 50 ...

Guest column/Time to remember to keep on keeping on

Throughout the years, I could never be any prouder of my African-American heritage than I am now, despite the many obstacles. One of the most profound acts since 1619, the beginning of slavery, shows how far we have come. As I look back over the excruciating pain that we have suffered and, in ...

Guest column/You can take steps to keep away from tax-season scams

Scammers never stop trying to make a quick buck at the expense of victims. During tax season they target taxpayers looking for money or valuable information. Here’s an example: If you get a call claiming you owe back taxes or a warrant’s out for your arrest, chances are you’re being ...

A surer sign of spring

It seems improbable, with everything going on around us, to reach a consensus on too many things these days. And that’s what made this year’s Groundhog Day a little more impressive. Woodchucks in our region and beyond came to the same conclusion when they emerged from their burrows on ...

Going around the mulberry bush again

We’re going around and around the Valentine’s Day mulberry bush once again this year. Wednesday is the big day, with Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday this year, so I guess fish is a good thing to figure for dinner. That’s probably a given. But what about that special gift ...

Guest column/Civil Rights Act of 1964 remains important

One of the most significant, prestigious and major pieces of legislation passed by Congress during the 20th century was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President John F. Kennedy proposed the legislation. He was assassinated before the bill could be enacted, but President Lyndon Johnson pushed it ...

Purse sympathizers are in my midst

Purse sympathizers are everywhere. This I realized on several errand outings this past week and via calls and e-mails, all in response to last Sunday’s column about my ongoing love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks.” This is a name I’ve never understood, incidentally. No purse ...

Some progress to report

One of the easiest things to do when groups gather is to talk about the bad things that are happening in our area. You’re likely hear discussions on a wide range of topics, from a lack of economic growth, to crumbling infrastructure to a drug problem that no one can get a handle ...

It is time for us to march into the future

Another year has passed, and I think with great pride and joy regarding my heritage as a black woman. There have been countless people who have weathered the storm, through great pain and suffering, for the purpose of equal justice. Slavery began in 1619, and African and African-American ...

Drug overdose could become a legal choice for some

This year, for the first time, the Ohio Legislature will be considering a bill that would transform the crime of assisted suicide into a “medical treatment.” The Ohio bill, SB 249, if passed, would permit a doctor to prescribe “aid-in-dying medication” to end the life of a patient ...