Local Columns

Guest column/Out-of-school programs helping

News about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging. But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope. If we focus on these, thousands of children can be salvaged from a broken system.First the bad news (culled from three ...

Progress starts next week

When you pick up your copy of next Sunday's newspaper, you will find that it will include the first installment of our annual Progress Edition.This year's edition will include five components, with the first being delivered on Feb. 1. The theme this year is "Pride, Purpose and Prosperity."As ...

Guest column/The elixir of too much pride is damaging our nation

I hope this will remind you of who we really are as people, definitely, a better perspective remembering the land of our ancestors and most of all it's learning about our past that makes us understand our present; therefore, controlling our future, somewhat elusive.Over the centuries, many ...

It was a week of a lot of brokenness

"I might break your camera."I've lost count how many times people have said that to me over the years, cautioning me just as I'm about to snap a picture.I've always responded with reassurance, commanding a level of confidence to dismiss such a silly notion and tell them they're all beautiful - ...

January brings time for snow art

There has been enough snow during the month of January that people have been able to build snowmen with the fluffy flakes.I like to drive past homes where there is some sort of snow sculpture in the yard. It shows that someone was outside having fun, not staring at and tapping out words on a ...

Just another opportunity

The Sassy Saint wandered downstairs, wrapped in a blanket and her hair standing up every which way. One eye was half-open and she mumbled something incoherent as she stumbled toward the kitchen."It took you 20 minutes to make it downstairs?" I asked Sass as she tried to fit a bagel into the ...

Guest column/Looking at health by the numbers

My dad dabbled in paint, mostly wall and house paint, but occasionally he tried his hand at a paint-by-numbers kit. Remember those? Craft Master kits were the rage. Just follow the numbers and a beautiful picture appeared after some trial and error.In many ways, that fad reminds me of current ...

Try to enjoy the moment

Undisputed champions.Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?It's a statement that we've never been able to make before when discussing major college football, but it's a title that Ohio State and its millions of supporters have been able to claim since very early Tuesday morning. The 42-20 win over ...

Exciting commentary on wintry evenings

Better Half and I engage in some pretty exciting commentary on these wintry weather evenings."Brrrrrr - it's cold in here."We say that a lot and with animation, shrugging our shoulders, making a face and doing a little "winter shuffle" dance on the kitchen floor, hoping increased activity will ...

What to write about during the lull?

It had to come sooner or later. My days of attending Christmas parades, recognition dinners, honorary breakfasts and holiday celebration luncheons are over for a time. Now what do I write about?Christmas tree "defrocking time" came last week, and our little tree in the newsroom was gently ...