Local Columns

Bus tour an interesting day

It's sometimes easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget about the things that are not going on not too far from where we live.The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District offered an opportunity to learn a little about the diversity of our area Aug. 23 when it ...

Turtle leads to adventure

I called home, and my daughter picked up. "Hold on," she said.There was a lot of background noise, because her friends had come over. I let them come over because I can't think of a good reason that doesn't include the fact that I'm a misanthrope and aspiring hermit. They appear to like my ...

Guest column/This is the year to put an end to bullying in schools

Bullying used to be viewed as something of a normal part of school, from the earliest elementary years to college fraternity hazing. Research, though, reveals bullying causes damage and sometimes death. Virtually every school shooting in America can be traced to bullying.Hundreds of thwarted ...

Some insight on ‘key’ to finding a lost key

If you plan to trudge outside at night without any outdoor lights on, and you're carrying a bunch of stuff to the garage, including a key - the only key that there is to a certain door - you shouldn't be presumptuous and expect everything to turn out well.That was one lesson I learned the hard ...

Some reflections from the 2014 fair

I always take notes of little things that catch my attention at the Jefferson County Fair and will convey some of them now.I was honored that my 1954 classmate, Bob Alloggia, brought his grandson and great-grandchildren over to see me at the Herald-Star tent. We have seen Bob in Hopedale ...

Special events coming up

A few thoughts: There's still time to nominate a candidate for this year's Community Stars.As we do every summer, we are asking residents from across the Tri-State Area to help us choose the 10 people who do things for others not to achieve fame, not to win awards and not to see their names or ...

Guest column/Look at story through the lens of recovery, not outrage

In the never-ending saga that the news media has erroneously called the "Steubenville Rape Case," yet another chapter is in the process of unfolding. Ma'lik Richmond, one of the two Steubenville High School students convicted of crimes in the episode, has served his time and returned to school. ...

Burning talent on display

When it comes to disasters, I'm talented. No one can equal my ability to turn the ordinary into a catastrophe.Last week, I almost set the house on fire not once, but twice.All I wanted was a clean oven.I've been trying to tackle one serious cleaning project a week - washing all the curtains, ...

Planning for the future

There's a lot of good information that comes out when members of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee gather for their monthly meetings.The plan, which was put together by Chris Petrossi, Steubenville's urban projects director, serves as a guide to future growth and development in ...

Guest column/Looking for ways to fight against the war on coal

Since coming to Congress in 2011, I've been a leading voice against the harmful impacts of President Obama's war on coal. We all know that the president, Nancy Pelosi and many Democrats in Washington, want to totally eliminate the coal industry. I've been fighting against the administration's ...