Local Columns

Guest column/Standing up for steel jobs is right thing to do

For far too long, Chinese cheating has shuttered steel plants across Ohio and put Americans out of work, while steelworkers who remain on the job have been forced to live in fear that they will be next. We’re under attack. And it’s past-time we fought back. That’s why I have been ...

Jack Cera has our back

To the editor: Spring is almost here and pothole season already has made its debut. You can find potholes that resemble craters on the moon at locations all around our area. Thankfully, we have a pro-active state legislator who is willing to find a solution now. State Rep. Jack Cera, ...

Guest column/Challenging property taxes

Ohio has a system by which county auditors must reappraise every parcel of land and building located in their county on a repeating six-year cycle. Those values, multiplied by local tax rates, result in the amount that property owners pay in real estate taxes. Avenues are available to both ...

Selective hearing challenges listening

I have selective hearing. By some definitions, this means I’m wired to decide what to hear and what to ignore, although the ignoring isn’t on purpose. Not usually. I might not necessarily be hearing the main thing that’s being said — what I should be focusing my attention on — but ...

Snow memories of 1993

If I were to ask you what you were doing 25 years ago on Tuesday, would you be able to answer? While I’m pretty good at remembering most of the significant events in my life, I will be the first to admit that there are just some exact dates and times of things that have happened that are ...

Guest column/A free press protects your right to know

Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought to be ...

What’s that white stuff on your nose?

So Better Half and I were sitting next to each other on the couch, where we were in the midst of having a “discussion.” That word in quotation marks is code for “argument.” But that’s really not important here, the topic we were agreeing to disagree about, no doubt something ...

Spelling bee important

Academic competitions can sometimes get overlooked, especially during this time of year. That’s because there’s an awful lot going on. For example, area boys and girls basketball teams are involved in their tournaments, state wrestling tournaments are being held and athletes are busy ...

Hasta mas tarde, mom, Senora Hout

I picked my mother up earlier this week — her ashes, that is — and off we rode home together for the first time in a long time. I anticipated being very emotional about this, this being yet another part of the journey since the Feb. 8 death of Ruth Ann Scherrer Hout in which my siblings ...

Of baseball and speakers

It might be tempting to think that spring is going to come early, especially after the highs reached the into the 70s across our region last week. Even a look at the calendar reminds us that winter will officially come to an end in a little less than a month. With the longer temperatures ...