Local Columns

Efforts recognized

If you ever have a chance to talk with Frank DeLeonardis or Dave Gossett, you will quickly learn that they consider themselves to be just a couple of guys who are interested in nothing more than doing their jobs. Their work, however, can often be unpredictable and can lead to interesting ...

Fresh haircut, new license, full of hope

I got a haircut last week. I figured I’d take a little off the top and “get my ears lowered,” a little freshening, definition and “sassiness,” as I generally instruct my hairdresser, who I affectionately refer to as “Edward Scissorhands.” After all, I needed a trim because I ...

Guest column/The indispensability of ethicality to civility

This is a clarion call to reject the disgraceful miasma of primal hatred, intemperance and intolerance being spewed across our country from high places and asking that we replace that bloviating blather with “The Mandate of Ethicality” that burnished our great nation from its inception, ...

Guest column/Items lead to questions about outlook of newspaper

The Sunday edition of the Herald-Star featured two items that make it appear the newspaper now embraces the outlook of the homosexual movement. One was an “engagement” announcement of two women. The fact that the write-up was just like those of a true engagement announcement between a man ...

Follow the high road

Many of us can remember a time when discourse was civil, communication was face-to-face and having the chance to hear differing opinions was welcome. All of these concepts have become strained almost to the point of breaking these days — people on all sides of the political fences are ...

Challenge: One day, no complaining

It seemed not entirely impossible, a challenge worthy of accepting and attempting, something that could be so lovely and uplifting and all. A good and timely lesson for us all. And then Better Half weighed in on the Sunday school/small group gathering assignment called “fun work,” not ...

People my age are getting up there

The mail brought notices prompting a you’re-kidding-me kind of reaction from yours truly. You know how it goes when you’re thumbing through the mail — bills; junk stuff; flyers; money-please appeals; and an occasional honest-to-goodness card from a human being. Then something stands ...

Always do the right thing

In the first few pages of his book “What Would You Do?”, John Quinones offers a challenge to every reader: “What if someone is being discriminated against because of his or her religion, skin color or accent? “It happens every second of every day all over the world. And it affords ...

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, ...