Local Columns

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, ...

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 ...