Local Columns

Guest column/Civil Rights Act of 1964 remains important

One of the most significant, prestigious and major pieces of legislation passed by Congress during the 20th century was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President John F. Kennedy proposed the legislation. He was assassinated before the bill could be enacted, but President Lyndon Johnson pushed it ...

Purse sympathizers are in my midst

Purse sympathizers are everywhere. This I realized on several errand outings this past week and via calls and e-mails, all in response to last Sunday’s column about my ongoing love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks.” This is a name I’ve never understood, incidentally. No purse ...

Some progress to report

One of the easiest things to do when groups gather is to talk about the bad things that are happening in our area. You’re likely hear discussions on a wide range of topics, from a lack of economic growth, to crumbling infrastructure to a drug problem that no one can get a handle ...

It is time for us to march into the future

Another year has passed, and I think with great pride and joy regarding my heritage as a black woman. There have been countless people who have weathered the storm, through great pain and suffering, for the purpose of equal justice. Slavery began in 1619, and African and African-American ...

Drug overdose could become a legal choice for some

This year, for the first time, the Ohio Legislature will be considering a bill that would transform the crime of assisted suicide into a “medical treatment.” The Ohio bill, SB 249, if passed, would permit a doctor to prescribe “aid-in-dying medication” to end the life of a patient ...

Love-hate purse relationship rages on

This just isn’t working out, I told Better Half, about a month into trying to fully adjust to a new purse I got for Christmas from our son. My love-hate relationship with “pocketbooks” rages on, my quest for the perfect one a fruitless pursuit. Purses are too little, too big, never ...

Shutdown numbers

Last week at this time, the biggest story in the news was the government shutdown, and many area residents began to wonder just have it would affect them. Fair enough. There was more than enough rhetoric and blame to go around, to be sure, but, in general, the impact the shutdown had ...

Guest column/There might be reason for optimism about future

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to take annual stock of the past, present and future. By almost any standard, 2017 was a tough 12 months for most Americans. We’re stressed. The American Psychological Association’s 2017 annual Stress in America survey reports that “compared ...

Best wishes, Dave Gossett

As you look through the pages of the newspaper during the next few weeks, it’s likely you will notice that a familiar byline is missing. That’s because Dave Gossett, a longtime area newsman who has spent the last decade or so with us, retired as of Saturday. Dave’s an old-school ...

Multitasking while shoveling some snow

So Better Half and I were shoveling snow out of the driveway last Saturday, two human plows, each of us with our own way of approaching the job. It was our “couples-out” highlight of the weekend, truth be told, two lovebirds flinging the white stuff into what became montrous mounds of ...