Local Columns

Readers have their say

Take a look at the guest column that appears at the bottom of this page and the letters to the editor on Page 5B of today's newspaper.The guest column and eight letters are the final submissions of 2014. To help give you some perspective, today's count means we have run 450 letters to the ...

Guest column/Attorney general’s office offers online training

Ohio's Sunshine Laws enable citizens to know how their government works. They also help keep government at all levels transparent and accountable.My office oversees and is involved with most facets of Ohio's public records and open meetings law through our role as the attorneys for all state ...

Wishing you a very happy New Year

I'd say that Chrismas is come and gone, but for me, it's continuing.Round No. 2 starts today for us as we welcome Kiaski family members from the South who are arriving for a post-Christmas, New Year's holiday celebration that will stretch into next Saturday.By Jan. 3, you can color me and ...

Some Lions Christmas party memories

The Mingo Lions Club celebrates the Christmas season in a fun way with their Match-the-Christmas-carols game to obtain a present and a white elephant fundraising sale where members were asked to bring things they had around the house that were in good condition but not of use to them.I was a ...

Sharing spirit of Christmas

I wasn't feeling Christmas.I was feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and misanthropic. I'm always misanthropic, but I was more misanthropic than usual. I had too much to do and not enough time to do it. It felt like no matter how early I started, I couldn't get everything done - all the baking, ...

Guest column/Transformation of a Bah-humbug

Where does one find comfort amid the hardships of day-to-day living? Perhaps there is something in Tiny Tim's innocent observation, "God bless us, every one," that iconic message of hope and confidence that points the way through the disheartening moments of gloominess.Many succumb to a ...

Hot Wheels vs. Matchboxes

Any conversation that includes the question "How can Hot Wheels be in but Matchboxes be left out?" is certainly one worth pursuing, especially if it's asked in conjunction with a discussion about the National Toy Hall of Fame.At least that's what was decided in the newsroom shortly after ...

Guest column/Budget bill reflects the reality of divided government

There's been much written and discussed about the recently passed "Omnibus" spending bill - legislation that funds each of the federal agencies - approved by bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate. Some of the criticism has been pointed and off-base. While far from perfect, the ...

Where is that Wonder Woman cape?

I think I need to find my Wonder Woman cape.It has come to my attention that this week ushers in Christmas, and while I was diligent to do decorations on Dec. 1 - perhaps a Kiaski holiday record - I have cringed at the prospect of Christmas shopping.Ditto for baking and sending Christmas ...

Time for holiday dinners, holiday cheer

Christmas parties are almost exhausted and the time for holiday dinners, wishing holiday cheer and opening presents is upon us. St. Nicholas will be visiting in three days.The Smithfield Fire Department will be making its Christmas run with Santa on a decorated fire truck and throwing out ...