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Local Columns

Connections to our area

There have been several deaths of celebrities that have made the news during the past several weeks, but three in particular stand out — not only because of how they touched many lives on different levels, but because they had a connection to our area. No look back at the work of Fred ...

There’s no comfort during writing process

There’s no comforting a columnist who lacks inspiration on column-writing day. Just ask my husband. Better Half tried to be supportive when I sat on the living room couch Thursday evening, but I just whined and offered pained expressions, like a procrastinating student who’s waited ...

History in the Hills: They shall not grow old

A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched a fascinating documentary entitled “They Shall Not Grow Old.” This documentary, directed by Peter Jackson, used more than 600 hours of World War I veteran interviews and more than 1,000 hours of film from the Imperial War Museum in London to tell ...

Guest column/A simple message to Ohio’s 2020 graduates

At this time of year, thousands of Ohio students would normally be walking across stages in auditoriums, gyms and arenas to proudly accept their high school, college or graduate school diplomas. With graduations canceled this year, students and their teachers, friends and families will miss the ...

Remembering a hero

There’s a common thread that runs through the lives of just about everyone who is a true hero: It’s not often that you will hear them talk about what it is that made them a hero. Fred McGee was one of those people. In addition to everything McGee accomplished in his life, he was willing ...

The sky will still be a special shade of blue

The sky is always a unique shade of blue when it’s Memorial Day weekend. It’s crisp, inspiring, full of promise. There’s just something extra special about it. That’s always been my theory anyway. And I don’t think I’m the only one who sees it that way or feels out of sorts ...

Guest column/Nursing homes, health care heroes and COVID-19

Our promise is to help seniors age on their own terms by providing safe environments where quality health care is delivered. We promise to do that with compassion, respect, gratitude and leadership. That was our promise prior to COVID-19. It is still our promise. And it will be our promise when ...

Guest column/Fraudsters are using COVID-19 to devise scams

Scam artists are known to strike during crises, choosing to exploit others when people are distracted, fearful or otherwise vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. Scammers have been busy during the past few months, seeking to take advantage of the public’s preoccupation ...

Getting a little cranky and edgy these days

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. The hair appointment that’s in my very near future elevates me to the ecstatic-happy level, but as a rule I’m a basically content, happy person for no particular reason at all. But then along came this hunker-down response to the coronavirus ...

Looking to stay in touch

Technology is making it a little bit easier for us to navigate the stay-at-home orders, social distancing guidelines and limits on the size of gatherings that we have been learning to live with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having an easy and reliable way to get in touch with ...