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Local Columns

Speed remains an issue

A few of the things that we could be even a little happy about during the last four months or so seemed to revolve around our cars. The price of gasoline, for example, fell below $2 a gallon for a fairly large part of that time, and many of us also received a temporary reduction in our ...

Some perspective on aging, passing of time

I’ve been thinking of things from the perspective of age and the passing of time, especially as I was about to flip my desk calendar page from July to August, which occurs with a healthy mix of resistance and reluctance on my part. No summer, no! You must stick around, I issue out loud the ...

Guest column/Ohio leads in calling racism a public health crisis

Cities and counties around Ohio have led the country in declaring racism a public health crisis. The first step to solving a problem is recognizing its existence. That’s why I joined my colleagues Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., to continue the effort at the federal ...

God is always present, merciful, and loving

By PASTOR JUDI BARTLETT-TOMES First Baptist Church Jonah: 2:10 “And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Life is often full of storms and crazy ups and downs. Even in the worst of storms God is present, merciful and loving. For Jonah, the storm was ...

Guest column/Thanks for supporting American Outdoors Act

Outdoor spaces are often at the center of vibrant communities. Their critical role has been highlighted in even newer important ways in recent months, underscoring the need to conserve, maintain and improve access to these places. Protecting important natural spaces and investing in their care ...

‘Whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot …’

As I’m writing this column, it’s Thursday afternoon, and I’m facing one of the newsroom windows. It’s pouring rain (not that it would be pouring anything else, heaven help us), and I should have anticipated this for two reasons: My umbrella is safe and secure in the car where it’s ...

Very stressful times

Feeling like you’ve been under a great deal of stress lately? Of course you are. While life in general can be stressful enough, we are offered little to no solace through the knowledge that the lives of all who are around us have become filled with even greater amounts of stress since the ...

History in the Hills: Holding the fort for the future

I have been very blessed to have worked at some pretty cool historic sites during my career in the museum field. From Civil War battlefields, to historic houses, to a ruined 19th century iron works, I have seen quite a bit. At all of these sites, there is a history of the commemoration of the ...

Guest column/Returning to work during the pandemic

Whether you’ve been working from home or laid off during the coronavirus pandemic, the decision of whether to return to the workplace pushes on the need for regular income and pulls at fears of the pandemic. How do you decide? The details matter, and every situation is different, but these ...

Despite best intentions, we all fail: Poor Bitsy

Please turn with me to our passage for today, 2 Cor. 1: 3-7. It reads: “Praise be to the God and father of our lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ...