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Local Columns

A screening where everything came out fine

By their nature, colonoscopies can’t help but inspire and invite punny jokes. I’ve been on the giving and receiving end of this, so to speak, but more recently the latter. One well-meaning, ever encouraging friend of mine hugged me two days before I was to have the procedure. Realizing ...

Father Time can’t lose

If there’s one thing just about everyone can agree on, it’s that there never seems to be enough time to accomplish all of the things that we need to get done. Make no mistake, the clock can be an unforgiving opponent and, as my brother often reminds me, Father Time remains ...

Busy time at Franciscan

Things were a little busier than normal for everyone on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville last weekend. That was especially true for the Rev. David Pivonka, TOR. Oct. 4-6 was homecoming weekend at the university, and it included the traditional events that go along ...

Now if you were me, where would you leave that?

Now if I were Janice, where would I have put a book of stamps with frogs on them? The book of stamps I just saw, honestly. They were right here, and now they’re gone. Poof. Another successful unsupervised disappearing act in the Kiaski household. I try to talk logic to myself whenever I ...

Guest column/Stop a taxing problem and jumpstart rural broadband

Roughly two decades have passed since the phrase “digital divide” was coined to describe the separation between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not. It’s bad enough that millions of Americans in rural communities still live with the divide. It’s even worse that ...

Let’s register, vote

If you haven’t noticed, things have really started to heat up as we move closer to the Nov. 5 election. And, while off-year elections can sometimes offer little in the way of choices on the ballot, that’s not the case this year. That, hopefully, should lead to a good turnout. One of the ...

Prepared for the fourth quarter of 2019

Between the time I’m writing this and the time that you’re reading this, the weather supposedly will have changed from summer in October to actual fall in October. I love Ohio and the fact that we can have all four seasons in one week or two and then do it all over again. Nothing like ...

History in the Hills: Consider Ohio River’s role

Whether we realize it or not, our history is tied to the Ohio River. Flowing through our community over millennia, the river cut the Ohio Valley deeply, giving us the landscape we are all familiar with. Looking back to the earliest history of this area, we can assume that there has been ...

Guest column/Times change, but the need to support a free press doesn’t

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old enough ...

Guest column/Here’s what Ohioans had to say this summer

At the end of each summer, Congress typically adjourns, letting me spend more time in Ohio instead of commuting back and forth to Washington every week. I love it because I get more time to travel the state and meet people in every corner of Ohio. This summer was no exception. I traveled ...