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Local Columns

On an ice cream-saving mission in the stores

My life generates constant deadline pressure, and not just at the newspaper. This is especially the set of circumstances when Better Half and I are grocery shopping and a quart or two of Breyer’s chocolate peanut butter ice cream is on the list of things to get. This is a very strategic, ...

Improving our region

The Rev. Dave Pivonka, TOR, made an interesting observation while speaking at Tuesday’s grand opening ceremony for the Franciscan Center for Evangelization and Renewal. “I think the fact that it’s in a neighborhood, this place of peace, this place of refuge to become a place not only ...

Guest column/Working together makes difference in Toronto

If you haven’t been following the water rate debate in Toronto, let me explain why you should. On the one hand, it’s a fantastic example of how a group of concerned citizens can affect change in their local government. On another hand, it’s a testimony to what can be achieved when local ...

Guest column/Fight against Alzheimer’s disease constant struggle

In 2021, there were 6.25 million Americans with Alzheimer’s: 1.1 million Black, .76 million Latino, and 4.4 million non-Hispanic white. By 2060 those numbers are expected to double or more. (Black, 3.1 million; Latino, 3.7 million and non-Hispanic white, 7 million). More than 260,000 deaths ...

Guest column/Lifting the voices of Ohio’s energy producers

Families in Eastern Ohio and across the United States are experiencing record-high gas prices, and — as wars wage around the world — it is increasingly apparent that our energy supply chain is at risk. This is a direct result of the misguided and anti-American energy agenda being ...

2022 brings a sad change to the landscape

I remember sitting on the back porch one day last summer thinking to myself how blessed I am. That’s for a lot of reasons, including that I live in the built-in-the-1880s Hout House family homestead where I grew up in the company of loving parents and in the midst of four older siblings ...