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Time to go for a little spin

I don't ride amusements that spin.I will ride things that rotate - the carousel and the turtle are fine.But I won't ride anything that spins.This is a rule.The Long Suffering Husband and the children know this, and often torture me by asking if I would like to ride something that spins, knowing ...

Good reads stand test of time

There has never been a shortage of material written about sports. Sports in general also has served as the subject of countless movies - of the theatrical and made-for-television varieties.Very few of those numerous books and movies stand out, though. There certainly are a few exceptions. For ...

Guest column/President’s carbon plan bad for Ohio, bad for America

Last week, the Obama Administration and its radical EPA decided to fundamentally change our energy grid, putting all Americans at risk. The so-called "Clean Power Plan" will be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on our electric power sector, with a projected price tag of $366 billion or ...

Guest column/Walk reveals how far some sections of city have fallen

On July 19, I had the privilege to walk with the Steubenville Big Red Band in its annual march-a-thon. As we started out on our 4.5- to 5-mile trip, I began to look around, and to say I was appalled is an understatement. Our city officials should be ashamed of themselves for what has happened ...

Of odds and ends in the grocery cart

When the kids were little, and we'd all go grocery shopping as one big moderately happy consumer family, it wasn't unusual for unexpected odds and ends to wind up in the shopping cart.These were discoveries that weren't made until we got to the checkout line, of course, and started unloading ...

Vacation fun in North Myrtle Beach

Time goes by fast when you're having fun. I have heard this many times and experienced it just as many times. And the vacation to North Myrtle Beach was one where I was able to relax and laugh with Jay, Margaret and our grandkids, wade into the ocean - not too far though - sprawl out under an ...

Cats don’t appreciate baths

Something to consider if you ever get a white cat: The dirt shows. Now, I'm not sure how often I'm supposed to scrub these animals, but I lean on the side of not too often.There are a number of reasons for this, one being that cats are supposed to wash themselves.Another is if they hear water ...

A week of embarrassing moments

I love that one song by the Doobie Brothers - "Listen to the Music."It's one of those feel-good songs that always makes me happy.That's why whenever it comes on the radio when I'm driving, I crank it up and listen and sing along.The other day was no exception. I had pulled in to the parking lot ...

Smithfield Alumni banquet memories

The Class of 1965 celebrated its 50-year reunion at the Smithfield Alumni Banquet and Dance, and all looked just as chipper as they were back in their school years.They stayed together all evening, something that does not always happen. Some tend to stray to people they knew at other ...

Numbers make us think

When you work in a newsroom, you find that people like to send information to you.It might be the result of a survey or poll, it might be a free-lancer trying to get his or her work published or it might be just a run-of-the-mill public relations piece.Depending on the time of the year, those ...