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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 ...

History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables

One of my pastimes, if you could call it that, is visiting old cemeteries. I think it stems from the fact that these places are untouched by time. Stones that are placed there to honor the dead are in most cases unchanged, depending on the materials they are made from. For me, this a very ...

Guest column/A look at CARES Act foreclosures, evictions

In response to COVID-19, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (commonly known as the CARES Act). Among other measures, the CARES Act provides relief from foreclosure and eviction for eligible homeowners and renters. ...

Reason to look ahead

Stay-at-home orders. Social-distancing guidelines. Mask or no mask, gloves or no gloves. Concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic have touched just about every aspect of the lives of each of us during the last two months. That’s especially true if you are the owner of an area business. ...

Wishing mothers and nurturers a happy day

I was washing dishes the other evening when I thought about her. Mrs. Marie Della Penna was my home economics teacher when I was an eighth-grader at Jefferson Union High School. I seem to remember her offering advice in a class once about the best way to wash a dish with dried scrambled egg ...

Guest column/We can’t take our eyes off addiction crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic has gripped the world, it seems as though every aspect of life before this crisis has been put on hold. Schools are closed, church pews are empty, and businesses have shuttered. Yet even in this unprecedented time, we cannot forget about the many concerns we had ...

Guest column/Small changes can bring big improvements

Ohio completed its primary election on April 28 in a way that no one ever envisioned, but in a way that was necessitated by the global pandemic. While it’s obvious that no one wanted to change the way we run elections in Ohio the day before voting was set to occur, the fact that we responded ...

Next stop: November

We finally made it through Ohio’s on-again, off-again, on-again primary, and when the unofficial results were released Tuesday evening, there were no real surprises — but they do set up what likely will be an interesting run-up to the Nov. 3 general election. While the White House showdown ...

Relating to characters stranded on islands

We’re all in the same boat, so the consensus seems to be. But some of us are getting a bit more seasick than others. Honestly, there are times during these abnormal living circumstances brought on by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions that I feel like a character in a movie or TV ...