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Remembering Ozzie, not ‘just a dog’

Today I feel a sadness I didn't know I could experience. But there is a wealth of happy memories to recall and some so funny that I walk around with a silly grin on my face sometimes. Ozzie, our Jack Russell terrier, passed away on Jan. 31, after less than two weeks of very concerned doctoring ...

Report from Columbus

Among the many issues facing state government, the integrity of Ohio's infrastructure is among the most important.That's the way Jack Cera sees it.The Bellaire Democrat, who represents our region in the state House of Representatives, said looking for ways to improve the state's water, sewer ...

Children have become immune to weirdness

I've failed on the embarrassing parent front. I realized this recently while swanning around the high school - supposedly working - and all of my Sassy Saint's friends were flagging me down for hugs. I spotted Sass herself in her science lab, where she flailed like Kermit the Frog to get my ...

Martin Luther King Jr. essay

The following is the winner in the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration 2016 Essay Contest kindergarten category:Giovanni Lulla,Pugliese WestElementary SchoolThere are many things I could do to spread goodwill and make my community better. The first thing I will do is give someone a hug ...

There’s plenty of progress

Our perceptions of the world around us truly can have an impact on how we see everything.If you have any doubts about that, all you have to do is become engaged in a conversation with just about anyone in the Tri-State Area. You'll find all sorts of opinions, ranging from those who say the ...

Funny what thoughts pop into your head

Funny what thoughts pop into your head.Better Half and I were eating dippy eggs and toast last Saturday morning when I started wondering aloud about the incredible, edible egg.I love breakfast on Saturday and Sunday because they're designated egg days - leisurely mornings that lend themselves ...

February brings special observances

Tomorrow is the start of a month that is busy with special days or designations. February is Heart Month. If you haven't started before this, start looking into clean eating. That means to eat plenty of veggies, less carbs, a serving of protein and something dairy. And for Valentine's Day, you ...

Looking to ride out the storm

My parents go to Atlantic City to celebrate their anniversary. I've never understood gambling, but I suspect it's more the shows and all-you-can eat buffets without having to get on a plane than the gambling.I should have sent them to New York City. They have lovely restaurants and Broadway, so ...

Where have the lines gone?

There have been several events that have happened during the past couple of weeks that offered the opportunity to sit back and realize just how quickly time can pass.One that particularly stands out was the record-breaking Powerball jackpot and what was missing from the equation this time ...

Guest column/Right to work not really what it claims to be

The right to work legislation being pushed through the West Virginia legislature will do exactly the opposite of what it promises; these laws take freedom away from working class families.First, a bit of labor law: Union membership is already voluntary, forced membership has been illegal in the ...