Local Columns

Nike’s Kaepernick ad highlights political trend among businesses

Nike’s recent advertising campaign featuring ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick is the latest and most visible example of a new trend in business. In the past few years, businesses and in some cases their CEOs have taken stands on political issues. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel ...

To self, with hindsight: Wisdom via perspective

Have you ever wanted to write a letter to your younger self? Doubtless you’re more sensible than that. After all, who’s going to deliver it? There isn’t enough postage in the world to cover the physics. Well, it’s raining and I have nothing better to do than write undeliverable ...

Library notes: Library programs to address opiate addiction

Approximately 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, according to The New York Times. That’s roughly the equivalent of every individual in Seneca County and most of Wyandot County — gone. The statistic is startling, but we cannot afford to forget that we are talking about ...

Act would take gag off pharmacists

This week, two bills to help Ohioans save money on their prescriptions are headed to the president’s desk to become law. Many Ohioans don’t realize that in some cases, they could pay less for their prescription if they paid out-of-pocket, rather than using their insurance at the pharmacy ...

Returning for heritage and a look at the future

I was prepared to hate the usurper. There it was, standing bold and brash, head and shoulders over the vanquished downtown. I mean, what’s not to hate? Yet, as I made my way down that final stretch of East Market Street, expecting waves of repulsion as it fully revealed itself, I was stopped ...

Listening instead of reading isn’t cheating

A popular podcaster whose work I follow recently confessed to cheating. Fortunately, her victim wasn’t her spouse, and the IRS isn’t investigating her for tax fraud. The great transgression she took responsibility for was a bit more abstract than all of that. She had listened to far more ...

Skilled workers needed to keep economy humming along

Most of the recent economic news in the country has been good. Gross domestic product for the second quarter of this year grew 4.2 percent, the highest rate since 2014. The unemployment rate for July was just under 4 percent. This good economy has created a problem. Employers increasingly are ...

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month

Do you remember when you got your first library card? Maybe it was when you were a child, and the library was this huge magical place, full of endless possibilities. Or perhaps you were a teenager, just discovering graphic novels and attending a teen program. Or it’s possible that you did not ...

Let’s stop excessive fees for overdrafts

Bank executives shouldn’t be allowed to scam hardworking families to pay for a CEO’s yacht. But that’s what’s happening as expensive, unexpected overdraft fees are costing too many Americans. Overdraft protection used to be a free perk, understanding that sometimes mistakes happen — ...

What we have here is a failure to communicate

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. — Proverbs 16:24 When I was a boy living on Miami Street, we sure knew how to have fun! No, we didn’t have any of the electronic devices that are used today. But we had fun with what we had. Please stay ...

Good people truly are a majority in the world

Uh, oh, I thought Friday evening, on my way home from work. It was about 6 p.m. and a storm had knocked out power to part of the Woodsdale neighborhood of Wheeling. At the intersection of National Road and Bethany Pike, the traffic light wasn’t working. There was lots of traffic coming in ...

It helps to have friends

In life, it helps to have friends. That may not be an earth-shattering discovery, but if you’ve ever found yourself facing an empty rental truck in the driveway and your entire household staged in cardboard boxes stacked in the living room, you know it’s a rather important one. Friends ...

Accidental encounter highlights need for caution

I was driving along, in a sunny mood and indulging in a bit of karaoke, when a car going the other way suddenly leaped off the road and jumped into the woods. This is not a fanciful description; to my eyes it literally did leap. There followed a very loud sound which could only be a car ...

Guard against security threats from China, others

We need strong tools to guard against national security threats to our technology from countries like China. That’s why I’ve spent this year working with my Republican counterpart on the Banking Committee, Sen. Mike Crapo, to strengthen the tools the U.S. uses to block national security ...

American Cars, American Jobs Act has two parts

Earlier this summer, on the same day General Motors laid off workers at its historic plant in Lordstown, we got word that GM plans to build its new Chevy Blazer in Mexico — the company is bypassing American workers and sending more jobs to Mexico. In 2010, we worked hard to save the ...

Learning with Lynda, LinkedIn at the library

Workforce development matters. At Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, we see job seekers each and every day. Some come here to check out sample cover letters, some come to use our computers to type and submit resumes or complete online job applications, and some come to research the best way to ...

Public enjoys East Green, a new local treasure

On a lovely summer evening, an hour or so before the sun departed, the lawn of the East Green began to fill. Bringing lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, children and even a puppy or two, groups of people settled on the grass or took seats along the wall that winds gently along the slope of the ...

Energy from wind turbines: Is it ‘for the birds’?

The development of wind energy in Seneca County has become a hotly contested issue. My goal in this piece is to provide an unbiased, scientific perspective on the environmental impacts of wind energy that I believe is lacking in the current debate. All sources in this article are from ...

Registry to help fight cancer in firefighters

In emergencies, while the rest of us run from danger, firefighters run toward it. And when they rush into the flames, they’re not just putting their lives on the line — even firefighters who come home safely face long-term health risks. A National Institute for Occupational Safety and ...

Russians much better at taunting us into fights

Virtually all the attention on Russian manipulation of Americans has focused on Moscow’s attempts to hack into politicians’ and election system computers. Very little has been said about the much worse damage being done by Vladimir Putin’s minions. Perhaps a few dozen people in this ...