Local Columns

Don’t set taxpayers up to provide another bailout

Too many in Washington and on Wall Street seem to have amnesia about the devastation the Great Recession wreaked in communities across the country — but most Ohioans don’t have that luxury. Families who were struggling to invest in their children’s education or to save money for ...

Looking at the costs and benefits of health care

My father was killed by a heart attack at age 56. I have reflected often that had the advanced health care we have now been available in the 1950s and early 1960s, he probably would have lived to a ripe old age. That’s something we don’t think about enough in our debates over health care ...

Ohioan’s jobs are not part of trade negotiation

I have spent my entire career fighting for a trade policy that puts Ohio workers first. Two days after last November’s election, I called the president-elect’s transition team and offered to work with them to make good on his campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade ...

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Caterwauling and other feline feats

Fitful dreams. Probably running a low-grade fever with this dumb early May chest cold. Thump the pillow, shift position, stare at the weird shadows cast by the night-light. Hmm ... what’s that one look like? A yam? Malaysia? Trump’s comb-over? And those caterwauling tomcats outside ...

Fee to watch TV in Britain helps fund BBC programming

Shortly after moving to London there was a knock at our door. It was a man with a clipboard. “Do you have a TV?” he asked. Why yes, we did. He asked to see it, showing me ID. Turns out he wasn’t just a nosy man with a clipboard, but an Enforcement Officer whose job it was to check if ...

Thanks, tour hosts

Tiffin Historic Trust hosted its latest educational walking tour April 9. The Historic Trust thanks the more than 100 people who enjoyed the spring weather as they participated in the Palm Sunday Promenade on the Parkway to see fine examples of carefully renovated historic properties. Thank ...

Permanent health care secured for coal miners

Last week, we commemorated Workers’ Memorial Day, to recognize the sacrifices American workers have made for our country. Throughout our nation’s history, workers have risked their lives down in mines, in factories, on constructions sites and farms, and so many places, to put food on the ...

Digital technology tool, distraction for business, as well as employees

Most would agree digital technology is the most important change in business in recent history. The use of the internet, texting and social media are a part of everyday life for most people today. On the other hand, cell phones and social media are among the great distractions for employees ...

Why do we even need a reminder to be kind?

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France Be Kind to Animals Week gives us something to reflect upon. As I think about it, it brings to mind a story that is pleasant and something that is not so pleasant; as a matter of fact, something ...

Tiffinite from across the pond returning for visit

Brace yourself Tiffin, I’m coming for a visit. What shall I do while I’m there? TripAdvisor has a number of suggestions, from Italian Renaissance appreciation at The Ritz to “Good times at the drive-in!”, but first I’ll have to check in at my parents’ house. They’re cheaper than ...

Tiffin dining options expand in the past year

Options for eating out in Tiffin have recently expanded. In the past year, a total of nine new restaurants have opened. Nationally, the growth of the restaurant industry has been pretty consistent since the end of the recession in 2011. According to U.S. Census data, total sales for eating ...

May calls for June 8 ‘snap election’ in Britain

June 8, Britain is having a general election. This came as a surprise to most of us. We weren’t expecting another one of those until 2020. The prime minister decided she wanted it now instead, the queen gave her permission, and the required two-thirds of Parliament voted to let her have ...

Volunteer Link

Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to volunteer an hour of their time twice a week to assist resident with playing bingo. Games are played 1:30-2:30 p.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Interested individuals should contact Mary Lee Creeger at (419) 447-7151 or by email at ...

Thanks for donation

Community Hospice Care would like to thank Pheasants Forever 293 for their more-than-generous donation of $1,000. A big “thank you” to all who generously worked so hard to raise this money. Community Hospice Care, our staff, board of directors and our patients are eternally grateful for ...

Veterans should become a priority in education

It’s our duty to ensure that when the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much for our nation return home, they and their families have the education and the training they’ve earned. The GI bill’s education benefits are critical to our returning servicemembers and their ...

Prevent addiction by stopping overprescribing

Look at your watch. In the next hour, five Americans will die of a drug overdose. I’ve been working on the issue of drug abuse prevention for more than 20 years, but I have never seen anything like the plague of prescription drug and heroin addiction that is gripping our state right ...

Pair of acts sought to strengthen middle class

Americans are working longer and harder than ever before, with less and less to show for it. Over the last 40 years, GDP has gone up, corporate profits have gone up and executive salaries have gone up — all because of the productivity of American workers. But hard work doesn’t pay off like ...

Ohio START to help families hurt by drug use

Children traumatized as a result of their parents’ drug abuse often are the invisible victims of the opioid epidemic. They may have gone days without food or adequate supervision. They may have been abused. And they may have witnessed a parent inject drugs, overdose or even die. According ...

Well-run meetings contribute to entrepreneurial success

Time is money! This expression may be more important for entrepreneurs than most. Many consider the ability to manage time a key to success in business. Managers need to meet with subordinates. But as anyone who has spent their time in meetings daydreaming and watching the clock instead of ...

A week later, life carries on, except where it can’t

“Are you OK?” my sister in Tiffin emailed me last week after that crazy man killed four people and injured dozens, for reasons known only to himself and the God he may have thought he was serving. Having been nowhere near Westminster at the time, fortunately I could answer yes, I’m ...