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Community Hospice Care Community Hospice Care is to offer a volunteer training class 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 for people who are interested in volunteering in the office. Volunteers can assist with fundraising and office duties. If you are interested or for further information, call Community ...

Now is not the time to lift sanctions on Russia

Last week, we sent a clear, bipartisan message to President Donald Trump that we should strengthen — not weaken — Russian sanctions, and that Congress must have a say on Russia policy. I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues, including Republicans John McCain, Marco Rubio and Lindsay ...

Former Tiffinite in UK still getting used to having a queen

The hardest thing to get used to when living in the UK as an American is having a queen. Although it doesn’t measurably affect your life, it is a mental obstacle that you find yourself occasionally grappling with, uncertain if amusement or bemusement is the order of the day. The main ...

Modern economy needs modern infrastructure

Our parents and grandparents left us with a transportation system that was the envy of the world. They dreamed it, they planned it and they built it – but we haven’t maintained it. Too many of our roads, bridges and railways have fallen into disrepair. The quality of U.S. ...

Britain shares our pain … and inaugural protests

The peaceful transfer of power is the hallmark of our presidential elections. Throw protests in, and we can be legitimately proud to be American — though I want to say “You broke it, you bought it,” to some of the protesters as a nation in a state of political flux surveys the aftermath ...

Volunteer Link

Volunteer Opportunities in January: Tiffin-Seneca Child Care Center The Tiffin-Seneca Child Care Center is looking for volunteers to help clean toys and rooms. Interested individuals can contact Kelly Schwab by phone at (419) 447-3382 or by email at tsccc@att.net READ TO ...

Politics isn’t only arena Putin tried to influence

Among some liberals, two contentions have become virtual articles of faith: 1. The Russians elected Donald Trump president. 2. Hydraulic fracturing science is settled, and the practice is bad for human beings and our environment. But you can’t have it both ways. What if the ...

Brown reflects on session

Ohioans, regardless of political party, expect their elected officials to represent the best interests of their constituents and to produce results on their behalf. When it comes to my work as a senator, the state of Ohio always comes first. Medill News Service recently released an article ...

Just put a clear board over the problem

I have to say I‘m looking forward eagerly to the wonderful, massive improvement coming to some neighborhoods of Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and other big cities in Ohio. For many years, a drive through those places was an exercise in depression. Signs of urban decay and neglect were ...

England, Britain, UK, British Isles explained

  \When I moved across the pond, I wasn’t just moving to England. I was also taking up residence in Great Britain and the United Kingdom, not to mention the British Isles. Some of these might seem to be the same thing, but they’re not. Allow me to explain the difference, and ...

Senator reflects on legislative accomplishments for 2016

Ohioans are tired of Washington gridlock and want to see things getting done that will help them and their families. That’s how I feel. We don’t all agree on what those specific policies should be, but, in general, most of us just want to see Republicans and Democrats work together for ...

Election reflects American entrepreneurial spirit

Regardless of what you think of the election of soon-to-be President Donald Trump, his election reflects a unique aspect of American culture. Americans will take chances that many others in the world will not. The election showed that those who voted for Trump were willing to try something ...

Getting back to ‘Made in US’ is a group effort

The next time you’re shopping for clothing, take a look at the tags. You always check the price, of course. But what about the “made in” label? You’ll see a lot of “Made in China.” Chances are there will be few, if any, “Made in the U.S.A.” tags in the store. Why is ...

CURES, CARA Act assist medical advances

Advances made by the scientific and medical communities over the past few decades have been incredible. In just the past 30 years, life expectancy in the United States has increased by five years, and almost half of that increase took place just in the last decade. I often think about my ...

Yes, everyone, there is a Mr. (and Mrs.) Claus

I ran into Santa Claus the other day. Really. For many years, I have tried every trick in the book to catch a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick. Milk and cookies didn’t work. Neither did staying awake nearly all night in a stakeout from which I could see the Christmas tree. I must be ...

Volunteer Link, Dec. 24

Seneca Mentoring Youth Links Seneca Mentoring Youth Links is seeking volunteers to mentor youths 6-17 years of age in a few different settings. SMYL is looking for mentors during the school day with the School Pals Program, after school with Impact Youth Center and one-on-one mentoring at ...

Another step toward tackling opioid epidemic

Ohio has a relentless, unyielding problem — opioid abuse and addiction. It has infiltrated numerous families without regard to race, socioeconomic status or geographic location. This is exactly why it has been so difficult to get in front of the issue, putting Ohio in the crosshairs of a ...

American taxpayers are a generous bunch all year long

For many of us, thoughts turn at this time of the year to the less fortunate. We hope and pray they, too, will have a merry Christmas. Often, we dig into our own pockets to help make that happen. But how well do we help them during the rest of the year? Or, rather, how well do our state ...

Winter wonderland just part of Christmas holiday in London

Hyde Park in London is a calm, green oasis in the middle of the bustling metropolis. Every year in late November, Santa’s elves descend on a fairground-sized section of it, don hard hats and go to work constructing a temporary village. They lay down large rubber mats, like the world’s ...

Remembering the type of people we really are

In this enchanting time of Christmas I am meditating on “The Rebirthing of God (Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings)” by John Philip Newell. I cannot but be awed by the author’s insistence that each of us has such an unlimited capacity of compassion for the other. It is our human ...