Local Columns

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 ...

Securing military and civilian jobs that fuel local economies

The final National Defense Authorization Act is expected to be signed into law soon. As a member of the bipartisan House and Senate Committee that wrote the final bill, I am proud of the critical investments we delivered for Ohio. We were able to secure a final bill that not only includes ...

English is international business language — most of the time

As I have written about in this column over the years, I have been fortunate to do some teaching and administrative work in countries outside the U.S. while working at Tiffin University. People often ask me if I am fluent in the languages spoken in these other countries. I am not. Most of the ...

Kavanaugh is the right pick for Supreme Court

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy — who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan — announced he was going to step down from the court, there was a lot of discussion about what kind of person should replace him. Many people said it should be someone smart and widely respected who ...

Elite Sport, Culture Week to partner in October

One of the things that makes our community so great is the collaboration that takes place between Tiffin’s businesses and organizations. A fantastic example of this is Elite Sport and Culture Week, happening in October, which will bring Olympians to Tiffin. Many different organizations, led ...

Extension and Outreach Dept. welcomes a new manager

Part of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s mission is to meet the needs of all who live, work or go to school in Seneca County. This includes providing services to those individuals in the community who cannot physically visit the library. The role of the Extension and Outreach Manager at T-SPL ...

An expatriated American writes to the president

Dear President @realDonaldTrump, It’s not like we’ve ever been pen-pals, but writing letters is a lost art and I’m fond of lost causes. Remember pen-pals, before the Twitternet came along? School kids from around the world exchanging old-fashioned pieces of paper with their Sunday best ...

Act supports grandparents raising grandchildren

We all know how devastating the addiction epidemic has been for our state and it has far-reaching consequences for Ohio families. It’s often grandparents who step in to care for kids when their parents can’t because of addiction or when parents are tragically taken from their family by a ...

Six months in, tax reform making big difference

The tax reform and tax cut legislation that passed at the end of last year has now been in place for six months. It’s time to take stock of how it’s working. Some of the tax relief expires in the next few years, and the debate is underway whether it should be made permanent. I think it ...

The early bird greets dawn with song

I think, after all these years, Allen Benton’s rain song was just the robin whispering to itself. 1973. I was finishing my senior year at SUNY-Fredonia in western NY after a several year intermission, so to speak, in the military. Dr. Benton, the Biology Department’s Field ...

The only wreck was the one behind the wheel

I’ve driven across the U.S. (also hitchhiked it, but that’s another story). Made deliveries in mad Manhattan. Navigated most of the tortured coastline of Great Britain. Yet it took the prospect of a mild-mannered man with a clipboard sitting quietly next to me for a short spin around town ...

Goldilocks and a UK licencing (with a ‘c’) test

Imagine you’ve been driving for decades. You’ve acquired the habit of not crashing into anyone. Driving has become second nature, almost as easy as walking, even if you’ve never actually grabbed your keys for the trip down to the mailbox. With years of muscle memory and many thousands ...