Local Columns

Beatrice learns to adjust to changes in friend

Dear Readers, Beatrice Zinker prefers being upside down and actually does her best thinking that way. She sees the world differently than those around her. Even in her own family she sticks out, being the middle child with a sister who is exactly like their mother and a brother who is exactly ...

November still busy time for gardeners

November is a fairly miserable month, redeemed only for me by my birthday and Thanksgiving, but for the gardener it is a busier time than we may think. I was outside all morning today, cutting back some very overgrown Knockout roses and trimming up hydrangeas and other worn-out perennials to ...

Branding is important to businesses big and small

Branding is an important aspect of marketing. Most of the time, branding is associated with larger companies that manufacture consumer goods. Recently, however, small organizations have become more concerned with what their own brands mean in the market. The brand is the promise the ...

Victims’ rights important — but so are rights of the accused

Most of the time, there is nothing we as a society can do to repair the harm criminals do to their victims. Judges can order restitution be made, but that frequently doesn’t happen. And in the worst offenses — rape and murder come to mind — the harm cannot be undone. What we can do ...

Protect Ohio seniors from rising health care cost

Ohio seniors’ medical costs are too high — and unless Congress acts now, they’ll face a tax hike next year on top of that. Even with Medicare, too often, our seniors face extra health care costs for prescription drugs, copayments and therapies. And anyone on a fixed income can tell you ...

Trump: Don’t fire Mueller or pardon Manafort

With special counsel Robert Mueller unveiling his first indictments and a plea deal in the Russia case, President Donald Trump should do what’s hardest for him — nothing. The indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates — together with news of ...

Help pass the mental health and recovery levy

Many of you know me from “The Morning Edition” on WTTF, and perhaps some of you know me through my role as a dispatcher for local law enforcement. Through these experiences, I am aware of people who utilize and are greatly impacted by the services that are provided through funds from the ...

Invest in our community by supporting levies

Since I became president and CEO of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. in 2014, I have not written an op-ed for The Advertiser-Tribune. This is something I want to start doing a few times a year, as a way of keeping readers and residents, workers and visitors of Tiffin and Seneca ...

Every one of us can shape someone’s future

The 2016 Seneca County Health Assessment revealed that 44 percent of area youth reported being bullied in the past year. Youth violence/bullying was identified as one of the priorities to be addressed by the Seneca County Health Alliance’s Community Health Improvement Plan. For that reason, a ...

Try to be more understanding and more kind

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde With all my searching for “special days” that we recognize, I found that in October we have a Mental Illness Awareness Week and in March we have a ...

Act can help Ohio’s local farm economies grow

If the best apples are grown in Ohio, why buy apples from Washington or New York? We should support Ohio farmers from around the state, helping them grow their bottom lines and sell more products here at home. That’s why, last week, I introduced the Local FARMS Act to help Ohio farmers ...

Time management ideas differ across borders

Time is money. Or at least many Americans think so. This is a popular philosophy of business people and those who teach and write about time management. Most people wish they had more time to do more things. Everybody has 168 hours in a week, but one of the differences between those who are ...

Help proclaim Seneca County a bully-free zone

The 2016 Seneca County Health Assessment revealed that 44 percent of area youth reported being bullied in the past year. Youth violence/bullying was identified as one of the priorities to be addressed by the Seneca County Health Alliance’s Community Health Improvement Plan. For that reason, a ...

Pay attention — we’ll be shuffling content in daily editions

We plan a few changes for The Advertiser-Tribune, beginning with the Oct. 15 edition. That’s when the PeopleClips and Community pages will move to the Sunday Lifestyle section. Those pages — PeopleClips hosts reports from social service organizations and the Community page is where ...

Plan would use grants, bonds to update schools

If we want to prepare our students for 21st century jobs, we need to invest in 21st century classrooms. But too many of our schools have fallen into disrepair, and students can’t learn in schools that are crumbling around them. Last week, several Ohio schools were forced to close early, ...

Volunteer Link for October

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

Seneca East is working to break the cycle of bullying

The 2016 Seneca County Health Assessment revealed that 44 percent of area youth reported being bullied in the past year. Youth violence/bullying was identified as one of the priorities to be addressed by the Seneca County Health Alliance’s Community Health Improvement Plan. For that reason, a ...

When disaster hits, the SBA assists (and not just businesses)

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now Maria, individuals, business owners and others are wondering how they will recover from the ruin they face, especially if they are underinsured or have no insurance at all. The U.S. Small Business Administration is here to assist. During and ...

Present Congress with real tax reform, not a pig in a poke

Reconciliation is a parliamentary vehicle linked with the budget and designed to achieve specific revenue and spending requirements. This is the preferred approach for certain policy objectives because only 51 votes are required for passage in the Senate. Republicans plan to use this process ...

Protect consumers affected by Equifax breach for 10 years

This month, we learned 143 million Americans — about half the country — had their personal information exposed to criminals by the company Equifax during a massive data breach. That’s dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and more. I’m doing everything in my power to ...