Local Columns

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 ...

Britain serves divorce papers to European Union

Last June, I voted for Britain to leave the European Union, along with about 17 million other people. We were in the majority, so we “won,” meaning the government agreed to begin divorce proceedings. You might recall that David Cameron, our previous prime minister, resigned a few weeks ...

Care for those who care for Ohio’s veterans

One of my most sacred jobs as your senator is standing up for the men and women who served our country in uniform, and the loved ones who support them. And when it comes to serving our veterans, our work is never done. I received a letter from Dannielle, of Wilmington, whose father served our ...

Strengthen Medicare, save money for seniors

We need to do all we can to make Medicare more affordable and easier to use for Ohio seniors. One way we do that is by fixing the so-called “observation status” loophole that leaves too many seniors with bills they can’t afford. Under current law, Medicare will only cover skilled ...

Medicinal marijuana really up to Washington

Are we human beings so incompetent that we cannot find a way to make THC available to people it might help with serious medical conditions, while avoiding one more substance abuse problem? Maybe so. But regardless of whether a workable system can be found, there’s an obstacle: Marijuana is ...

US policy compels expats to give up citizenship

I still remember my favourite ’80s movie: “The Jazz Singer,” starring Neil Diamond. A remake of the 1927 classic, it featured the soul-stirring title track “Coming to America” and a melting-pot montage of Lady Liberty all but using her torch as a microphone to emcee an obvious paean ...

Act would help connect students with good jobs

There are more than 100,000 jobs available in Ohio right now. And yet, there are more than 280,000 Ohioans who are out of work. One important reason is because employers are looking for skills they can’t find. This mismatch — often called the “skills gap” — is holding back our ...

If we can’t fix WTO, we should go around it

Last week, the Alliance for American Manufacturing released a new report confirming what many of us in Ohio have known for a long time — our international trade system isn’t working for American workers. The World Trade Organization — the WTO — was established in 1995 and was intended ...

Act would equalize rural Medicare payments

Ohioans who live in rural areas deserve the same access to high-quality health care as those who live in urban areas. But too many Ohioans who don’t live in big cities are left behind when it comes to their health, and policy-makers in Washington and Columbus don’t always appreciate the ...

Bureaucratic rules subvert checks and balances

If all the rules and regulations by which we are forced to live are such good ideas, why are so many of them promulgated unilaterally? Why were the checks and balances the founders built into our system of government abandoned? We’re taught in school that basic rules in the form of laws ...

Volunteer Link

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 ...