Local Columns

In UK, you’re lucky if there’s a left to drive on

Buckle up. Comfortable? OK, you know we drive on the left in the UK. Driving on the “wrong” side isn’t the greatest challenge for an American. You get used to that quickly, even as you look longingly at the right lane for the first few days. What takes more getting used to is finding ...

Introduce our next generation to modern factories

This summer marks the sixth year my office is partnering with local companies and organizations to host summer manufacturing camps for young Ohioans across the state. Each year, more and more students attend these camps — this year we have at least 19 camps in 15 counties across Ohio. ...

Learn and explore with book bundles

Are you ever in a rush to pick up a movie and a few books? How does a movie and two books with a related activity sound to you? One answer may be Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s junior department Book Bundles. Each of the 17 Book Bundles kits contain two books and a DVD in a blue zippered ...

It is lonely at the top — and everywhere else in the company

“It’s lonely at the top” is an expression that usually is used to describe those leading an organization. CEOs of large corporations and leaders of countries are the ones to whom this term usually is applied. It turns out entrepreneurs also can be lonely. For that matter, many people ...

Bill would guard against China’s security threats

Last month in the Senate Banking Committee, we passed my bipartisan legislation to give our country more tools to respond to foreign investments from countries such as China that could pose a threat to our national security. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, also known ...

Sound (and light) reasons to tilt at windmills

We interrupt this normally ground-based column to bring you a special report from the top of a wind turbine. What am I doing on a wind turbine, you ask reasonably? Is it a publicity stunt? Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? Is it just a really hot day and I want to be as close as possible to a ...

Volunteer link, May 26

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. every Monday and Saturday. Interested individuals should contact Mary Lee Creeger at (419) 447-7151 or by email at ...

Honor law officers

Each year during National Police Week, we honor our law enforcement officers and the families who support them. They all give so much in service to their communities, and too many make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. While we can’t begin to repay the debt we owe these heroes and ...

Attention, class: A reality check in wind energy

Huron High School students recently learned about wind energy sponsored by Apex Clean Energy. Learning about wind energy is important — especially for those living in Sandusky, Erie, Huron and Seneca counties, where Apex Clean Energy is proposing to expand. It’s not a new idea. Wind ...

Russian bots trying to sow divisiveness in US

What happens when someone calls you an idiot? You become angry. You react suspiciously to anything he might say. You lump others with the same opinions or even presenting the same facts with your original enemy — because that’s what he’s become. He’s no longer just someone with whom ...

Strengthen VA without privatizing the system

Any nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs must be ready and able to strengthen and improve the VA for Ohio veterans.  And before I make a decision on that nominee, I want to hear from Ohio veterans about how to do that and what their needs are. I’ve held roundtables across ...

A bit of British humor — could you be a royal?

You might think that marrying a member of the royal family would be enough to become a British citizen, but as good as that looks on an application, Meghan Markle is also going to have to take a test. This requirement came in after I got my own citizenship, which is just as well, because if ...

Library Notes: Books inspire movies

Books often inspire movies. It’s no wonder with all the great stories that have been published. Sometimes, it’s tempting to skip the book. Watching the movie takes less time, but is it the same as reading? Doing a little internet search will lead you to many articles which passionately ...

Officers need tools to instantly identify fentanyl

Unfortunately, we know that illegal, deadly fentanyl is all too common in Ohio — our local law enforcement must deal with it on a nearly daily basis. And because of the massive quantity of these drugs officers are seizing, state and local testing labs are facing big backlogs. Sometimes ...

Library Notes: Library providing screen-free living, activities this week

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be celebrating National Screen-Free Week Monday through Thursday. Screen-Free Week encourages families or individuals to celebrate the joys of life beyond the screen. With that in mind, the library is challenging families to put away their phones, tablets and ...

Roads and bridges levy is not a trivial pursuit

I have had the good fortune to wear many different hats in my 30-plus years in the city of Tiffin. I am a husband, father, son, educator and part-time trivia host, amongst other duties. Oct. 16th, I took my first oath of office to serve as one of three at-large representatives for Tiffin City ...

Act would get recovering Ohioans back to work

Last week, I called for a full-scale public health campaign to fight the opioid epidemic. Getting Ohioans struggling with addiction the treatment they need must be a big part of that effort. But our investment can’t end there. We need to make sure recovering Ohioans have the job ...

Thank the frontline workers in addiction crisis

Data released by the Ohio Department of Health on the opioid epidemic in 2016 are daunting, and facing this crisis has led many to despair. The Ohio House, though, has worked to combat the opioid epidemic through enhanced treatment and prevention methods, revamping prescription drug laws and ...

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. every Monday and Saturday. Interested individuals should contact Mary Lee Creeger at (419) 447-7151 or by email at ...

Library card opens new world for kindergarteners

Looking back to my childhood, some of my earliest (and fondest) memories include visits to the library. In fact, it was during the summer reading program that I developed a passion for reading. I’ll never forget how proud I was when I was able to read a story all by myself. As a child, ...