Local Columns

County asks next governor for better partnership with state

Ohio’s counties serve as the primary agent of the state. Counties are responsible for conducting elections, securing justice and public safety, delivering vital human services, developing public infrastructure and generating economic development. That’s why it’s important for elected ...

United Way: A local organization doing a world of good

At a time of year when many people are busy checking off holiday shopping lists, Tiffin-Seneca United Way is keenly focused on community members in need. The 2018 United Way campaign is underway, raising funding for local agencies that provide support to hundreds of Seneca County residents ...

Holiday favorite Fraser fir in short supply

I worry about Frances Shaw Fraser. Doesn’t make any sense, I know, since she died back in 1813, but still. Having married a 28-year-old Scotsman in 1778 with reasonable prospects as a cloth merchant operating a small shop in London’s Chelsea district, she had no cause to anticipate how a ...

Library offers varied adult reader resources

Would you like a recommendation for a book to read? Want to know the next book in a series? Are you looking for a way to keep track of what you read? For help with any of these questions, come visit Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s new Reader Resources area. Our staff has compiled a ...

Are wind turbines really good for economy, environment?

In a column Saturday, Gordon Gray of sPower replied to some questions. I feel that some of his answers leave out enough facts to cause misdirection in the minds of those who have not thoroughly researched wind projects. Here is my reply to Mr. Gray’s comments: 1. True, the Seneca Wind ...

Take even-handed approach to exposure to Agent Orange

This month’s Veterans Day celebrations around Ohio are a reminder that nothing is more important than serving those who have sacrificed so much for our country. With the Senate back in session, we need to get to work and show this country that we can work together — and there’s no ...

Forgiveness and kindness can help resolve today’s issues

Holding on to a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiveness doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free. — Dave Willis Oct. 27 was when we celebrated National Forgiveness Day. Just about every day of the month, there is something that we designate as special. ...

Dashing through the holidays at the library

Now that our bellies are full of turkey and our wallets are a little lighter after Black Friday, the focus officially shifts to the Christmas and holiday season. The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has everything you need to get ready for the season. Need decorating tips? Check out one of our ...

Workplace may be going to the dogs — really

The importance of pets in people’s lives is increasing. Some companies are starting to let employees bring their pets to work with them. The pet business in the United States is booming. This year, Americans are expected to spend $86 billion on products and services related to their pets. ...

People are good; not all intentions thought out

“All People Are Good,” by Luke Bryan, is fitting in many ways for my reason for writing this letter. Six years ago, when I was elected to serve as a county commissioner, I knew there would be tough decisions, intense moments and loads of frustration. The job has not disappointed. However, ...

Early literacy skills build strong young readers

Reading is one of the most essential skills for lifelong success. At the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, we want to give you the tools and knowledge to teach your child the early literacy skills that will allow them to become strong young readers. Here are five important ways that you can ...

Visit underscores importance of an upbringing

This afternoon, I was sitting in my room here at Autumnwood when a group of youngsters from Hopewell-Loudon school, along with two adults, came in. One of the kids looked to be about 6 years old and the others a little older. They were here in honor of Veterans Day. Actually, it was a very ...

Community Foundation Week offers open house

In 2006, the city of Tiffin was named as a recipient for a gift of about $750,000 from the estate of Clive Lupton for improvements to Hedges-Boyer Park. Clive Lupton grew up in Tiffin, graduating from Columbian High School. He retired from the General Electric Co. and lived on Prospect Street ...

Pondering the avoidance of an untimely reaping

When Princess Diana died, mourners outside Buckingham Palace left flowers piled high enough to be seen from space, or so my fake news feed tells me. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, (that’s one ‘Queen’ more than the one who actually sits on the throne, if anybody’s counting) was not ...

sPower director stresses benefits of wind energy

The residents of Seneca County are smart, engaging and passionate in their advocacy of their families and their community. During my frequent visits to Seneca County on behalf of sPower and our Seneca Wind project, I’ve had an opportunity to meet and hear from many of them. Several of the ...

Team’s biggest problem is the man it can’t fire

Hue Jackson won three games in 2 1/2 years as the Browns coach. That included his team going 1-31 over two seasons, and an 0-16 record in 2017. There’s no defending that. You can’t. Even for someone like me, who liked the Jackson hire and had great sympathy for him, there’s no real ...

Previous election still contentious in Britain, too

If the British could vote for their next king, it’s likely William would win in a landslide over his tired papa Charles, but the modern game of thrones has certain rules, one of them being you have to wait your turn. (Also, kindly put the dragons that frolic in Hyde Park after closing time ...

Good times, bad times, a lifetime, all stolen 50 years ago

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. — Marcus Aurelius They both knew that in just a few minutes, he would be pulled from the sanctity and warmth of the marital womb and sent on the adventure for ...

Early county history preserved digitally

Most people learn history in bits and pieces. It is quite interesting to put all of these pieces together. Reading history from a prime source is the most helpful, but not many people get to do this. When the Seneca County Law Librarian and the commissioners’ office approached ...

Rising to the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ challenge

We need a long-term strategy that allows all our students to reach their full potential — not one that accepts that an entire segment of our citizens will grow up with limited options, simply because of the color of their skin or the neighborhoods they grew up in. That’s why this month we ...