Local Columns

JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to better jobs

With the help of new pro-growth policies such as tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Library appreciates volunteers

Many people come to the library to simply browse and let our extensive collection tell you what to read next. Then there are those who know exactly what they want to read, and know exactly what shelf to find it on. When you find the perfect book on the shelf, right where it needs to be, thank ...

Reduce the cost of college for students

If we want hard work to pay off, we have to get the cost of college under control. When Connie and I went to college, a part-time job often was enough to put you through school. The idea that you could afford that today without mountains of debt would be laughable, if it weren’t one of the ...

Communist Cuba embracing entrepreneurship, with limits

I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Cuba recently and saw the changes that have occurred due to an increase in entrepreneurial activity. The U.S. reestablished relations with Cuba in 2015. Diplomatic efforts with Cuba ended in 1961, after Fidel Castro took control of the country. ...

Act seeks to save American cars, jobs

It’s time for the president to keep his promises to Ohio autoworkers. As GM began laying off workers in Lordstown last week, we also heard the company is planning to close its West Chester processing center this spring, laying off another 100 workers. This news has been devastating for ...

Library recommends 1,000 books before kindergarten

Have you ever noticed that children are like sponges that absorb everything around them? Because of this, parents and caregivers are a child’s first education provider. They hear what you say and watch what you do, so it’s important to make those early years together count. One way the ...

Let HHS secretary negotiate lower drug prices

The cost of prescription drugs is too high in this country. We have to crack down on big pharmaceutical corporations and get these prices under control. It’s why my entire career I have pushed to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower prices. Right now, the ...

Points to consider in favor of creating a DORA

There have been questions and concerns regarding the designated outdoor refreshment area for downtown Tiffin. I believe some of this stems from a lack of information, and as the Downtown Main Street manager representing our downtown board and more than 50 volunteers on our committees who ...

Activities tied to community read

Each year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Community Read encourages county residents to read and discuss a single, outstanding book. The title selected for 2019 is “The Atomic City Girls” by Janet Beard. This historical World War II novel takes place in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where ...

How Sunny Farms is responding to residents’ concerns

When I took leadership as CEO in December 2017, I saw a number of things that I wanted to do to make Sunny Farms Landfill the best facility it could be. I hired a new management team last year, chosen from among the best in the industry. I told them we needed to meet standards expected of a ...

Thinking outside the box – and other annoying business clichés

Anyone who has worked anywhere knows every organization has its own jargon that sounds like a foreign language to a new employee. In addition, there are common business expressions that have become a little too common. Many of these terms are difficult to define or don’t mean anything at ...

Examine the ethical line of lying in business

People aren’t supposed to lie ... yet almost everyone does it at least once in a while. Most Americans lie twice a day. Entrepreneurs are no different from others when it comes to lying. They all do it at least sometimes. “Everyone lies at one time or another,” according to Jonathan ...

Library features braille, talking book program

The number of people with disabilities is growing. About 56.7 million people, 19 percent of the population, had a disability in 2010. More than half of those individuals reported the disability as being severe, according to a comprehensive report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those ...

End shutdown, put 6,569 Ohioans back to work

The president must immediately reopen the government, so workers can get back on the job earning a paycheck and serving Ohioans. Now, 6,569 Ohio workers — including 1,590 at NASA Glenn alone — are either furloughed or working without pay. Either way, they’re missing paychecks because of ...

Trip to Hawaii reveals rusting wind turbines

Recently, my wife and I were blessed with an early Christmas gift from our son. We spent a week in the beautiful state of Hawaii. I would like to share with you some of our experiences. I will not excite you with details about Pearl Harbor, the volcano, nor the Space Observatory located at ...

Library offering kinship care classes

Kinship care is on the rise. Our nation’s opioid epidemic has left many parents unable to care for their children, and grandparents and other family members are stepping into the gap. Add those numbers to family members caring for relatives’ children for other reasons, and the results are ...

Looking forward to 2019

Christmas is almost here, and for many of us, that’s a sign that it’s time to begin thinking about the New Year. At Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, we have had 2019 on our minds for some time now. So, as we bring 2018 to a close, I would like to offer you a glimpse of what we’re excited ...

Say ‘no’ to industrial wind turbines in county

I want to thank Commissioner Mike Kerschner for listening to residents of Seneca County and their concerns about the application Seneca Wind LLC has submitted to the Ohio Power Siting Board asking OPSB to approve installation of 70 large-scale industrial wind turbines in Seneca County. At the ...

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 ...