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Nurses more than job description, definition

“At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” — Terry Waite What is a nurse? My goodness, everyone knows what a nurse is. If not, just check the dictionary and it will tell you. I checked because I wanted a correct definition and this is what it says: “nurse /ners/noun a ...

Library hosting animal, trivia, travel adult programs in January

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will kick off the New Year with three special programs for adults. These programs are an excellent way to unwind from holiday stress and beat the winter blues. Whether it’s learning about animals, a new vacation spot, or trying your luck at trivia, Tiffin-Seneca ...

Perhaps we should look in a different direction for answers

Yes, another national special day is coming Feb. 12. It’s called Stop Bullying Day. Before I sat down to write, I gave it a great deal of thought because it is that important. What did I come up with in my deep thought? I came up with the idea that we are concentrating too much on symptoms ...

Effects of new tax law pass through to small businesses

Much has been said and written about the new federal income tax bill that recently passed Congress and was signed by President Donald Trump. Some of the more controversial aspects of the bill were related to how taxes would change for businesses, especially smaller businesses. Many of these ...

Playtime program can be beneficial for youngsters

’Tis the season of giving, and Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is excited to be on the receiving end of that generous spirit this year. We were selected as a recipient of a grant from the 2017 Marathon Classic, with grant money to be used to enhance the program Playtime @ the Library. Playtime ...

Thanking real heroes and God for their role in this miracle

Forget fictitious superheroes. Collin Snyder says crews should be making movies about emergency medical services, firefighters, police and people who do ordinary things in life — like giving blood. About two months ago, Collin, my 24-year-old cousin, was part of a perfect miracle only God ...

Getting veterans the health care they deserve

There’s no place for partisanship when it comes to caring for the women and men who serve this country, and the families who sacrifice alongside them. We showed that last month when we passed bipartisan legislation to improve access to care for our heroes – the Caring for Our Veterans Act ...

Extend health care program for Ohio children

While the Senate is spending its time on a bill to cut taxes for corporations that send jobs overseas, kids here in America are on the verge of losing their health insurance. That’s because this fall, Congress allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program to expire. States are beginning ...

Pursuing happiness in work

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. One of the main ways people try to pursue happiness is through work. Tiffin University Associate Professor of Psychology Matt Bereza said not only is it reasonable to have work contribute to happiness, ...

‘Gathering of Readers’ planned Dec. 19

This past year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library underwent some changes with the renovation of our building. However, one thing that has not changed is our community’s love of reading. This summer, 449 adults participated in the Summer Reading Program and read almost 3,000 books. The Let’s ...

Let’s give middle-class taxpayers direct relief

If we want to cut taxes for the middle class, let’s cut taxes for the middle class. This latest attempt by Republicans in Congress to turn what should be a bipartisan effort to cut middle-class taxes into a backdoor repeal of the Affordable Care Act is shameful. Instead of cutting taxes ...

Volunteer Link, Nov. 25

Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to volunteer an hour of 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 ...

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 ...