Local Columns

There’s nothing wrong with fighting unfair trade

Imagine it is 1942. You are in President Franklin Roosevelt’s Oval Office. He is on the telephone and has a worried look on his face. “But Emperor Hirohito, we need the steel to build some new aircraft carriers. “Yes, we do plan to use them to sink your ships. But we thought we had a ...

Prevent managers from taking workers’ tips

Tips belong to the workers who earn them. But a new rule under this administration is threatening the wages Ohio workers earn. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed new regulations that would allow employers to force workers to hand over hard-earned tips to managers, and there is ...

Teen Tech Week features STEAM

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is always looking for ways to provide the teens of our community every possible advantage in engaging and accessible ways. One focus in the library community is STEAM learning, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Studies show ...

Enforce our trade rules and renegotiate NAFTA

We need to enforce our trade laws and crack down on cheaters. That’s something President Donald Trump has said he agrees with me on, and I’m holding him to his promises on trade. When Sen. Rob Portman and I met with the president earlier this month to talk about our steel and trade ...

Why did it take these kids to raise their voices?

One thing about the survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that has struck many people is how articulate and appealing — made for TV, you might say — so many of them are. Sad, isn’t it, the kids from Columbine weren’t better in front of a camera? Or that the first ...

These Civil War heroes deserve more statues

Leading figures in the African-American history of our nation take the spotlight each February, during Black History Month. We learn more about people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and others whose names are in the history books. But what of the single ...

Musical score collection, books await discovery

Many people come to the library for the newest books or DVDs. There is one collection of song books many patrons do not know are on the library shelves and are amazed when they are discovered. This is Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s musical score collection. This collection of music books ...

Protect vets from VA’s accounting mistakes

One of my most important jobs as your senator is listening to the Ohioans I represent. The best ideas don’t come out of Washington — they come from conversations with Ohioans, such as Massillon veteran James Powers. I first met Powers last July, when he came to the coffee my office hosts ...

Congress should save pensions Ohioans earned

Right now, the pensions of more than a million Americans are at risk of massive cuts. If we truly value a hard day’s work in this country, our government must keep the promise made to these workers, who could lose the lifeline they sacrificed for and worked to earn. It’s bad enough Wall ...

Title chosen for this year’s Community Read

Each year, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Community Read encourages county residents to engage through reading and discussion of a single, outstanding book. The title selected for 2018 is Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust by Michael Hingson. ...

‘Share at the Fair’ out to raise $3,500 by July 27

Admittedly, I am a person who loves her birthday. Shouldn’t life and growing older be celebrated? Not all get that chance. Exactly six months from today, during the Seneca County Fair, I will be turning 35 years old. My life mission is to leave the world better than I found it, and one way ...

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, ...