Local Columns

Some complex issues have simpler solutions

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” — Bryant H. McGill I have a tendency to see things as they are now compared to the way they were when I was a kid — and that goes back a ways. Actually, some things have changed for the ...

Energy infrastructure helps the Midwest boom

In Youngstown, something amazing and wonderful is happening. Work is going well for the building trades. Most locals are at full capacity. Everyone is on a job. Across portions of Ohio, the demand for skilled laborers is so high that wages are rising as employers compete for workers so they ...

Good news for two-year community colleges

For all the focus on our nation’s schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation’s economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two-year colleges. Originally created more than a century ago — arising from a variety of ...

A flat income tax makes more sense than a flat sales tax

A recent editorial touted the 30-percent national retail sales tax, H.R. 25, also known as the “FairTax.” This column will offer the other side of that proposal. Individuals: I propose a single 10-percent rate. We need not bow to the rantings of the silly Marxist class warriors who demand ...

More Ohio workers should be earning overtime

It’s simple. If you work extra hours, you should earn extra pay. Yet all too often, Ohioans are working longer days without the overtime pay they’ve earned. This month, the Trump administration took an important step forward in delivering overtime pay for 130,000 Ohioans who were promised ...

Revolt against regulation without representation

What about regulation without representation? Is that not just as injurious and insufferable as the taxation without representation many Americans view as one of the straws that broke the colonists’ backs in 1776, leading to the Declaration of Independence? Gathered in Philadelphia during ...

Networking keeps entrepreneurs connected

Networking is an essential skill for entrepreneurs. Communicating and creating a presence helps entrepreneurs build relationships with other entrepreneurs, current and potential customers, suppliers, investors and other important members of the community. In addition to making connections, ...

You can make a difference through kindness

“Kindness is universal. Sometimes being kind allows others to see the goodness in humanity through you” — Germany Kent It’s amazing what you can find when you do a search on the internet. We have tons of special days that we celebrate. Just to mention a few, we have a Read in The ...

Bill would add financial tool for service members

If you go to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, you’ll see payday lenders and car title lenders set up on the streets around the base, ready to prey on our troops and their families. You’ll find the same setup around military bases across the country. It’s despicable that these ...

Tips for biking in Tiffin from a native son

Dear Cyclists, Welcome! Having spent my childhood in Tiffin on one bike after another, starting with an awesomely fun banana seated Huffy roadster with cool chopper handlebars like the big boys had in “Easy Rider,” and eventually graduating to a more stately Schwinn Voyageur, I now live ...

Some friends will walk with you; others will carry you home

I originally submitted this letter a few months ago and asked to save it until Aug. 6, when we celebrate Friendship Day. In the letter, I talk about how a good friend of mine, Mike Druse, was such a great help to me about 75 years ago when we were both about 11 years old. Mike died this past ...

Introduce the next generation to manufacturing

A few years ago, I was talking to an official in the last administration about how to best support American manufacturing, and he remarked to me, “You know, everyone says they want more manufacturing, but no one wants their kid to do it.” We are working to change that. Manufacturing is one ...

Managing volunteers can present unique challenges

In addition to running their own businesses, some entrepreneurs also are involved in non- profit organizations. Many sit on the decision-making boards of these organizations or volunteer to chair projects that help the community. These volunteer gigs often give entrepreneurs and others ...

Bill would get help to more recovering addicts

Drug addiction has reached epidemic levels in this country, with more Americans now dying from overdoses than from car accidents or homicides. It’s being driven by addiction to opioids-prescription painkillers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. It’s filling up our jail cells, ...

Protect health care for Ohio’s veterans

We owe all of our veterans and their families who support them our gratitude, our respect and access to quality, affordable health care. It’s despicable that the House’s health care plan would gut Medicaid, putting the health coverage for tens of thousands of Ohio veterans and their ...

Do you know the answer to these two simple questions?

I’ll start of by asking two questions. I’m sure most readers will know the answer to the first question. But I would bet that very few will be able to answer the second. So the first question is: In what month do we have Groundhog Day? Now, you might be saying to yourself, “That’s ...

Don’t set taxpayers up to provide another bailout

Too many in Washington and on Wall Street seem to have amnesia about the devastation the Great Recession wreaked in communities across the country — but most Ohioans don’t have that luxury. Families who were struggling to invest in their children’s education or to save money for ...

Looking at the costs and benefits of health care

My father was killed by a heart attack at age 56. I have reflected often that had the advanced health care we have now been available in the 1950s and early 1960s, he probably would have lived to a ripe old age. That’s something we don’t think about enough in our debates over health care ...

Ohioan’s jobs are not part of trade negotiation

I have spent my entire career fighting for a trade policy that puts Ohio workers first. Two days after last November’s election, I called the president-elect’s transition team and offered to work with them to make good on his campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade ...

Caterwauling and other feline feats

Fitful dreams. Probably running a low-grade fever with this dumb early May chest cold. Thump the pillow, shift position, stare at the weird shadows cast by the night-light. Hmm ... what’s that one look like? A yam? Malaysia? Trump’s comb-over? And those caterwauling tomcats outside ...