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Patients need to exercise patience

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They still are waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Disasters happen; learn to be ready

It’s no coincidence that National Preparedness Month, established in 2004, is observed in September. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 — the anniversary was Tuesday — compelled the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to sponsor the annual effort. That it ...

Economy growing, thanks to workers

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Economy growing, thanks to workers

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Local Columns | VIEW ALL

Returning for heritage and a look at the future

I was prepared to hate the usurper. There it was, standing bold and brash, head and shoulders over the vanquished downtown. I mean, what’s not to hate? Yet, as I made my way down that final stretch of East Market Street, expecting waves of repulsion as it fully revealed itself, I was stopped ...

Listening instead of reading isn’t cheating

A popular podcaster whose work I follow recently confessed to cheating. Fortunately, her victim wasn’t her spouse, and the IRS isn’t investigating her for tax fraud. The great transgression she took responsibility for was a bit more abstract than all of that. She had listened to far more ...

Skilled workers needed to keep economy humming along

Most of the recent economic news in the country has been good. Gross domestic product for the second quarter of this year grew 4.2 percent, the highest rate since 2014. The unemployment rate for July was just under 4 percent. This good economy has created a problem. Employers increasingly are ...

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month

Do you remember when you got your first library card? Maybe it was when you were a child, and the library was this huge magical place, full of endless possibilities. Or perhaps you were a teenager, just discovering graphic novels and attending a teen program. Or it’s possible that you did not ...

Letters to the Editor | VIEW ALL

Rachel Crooks will work for the people

A reform movement is growing in Ohio, and American Promise is leading the way toward a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to get unlimited and hidden money out of politics. American Promise is a citizen-led effort to overturn the 2010 Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling that allowed ...

Carpetbaggers and their turbines

You have read here previously of how sPower refused to cancel my wind lease agreement even after learning their agents had used misrepresentation to get me to sign it. Now comes the story that a great many other people are having problems with them as well. Through the second half of this ...

True awareness about violence

Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win — Eric Burdon It has been brought to my attention that the month of October has been designated as Violence Awareness Month. We all know what violence is, don’t we? That is, ...

Money for schools (again)

As I now drive around the county, I am beginning to see these blue signs saying “Yes” in the shape of a windmill. On the flip side of these signs, it says, “Money for Schools.” Well, I’m old enough to remember when State Sen. Ron Mottl and Gov. John Gilligan, both Democrats, sold us ...