Local Columns

A different kind of Millennial

It is generally considered that I am part of the Millennial generation. I’m definitely on the older end of that grouping, but my under 40 nature makes me one of the oft-criticized, oft-written about Millennials. Like the characteristics of my generation, I value experiences over things, ...

Moving to Tiffin: Finally settling in and enjoying it

When we made the decision to move to the Tiffin area, we were excited about my job opportunity. We were excited about the community and its vibrancy and proximity to other places. We were excited about Betsy getting a job at a new school, about the weather, about our new house. But despite my ...

Community literacy goal set

The Tiffin City Schools and the education community believe that every child in this community deserves the opportunity to reach their full academic potential. How do we as a community accomplish this feat? Truly, the basis of all learning begins with literacy, that is, the ability to read and ...

Online resources offer wealth of info

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has access to many online resources that can help you do or learn new things. All are accessible from the library website, many through the Ohio Web Library, an online collection of resources free to use for all Ohio residents. Chilton Auto Repair is a source ...

Cake ‘on-brand’ with Tiffin, Seneca County

Maybe it’s because I’m a sports fan, maybe because I’ve always been interested in the media, or maybe because I’ve always had a fascination with places and what makes them unique, but I’ve always been intrigued by logos. Thus, my reaction was big when some old Gaylord/new Tiffin ...

Does faith have boundaries?

How is it possible that any one of us usually ethical, caring individuals can be at the same time unfazed by the continuous oppression and suffering of a whole people near or far from us? Perhaps our generalizations like “they’re illegals” or “they come from a terrorist country” do ...

Thoughts on the housing shortage

I’ve spent many of my first columns musing of my opening moments in the Tiffin area. I’ve found this to be a hospitable place full of good, caring people and have been impressed with what is going on here. But today, I consider myself very lucky for another reason. I was fortunate to ...

Good and bad in Seneca County this week

Thumbs up to Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacy, who announced Thursday she is resigning from the board as of July 19. There is more to come on Stacy’s future plans and who will fill her seat, but we applaud Stacy’s years of service to Seneca County. Thumbs down to some of the tougher ...

President Drake’s thoughts on OSU’s stops

Almost a century-and-a-half ago, Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, who would soon become our 19th U.S. president, championed legislation to establish the first land-grant institution of higher learning in Ohio. This special place, to become The Ohio State University, would serve Ohioans through ...

Weather fun to talk about, but is livelihood for many

Gaylord, Michigan, the town that I lived in the past 14 years before coming here, averages 136 inches of snow per year. The local schools had 19 (not a typo!) snow days between January and March this year. These are facts that seem to entertain people in Ohio, where I have found weather ...

Summer reading offers host of benefits for kids, adults

At the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program is underway. Summer reading programs encourage children, teens and adults to read during the summer. Educational and fun activities are offered throughout the summer. They are an important part of our library ...

We’re saying goodbye to a darn good editor

“Be a good editor. The world needs more good editors, God knows.” These were the words Kurt Vonnegut used in “Letters,” and they’ve rang true in the building of The Advertiser-Tribune for years. Rob Weaver is a good editor. I’ve worked with Rob for just under three weeks at the ...

America’s longest war is being fought at home

America’s longest war — neither Vietnam nor Afghanistan — shows no sign of even winding down, much less ending. To the contrary, the death toll may continue to increase. Veterans of military service rightly point to the Vietnam and Afghan wars as the longest, in most respects, in U.S. ...

Tiffin is a (playoff) baseball town this spring

I am sports fan, and am most definitely a baseball fan. I am very excited about living so close to Major League franchises the Detroit Tigers (my favorite team), Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, and plan to check out a Toledo MudHens game soon. I recently re-named my fantasy baseball ...

Tattoos becoming more acceptable in the workplace

At one point in time, sailors were about the only ones known for wearing tattoos. Today, they are becoming more accepted in society and the workplace. But does every employer think they are OK? A total of 36% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. For those ...

A new day dawns for The A-T and community

Hello, Seneca County. Today I awake amid a new sunrise that offers few hints of familiarity. The comforting rhythms of yesterday and the past have given way to a brilliant, unique landscape. This is my new home, and I couldn’t be happier to be here. After 14 professional years and my ...

Standards would support nurses and patients

Every day, nurses in Ohio communities work long hours doing vital work in our health care system, keeping patients safe and providing the highest quality of care. Yet too often, nurses are forced to do the impossible, caring for more patients than they have the time or capacity to ...

Wind turbine setbacks not ‘burdensome’

Industrial wind turbine setbacks have been a hot topic for several years. Developers have uttered words like “overly burdensome,” “effective moratorium” and “unreasonable” when describing Ohio’s current setbacks. We even have seen on at least two accounts in the last year where ...

Increase wages for DSPs

Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget for the 2019-2021 biennium includes additional funding for direct support professionals — DSPs — who work with Ohioans with developmental disabilities. DSPs work closely with individuals with a variety of intellectual and physical disabilities and ...

Bill gives children’s caregivers more support

As a society, we are leaving too many children behind. Our child welfare agencies are overwhelmed by the number of kids entering the system and the addiction crisis is only making it worse. For one third of all the children entering the system in Ohio, parents’ substance abuse is listed as ...