Local Columns

Extension and Outreach Dept. welcomes a new manager

Part of Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s mission is to meet the needs of all who live, work or go to school in Seneca County. This includes providing services to those individuals in the community who cannot physically visit the library. The role of the Extension and Outreach Manager at T-SPL ...

An expatriated American writes to the president

Dear President @realDonaldTrump, It’s not like we’ve ever been pen-pals, but writing letters is a lost art and I’m fond of lost causes. Remember pen-pals, before the Twitternet came along? School kids from around the world exchanging old-fashioned pieces of paper with their Sunday best ...

Act supports grandparents raising grandchildren

We all know how devastating the addiction epidemic has been for our state and it has far-reaching consequences for Ohio families. It’s often grandparents who step in to care for kids when their parents can’t because of addiction or when parents are tragically taken from their family by a ...

Six months in, tax reform making big difference

The tax reform and tax cut legislation that passed at the end of last year has now been in place for six months. It’s time to take stock of how it’s working. Some of the tax relief expires in the next few years, and the debate is underway whether it should be made permanent. I think it ...

The early bird greets dawn with song

I think, after all these years, Allen Benton’s rain song was just the robin whispering to itself. 1973. I was finishing my senior year at SUNY-Fredonia in western NY after a several year intermission, so to speak, in the military. Dr. Benton, the Biology Department’s Field ...

The only wreck was the one behind the wheel

I’ve driven across the U.S. (also hitchhiked it, but that’s another story). Made deliveries in mad Manhattan. Navigated most of the tortured coastline of Great Britain. Yet it took the prospect of a mild-mannered man with a clipboard sitting quietly next to me for a short spin around town ...

Goldilocks and a UK licencing (with a ‘c’) test

Imagine you’ve been driving for decades. You’ve acquired the habit of not crashing into anyone. Driving has become second nature, almost as easy as walking, even if you’ve never actually grabbed your keys for the trip down to the mailbox. With years of muscle memory and many thousands ...

Farm bill to help Ohio

The best ideas don’t come out of Washington — they come out of conversations with Ohioans. That was on display last week as Republicans and Democrats came together to support provisions I worked with Ohio farmers and small business owners to include in the 2018 farm bill. We passed the ...

Dedication, access makes libraries rock

Libraries rock. If you visit the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library in the next few weeks, you will notice that phrase everywhere; it’s the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program. It also happens to be true. Libraries really do rock. They are amazing institutions that provide so many ...

In UK, you’re lucky if there’s a left to drive on

Buckle up. Comfortable? OK, you know we drive on the left in the UK. Driving on the “wrong” side isn’t the greatest challenge for an American. You get used to that quickly, even as you look longingly at the right lane for the first few days. What takes more getting used to is finding ...

Introduce our next generation to modern factories

This summer marks the sixth year my office is partnering with local companies and organizations to host summer manufacturing camps for young Ohioans across the state. Each year, more and more students attend these camps — this year we have at least 19 camps in 15 counties across Ohio. ...

Learn and explore with book bundles

Are you ever in a rush to pick up a movie and a few books? How does a movie and two books with a related activity sound to you? One answer may be Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s junior department Book Bundles. Each of the 17 Book Bundles kits contain two books and a DVD in a blue zippered ...

It is lonely at the top — and everywhere else in the company

“It’s lonely at the top” is an expression that usually is used to describe those leading an organization. CEOs of large corporations and leaders of countries are the ones to whom this term usually is applied. It turns out entrepreneurs also can be lonely. For that matter, many people ...

Bill would guard against China’s security threats

Last month in the Senate Banking Committee, we passed my bipartisan legislation to give our country more tools to respond to foreign investments from countries such as China that could pose a threat to our national security. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, also known ...

Sound (and light) reasons to tilt at windmills

We interrupt this normally ground-based column to bring you a special report from the top of a wind turbine. What am I doing on a wind turbine, you ask reasonably? Is it a publicity stunt? Did I take a wrong turn somewhere? Is it just a really hot day and I want to be as close as possible to a ...

Volunteer link, May 26

Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to volunteer an hour of their time twice a week to assist residents 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 ...

Honor law officers

Each year during National Police Week, we honor our law enforcement officers and the families who support them. They all give so much in service to their communities, and too many make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. While we can’t begin to repay the debt we owe these heroes and ...

Attention, class: A reality check in wind energy

Huron High School students recently learned about wind energy sponsored by Apex Clean Energy. Learning about wind energy is important — especially for those living in Sandusky, Erie, Huron and Seneca counties, where Apex Clean Energy is proposing to expand. It’s not a new idea. Wind ...

Russian bots trying to sow divisiveness in US

What happens when someone calls you an idiot? You become angry. You react suspiciously to anything he might say. You lump others with the same opinions or even presenting the same facts with your original enemy — because that’s what he’s become. He’s no longer just someone with whom ...

Strengthen VA without privatizing the system

Any nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs must be ready and able to strengthen and improve the VA for Ohio veterans.  And before I make a decision on that nominee, I want to hear from Ohio veterans about how to do that and what their needs are. I’ve held roundtables across ...