Local Columns

Visit underscores importance of an upbringing

This afternoon, I was sitting in my room here at Autumnwood when a group of youngsters from Hopewell-Loudon school, along with two adults, came in. One of the kids looked to be about 6 years old and the others a little older. They were here in honor of Veterans Day. Actually, it was a very ...

Community Foundation Week offers open house

In 2006, the city of Tiffin was named as a recipient for a gift of about $750,000 from the estate of Clive Lupton for improvements to Hedges-Boyer Park. Clive Lupton grew up in Tiffin, graduating from Columbian High School. He retired from the General Electric Co. and lived on Prospect Street ...

Pondering the avoidance of an untimely reaping

When Princess Diana died, mourners outside Buckingham Palace left flowers piled high enough to be seen from space, or so my fake news feed tells me. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, (that’s one ‘Queen’ more than the one who actually sits on the throne, if anybody’s counting) was not ...

sPower director stresses benefits of wind energy

The residents of Seneca County are smart, engaging and passionate in their advocacy of their families and their community. During my frequent visits to Seneca County on behalf of sPower and our Seneca Wind project, I’ve had an opportunity to meet and hear from many of them. Several of the ...

Team’s biggest problem is the man it can’t fire

Hue Jackson won three games in 2 1/2 years as the Browns coach. That included his team going 1-31 over two seasons, and an 0-16 record in 2017. There’s no defending that. You can’t. Even for someone like me, who liked the Jackson hire and had great sympathy for him, there’s no real ...

Previous election still contentious in Britain, too

If the British could vote for their next king, it’s likely William would win in a landslide over his tired papa Charles, but the modern game of thrones has certain rules, one of them being you have to wait your turn. (Also, kindly put the dragons that frolic in Hyde Park after closing time ...

Good times, bad times, a lifetime, all stolen 50 years ago

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. — Marcus Aurelius They both knew that in just a few minutes, he would be pulled from the sanctity and warmth of the marital womb and sent on the adventure for ...

Early county history preserved digitally

Most people learn history in bits and pieces. It is quite interesting to put all of these pieces together. Reading history from a prime source is the most helpful, but not many people get to do this. When the Seneca County Law Librarian and the commissioners’ office approached ...

Rising to the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ challenge

We need a long-term strategy that allows all our students to reach their full potential — not one that accepts that an entire segment of our citizens will grow up with limited options, simply because of the color of their skin or the neighborhoods they grew up in. That’s why this month we ...

Nike’s Kaepernick ad highlights political trend among businesses

Nike’s recent advertising campaign featuring ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick is the latest and most visible example of a new trend in business. In the past few years, businesses and in some cases their CEOs have taken stands on political issues. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel ...

To self, with hindsight: Wisdom via perspective

Have you ever wanted to write a letter to your younger self? Doubtless you’re more sensible than that. After all, who’s going to deliver it? There isn’t enough postage in the world to cover the physics. Well, it’s raining and I have nothing better to do than write undeliverable ...

Library notes: Library programs to address opiate addiction

Approximately 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017, according to The New York Times. That’s roughly the equivalent of every individual in Seneca County and most of Wyandot County — gone. The statistic is startling, but we cannot afford to forget that we are talking about ...

Act would take gag off pharmacists

This week, two bills to help Ohioans save money on their prescriptions are headed to the president’s desk to become law. Many Ohioans don’t realize that in some cases, they could pay less for their prescription if they paid out-of-pocket, rather than using their insurance at the pharmacy ...

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 ...

Let’s stop excessive fees for overdrafts

Bank executives shouldn’t be allowed to scam hardworking families to pay for a CEO’s yacht. But that’s what’s happening as expensive, unexpected overdraft fees are costing too many Americans. Overdraft protection used to be a free perk, understanding that sometimes mistakes happen — ...

What we have here is a failure to communicate

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. — Proverbs 16:24 When I was a boy living on Miami Street, we sure knew how to have fun! No, we didn’t have any of the electronic devices that are used today. But we had fun with what we had. Please stay ...

Good people truly are a majority in the world

Uh, oh, I thought Friday evening, on my way home from work. It was about 6 p.m. and a storm had knocked out power to part of the Woodsdale neighborhood of Wheeling. At the intersection of National Road and Bethany Pike, the traffic light wasn’t working. There was lots of traffic coming in ...