Local Columns

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 ...

Consider diesel hybrid for electrical generation

There seems to be two very polarized camps on this wind farm situation here in Seneca County. I will admit I am one of those for the wind farms; however, I do have some concerns on the engineering concepts. My concerns are based in the real world versus what I have been reading from the ...

Here’s the benefits of — and myths about — being an EMT

Earn money while you stay at home; no experience necessary, free education. Does this sound too good to be true? Is this some sort of scam? If it isn’t a scam, then what is the catch? These are all valid questions. Well, the catch is that a person does have to commit for two years, the ...

What’s all the Hoopla about?

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library strives to remain well-informed about the latest developments in the digital realm. One of the many free applications we offer is Hoopla, a digital service of Midwest Tape. The library has partnered with Midwest Tape for many years to bring our patrons the latest ...

Leave more money in pockets of Ohio workers

As Ohioans filed their taxes this spring, more and more people saw President Donald Trump’s and congressional Republicans’ tax scam for what it really is — a handout to millionaires and billionaires at the expense of working families. Ohioans are working harder than ever before to make ...

How do we avoid giving attention to those who seek infamy?

Did Sol Pais just want a lot of people to know about her, to hear her name over and over again in connection with big news? For that matter, what about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who may have been Pais’ inspiration? Harris and Klebold were the boys who carried out the massacre at ...

T-SPL talks trauma

Last fall, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library hosted several programs to create awareness and educate the public about the opiate epidemic in Seneca County. Through the conversations that took place at these events, the library identified additional ways we could connect the community to needed ...

Volunteer Link, April 13

Autumnwood Autumnwood is looking for individuals willing to volunteer an hour of their time twice a week to assist resident with playing bingo. Games are held 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 ...

POWER Act to help police identify fentanyl

There’s not a community in Ohio that hasn’t been touched by the opioid crisis, and law enforcement is on the front lines. Because of the massive quantities of fentanyl officers are seizing, state and local testing labs face big backlogs. Seizures of fentanyl by the state agency that ...

Imagine a week without using social media

Imagine being without social media for a month. (You say you’ve managed without it all your life? Consider this an exercise in empathy.) No quickie Facebook updates, or notifications on what friends real or imagined are up to. That video on Instagram will have to find a way to be shared ...

Understand and handle impostor syndrome

At some point, most people feel like they are doing something they don’t know how to do … they are in a situation in which they do not belong and fear others will find out. It’s called impostor syndrome and entrepreneurs suffer from it as much or more than anyone else. Impostor syndrome ...

JOBS Act will connect Ohioans to better jobs

With the help of new pro-growth policies such as tax reform and regulatory relief, the economy is growing and many businesses across the state are expanding their operations and putting “workers wanted” signs in their windows. We are experiencing job gains and the strongest wage growth ...

Library appreciates volunteers

Many people come to the library to simply browse and let our extensive collection tell you what to read next. Then there are those who know exactly what they want to read, and know exactly what shelf to find it on. When you find the perfect book on the shelf, right where it needs to be, thank ...

Reduce the cost of college for students

If we want hard work to pay off, we have to get the cost of college under control. When Connie and I went to college, a part-time job often was enough to put you through school. The idea that you could afford that today without mountains of debt would be laughable, if it weren’t one of the ...

Communist Cuba embracing entrepreneurship, with limits

I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Cuba recently and saw the changes that have occurred due to an increase in entrepreneurial activity. The U.S. reestablished relations with Cuba in 2015. Diplomatic efforts with Cuba ended in 1961, after Fidel Castro took control of the country. ...