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Local Columns

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 ...

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 ...