A debt of thanks


It’s hard to overstate how much we owe the men and women who serve in the armed forces. They are willing to sacrifice their lives for the rest of us. They are willing to do whatever is asked. In the case of those in the Ohio National Guard and State Defense Force, the mission for more than ...

Staying safe on the road


By this point in 2020, there had been 407 deaths on Ohio’s roads. This year there have been 507. So what is to blame for the horrifying increase in the number of deadly traffic crashes? “A lot of the problems we are dealing with is not only the aggressive part of it, but sometimes, ...

Restore teachers to posts


A staffing situation at Swiss Hills Career Center in Monroe County needs to be resolved quickly and completely. Earlier this year, Switzerland of Ohio Local School District administrators made allegations that two teachers in the center’s heavy equipment department had violated school ...

Celebrating the love of a father


This year is a unique year for me. For those of you who have read my Father’s Day columns over the past 20 years plus, you know that I say that almost every year. First, it was unique because my father and my grandfather died, making me the oldest male in my immediate family. Then it ...

Drop us a line and celebrate dads every day


At any given moment, we can share our thoughts, questions or concerns with friends and loved ones — or the entire world — on social media. So why not share them with our fellow newspaper readers? For the most part, we are news junkies. Regardless of how or where we get our news, we ...

No problem is too big for America to handle


Three major events happened this week. We got to spend time with our youngest son and his family at Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We shared a condo and got to hug all four grandchildren including our son and daughter-in-law. Thanks to the pandemic we appreciate hugs even more now. Since we were all ...