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Watch out for others as we get back to business

Have you noticed the increase in activity? It’s only just begun, but it seems people are eager to embrace the transition of getting back to business as usual. In March, Gov. Mike DeWine, working in conjunction with state health department Director Dr. Amy Acton, closed schools and ...

Auditor: Project adds up for county

In recent weeks, I have heard and read some debate about whether local communities are getting a fair deal out of the economic development agreement reached with PTTGC America for the proposed ethane cracker complex in our community. This debate is both healthy and important. As county ...

Finding comfort in familiar things at home

What have you rediscovered amid the COVID-19 pandemic? What I mean is, what old favorite or soothing things have you recalled or revived while following stay-at-home orders? I, for example, had forgotten just how refreshing a glass of Kool-Aid can be. A lot of people are complaining that ...

Ready for remote learning prior to pandemic

I do not intend to speak for everyone during this pandemic, which is dividing an already divided society; divided on many subjects including politics, religion, economy, and now, how we deal with higher education during a pandemic. However, I will speak to how this pandemic has affected ...

Are you ready for the second half?

We are over four weeks into physical separating and the shutdown of all nonessential businesses. The game isn’t over. COVID-19 is a challenging and persistent opponent. I teach my players to never fear and always respect their opponents. No opponent can ever be taken lightly, especially ...

Mowing, gardening and a positive attitude

Mowing season has begin in Eastern Ohio, where the grass will grow without any concern for the novel coronavirus pandemic that presently occupies all our minds. Already, I have mowed lawns once and at this writing they are due for another cutting. Doing that outdoor task takes my mind to ...

Protecting Ohioans from coronavirus scams

While our first priority is keeping Ohioans healthy and safe, we must also take steps to protect Ohioans’ financial wellbeing. We’ve seen reports indicating that scammers are targeting and taking advantage of Ohioans during this scary and confusing time. These scammers particularly prey ...

Simple gestures that mean a great deal

Remember when everyone used to wave at one another? When I was small, I thought that drivers were obligated to acknowledge each other as they passed on the road. Wherever I went with my parents or my older brother, it seemed people knew us and wanted to say hello. My dad even had a certain ...

Faith will bring resurrection for all

Easter used to be a big holiday for the Serrentino family. Anthony and Sarah Serrentino and their three children celebrated by attending Sunday services and then preparing and eating a lavish family dinner at their home in Freeport, NY. For several years after, 23-year-old Maria Serrentino ...

A time for new beginnings and positivity

I can still remember a high school soccer playoff game we lost, over 10 years ago. It was a hard- fought close game. One leadership key we teach our seniors is to take responsibility. Our team didn’t like some of the referee’s calls. I don’t believe in yelling at officials. They have a ...

Easter is beautiful, child abuse ugly

Well, what a difference a month makes, right? I pen this article for the first Sunday of each month (for those who keep asking me when). I might comment on the coronavirus before I’m done, but you’re probably tired of hearing about it. The month of April holds a couple of very ...

The cost of globalization; manufacture at home

I hope you are doing well in your physical separation. My wife, Lynnda has always enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. Now I am helping her. It is more enjoyable and thought provoking than I thought. It is a project we can do together. I hope you are housebound with people you like and enjoy being ...

Giving comfort to the most essential workers during difficult time

In the face of this unprecedented global pandemic, new phrases like “social distancing” and “flatten the curve” have quickly entered our American lexicon. But as government officials, business owners and front-line personnel around the world grapple with challenges we never could have ...

Relish the opportunity to stay at home

Stay home! That seems easy enough. Goodness knows that at many workplaces in America, you hear all too often how your coworkers just want to go home. Now that so many Americans have the perfect opportunity to spend time at home with their families, it seems that many of them would rather be ...

Do something more positive today

Last week was a struggle. In life, I have experienced losses, failures and challenges. This feeling was different. It was more like depression. It is an unusual emotion for me. The last time I experienced it was in November after my injury. I was in the hospital stuck in bed because I ...

Theft of U.S. research must be stopped

The United States is home to the best universities and research institutes in the world. The work being done in labs and classrooms across the country facilitates life-saving medical advances, bolsters our national security and profoundly changes the way we live. Our research enterprise has ...

Changing times and things you can count on

Last week was a doozie. Seven days ago, we were just hearing that the novel coronavirus was starting to spread through the United States from the initial pockets of infection on the coasts. Already, it has arrived here in Belmont County. During the days in between, we saw our colleges and ...

A time for truth — weathering crisis together

Thursday evening, I was a guest on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. For me it was an honor. Back in the days when I spent a lot of time in the field, I listened to Jim’s show late at night while traveling. He kept me awake. On Thursday we discussed gasoline prices, ...

Bargaining with the devil in Afghanistan

President Trump was rightly critical of the deal struck with Cuba during the Obama administration when he said the communist Cuban government got everything they wanted, and the U.S. got nothing in exchange. He has thankfully been reversing some of those unilateral concessions. Let’s apply ...

Identity politics doesn’t work here in America

Was being a woman Elizabeth Warren’s problem? That’s the wrong question. Was playing the protector of all damsels from that infamous rake, Mike Bloomberg, her problem? It was one of them, for certain. Look what’s happening in the world. Warren was a candidate of ideas with ...