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Calling all candidates to meet our staff

Campaigning in this year’s presidential election has been underway for months, and it won’t be long before Ohioans get their first chance to weigh in on the matter. Primary Election Day in the Buckeye State is March 17 - the same date as St. Patrick’s Day. If you want to cast a ballot, ...

Don’t take anything in your life for granted

This week we sent each of our grandchildren a Valentine with an individual personal encouraging message and a gift card. They all emailed their “Thanks.” The focus of the teenage grandchildren was on the card and message not the gift card ,although they did mention it. To them it was the ...

Black history and Martin Luther King

This past summer my wife and I were blessed to visit Cincinnati, Ohio. The year before we went to Atlanta, Georgia. There are many great sights to see in both of those metropolitan cities. It was our goal to see the sights referring to black history and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In ...

The key to real leadership

A friend of mine sent me the link to this article in The Blaze www.TheBlaze.com The focus was environmental. I saw it as a lesson in leadership. I have been teaching leadership for decades to high school and college students as well as adults. I am passionate about it. Here is an excerpt ...

Dealing with winter weather — for a little while

We all know the old saying “better late than never,” and some of us would apply that proverb to this season’s winter weather. Others might not agree, preferring that the snow and ice had stayed away altogether. I traveled to the Columbus area for a couple of events this past week, ...

Don’t let cold and flu season keep you down

A week ago in this space, I wrote about a frightening new disease outbreak in China, as well as ways people can protect themselves from illnesses in general. I touched on easy, and supposedly effective, steps we can follow, such as thorough and frequent hand washing, the importance of eating ...

Dream stealers may be closer than we think

I received an email from a reader recently. He had read an editorial somewhere saying we shouldn’t be going after a cracker plant and all the jobs it will create because of the possible risk to public health and the environment. The editorial writer apparently had a job. Maybe it didn’t ...

‘Leap Year’ month holds many events

As I contemplated my article for this month, I realized that February holds several memorable events. First, this column should be running on Groundhog Day. When my husband and I were dating, he used to say that he really liked this day. However, I think what he meant was that he liked the ...

A historic week for U.S. trade and workers

Last week, I participated in a roundtable at Fecon, an agricultural equipment manufacturer in Southwest Ohio. Our discussion included some of the biggest issues affecting Ohio business owners, farmers, and employees, including tax reform, workforce development, and the international trade ...

Illness is out there, take steps to stay well

While the politicos of the world and concerned American citizens are keeping a close eye on the impeachment proceedings in Washington, D.C., something else is making headlines around the world. A novel, or new, coronavirus is making a deadly impact where it was first identified in China, ...

Persistence is important — never give up

Last Saturday morning I told my wife, Lynnda, “I’m going to Kroger, do you want to come?” She asked if I wanted her to drive. I responded, “No, I’m driving ,but you are welcome to come.” With the exception of a few laps around a parking lot, I haven’t driven a car since ...

Are Americans in the Iran conflict to win?

Prior to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the escalation of tensions in the region. Yes, that would ...

Trump’s critics are ignoring Iran’s record of violence

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s attacks on America this month and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both ...

Leftists are desperate to stop Biden’s campaign

Throughout this unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden has stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds. The ...

Help guide change — Get involved in community

It’s time for change in Eastern Ohio. In many communities across our region, transitions of leadership are taking place. With the first of the year, new mayors, council members and other local officials are taking office. In some cases, these changes are happening because sitting ...

What are your limits in 2020? Maybe none

I was walking around the house the other day looking for my walker. I asked my wife if she knew where it was. “It looks like you don’t need it” was the reply. Lynnda is partially right. I gave up the wheelchair for the walker two weeks ago. I can walk without any support easily for ...

Senator cites wins for Ohio on addiction, health care in 2019

The new year is a time to look back on the accomplishments of 2019 and look forward into the new year. Reflecting back on 2019, I’m really proud of the work my team and I have done in Congress to help Ohioans and their families. Despite the partisanship and media focus on impeachment, ...

Dreams can give birth to change in 2020

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, I was poorly prepared for the “big day.” I have always been known as a very prepared and organized person. I bet that is why I’ve had the job titles that I have had in my professional life also — administration ...

Letting Christmas past brighten the present

As I prepare to celebrate Christmas with my family this week, I find myself reminiscing about Christmases past and some of the experiences that are uniquely mine as well as those that I’m sure many of my peers will recall. Some of my favorite holiday memories involve music. It seems that ...

Making God’s dreams for us come true

A few weeks ago, I was at a Rotary meeting where John Moses, the CEO of Youth Service Systems, was the speaker. I was so impressed with it, I asked for permission to share it with you. It is a story about the power of relationships. This story as a drama, so let me tell you the cast of ...