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Enjoying a drive through the countryside

A little more than a week ago, I had the chance to do one of my favorite things. It is a simple thing that not everyone would find thrilling. It is something that families used to do to pass some time together. And it is something I have been doing whenever I have had the chance ever since I ...

Feeding more people by baking a bigger pie

Growing up in Pittsburgh we had a big family — I have five brothers. On Sundays, we always had a big family dinner. Mom would cook all afternoon. We all sat down for dinner and said grace together. I wish there had been video back then so I could see what it must have looked like. As ...

Senators reveal their plan that aims to help Americans retire with dignity

Everybody hopes for a financially secure retirement plan at the end of their working years, but the truth is most Americans haven’t been able to save or prepare enough to reach that goal. While more Americans are saving more in 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, according to a ...

Sanders’ worship of communist dictators a concern

This week, Bernie Sanders made waves when he merely reiterated his lifelong warmth toward the viciously evil Cuban communist regime. Brushing off the human rights violations of Fidel Castro, Sanders explained: “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it’s ...

Will party of John F. Kennedy become party of Sanders?

Sen. Bernie Sanders may be on the cusp of both capturing the Democratic nomination and transforming his party as dramatically as President Donald Trump captured and remade the Republican Party. After his sweep of the Nevada caucuses, Sanders has the enthusiasm and momentum as the crucial ...

Solar energy is a path to a brighter future

The time is now for West Virginia to seize the opportunity to capture some of the 240,000 jobs and the billions of dollars of annual investment in the United States’ growing solar energy sector. Surrounding states — from Virginia to North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Kentucky — have ...

Meeting the candidates for local offices

According to Aristotle, “Man is by nature a political animal.” So I guess an event The Times Leader hosted on Tuesday was a bit like a trip to a nature preserve. I and my staff got the chance to see several local political animals in action, chatting with one another and talking with us ...

Concerned residents oppose cracker plant

The following letter was written by Concerned Ohio River Residents to PTT Global Chemical, via Public Relations Representative Dan Williamson: Concerned Ohio River Residents are writing this open letter to address the inaccurate and misleading statements recently made to our local media about ...

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 ...