I would like to take over the roses and thorns this week, and start off with a large bouquet to the Encore Theatre Youth for their excellent production of Peter Pan, Jr., this past weekend. The play was a very enjoyable experience for the sold out...
I was personally very disheartened last week. My personal spiritual advisor and friend, who is my parish priest, was told he would be relocated to another parish. In my religion, bishops and other clerical elders decide where local church leaders will...
Everyone wants to find a way to fix the Blanchard River's consistent flooding issues without drastically changing anyone's life.It's time to understand an issue this big requires big changes.
WASHINGTON — When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.
Two peeves have I. One is grammatical; the other is safety.
Brief and to the point: Johnny Appleseed Metro Park System is plenty big and enjoyable for the community. There is no need to buy more land to expand the park system, especially in a community that is shrinking.
“Obama is a Muslim,” it said. “That is a FACT.”
As ironic as it may be, the strength of Task Force LIMA may have become more clear during one of the most disappointing moments for the group.
In the 11 years since Ohio's concealed-carry law went into effect, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have taken and passed the class required to receive a permit.
Most people attend a prom or two, but I've attended lots of proms. Like most teenage girls, as a high school junior, I was excited about the prospect of my first prom. Truthfully, it wasn't much fun, since the boy I had a crush on...
The April 11 article “Subdivisions to pay sewer penalties” shows lousy logic.
APRIL 21, 2015 — The number of near absolutes in a new nationwide review of shabby forensics used to secure convictions is devastating:
California has a major drought, and that's resulted in bad stuff brought to us not by the usual suspect, global warming, but by radical environmentalists worsening the consequences.
I have a knack for finding money and things. It's not like it would be worth following me around because I find great treasures, but it is often more than chump change.
WASHINGTON — Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal...
Dear General Public,This note is in response to the announcement of Ford and Toyota investing $2.5 billion and $1 billion respectively in Mexico, to build new cars.
Every day when you read the papers or listen to the news, it is always bad news.
Now that we know what was stolen from the evidence room of the Allen County Sheriff's office — more than 30 guns, including an AK-47 assault rifle, as well as $11,800 — the next big questions are what happened to the weapons, and if...
It's unacceptable that a year after a scandal broke wide open at the Department of Veterans Affairs over wait times at VA medical facilities and other problems that our veterans are still having too many long waits for...
I admit it. I was one of those people (mostly women, I suspect) who, back when Hillary Rodham Clinton left the State Department to “catch up on 20 years of sleep deprivation,” figured that some of that catching up would also involve some...
The Obama administration is negotiating a huge international trade deal in secret. This is neither tea party fantasy nor conspiracy theory. It is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Before the nation signs on, the public needs to see what is in...
Allen County homeowners will get a chance in May to double the real estate tax they are currently paying to Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.
Really, I'd been looking forward to it all day. After working in Columbus and with some Southeastern Ohio work ahead the next day, I would be staying overnight in my old college town of Oxford, home to Miami University since 1809.
People love a good rant.
APRIL 15, 2015 — The 2016 presidential campaign is quickening, with candidates popping up like daffodils. If you're a political junkie, this will be one of those leap years you live for, when no incumbent president is up for re-election.
WASHINGTON — Thirty five years after their nightmarish ordeal in the land of the Persians, the 52 Iran hostages are still seeking compensation they believe their government owes them.
In this age of communication by keyboard, who — besides traditionalists — really cares about cursive handwriting?
In imposing lengthy prison terms on four former employees of the security firm once known as Blackwater, a federal judge has reinforced the message that the American legal system can mete out justice even when crimes are committed in wartime in...
For several days earlier this month — which happens to be National Pest Management Month, according to the National Pest Management Association — I lived with an alarmingly large cockroach inside my utility room.
First it was Toyota, then followed Ford.Both gave us an ugly flashback to the 1980s last week, a reminder that business is business, and Mexico remains a thorn for the U.S. autoworker.
WASHINGTON — Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.
Someone needs to explain why it is bad idea to have a quick, easy and cheap method for resolving public records disputes.
DALLAS — Kim Harris approached the communion rail at Zion Lutheran Church with a vial of pills in his hand. The thin, dying man and the Rev. Robert Preece were alone in the sanctuary.
Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of his death.
As soon as all the bicycles hit the streets this spring, the children took off. With every spin of the tire, they sped away faster and farther from my wife and me.
Just like the crabgrass springs up every year about this time, fraudulent requests for charitable giving also begin to emerge. In fact, charitable giving starts increasing this time of year, culminating with June being the second-most generous month...
Drones are some of the hottest new technology being used in our society. Beyond the government's use of unmanned aircraft to spy or deliver bombs internationally, drone technology is being used to operate cameras and other tools that might have...
The standoff that led to the death of a man on the lam earlier this week could have been so much worse.
Teachers spend the greatest amount of time with students, not bus drivers, cafeteria workers, security personnel, custodians, clerical or any other non-certified personnel.
The power of this world, this universe, ah, we are such vulnerable creatures.
I'd like to tell you the story of our family and friends at Easter this year: some 27 to 30 people altogether.
What's odd but not beyond belief is that, though our younger daughter moved out more than a year ago, her parking tickets and other problems still come to the house.
APRIL 14, 2015 — Hillary Clinton announced Sunday that she is making a second run for the presidency.
In a world where today's news overwhelms to the point that it wipes the previous day's events from our fragile memory banks, one issue that never seems to be far away is Obamacare.
The old adage is, “It never rains but it pours.”
Every day, we make a choice: Do we make the world a little better or a little worse?Throwing litter by roads, walking paths and waterways disrespects the Earth and devalues our communities.
I went nose-to-nose with a mouse last week, and I'd rather not say who won.I was taking a meal to a friend recovering from knee surgery when my cell rang.
APRIL 13, 2015 — Millions of people died during World War II, but many soldiers survived thanks to an advance that had nothing to do with bombs and bullets. Penicillin emerged as the state-of-the-art remedy for all manner of infections, from...
WASHINGTON — Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation...
Ten reasons why you should vote for the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District levy:10. There is free parking.9. There are no membership fees.