Local Columns

Fixing my hard drive

Now that the state Route 170 bridge over Little Beaver Creek is closed for a replacement project, let us pause for a moment to consider how people drive.I live on the banks of Little Beaver Creek, so I take Route 170 to and from work every day. It's a lovely, winding road that deposits you ...

Advice to Trump: Lead

This election cycle has been unlike any we've ever seen. Many of our fellow Americans are justifiably angry, and they've spoken with their votes. They know that sound bites and practiced political rhetoric haven't gotten us anywhere - except more divided. They're crying out for ...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES AND COLLECTING

Collectors like toys with colorful, detailed, often amusing or realistic decorations. Bliss doll houses, wooden houses covered with a colored paper lithograph that includes doors, windows, bricks and even hedges, are among the best of the Victorian toys. The company started in 1831 in ...

Listening to Ives

For someone raised on hymns like "I Need Thee," "Standing on the Promises" and "Blessed Assurance," I'm not surprised that I love the music of Charles Ives. Still, his appeal has always been a bit of a mystery to me.I've been listening to a lot of Ives lately, and I think I'm starting to ...

On praying twice

So the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been following me.In 2014, when my older son graduated from high school, his northeast Ohio school district received one of those letters from the FFRF threatening legal action if the district did not remove its commencement ceremony from a large ...

Ensuring Ohioans have safe drinking water

In the United States, we are blessed to enjoy some of the world's safest drinking water. Our public water systems treat and deliver water in an efficient and vigilant manner to ensure that we need not fear drinking unsafe water.Recently, during the course of water testing, lead levels in a ...

On saluting flags

Much has been made in recent days of Prince's affiliation with the Jehovah's Witnesses-an affiliation that some observers have found inscrutable given the salacious nature of his music. As much as I struggle to imagine Prince distributing copies of the Watchtower door-to-door ("Why, yes, Mr., ...

Paradise on the Ohio

The Main Stream Real Estate Development Co. confirmed today it is completing options to acquire Babb's Island for creation of the nation's newest plush residential subdivision, expecting it may outclass Palm Springs and Fort Lauderdale.Promotional literature will describe the development as ...

Right to Work

As the 2016 legislative session was drawing to a close, I began to get the distinct impression that certain members, the ones who voted for legislation that will hurt working families such as "Right to Work," have been getting nervous. They are hearing from unhappy constituents, and seeing poll ...

Still an island of contradictions

President Obama's visit to Cuba this week comes on the heels of the decision, last year, to re-establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and to reopen each other's embassies. The thaw between the old adversaries, separated by so much more than the Florida Straits, is in ...