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Everyone should feel farmers’ pain

Ten days ago, 3 inches of rain poured from the skies over Wood County, and “that clinched it,” said Jim Bostdorff.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
Everyone should feel farmers’ pain

Ten days ago, 3 inches of rain poured from the skies over Wood County, and “that clinched it,” said Jim Bostdorff.

Posted: June 12, 2019
Wednesday 05/29/2019
We’re all fans of America

I love Cleveland sports, probably to a degree that isn’t entirely healthy. And when I meet another person who loves Cleveland sports, I embrace them.

Posted: May 29, 2019
Wednesday 05/15/2019
County war memorial: Let’s build this thing

It was raining on the last Sunday of April 1950 when dozens of Wood County residents gathered to dedicate the big, granite memorial to the county men who died in the two World Wars.

Posted: May 15, 2019
Wednesday 03/21/2018
Insurance companies need to step up to fight opioid epidemic

There is not just one solution to end the opioid epidemic. We need prevention, treatment, enforcement and recovery. And we need the health insurance industry to step up, and do its part to combat addiction.

Posted: March 21, 2018
Wednesday 03/07/2018
Trace school shooting scourge back to behavior, lack of respect

Why are we plagued with all the school shootings? And other shootings? It's not about guns or mental problems. It is about behavior and lack of respect for others, among various other reasons. We, as a nation, have lost respect for the sanctity of life. We are so concerned with ourselves we have no feelings for the other guy or gal.

Posted: March 07, 2018
Wednesday 02/14/2018
Done right, Medicaid program can lift up vulnerable Ohioans

As Ohio awaits approval of new requirements for many of its Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer in order to receive benefits, we must ensure the program is as meaningful as possible for those impacted.

Posted: February 14, 2018
Wednesday 01/31/2018
The poltergeist in the kitchen

Poltergeist is German for a noisy ghost, spirit or a supernatural entity that is responsible for physical disturbances such as levitation of items or destruction of objects. While skeptical investigators believe that most of these paranormal incidents are hoaxes, others including observers and paranormal experts will often attribute these unnatural activities to mischievous spirits.

Posted: January 31, 2018
Wednesday 01/24/2018
A new year is a time to trust God even more

I love the idea of the new year. It is symbolic of the turning of a page, taking a heavy weight off one's shoulder, shedding some old skin or just looking forward. I'm not much on making New Year's resolutions; it seems like nobody keeps them for more then three weeks anyway, so why bother in the first place? It's always hard to change a bad habit or just start a good habit. I think the main reason it is so difficult to stick to our New Year's resolutions is that all we worry about is how hard it is going to be, rather that looking at what the outcome will be.

Posted: January 24, 2018
Wednesday 01/03/2018
BWC to push wellness, workplace safety in 2018

The new year is here, and many of us are thinking about resolutions that include working out, eating healthier and getting in shape.

Posted: January 03, 2018
Innocent or guilty?

Have we stopped teaching our children basic manners and how to behave as "ladies" and "gentlemen?" Where women (and girls) were treated kindly, and with respect by the male gender. Where there was not the constant competition between the genders on who was "better" or "stronger" than the other. Common courtesy was taught as a virtue, as was mutual respect. Over the years this competition overcame common sense and the result has become the total mess we find ourselves now experiencing.

Posted: January 03, 2018
Wednesday 12/27/2017
Being true to ourselves requires insight, hard work

In another life in Findlay, Ohio, I was married and a young mother of three children when my earlier bouts with depression, anxiety and panic attacks returned with a force that I could no longer deny or ignore. I was consumed with scary thoughts predicting all sorts of imaginative and negative outcomes. I remember my father warning me, with well-meaning intentions, that if I did not "snap out of it," I could lose my family. The year was 1968 when I picked up the phone and called my local mental health clinic for help.

Posted: December 27, 2017
Wednesday 12/20/2017
Listening to country music can be great for the soul

"Always be humble and kind." -- Tim McGraw

Posted: December 20, 2017
Wednesday 12/06/2017
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all from Joe Average

With all the bad news we've seen, is there any hope for a better future? Hillary lost. Donald is still arrogant, (but he is our president). Numerous others are accused of sexual improprieties. Congress is at a standstill and can't get anything done. The world situation is under a dark cloud. Is there any hope for peace on Earth?

Posted: December 06, 2017
Wednesday 11/29/2017
Putting America first should not mean placing vulnerable citizens last

"I sent my brother away. I gave him to the dark people passing. They taught him to wear his hair long, to glide about naked, drinking water from his hands, tether horses and follow the faint trail through bent grasses. I took my brother to the other side of the river, then swam back, and left my brother alone on the shore. On 66th Street, I noticed he was gone. I sat down and wept." These soulful words were written by poet and consciousness-raising activist Robert Bly from his essay "A Dream of my Brother."

Posted: November 29, 2017
Wednesday 11/22/2017
Think outside of someone else's box -- know what works for you

We all know these people who feel like their way is the best way of doing something. Just because they did something one way and it worked out great for them, now as far as they are concerned, it can only be done the way they did it. It can be anything from, raising kids, praying to God, what kind of car to buy or who is the best doctor to see. People have ways they like to do things, and that is fine, but the problem comes when they think that their way is the only way and all others lead to disaster.

Posted: November 22, 2017

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