Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:03 AM

    Since the #MeToo movement we’ve heard a lot of people come forward and a lot of “stars” fall. I’ve been thinking a lot about those accused and what that means for how I view them as artists. Recently, in a class where we have to give presentations on authors, one of my classmates said she wanted to present on a certain author that she liked but then she found out that he was accused of sexual assault. I posed the question, “But does that mean you’re not allowed to like his books anymore?”

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:02 AM

    Those who have read this column over the years KNOW what a special place I have in my heart for cardinals. The red bird has made its appearance into this column from time to time, especially since I lost my dear “spirit cardinal” friend, Meredith Sprunger, many years ago.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:01 AM

    If we want hard work to pay off, we have to get the cost of college under control.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00 AM

    Are you the same person you were 25, 35 or 50 years ago? Should you be defined or held accountable solely for a few reckless actions you may have done when you were a teenager, or a college student?

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:04 AM

    Last Friday for International Women’s Day I shared photos of some of the women who made me who I am, accompanied by an explanation. One of my choices was Carrier Fisher, the daughter of famed duo Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:03 AM

    As Sheriff of Van Wert County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us - crime prevention. My office is committed to making neighborhoods safer places to live. By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families … both young and old. It is imperative that we seek progress to reduce the negative influences that crime has on our children and to help safeguard the elderly.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:02 AM

    Naturalist David Attenborough has warned that climate change could lead to a “collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world.”

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:01 AM

    Friday, March 8 marked the retirement of Nancy Dixon as county auditor. Mrs. Dixon started working in the auditor’s office when her father, Don Myers, began his term as county auditor in 1959. Mr. Myers continued to serve as county auditor until his death in 1973. Mrs. Dixon was chosen as his successor by the Democratic Central Committee. During her distinguished career, she only had opposition one time in the November General Election. In that election, she won all the precincts, including the precinct of her opponent.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:00 AM

    I read the letter that was submitted by Teresa Hunsaker regarding the closing of the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center and I felt that I should also express my thoughts because I am upset about it too.

  • Communities lose when newspapers die or slide into decline
    Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:00 PM

    It is a story of corruption that will stay secret, politicians who will need fewer votes to win, even dangerous communicable diseases that will spread faster as our best scientists struggle to fight them.

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:04 AM

    Each month is usually dubbed “National *something* Month” and of course, March is no different. While March is many things, the most important for me is that March is Women’s History Month and there are plenty of women to celebrate. This month, I will be using this column to take a look at a few of my favorites.

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:03 AM

    On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank, the young German girl who recorded her deepest inner feelings while in hiding during World War II, wrote to her diary, “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I never have been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:02 AM

    Do you wonder why the world seems worse than it is? Well, some say our primitive biases and fears are magnified by online algorithms.

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:01 AM

    It was late in the evening on Labor Day 2014 when the ambulance transporting my mom from Parkview Hospital stopped in front of the Inpatient Hospice Center. Earlier in the day, my family made the heart-wrenching decision, after hearing the latest results of the medical tests from my mom’s traumatic brain injury, to make the move to hospice.



  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:00 AM

    Thumbs up to Jacque Welch and the Van Wert Manor! The Van Wert United Way thanks Jacque and her team for hosting the first Cupcake Wars.

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:01 AM
    $150,000 toward yoga classes for federal employees, $188,000 to study why Americans don’t want to use the Metric system, $518,000 to study how cocaine affects the sexual behavior of Japanese quail, $853,000 for wine-making programs, $3 million to watch hamsters fight, $15 million to research the effectiveness of golf equipment in space… these are just some of the ways the government is wasting tax payer money according to Senator Rand Paul’s December Festivus Waste Report. In addition, Trump recently asked for $8 billion for wall funding… all of this while first responders who were injured during 9/11 see their Victim Compensation Fund cut. America first? Doesn’t look like it.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:00 AM

    On Christmas day a couple of months ago, we had a special visitor to our family dinner. It wasn’t an individual that we could literally embrace, shake hands with, or see; it went much deeper than that. It was a special meal “cooked” by my mother many years after she passed away.

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 8:59 AM

    I wonder if Americans realize how geographically and economically small most of the countries in the rest of the world are? Conversely, many foreigners visiting, or attempting to come here illegally, have no idea how big America is. Or maybe they do.

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 8:57 AM
    The cost of prescription drugs is too high in this country. We have to crack down on big pharmaceutical corporations, and get these prices under control.
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:03 AM

    On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I spend a bit of time while at Purdue Fort Wayne walking the St. Joe Riverwalk. I like to observe the birds and listen to their sounds. Last spring I got very good at identifying various birds by their sounds. On Thursday I heard the loud “CA-CAW” of a crow flying way above me, and it sent me right back to my trip to Portland.

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