Opinion Category

New location, same great ceremony: 262 in NRHS Class of 2017

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The North Ridgeville Class of 2017 ended its collective high school career with the school’s 92nd commencement ceremony on May 24.

The event marked the first year it was held inside the cavernous Wolstein Arena on the campus of Cleveland State University. For years, the district had used the Stocker Center at Lorain County Community College to conduct the event, but that facility is …Read More

’13 Reasons Why’ … not

Friday, May 5th, 2017

A recent Netflix series entitled “13 Reasons Why” is a fictional drama built around 13 audiotapes recorded by a high school junior shortly before she dies by suicide. Each tape is about a person whose actions – or lack thereof – contributed to her action. In addition to the extremely sensitive topic of suicide, rape, sexual assault, drug abuse, bullying and betrayals are packed into the series …Read More

How does your garden grow? Chemical-free tips and a request

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

While millions participated in Earth Day activities and The March for Science last Saturday, the march I did involved no signs or throngs of people. Rather, I loaded a few items into a knapsack then headed to Kopf Family Reservation. More specifically, I headed to the large enclosed area near the intersection of Armour and Gable paths at the south end of the park.

The Kopf …Read More

Life lessons at the intersection of melodrama and mental illness

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Most of us have had a small nagging pain or unresolved problem that bugs us. At times, those small things can suck up large portions of our thoughts. Inevitably, we hear about someone who is experiencing something far worse. That’s when most of us realize whatever was bugging us pales in comparison.

I’ve been bugged for years by the Kardashians. All of them. I have been unable …Read More

Walking in someone else’s shoes

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

“Heads down! Eyes down!” came the command, not from a drill sergeant at boot camp, but from a freed slave warning us how to behave in front of less-than-benevolent masters and slave traders on the harrowing “Road to Freedom.”

A group of 20 adults and children assumed the roles of runaway slaves in pre-Civil War Ohio, traversing the woods at Lorain County Metro Parks French Creek …Read More