Opinion Category

Stop cyberbullies from turning social media into deadly weapons

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Do you recall what you were doing on Dec. 15 last year? It was a Friday, the last full weekend before Christmas. I suspect many were decorating, shopping, standing in line at the post office with out-of-town gifts to mail, baking, attending parties, or watching Hallmark Channel’s annual wall-to-wall holiday movies.

Also on that day, a man loaded up a strobe flashing image in a Tweet …Read More

Everyone pays a steep price for sleep deprivation

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Editor’s note: Due to a production error, the print version of this column which appeared in the March 15, 2017 edition of The Press included three lines from the previous week’s column. We regret the error.

Sleep. Wonderous, restorative, dream-filled sleep. I’m one of those people who would not hesitate to post a sign saying: “Interrupt my sleep, and I’ll interrupt your breathing.”

Jokes aside, sleep – or lack of …Read More

‘Oh, the places you’ll go’

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

This was a big week for for very young children in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District. Kindergarten and first-grade students celebrated reading in connection with Read Across America while second-grade students traveled the world during Culture Days. Both activities are featured elsewhere in today’s edition. As much fun as the week’s activities were — and they were because I was there two days — I …Read More

Literacy as an economic development tool

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

While I loved to read as a kid, my brother Mike — my Irish twin less than a year younger than me — did not like to read. He struggled as a reader. He also struggled as a student. Today, teachers identify and help a student like Mike at a very young age. Back then, kids got lost.

Fortunately, my brother met a teacher who loved …Read More

Random acts – let’s make them kind, not cruel

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

America celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week this week. The beauty of participating is that kindness doesn’t cost you one thin dime.

I was fortunate to spend time late last week with some pretty great kids at Sheffield’s Brookside Intermediate School. They ranged in ages from 8 to 12 or 13. They were celebrating Valentine’s Day with parties and fun activities in their classrooms with their …Read More