Opinion Category

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

Just imagine: her failures helped save her

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

She graduated from college, although it was not her first choice school. Her mom died at the young age of 45, after suffering for years from multiple sclerosis. Shortly after, she discovered her father had been involved in a long-time affair. They stopped speaking. She moved away, met a guy and got married.

The marriage was tumultuous, lasting just over a year. However, she had a …Read More

What on Earth?

Friday, March 31st, 2017

For one hour last Saturday night, lights went out. They went out at the iconic Empire State Building, Big Ben in London, Sydney Opera House, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Acropolis in Greece, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum in Rome, the Pyramids of Egypt and Red Square in Moscow. Yup, Moscow.

They were among a reported 3,000 landmarks across the globe from 187 countries …Read More

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