Opinion Category

Salute to Scouts for dedicated service here and across America

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Today is National Boy Scouts Day. March 12 is National Girl Scouts Day and Aug. 1 is National Eagle Scouts Day. Great youth deserve special days to recognize them and Scouts are among the very deserving.

According to the websites of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA, there are currently just under 5 million Scouts across the country, ranging in age from 6 to …Read More

Ban bullies, not immigrants and refugees

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Virtually every single person reading this column is able to do so because their family member decide to leave the place they called home to create a new home here in America. Some came willingly, while some ran for their lives. Of course, there are notable exceptions including Native Americans and African-Americans whose ancestors were captured and then enslaved.

An executive order that establishes a refugee …Read More

Do not underestimate women

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

By 7 a.m. Saturday morning, my Facebook page was filled with photos of women across the world. They were marching. There were photos from Lilongwe, Malawi; Vienna, Austria; Frankfurt, Germany; Cape Town, South Africa, Riga, Latvia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; Nairobi, Kenya; Newton, New Zealand and Tokyo, Japan.

By 7:35 a.m., more photos were pouring onto the page. These were from London, Mexico City, Edinboro, Sydney, …Read More

National news through a local lens

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

An acquaintance recently asked whether a weekly paper should cover national events or politics. She believes it gets handled by dailies, TV and cable.

I believe she is only partly right. She’s right in that they — “big” media — cover the headlines and main bullet points. It is far less likely they will spend the time or resources going more deeply into a story. The …Read More

An eight-syllable word with four-letter-word implications

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

How many eight-syllable words do you know? Here’s one: interoperability. It means the ability to communicate and share real-time information and data.

Three area police departments – Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield Lake – like words like interoperability because, from their perspectives, it means keeping us safe. As applied to safety force communications, it can also mean the difference between life and death.

That is why the …Read More