Community Columnists

Tips to make fall easier

It is hard to imagine a season prettier than the fall. For a brief fleeting time, the rich, bright colors of a burning bush in your yard or a hillside emblazoned with the foliage changing are satisfying and gorgeous — until you have to clean up those leaves. Fall also offers challenges to ...

Is building a new home the right choice?

So you and your Realtor look diligently at every new home on the market that might fill your needs, and still have found nothing. You scour every website, newspaper, homes magazine, and even drive through neighborhoods you like, and still nothing suits you. Have you asked your Realtor to ...

Issue 1 removes person’s motivation to get clean

Proponents of Issue 1 believe Ohio can solve substance addiction by essentially decriminalizing the possession of any drug of abuse of less than 20 grams by reducing possession to a misdemeanor and by limiting jail sentences for probation violations. But the truth is a drug offender’s ...

Tips for selling a home in winter

Winter will be here before you know it and it is already cold outside. I am out there daily showing homes with hundreds of other Realtors in the Valley. Don’t tell me homes don’t sell in the winter. If a buyer is willing to trudge out in 10-degree weather and 6 inches of snow, that ...

What I have learned from boating

Compare real estate to boating? There are amazing similarities. In my spare time, I love to be on the water. An afternoon with my husband in the sun on a boat is about as good as it gets for me. I learned a lot about being a Realtor from boating. Ocean tides are like the real estate ...

Emergencies happen — keep your bags packed

A few years ago, while visiting my sister in California, I came across a small packed piece of luggage near her front door. Later, as we were getting something from the trunk of her car, I saw yet another. I asked, “What is with the luggage?” Her answer? Earthquake preparation. Being an ...

Everyone has a role in real estate

After 40 years as a Realtor, I have been blessed with meeting thousands of buyers, sellers and agents. I have been involved with many hundreds of transactions with a myriad of different types of people. No two home sales are the same, and much of that is because there are so many different ...

Finding a Realtor and house take time

As younger generations take their place in the economy, I watch as the “instant gratification” economy has created unrealistic expectations on the part of many buyers and sellers. Watching reality TV shows where the stars find, fix and sell a home in 30 minutes is anything but real. The ...

The wall helped heal a community

The healing made possible by the visit of The Wall That Heals to Warren was much greater and further-reaching than we ever could have imagined. From the initial idea through fruition, this project has had amazing support from our veterans and local community. The reverent feeling that one gets ...

Honor liberty — at a baseball game

Over the last two years, we have seen the fabric of our society getting pulled at both ends. We are teetering on the brink of a point of no return in these polarizing times. Do we even remember Charlottesville? It seems like an eternity ago, with all the other noise of divisiveness of late. The ...

UAW keeps fighting for GM-Lordstown

June 22 was not a bright summer day for many area workers. It was the final day of the second shift at General Motors Lordstown Complex, Magna Seating, Jamestown Industries, Leadec Industrial Services and other suppliers associated with the complex. Through no fault of their own, about ...

HomeGoods is big opportunity

As a leader, I’ve always encouraged patience with regard for the big picture, despite any immediate set-backs. And I’d say the same today as I look at the economic outlook for Trumbull County, even with our latest challenges. Last month, more than a thousand people lost their jobs at ...

Dangerous fracking waste bills considered

By Ted Auch and Teresa Mills Guest columnists This is an open letter aimed at all advocates for House Bill 578 whose title indicates it would establish 300- foot setbacks for new injection wells and require that municipal corporations or townships where waste is disposed to be paid 37.5 ...

Inside, outside model trains change places

My first experience with outdoor model railroading was at just about this time of year, but back in 1940. I was 4 years old. After breakfast, I headed for my sandbox only to find that all the toys I had usually left there were all gone. Maybe some neighborhood kids had borrowed them. A bit ...

Are we trapped in debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, “carnaptious,” that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let’s think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury ...

Paul Ryan’s failed exorcism

WASHINGTON — Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives’ chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion. But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on ...

Repair, reuse or redo it, but never throw away

Back in the late fall, I received a letter from reader Lloyd Revis, who lives in Warren. He has written before and apparently we had similar backgrounds and experiences when we were growing up. My apologies to him because when I tried to find his letter to re-read it, I had put it someplace ...

Interior Dept. moves on drilling regulation

Last fall, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke began formally unraveling an Obama-era regulation that would raise the cost of drilling for energy on federal lands. Environmental groups are already claiming the Interior Department’s moves are unlawful and environmentally disastrous. They’re ...

Christening ‘Miss Minute Man’

It was 1942. Many of us kids at Garfield Elementary were preoccupied with the war that had started for the U.S. right after Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. I was in first grade. We had fire drills, air raid drills and demonstrations on extinguishing incendiary bombs. We were told to keep a ...

Tragedy dampened joy of moving

It was 1940 in good old Warren. Spring had come and we were having a new home built next to the water tower on Genesee Avenue. It was exciting for me to run through the unfinished rooms of that strange new place. I turned 5 that October and had a big birthday party at our York Avenue home ...