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Bridge by Steve Becker

July 12, 2015 A reader from Indiana reports this hand, which arose in his regular Saturday night husband-wife bridge game. more »»

Recommended reads

July 12, 2015 From the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library staff “Enemies and Allies” by Kevin J. more »»

I’ll stall when I get around to it

June 28, 2015 So, I’ve got this column to write. I know because my calendar shows it’s deadline. Again. Just like every week. Consistently meeting a steady deadline fosters discipline. So I’m told. more »»

Concealed carry info can’t be hidden

June 28, 2015 It was about 10 years ago when Ohio became the 46th state to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons, specifically handguns. more »»

Trapped in the thrift store

June 21, 2015 Help! I’m being held captive in a thrift store! By my wife. We pulled into the lot an hour or two ago. I thought we were going out for burgers and frie. more »»

This Father’s Day, words of wisdom straight from Dad

June 20, 2015 Can it really be the end of June already? My, how time flies. My pop always told me the older I got, the faster it would. He was right about that. more »»

Finicky cat calls own menu

June 14, 2015 The kid yelled. “But I don’t like beets.” The cold-hearted mom wasn’t moved. “Beets boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, fight cancer and increase energy.” The kid sniffed at the foul gun. more »»

In defense of the so-called ‘oversensitive’ among us

June 14, 2015 You know, my whole life, I’ve been told I’m too sensitive. Hmm. I guess it’s possible. more »»

Soap opera summaries

June 14, 2015 “BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL”: Maya congratulates Rick for keeping his title as CEO. Rick explains that he’d walked away. more »»

Birthday baa-baas bless Burt’s bride

June 7, 2015 For her birthday, my sweet wife asked for only one thing — a gas-powered weed trimme. more »»

Dodging dinosaur chickens

May 31, 2015 Scientists are building dinosaurs from chickens. Seriously. I studied enough cheesy horror movies in my youth to know to be frightene. more »»

Memorial Day may be over, but remember every day

May 30, 2015 You know, I was all set to prattle on and on this morning about the Cleveland Cavalier. more »»

Remember those who died for their country

May 25, 2015 Dear Readers: Memorial Day has become a three-day holiday of picnics and cookouts. more »»

Jarring discovery

May 25, 2015 Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about baby-food jars: “Who on earth invented the shape of baby-food jars? Obviously it was not a mother! Recently, my partner and I began feeding one of... more »»

Benefits vs. side effects

May 25, 2015 DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. more »»

Bridge by Steve Becker

May 25, 2015 This deal occurred in the 1981 women’s world championship match between Great Britain and the United States. At the first table, with a British pair North-South, the bidding went as shown. more »»

Bring Burton back to the name game

May 24, 2015 I have a weird name. I mean rare. Let’s see, there’s a police chief in Indiana who shares my name, and there’s Burton Cummings (who?). more »»

Chalk up some outdoor playtime with the kids this summer

May 24, 2015 Chalk up some outdoor playtime with your kids with one of the simplest of art supplies, a bucket of chalk. more »»

Workplace drama queens not worth the time

May 24, 2015 Dear Annie: I work in an office with 35 women, and it seems as though someone is always hating someone else. Right now, I am the target of two women. more »»

Finding new homes for unwanted antique toys

May 24, 2015 Moving to a smaller house or apartment or trying for a less cluttered house usually means there are unwanted toys. more »»



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