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Understand just how precious life can be

October 22, 2012 Recently on a cold, soggy Sunday, my son and I stood in the rain on the sidewalks of Elm Road. We were there with hundreds of others for the annual Lifechain event standing up for the unborn. more »»

Brother, can you spare a million?

October 15, 2012 With the 2012 presidential election only weeks away, we voters are being inundated with phone calls, direct mail pieces, billboards and lawn signs promoting individual candidates. more »»

Easy voting not always informed

October 5, 2012 With the election drawing near, voting issues take center stage, so I’d like to share some of my thoughts. For the life of me I can not understand this incessant drive to get people to vote. more »»

Arab-Americans here at home

October 2, 2012 One of the things I love about living in the Warren-Youngstown area is the incredible ethnic diversity. more »»

Should voting be convenient?

September 13, 2012 With an important election less than eight weeks away, voting rights and changes in the voting rules have been in the news. more »»

Can GM Lordstown survive?

September 6, 2012 Having a General Motors plant in the Mahoning Valley, we naturally are sensitive to the recent upheavals affecting the auto industry. more »»

Remembering the Valley View

September 4, 2012 I cannot help but think back with fondness of a department store that had once employed upward of 200 people in a 136,000-square-foot buildin. more »»

Different approach to health care

August 31, 2012 One of the most important issues being discussed this election year is health care, and more specifically, the patient protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. more »»

Mission still working miracles

August 27, 2012 Many of us probably remember the miracle of the loaves and the fishes from our Sunday school days. more »»

Revisiting the birthday ritual

August 21, 2012 Today is my birthday. I consider it my own personal national holiday. more »»

Half-truths really whole lies

August 19, 2012 In a previous column, I explained the ‘‘epic fail’’ of our county commissioners delaying their approval of the court consolidation. more »»

In the not-so-friendly skies

August 7, 2012 My husband and I travel. We have had what we call ‘‘charmed’’ trips where everything goes according to schedule. We have also had what we call ‘‘doomed’’ trips, where nothing goes righ. more »»

Fearless girl back with a bang

July 31, 2012 I believe in the Second Amendment, but I have a confession to make. I’m really not very experienced in actually shooting guns. There are several reasons for this. First, I am uncoordinated. more »»

Historic house tells a story

July 26, 2012 I am 150 years old this year. That is correct. I was born in 1862, during the Civil War days. James Ward built me on this little knoll and here I have been ever since in the little town of Niles. more »»

Technology means change for shop owner

July 24, 2012 Sue Simion likes the entertainment industry, at least that is what she tells herself as she looks at the meager takings from a night of renting movies from her Brookfield Video store. more »»

Questions remain unanswered

July 19, 2012 Quite often when a newspaper or television news outlet reports on a story or issue, more questions are raised than answered. more »»

Lack of action was an ‘epic fail’

July 17, 2012 ‘’For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. more »»

Following the progress of young ball players with Little League

July 13, 2012 Having loved cars and racing all my life, ‘‘ball’’ sports never held much appeal for me. My wife and stepson, on the other hand, are big Browns and Indians fans. more »»

Boardman employee loses his job for being too conscientious

July 10, 2012 Jean Torres tried to be a good employee: hard working, helpful to customers, conscientious. Unfortunately for him, he was too conscientious. more »»

Some of the best of Kinsman

July 6, 2012 Kinsman, Ohio, is a sleepy little hamlet centered on the village square. It is the birthplace of famed lawyer and orator Clarence Darrow. more »»



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