Community Columnists

Pesky pup story ends happily

What could be nicer than a story with a happy ending? How about one with a little twist at the end, too? Try this one:Once upon a time, about 40 years ago, my sister Shirlee had a dog named Bonnie. Bonnie originally was her youngest son Todd's dog that he had received as a gift from his ...

Area needs to woo young families

In Monday's Tribune Chronicle, Margaret Thompson wrote a simply excellent piece celebrating the legacy of John F. Kennedy High School, and mourning the loss of many Catholic schools in our community in the last decade.The loss of so many faith-based schools in our county (including those run by ...

Boyhood adventures with Stanley

As I was ruminating about years gone by, it dawned on me that I once had actually saved someone's life, (although nobody ever said as much). Just a while later, that same person, whom I had saved from a fiery death, saved my life - only this time he saved me from being eaten alive by a wild ...

Millennials not really anti-social

In Sunday's editorial letters, I read a letter by Bob Shilling of Salem who voiced his concern about today's youths lacking communication skills. While I agree with him to an extent, I'm learning to see another side of this topic.I am editor-in-chief with HR & Talent Management, a ...

Bucks’ victory tells county’s story

Ohio State won the National Championship. It's so amazing and so exciting that there really isn't much more to say than thatAlright, maybe there is. Against all the odds, the Buckeyes won - and then some. Not being a football enthusiast myself, even I couldn't take my eyes away from Monday's ...

Grade school leaves fond memories

During the winter of 1941-42, I was a first grader at Garfield Elementary School here in Warren. When we arrived at school in the morning, we kids milled around outside in the cold waiting for the bell. When it rang, we hustled to our classrooms after one of the big (older) stair girls made ...

Traditions connect the holidays

I look at my Christmas tree, drooping from the weight of the ornaments and strands of lights. In my hand is my list of New Year's resolutions. I look between the two and am reminded of how our culture is steeped in traditions. Season to season, year to year, we mark our growth and keep close to ...

Set community goals for 2015

Each year, a well-loved family member shows up to our Christmas gatherings with a small notebook in hand. In the notebook go each family member's New Years' resolutions, and the following year, as we give new resolutions, we report on our progress for the previous year's resolutions.To be ...

Waterfall of Christmas surprises

As you may have noted before, our family moved into our new home on Genesee Avenue in December of 1940, right next door to a huge silver and black-painted stand pipe. It was used to store water that was pumped uphill from the water works at Mahoning and Summit to this, the highest point in ...

Look for good in tough year

This week, Google revealed the top 10 search terms of 2014, and it's a poignant reminder that it's been a tough year. They are, from most searched to least: Robin Williams, World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines, Flappy Bird, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, ISIS, Ferguson, "Frozen," and Ukraine.Six of ...

The coin of the realm in securities

A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Inc. stock based on insider information provided by a Dell employee. When charged with insider trading, Level Global Investors co-founder Anthony Chiasson claimed he didn't know where the tip originated.The defense ...

Gifts offer something to ponder

One evening just a while ago, I went to the Hot Dog Shoppe on West Market Street for a couple of hot dogs and chili. Unusually, it wasn't very crowded, so I sat down in the middle of a row of empty stools. As I was eating, I noticed a large family standing and waiting. Seeing that they might ...

Neither race, nor occupation should define Americans

I have been considering writing this column for weeks. I don't want to write it, to be honest. It's controversial and hits so many tender spots of our combined history as Americans. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or make anyone angry, and I've never been one to stir the pot, so to ...

Twenty hard-working local youths are ‘breath of fresh air’

On Tuesday evening I had the tremendous pleasure to be present for the Tribune Chronicle's 20 Under 20 Banquet.If you're not familiar with the event, young people from across the county were nominated by friends, family members, teachers and church leaders to receive recognition for the hard ...

Winter hits Thanksgiving 1950

Sixty-four years ago today, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we found ourselves digging out of the Great Thanksgiving Day Blizzard of 1950. Actually, although it was snowing quite hard on Thanksgiving, the blizzard didn't really hit until Saturday, Nov. 25, when the Buckeyes lost to Michigan 9-3 ...

An exciting time to be a Browns fan

I am a Cleveland Browns fan. For the first time in forever, I can freely announce this fact without expecting a sympathetic reply.For years I have been a die-hard fan of the Browns, but whenever I would wear my team's jersey in public, I would receive the pity of fans from other NFL teams. ...

Fatigue may have caused California crash

REDDING, Calif. (AP) - The driver of a tour bus that overturned in California, killing one man and injuring at least 30 other passengers, might have been fatigued, authorities said Monday.A California Highway Patrol investigation of the Sunday crash was continuing, but authorities said the bus ...

Development of ‘the 88 acres’ triggered end to bridle paths

We can't make time stand still. Progress, whether good or bad, always happens. But let me tell you of a time when, even though time didn't stand still, it did give a large plot of land called "The 88 Acres" at least a reprieve from progress for four years.If you take a look at a map of Warren ...

Mom would have loved this

I've been kinda blue lately. I've been missing my mom something awful. I sometimes feel like I'm struggling through this whole parenting thing. Am I raising my children right? What would Mom have done? I can never ask her. My mother was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was 11 and in the 6th ...

New Senate’s focus must be building up, not tearing down

Let me tell you a story.Once upon a time, six frogs sat on a log, on a hot July day. Four of the frogs felt just too warm, and decided to jump off the log.Here's a question: how many frogs are on the log.The right answer, my friends, is six. Because deciding is different from doing. It is safe ...