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It’s beginning to look a lot like seed season

January 16, 2015 Now that the new gardening catalogs have replaced Christmas offerings in the mailbox, it is time to think about seeds. more »»

Area residents asked about justice center issues

January 15, 2015 Should the green space where the old courthouse stood be kept open and available to the community? Do we need more and better space for court facilities? And, if so, what is the best way to provide... more »»

Stand up to those who threaten to do us harm

January 13, 2015 After his newspaper’s office was firebombed in 2011, probably by Islamic terrorists, Stepane Charbonnier said he would change nothin. more »»

Our top 10 stories of ’14

December 31, 2014 The Advertiser-Tribune staff voted on the Top 10 stories of 2014. The story with the most votes occurred the morning of Sept. more »»

Portman’s goal was to get things done for Ohio

December 26, 2014 This past week, I hosted one of our monthly telephone town hall meetings with thousands of Ohioans from all walks of life and also had an employee town hall in northeast Ohio with factory workers,... more »»

New year to bring resolutions — and fewer tomatoes

December 26, 2014 This is the time for a look back over the successes and failures of the past year before starting to plan for 2015. more »»

Revitalize American manufacturing, innovation

December 19, 2014 One of my most important jobs is to advocate for working families in Ohio. Middle-class families have felt squeezed by the number of jobs going overseas, especially in the manufacturing sector. more »»

Keep Ohio workers and children out of poverty

December 17, 2014 Ohioans — many of whom work multiple jobs while taking care of their children — deserve tax relief. more »»

Powers in our government are out of balance

December 13, 2014 The following are a few thoughts amassed over my lifetime, but also influenced by things read and conversations had over these past few weeks. more »»

Don’t judge political candidates on single issue

December 10, 2014 Republicans could do far worse than naming Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, as their nominee for president in 2016. But they won’t have that option. more »»

Shopping for fair-trade goods can make world a better place

December 5, 2014 Want to make the world a better place? Perhaps you have heard of workers in developing countries who work long days, under miserable conditions, for pennies. more »»

Justice Dept. should pursue case against Wilson

December 3, 2014 It has been suggested Attorney Eric Holder’s Justice Department should pursue civil rights violation charges against Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson. It should. more »»

Let us continue on the journey of nonviolence

November 29, 2014 I was a teacher in the classroom and a social worker in inner-city settings for many years, so I came to be a friend to many people at the bottom of the economic pole. more »»

Giving back to our communities at Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 As we approach Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. more »»

Due process should take place in court, not on TV

November 20, 2014 I have a few facts that I want to bring to your attention, and then I have two questions that I would like to ask. more »»

The history of Arthurdale isn’t just a fairy tale

November 18, 2014 Run out of bedtime stories for the children? Let me help. There’s a wonderful fairy tale making the rounds, as it does occasionally. more »»

Location of courthouse can influence downtown

October 31, 2014 Should we care about the open space where the old courthouse stood? It is, after all, just a piece of ground, vacant for now. more »»

Choosing the correct professional allies critical

October 29, 2014 Part of becoming successful as an entrepreneur is to know when and how to choose professionals to assist in the starting and running of a business. more »»

HIV remains more menacing threat than Ebola

October 29, 2014 Worried about Ebola? Well, you should be, for several reasons. But if you want to talk about a real mass killer, HIV/AIDS ought to be on your mind. more »»

Ohio can lead way to U.S. energy independence

October 28, 2014 Last month, I organized an energy jobs fair in Belmont County, joining Belmont College and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association to help connect more than 30 companies with people from all over eastern... more »»



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