Ah, Cleveland, our hometown! Also known as “The Mistake on the Lake,” an industrial city famous for a river so dirty it burned and a former mayor who set his toupee on fire with a blowtorch while cutting the ribbon on the opening of a welder’s convention. It was this series of unfortunate ev…
Get out your calendars and circle Sept. 25. Now add a couple of big exclamation marks for excitement and a couple more just for fun because it is going to be a busy, something-for-everyone Saturday in Chagrin Falls.
Look at a color-coded Ohio map with the 610 public school districts, and you will see boundaries that zigzag over county lines, city lines, village lines and township lines. It’s a puzzle with oddly shaped pieces revealing at a glance that school district boundaries rarely coincide with muni…
Idolization of the “Thin Blue Line” flag by presumptuous police supporters in Solon barely seven months after that same flag was weaponized along with Confederate and Trump flags against Capitol Police seems more than a bit ironic.
On Aug. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau provided the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with population counts to use in their redrawing of the electoral district boundaries for representation in Congress, state legislatures and many county and municipal offices.
The 199th Great Geauga County Fair should be especially exciting this weekend. Last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, county fairs statewide were limited to junior fairs to control crowd sizes and the spread of the virus.
In Northeast Ohio and across the country, parents are crowding boards of education meetings to protest policies of having children, teachers and other employees wear masks inside buildings.
As these words appear on the computer screen before me, I’m back in Vietnam. The news reports and videos from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, have taken my mind back to the ones we received from Saigon in April 1975. My heart is with the people of Afghanistan now as it was with the people…
I was waiting for the light at East Orange Saturday when an on oncoming truck – going way too fast and with wheels squealing – rounded the corner on Main Street.
Social media can be tricky. If you want to promote a cause, tell a joke or spout a political opinion, social media provides a link to hundreds if not thousands of people.
Over my years in public life, I conducted many hearings that included comments from members of the public. I remember well that people often said when asserting a claim: “It’s my right as an American citizen.”
I thought I had given up on arguing with people on Facebook about things we would never agree on in a million years. Then I read a post on Chagrin Falls’ famous Village Block Club page and the siren song called my name.
As you have read, public schools in our area are struggling to come to consensus on the concepts of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice and if they have a role to play in the education of our kids.
It seems that getting control of the coronavirus has brought front and center the question: When should an individual’s right become more important than what is in the best health and welfare of the people, the country?
Throughout my childhood, I loved eating grapes that my aunt and uncle grew. The ancient vine was thick and gnarled as it wound its way up and across the large pergola that loomed over Aunt Claire and Uncle Larry’s patio.
Next time you’re in a restaurant and the service is slow, try not to be a jerk by demanding a personal audience with the owner or manager so you can recount the harrowing tale of how long you have waited for someone to take your drink order.
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana sent a letter to fellow Republicans on June 24 stating: “As Republicans, we reject the racial essentialism that critical race theory teaches … that our institutions are racist and need to be destroyed from the ground up.”
Members of Ohio Academy of Family Physicians want all patients to know that everyone is welcome in our practices. We want all patients to have access to appropriate care, and we will advocate for all patients so that they have that access.
Chagrin Falls Village Council won’t make it official until Monday, but it looks like “the wild and wacky artist guy” – as one council person described him – will be picked to redesign the new play area in Riverside Park.
“Do we want to give the wealthiest people in America another tax cut,” asked President Joe Biden, “or do you want to give every high school graduate the ability to earn a community college degree?”
Finding a workable funding formula for the education of children preschool through high school in Ohio has long been a challenge. Since the Ohio Supreme Court decision more than two decades ago found the system based on property tax unconstitutional, educators and lawmakers have been trying …
It’s a well-known fact that women have superpowers that can work miracles, and we don’t need any Wonder Woman cartoon character for our role model.
It was a playground fight and while there were no bloody noses, Chagrin Falls village leaders might still come out of it with a black eye.
I have a photo of my daughter, my son and my nephew wearing colorful and highly decorated sombreros in a hotel gift shop in Mexico. They’re now all in their 20s. When I took the photo, they were teens and we were on vacation.
Geauga Park District commissioners have been talking about cutting financial ties with the county for months. This week they made it official. District commissioners changed the bylaws, designated a deposit bank and hired a fiscal officer/treasurer effective July 1.
How did you use your time during the pandemic lockdown? After you cleaned the house, rearranged the furniture and finished all the books you always meant to read but didn’t?
Just as there’s a lot of sketchy anti-vaxxer propaganda, there are also a lot of flawed attacks upon lockdowns. But just as lockdowns did shut down the skyrocketing death rates, new economic data reveals that those states that implemented such measures designed to save lives also did a bett…
Most of us will remember the moment when we felt like we were starting to emerge from the pandemic. Maybe, when you dropped your dog at the kennel for the first time in over a year, you realized the significance of a weekend getaway. Maybe you went to a store and bought pants.
A friend told us that she celebrated the lifting of COVID-19 regulations and the post-vaccine return to normalcy by going out to dinner four nights in a row.
How should history be viewed? A group of professional organizations this week explained the importance of freely teaching and learning from past events as state lawmakers nationwide present proposals for restrictive legislation. Studying and debating events is part of the learning process. T…
Alzheimer’s Disease inflicts a truly terrible toll on people. Today, roughly six million Americans and their families are coping with the confusion and memory loss brought on by this irreversible illness. The number of sufferers in the U.S. is expected to swell to around 14 million by the mi…
Ohio lawmakers have less than a month to finalize the next biennial spending plan estimated at $75 billion. Already there are deep concerns about the budget meeting the needs of Ohioans.
During my four decades in the newspaper business, I was privileged to know many devoted political leaders. The majority of those years were spent in Geauga County and the Chagrin Valley, where most of those leaders tend to be Republicans.
As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Ohio dropped most of its health restrictions initially put in place to protect residents from the coronavirus. After roughly 15 months, the state and much of the country are beginning the journey back to normalcy.
Memorial Day weekend will be different this year. Like 2020, there will be no Blossom Time leading up to the holiday. But there will be a number of services and observances where citizens are invited to gather.