Just Ask: What is an Arctic vortex?

Q: TV forecasters talk about “Alberta clippers” and “Arctic vortexes.” What are they? A: Alberta clippers are fast-moving, snow-producing systems that originate in the lee of the Canadian Rockies. They move quickly across the northern United States, often...

Bird groups plan to sue Guard for wind turbine violations

By JIM ABRAMS As we become a greener society, some unforeseen, or ignored, circumstances detrimental to our ecosystems are now being recognized. The American Bird Conservancy, a leading national bird conservation organization, and Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory intend...

Plenty of propane, ‘we just can’t get it’

Chris Oaks spoke with George Walton of Prism Propane and the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative. Q: The shortage of wholesale propane availability in the Midwest has reached a critical level. Is that because of the prolonged extreme weather conditions? A: The polar vortex has had...

Letters to the Editor 01-25-14

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION After a series of setbacks for Cooper Tire CEO Roy Armes and co-executives, it appears that they temporarily gave up on chasing their money dreams. On Dec. 30, Armes announced a New Year’s resolution: “It is time to move our business...

Letters to the Editor 01-24-14

BUFFER WILL BE POETIC JUSTICE Susan A. Thompson’s letter (Jan. 21) states she is against the riparian buffer along Lye Creek. Some of her concerns are costs and flood issues. Other people were chagrined to have read about the project in The Courier before being informed...

Letters to the Editor 01-23-14

WE’RE A NATION OF STONERS Why do people choose to write about subjects they know so very little about? Two examples: Ruth Marcus (column, Jan. 3) and E.J. Dionne (column, Jan. 10). Most things Dionne and Marcus write about are right on, but I am here to enlighten them on...

Shared services

Randy Cole may have the toughest sales job in Ohio. As one of Gov. John Kasich’s top policy advisers, Cole travels the state trying to convince local government officials to find more efficient ways to operate, whether by sharing services, consolidating operations or even...

Letters to the Editor 01-22-14

ALL THIS LEARNING HAS GOT TO STOP Whenever I write letters to the editor, I tend to leave something out, which I later wanted in, and leave something in, which I later wanted out. I second-guess myself, but this second-guessing is nothing compared to the second-, third-, and...

Private police

There are two types of police officers in Ohio: Public and private. While the state can bestow full police powers to both based on training, the law, oddly, doesn’t hold them to the same standards. Attorney General Mike DeWine believes that needs to change. We do, too. The...

Letters to the Editor 01-21-14

NEW HABITAT A BAD IDEA On Jan. 9, the mayor and Findlay City Council held a public meeting for residents in the Lye Creek area to hear rationale for a planned Lye Creek wildlife habitat. It was explained that while the new habitat would cost about $100,000, it would save the city...