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DOWN: Don VanRenterghem has always been a big idea guy. But his call for a July 3 dinner/dance celebrating the revolutionary era has failed to bring out the patriots among us. Not enough people purchased tickets for the event and, on Wednesday, VanRenterghem reluctantly canceled the event. That’s too bad....

Voting bill

It perturbed the Hamilton County senator who sponsored it, and some other Republicans lawmakers, but Gov. John Kasich did the right thing when he vetoed Senate Bill 296 last week. The bill, among other things, would have required a bond to be posted by anyone asking a judge to keep Election Day polls open after...

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DOWN: Over the years, Hancock County has evolved into a community that embraces recycling. Besides the main recycling center, Litter Landing on East Sandusky Street, there are numerous roll-off containers around the county where residents can drop off recyclables. Not only does that help the environment, but it...

Father’s Day

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” — William Shakespeare “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman, he turns her back again.” — Enid Bagnold “It is not flesh and blood but the heart...

Grandpa Tony

Seven years ago, Findlay’s Tony Grotrian was just a regular guy. He went to work, came home, ate dinner, spent as much time as he could with his family, then went to bed. The next day, he would get up and do it all again. But, something happened that changed his routine. His grandson, Aaron, died of a heroin...

Mr. Ohio; Slow the train

If ever there was an Ohioan who exemplified public service, it was George Voinovich. Voinovich, 79, who died Sunday, spent more than 46 years in public office as an assistant state attorney general, in the Ohio House, as a Cuyahoga County commissioner and auditor, and as lieutenant governor under James Rhodes. He...

Flood relief

One critical part of the discussion surrounding the “new” Blanchard River flood-control project has been noticeably lacking: How are we going to pay for it? That’s understandable, to a degree, since much of the effort so far has been geared toward securing federal funding to pay the bill. Had the...
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