Meat thermometer ensures safe grilling

Meat thermometer ensures safe grilling

QUESTION: Why should I use a meat thermometer while barbecuing steak on the grill? Can’t you just look at the steak to determine if it’s d...

July 28th, 2020 |  


The odd, the sad, and the lovely

After six years of sharing my articles, I still jot facts and quotations and observations on sticky notes for further consideration. This week as I si...

July 28th, 2020 |  


We must keep working to fight addiction

We must keep working to fight addiction

For more than 25 years, I’ve worked to address the drug addiction epidemic that has affected so many lives across Ohio. Over the last several ye...

July 23rd, 2020 |  



HISTORY: The STORIES of People

I recently finished a trio of books that are still echoing through my mind. All three belong to my preferred category of history and focus on the era ...

July 21st, 2020 |  


Avoid hand sanitizers with methanol alcohol

Avoid hand sanitizers with methanol alcohol

QUESTION: I’ve been searching for hand sanitizer and finally found a large bottle at a nearby store. The problem is, when I got home, I found ou...

July 21st, 2020 |  


Re-examination of the Mechanicsburg mascot

Re-examination of the Mechanicsburg mascot

Native Americans have long fought to eradicate their use as mascots. In Massachusetts, Native American groups are demanding the passing of a bill bann...

July 20th, 2020 |  


Human dignity for all

Human dignity for all

Springfield is not unlike many communities across the country, struggling to make sense out of what has happened to those impacted by racial inequalit...

July 20th, 2020 |  


Outsmart the summer heat

The hot weather causes serious risk for older adults. The National Safety Council promotes guidelines to outsmart the sun’s heat. The advice off...

July 19th, 2020 |  


Farewell to a friend

Farewell to a friend

Editor’s note: The subject of this column, Kevin O’Boyle, worked as sports editor of the Urbana Daily Citizen in the late 1980s. He went o...

July 14th, 2020 |  


Supporting Ohio children through a pandemic

Supporting Ohio children through a pandemic

Right now, families and young people are dealing with unprecedented financial stress, social isolation, and abrupt changes to daily life. Child welfar...

July 14th, 2020 |