He who wears the pants

He who wears the pants

I grew up in a time when men were men and women were women, and I suppose I received a strong helping of “machoism” that has not always se...

June 3rd, 2019 |  


Congrats, grads … here’s some advice

Congrats, grads … here’s some advice

Congratulations, graduating class of 2019:I never got a chance to give a speech at my own high school graduation, but I was close. Had 138 other membe...

May 30th, 2019 |  


Stolen saddles and a death

Stolen saddles and a death

Linda Watson, a longtime friend, was chopping wood on a Martinsville farm when she came upon an eerie discovery — something she said she would n...

May 29th, 2019 |  



Politicians should be ashamed

Politicians should be ashamed

Anyone who reads my articles knows I am hyper critical of the Ohio legislature’s insistence on meddling in the world of education despite their ...

May 28th, 2019 |  


We honor their memory, today and always

What we honor on Memorial Day is just as worthy of our memory today as it was yesterday.You may have observed the holiday by spending time with family...

May 28th, 2019 |  


By pausing to remember, you honor

By pausing to remember, you honor

I’ve become a stickler about some things after years of editing stories for newspapers and summing them up for a headline. Maybe that’s wh...

May 27th, 2019 |  


Sweet days of long ago

Sweet days of long ago

Not so long ago one of the columnists we publish regularly in this newspaper wrote about a book his sister, Rita Haley Butcher, authored. It is called...

May 24th, 2019 |  


One of the greatest gifts of love

One of the greatest gifts of love

The natural human instinct is to run away from danger. That panicky, heart-pounding urge to turn tail and flee is often good — it’s part o...

May 23rd, 2019 |  


Can we go home again?

Can we go home again?

Memories are embedded in our minds, but people and places change.Someone once said, “Attempting to relive childhood memories is an exercise doom...

May 22nd, 2019 |  


All gave some, some gave all

All gave some, some gave all

A bullet pinged past the soldier’s ear as he crouched behind bushes near the frontlines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting ou...

May 21st, 2019 |