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I have been covering schools for 30 years, and I have visited more schools than the milk delivery guys. As Johnny Cash sang, "I’ve been everywhere, man." From the modest rural schools to the swanky … more
We’ve probably all idolized someone at some point in our lives.It could be an actor or an athlete, or maybe just the older kid in the neighborhood with the cool girlfriend.Or it could be a radio … more
The Cleveland City Council in 2016 approved a 17% increase in property-tax millage rate (from $1.7655 to $2.0600 per $100 in assessed values) effective Jan. 1, 2017. Based on results of a public … more
With gas prices at all-time highs, what could be a better time to embark on an RV trip to South Dakota and Wyoming? The good news is that it’s my friend’s RV; the bad news is that I am paying for … more
If you follow the trendline of plummeting trust in newspapers, as just updated by Gallup, you could make an argument that by the year 2030 or so, 0 percent of respondents will say they have any … more
I’ve decided that I’m good enough.I had a big birthday, and it got me to thinking, as big birthdays will, about what would change and what would stay the same in the decade to come. I found my … more
Dear Editor: I believe columnist Ron Hart poked a little too close to a nerve of folks living in an alternative reality. The hypocrisy of the liberal-left is so consistent: Show compassion for … more
On what should have been a morning of joy, I could not escape the darkness. Churches have been vandalized. Pro-life clinics have been fire-bombed. Supreme Court justices have been targeted. A … more
I used to tell my wife that I was the most patient man in America. This was usually followed by a swift verbal reprimand, so I stopped saying that.Still, that title may be accurate, because I have … more
Virtually nothing has disappointed me since taking over the editor’s helm of this newspaper in January. But I am concerned about one thing ⏤ the underwhelming reader feedback. I’ve seen your … more
Our TV got too big for its britches over the weekend.Out of the blue, it started reading everything on the screen aloud.For example, “The volume is set to 37. Now playing. Press OK to pause. … more
I used to think time was linear. It had a beginning and an end. And we were headed somewhere.Now I’m not so sure. I had a beginning, and I’ll have an end, no doubt. But the world outside my skin … more
Democrats do not understand economics. They think resources are finite, that a pie can only be split up in so many slices, and if you do not get yours then someone else gets it. Their whole economic … more
Dear Editor: I was happy to see the letter from Scott Kanavos on July 5 in which he expressed his opinion of Ron Hart’s columns, because I too think the guy is an idiot. In … more
The package arrived last week and, I have to admit, I was surprised.I knew what was in it, of course. It was a painting that my friends Angel, Nora and I co-own. I had it for one year 11 years ago. … more
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