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Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Note of Thanks: Thanks 'patient, selfless' library instructor

I have taken the sewing classes offered by the Twinsburg Public Library for nearly a year, and I am writing to recognize the efforts of the instructor, Cindy Ohler of Cuyahoga Falls. This amazing woman has a passion for sewing.

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Not happy about proposal to cut Mobile Meals funding

Members of the First Congregational Church, Hudson, have supported Mobile Meals for over six years. As volunteers we deliver meals every week to the homes of individuals in Greater Akron. Many folks we contact are elderly and confined to their home.

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Asks why city still hasn't joined Ohiocheckbook.com

Where is the checkbook? Over a year ago, Macedonia Council passed an ordinance to join Ohiocheckbook.com in January 2017. Well, that time has come and gone and I have yet to see any action. As a taxpaying business owner, I'm once again disappointed.

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: Lawmakers facing uncertainty as they work on the budget

COLUMBUS -- In the next few weeks, the Ohio House will amend Gov. John Kasich's executive budget proposal, stripping out that severance tax increase and other stuff members don't like and adding stuff they do.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
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Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Scribbles & Bits: Spending a Saturday at the Chamber Expo

Some of you may have noticed my byline is back in the paper -- it's true, Scribbles and Bits is back! I returned to the News Leader just in time to attend this year's Community Expo and it was great to see some familiar faces and meet a few new ones as well.

By Briana Barker | Reporter
Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Guest Column: What is a 'Convention of States'

Federalism: A constitutionally designed, conservative balance of power. It is time for the states to embrace the constitutional principle of federalism and rein in a federal government that has over the last century become overbearing and overreached its constitutional authority.

By Kristina Daley Roegner | Ohio House District 27 Representative
Our View: Memo to Kasich -- Job shadow a teacher
Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Our View: Memo to Kasich -- Job shadow a teacher

The proposal in Ohio Gov. John Kasich's budget to require teachers to shadow someone in business for their license to be renewed is well-intentioned. It wants to connect those in the teaching world with the so-called real world in which the vocational needs of business keep changing.

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Capital News: It's like a dream you keep having over and over again

COLUMBUS -- I could say something about Yogi Berra and "deja vu all over again," but that would be too easy, so I won't mention it.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Feels superintendent's contract should not be renewed

Our School Board is to vote on renewing Superintendent Clark's contract. Consider the following: The Ohio Elections commission found Clark guilty of violating state election law for asking district employees to donate to a levy campaign.

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Says people need to hold current administration accountable

The courageous Republican senator from Arizona, John McCain, stated (in a speech at the Munich Security Conference posted on his website) that for the first time in recent years, the survival of the "West" as we know it is in question.

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Something Else: Charter review An obscure civic duty
Mar 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Something Else: Charter review An obscure civic duty

One of the easiest ways to become involved in one's local government is to volunteer to serve on a charter review commission. Such commissions are reserved for communities such as villages and cities with their own governing documents, or charters.

By Eric Marotta | Editor
Wildflowers over three seasons in Cuyahoga Valley
Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Wildflowers over three seasons in Cuyahoga Valley

March begins the wildflower year in Cuyahoga Valley National Park -- a year that extends well into late fall. Watching the progression of wildflowers can deepen your awareness of nature through the changing seasons.

By Jennie Vasarhelyi Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Spring brings big news from Superintendent's desk

It's unbelievable to me that March is here already. That means that our schools are getting ready for state testing, spring sports, Spring Break, and many other activities. Here are a few news items that may interest you.

By Joe Clark Superintendent Of Schools
Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Be on the lookout for IRS phone scam

Criminals work hard to try and get your money. They're always thinking of new ways to convince you to give them personal information. Not even our office is immune. Summit County Prosecutor's Office employees have received calls from scammers.

By Sherri Bevan Walsh Summit County Prosecutor
Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Should we teach or curse cursive?

COLUMBUS -- When I was a kid, back before the Internet and computers and smart phones and driverless cars (which, really, wasn't that long ago), students at my elementary school focused part of their days on the Palmer Method.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
As We See It: Police chief decision shows village charter needs an update
Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM

As We See It: Police chief decision shows village charter needs an update

We were surprised to hear that Northfield Mayor Jesse Nehez put his pick for police chief in charge of the department, despite Village Council's disagreement. The village charter requires a 2/3 majority of Council to confirm the mayor's appointment of a chief of police.

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Son brings out storytelling skills in father

I am not a storyteller. I can write and report and tell stories in the paper, but when it comes to verbally telling a tale, true or made-up, I have a little trouble. Often after I tell a story, I think later, "I could have told that better.

By Steve Wiandt Reporter
Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Feels there is a doctor-patient disconnect in recent years

Doctor-patient relationships have been deteriorating for the past decade. There are numerous reasons for this state of affairs. Most physicians are now employed by large hospitals and are on salary from 8 to 5. They are employees of the hospital and no longer entrepreneurs.

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Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Lack of attendance from Ohio reps at town hall meetings 'shameful'

Dear editor: Twenty-two years ago when my then 2-year-old son was diagnosed with autism I became "political." "Ignorance is bliss," some say, and that might have been said of me before that life-changing event.

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Letter: Adjutant corrects article on veterans memorial park

As Adjutant of American Legion Post 801, I would like to make two corrections to the Feb. 15 article "Nordonia Hills veterans plan memorial park dedication." First, the benches are not granite. Black granite gets uncomfortably hot under a summer sun and stone cold in frigid weather.