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When you think about addiction recovery, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the luxury rehab centers you see in movies or on celebrity Instagram feeds. But most people can’t afford to drop everything and spend a month or more in an inpatient center, much less afford the price tag…

It’s now or never for high school football teams who hope to play in Week 11 this season.

Ashtabula County teams and Madison look to bounce back this weekend after a rough time in Week 5.


In a procedure I only imagined ever undergoing if I’m abducted by aliens, a nurse stuck a giant cotton swab up my nose Wednesday morning.

Hard to believe we’re at the halfway point of the high school football season.

Ever since journalists started working from home in large numbers, they’ve begun adopting pets and, inevitably, writing about them. No problem there. I’ve worked from home since the 1980s, and caring for domestic animals has long been among my ruling passions.

According to a new report from The Washington Post, America’s corporations have committed “at least” $49.5 billion to the cause of “racial justice” since the George Floyd murder last year riveted our national attention on race.


It took two minutes and eleven seconds to change the course of Cleveland sports history. The Cleveland Indians announced their name change to the Guardians on Friday morning in a video released on social media.


My only grandchild, my delightful granddaughter turns 20 today. I don’t even know what to do with that number. It means I’m old, like really old. And yet, I remember exactly where I was when I turned 20: at Kent State Ashtabula, taking classes for a journalism degree.

Facebook’s Oversight Board has both applauded and admonished Facebook for clamping a gag order on former President Trump the day after his supporters laid siege to the national Capitol.

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.


You’re short of breath and having chest pains. The emergency room stabilizes you and sends you home with instructions to see a cardiologist immediately. When you call to schedule an appointment, you’re told the doctor can’t see you for three weeks and doesn’t accept your insurance. 


Since last summer when I started writing this column I have been blessed with many emails and letters in the mail from past friends and several new folks who offer their ideas and suggestions about Conneaut and Ashtabula County.

There were many times, I’m sure, when my mother was disappointed in me, but one memory is seared into my brain like rice scorched into the bottom of a forgotten pot on the stove. Imagine it’s your mom’s favorite pot. The one she inherited from the good grandmother. 

Hasbro’s announcement this week about Mr. Potato Head was quickly sliced and diced. Days later, the toymaker is still getting mashed and roasted on social media.

The Blizzard of 1978 spoiled me. Two weeks of below-zero temperatures, arctic wind and somewhere between a buttload and a metric ton of snow was a dream for northeastern Ohio kids.

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