July 30, 2014

Medina
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Celebrating National Bike Month

John Gladden

By John Gladden What is your best bicycling memory? Why not share it in honor of National Bike Month? Think back. What was your most epic ride? Have you experienced a memorable encounter with Newton’s Laws of Motion? What was the most breathtaking scenery you’ve witnessed from the saddle of a bike? Can you recall Read More…

‘Death tax’ is not a new idea

John Gladden

By John Gladden Here is a true story. Once upon a time, there was a new country founded on ideals of freedom and democracy. Ideals require defending, so the nation decided to build a navy. It faced an undeclared “cold war” that strained the young country’s resources. So in 1797, it enacted the Stamp Tax. Read More…

Finding value in the traditional outing to church

John Gladden

By John Gladden In many congregations, including the small-town church my family attends, there’s a moment built into worship services when those present are invited to share their prayer concerns and celebrations. This, on the principle that joys are more joyful when they are shared, and burdens not so heavy when others help carry the Read More…

Dad explains his simple rules for the laundry

John Gladden

By John Gladden When Dad does laundry, my family knows a few simple rules are in effect. No. 1: Any cash, change, valuable Pokémon cards, gift certificates or deeds to real estate investments found in the washer or dryer belong to Dad. Virtue may be its own reward, but those wadded up dollar bills at Read More…

To impove or enjoy. It’s a hard choice

John Gladden

By John Gladden For my money, E.B. White was the best American essayist of the 20th century, maybe ever. The longtime “New Yorker” writer and beloved author of “Charlotte’s Web” gave us this pearl: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This Read More…

Local filmmakers win Appy Award

Bruce May, left, of Chatham Township, and Andy Tubbesing of Westfield Township show the first prize award they won in the Appalachian Film Festival for their original music video “Another Day in (Retired) Paradise.” (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JOHN GLADDEN)

CHATHAM TWP. — Bruce May describes his music in four words. “It’s old-fart rock,” he said. It takes only half as many words to describe the music video he made with longtime friend Andy Tubbesing: a winner. The two recently earned the prize for Best Micro-Film at the 2011 Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, W.Va., Read More…

In my house, stuck with a skunk

John Gladden

By John Gladden This week, I am going to take a break from politics and write about skunks instead. Hopefully, readers will notice the difference. As Rubeus Hagrid — the larger-than-life gamekeeper in “Harry Potter” — might say: “Seriously misunderstood creatures, skunks are.” Skunks do good deeds, it’s true, but there’s one thing we do Read More…

The meaning behind choice

By John Gladden “Choice.” That word seemed to pop up a lot at the Ohio Statehouse last week, although in entirely different settings. On March 22, an estimated 1,100 parents, children and school-choice advocates rallied at the Statehouse in support of Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand alternatives to traditional public schools. It’s an idea Read More…

Voters needed specifics before electing John Kasich

On the campaign trail, it seemed impossible to pull a specific answer out of now-Gov. John Kasich. Most of his interviews, debates and speeches had the same vague quality as his recent stream-of-consciousness State of the State Address — especially when it came to addressing Ohio’s budget shortfall. To be sure, the same was true Read More…

Wishing we got rebates for everything

By John Gladden News item: American Greetings Corp. threatens to leave Ohio. State government rewards the company with grants, rebates and loans amounting to $100 million over 15 years. We can only wonder: What if other situations in life worked this way? (Cue harp music, indicating dream sequence.) Customer Service: Good morning! It’s a great Read More…