April 24, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
45°F

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…

Still waiting for technology park to pay dividends

By John Gladden Hard to believe 10 years have passed since the idea for the Medina County University Center and Technology Park was born. It was hailed as not just a college branch campus, but as a new concept that would draw businesses and offer workforce development for new and existing companies. All well and Read More…

Paper letters still more satisfying

There are certain terms I will not use. “Meds,” for instance. “LOL.” Such abbreviations drive me crazy. I will under no circumstances say “ave” when I mean “avenue.” I will not say “veggies.” I will not call Progressive Field “The Prog.” It sounds ugly. Sometimes I slip and use “info.” Needless to say, I have Read More…

Appreciating Washington’s words

By John Gladden Today is the birthday of our national hero, George Washington. One wonders what the greatest of all Founding Fathers would think of the goings-on in the capital city that bears his name. A believer in a strong central government, some things no doubt would meet his approval. As one who prophesied the Read More…

Who would win? Our family does

By John Gladden It’s Thursday night at the old home place, otherwise known as Seafood Night. Friday we have homemade pizza. We’re Protestant, after all. Often, Seafood Night means salmon, which everyone likes but the 13-year-old boy, who would prefer a large roasted bison climb onto his plate, clutching a bottle of ketchup in one Read More…

Here are a few of my favorite things

By John Gladden While this past week has given us plenty of reasons to curse the weather, there’s a lot to love about the middle of winter. Girls in wool hats, scarves and mittens, for example. Chainsaws purring like kittens. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Silver white winters that melt into springs. Read More…

Examining a lifetime of splitting wood

By John Gladden It’s crazy, but I love to split wood. By hand. In the winter. The colder, the better. It may be crazy, but in the same way golf is crazy. I’d rather swing a maul than a golf club. You get all the same benefits of exercise and being outside, but in the Read More…

Of shorts, sports, Hu and goo

By John Gladden As a person whose career is more or less that of a professional 5-year-old, mind if I ask a few questions? Have you seen the shorts that The Ohio State University men’s basketball team is wearing these days? How can they call them “shorts?” They’re so long, they might as well be Read More…

Finding consensus after Arizona shooting

By John Gladden Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — unknown to most Americans until she was gravely wounded in a Jan. 8 mass shooting outside a Tucson grocery — has been described by colleagues as a moderate, as one who seeks the middle road in politics in hope of finding consensus and forward momentum. Ironic, because Read More…

The argument for right-handed people wearing watches on their right hands

By John Gladden I wear my watch on the wrong hand, which is my right hand. That’s right. I’m a rebel. I remember my good-hearted parents and long-suffering teachers trying to explain that right-handed people — like me — are supposed to wear their watches on their left wrists. Gather round, little children, and Uncle Read More…