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Men not to blame for stunts

November 22, 2015 I am fat — sturdy; I meant to say sturdy — because I am married. Science says so. more »»

Day in Trumbull court about families

November 15, 2015 Visitors being greeted Friday by the soothing, a cuppella melody of “When you wish upon a star” outside the main entrance of the Trumbull County Courthouse were quickly jolted to a new peculiarity a... more »»

Locked out, lost in thought

November 15, 2015 A number of thoughts swirl through one’s mind when one discovers one has locked oneself out of one’s car. more »»

Farms kids and 5-second food rule

November 12, 2015 To put it mildly, this week has been a challenge. Normally, I am super healthy, rarely sick, and always filled with tons of energy. more »»

Obtusities go bump in the night

November 8, 2015 I shuffled to my wife’s side of the bed, felt around for her tissue box, knocked over her phone, found the box, bumped a bottle of water, grabbed a tissue, blew my nose, tripped over the wastebasket... more »»

Live the dream but try to finish something

November 8, 2015 I had a dream the other night in which I finished a report. That is all. Seriously. more »»

It’s time for giving thanks... and just giving

November 7, 2015 Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away? As has become a longtime Tribune Chronicle tradition, the newspaper again this year is asking readers to submit to us their thoughts about what... more »»

Essay fair or fowl: You be the judge

November 1, 2015 A few years back, I crafted what I hoped to be a small piece of brilliance to wow the judges of the annual Robert Benchley Society Annual Award for Humor Writing. They weren’t wowe. more »»

Get gooey with pumpkin innards focus group

October 25, 2015 Editor's note: Cole is on vacation yet again. This pumpkin goop of a Cole Classic originally ran in 199. more »»

My stalker, my warning

October 22, 2015 “I am a potential mass shooter. ...” That chilling line was written to me by my on-again, off-again cyber-stalker. more »»

Interpreting politicians’ words

October 22, 2015 At the recent televised debate among candidates for the Democrats’ nomination for president, Hillary Clinton declared that “the wealthy pay too little” in taxes and “the middle class pays too much. more »»

Draamaw strikes without warning

October 18, 2015 Life has become a bit more, well, ordinary since we lost my mother-in-law this summer. She was the gift of quirkiness that kept on giving. more »»

Worries box fun out of old days

October 11, 2015 The disc jockey dusted off a recording from 1975 and announced, “Here’s a flashback from the carefree good old days.” He must not have lived in the same decade I did. more »»

Cows with a beef run rogue

October 4, 2015 We are at their udder mercy. Utter. I mean, utter mercy. I speak, of course, about the rash of rogue cows running roughshod in our neighborhoods. more »»

Best-laid plans don’t always mean success

October 3, 2015 The story of Packard Electric is one of small town Middle America ingenuity and hard work at its best. It’s a story that mirrors America’s rise to world leadership in business, power and influence. more »»

Anybody thanked Boehner?

September 28, 2015 Has anybody bothered to thank House Speaker John Boehner for Pope Francis' even coming to the United States? Let history note that it was Boehner, as a lowly second-term member of the House minority... more »»

U.S. and Catholicism in crisis

September 28, 2015 During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. more »»

Questions rain like dogs and cats

September 27, 2015 It’s been a random kind of week, the sort that leaves me with more questions than answers. more »»

It’s time to get educated and ready to vote

September 27, 2015 This is the time of year when, as the editor of a local daily newspaper in Ohio, the focus of my business day generally is all about politics. The No. more »»

Just a quick column before naptime

September 27, 2015 I think one of my favorite questions from friends, colleagues and my super awesome and wonderful family physician is that age old query: Are you getting enough sleep? You can see the sheer humor in... more »»



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