Museum thanks community for support

To the Editor:

Stormwater management is everyone’s job

VANDALIA — To protect water quality and reduce flooding, Vandalia is committed to compliance with federal regulations and State law regarding stormwater management.

Life can change in a moment

According to the dictionary, “life-changing” means something that alters a person’s life or circumstances in a substantial way. Examples are rampant on the internet and include events that are both happy and sad and which are often associated with milestones in a person’s life. Events that make the list are graduation, marriage, birth of a child, getting your first professional job, retirement, significant illness or injury, and death of a loved one.

Price of gas impacts everyone

The national average for gas will jump to $2.70 this spring, a price Americans haven’t seen in years, according to AAA. Prices in Ohio are projected to remain just below the national average, thanks to our state’s continued leadership in energy production and infrastructure.

The myth of deregulation

In previous articles, I have suggested that both state and federal politicians are masters of illusion when it comes to crafting new laws. Many even hire “spin doctors,” who release carefully worded public relations statements that make the laws they are creating sound much better than they actually are. These releases are supposed to convince us that what lawmakers are enacting makes all the sense in the world and will protect us from whatever the latest boogeyman is they have created.

A history of failure

Thanks in large part to the articles I have written about education for seven years now, I will have friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers send me information that they think I will find relevant, or some will ask me my opinion on the latest hot button topic in education. This has, frankly, been one of the more unexpected and rewarding by-products of my efforts to inform the public about real educational issues confronting us all. Hopefully, this feedback means that I have exposed the political myths surrounding education and gotten people to thinking, which has been my goal all along.

With English, some phrases go out the window

Many of you know of my fascination with the American English language. Recently, I was asked if we still had a “landline.” Of course, we do, but I was informed that this was quite outdated and in a matter of years the idea of a “landline” would go the way of the old “party line.” Nowadays, we have Skype, group messaging, and conference calls, which are all derived from the party line, but are more sophisticated.

I want it now!

“Daddy, I want an Oompa Loompa now!” is the phrase one of the children shouted in the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instant gratification screams, “I want it and I want it now!”

I want it now!

“Daddy, I want an Oompa Loompa now!” is the phrase one of the children shouted in the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instant gratification screams, “I want it and I want it now!”

House has long family history

In 1934, my husband’s grandfather purchased a pre-fab home from the Sears and Roebuck Company. At the time, his brother, sister-in-law and their children were living with him, his wife, and their five children. Grandma would eventually have two more children, so space was getting tight.