To gain Japan’s surrender and end World War II, the threat was “prompt and utter destruction,” and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced surrender on Aug. 15, 1945. A prelude to what was meant by “utter destruction” had occurred on Aug. 6, 1945, when a B-29, the Enola Gay dropped a nuclear bomb, “Little Boy,” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This event was followed on Aug. 9, 1945, when another B-29, Bockscar, dropped “Fat Boy” on Nagasaki, Japan.
When I recently flipped the page on the kitchen’s wall calendar, the realization we’d reached summer’s final full month caught me off guard.
By Brett Roubinek
Growing up in the Toledo area with one older sister and three younger brothers, Nicholas Essinger of Troy, Ohio, says, “We grew up during World War II and the Korean War , so my brothers and I knew that we were expected to serve our country. It was ingrained in us.”
By Matthew Kandrach
Right now, families and young people are dealing with unprecedented financial stress, social isolation, and abrupt changes to daily life. Child welfare agencies are worried about devastating cuts to their already limited funding, as Ohio and states all over the country face severe budget shortfalls, and Leader McConnell and President Trump refuse to help.
COVID-19 infection rates are once again rising in Ohio and around the country, yet too many of our frontline workers — including health care providers – still do not have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need, and we still do not have enough tests.
The world is divided into two types of individuals: those who text and the other dozen people on the face of the globe.
It was December of 1976. I had been working as a gardener and in those pre-global warming days, there was no gardening to do in Ohio in December. I needed a job and my only marketable skill was I could write a little bit.
Six months ago, who among us could have predicted that a worldwide pandemic would bring America to its knees, weeks of rioting would turn some of our major cities into rubble, historical monuments would be under attack by protestors, and calls to defund police forces would be getting louder and louder?