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Theodore Decker

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Recent articles by Theodore:

Theodore Decker: Deck ownership provides life lessons hidden amid pretreated lumber

Sixteen years ago, columnist Theodore Decker bought a house with a deck. He hasn't stopped repairing it since. → Read More

Theodore Decker: For Mother's Day, there's always the gift of apology

This Mother's Day, we might give our moms more than a meal out or a bouquet of flowers. Apologies for past transgressions can go a long way. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...

This was 30 minutes into a 4-hour tour, and if Gilligan's Island taught us anything, it's that things can go horribly sideways in less time. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Packing for vacation prompts an unexpected trip down memory lane

After two years of delayed trips, a vacation is finally on the horizon. Packing for it resurrected memories of trips gone by. → Read More

Teaching your child to drive, the second and final installment

Teaching a second child to drive is easier than the first, but no less frightening or entertaining. And you might learn something about yourself. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Disparity in gun cases yields years for one defendant, months for another

Craishon Russell of Columbus robbed two stores and got 18 years in federal prison. Stephen King of Indiana trafficked 167 guns and got 18 months. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Grove City family has aided Ukraine long before war, and will do so after

A Grove City family originally from Ukraine has aided their homeland for years. The war there has only strengthened their resolve. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Suspect in I-71 shooting is case study in gun violence crisis

The suspect in the I-71 shooting was free on bail despite multiple felony cases. There might be lessons there for a city wracked by violence. → Read More

Theodore Decker: After mayor's address, we should remember the brave and quiet of Columbus

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said last week Columbus is a special place and worth fighting for. The same holds true for its people, who deserve better. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Are we no longer shocked by the murder of innocent children?

Three months ago, two gunmen on the city's Southeast Side killed a young man and two siblings, ages 6 and 9. No arrests have been made. → Read More

Theodore Decker: I know which president to blame for these gas prices, and it isn't Biden

Americans love to blame presidents for high gas prices. I'm no different, but I don't blame Biden for the current pain at the pump. I blame Roosevelt. → Read More

Theodore Decker: A reminder about our Storytellers Project, and a story on growing up

The first event of the Columbus Storytellers Project kicks off on Wednesday night. The theme: lessons on growing up. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Support for Ukraine means support for a free world, protesters say

About 200 protesters gathered Saturday at the Ohio Statehouse to protest Russia's attack on Ukraine, and to warn that Vladimir Putin won't stop there. → Read More

Theodore Decker: In Husel trial, we should keep our minds open and expect the unexpected

The trial of William Husel, the former Mount Carmel Health doctor charged with killing 14 patients, began last week. It will stretch two months. → Read More

Theodore Decker: My appreciation for our readers is the opposite of minuscule

In his column on Sunday, the author made a spelling error. He heard about it from readers. And he appreciated it more than they probably realized. → Read More

Theodore Decker: As Ukraine girds for war, thoughts go to a family tree obscured by time

As Ukraine girds for war, the author's thoughts have drifted often to a family history obscured by time and distance. → Read More

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium mourns loss of Toby, one of the founders of its bonobo program

Toby, one of the zoo's oldest bonobos, died after suffering a stroke this week. He came to Columbus from Belgium in 1990 and sired three offspring. → Read More

Theodore Decker: Columbus first-responders, the city appreciates you now more than ever

Columbus has not paid out $1,000 'hero pay' bonuses to first-responders for working through COVID-19. How might the city next show its appreciation? → Read More

Theodore Decker: Today is a big day for two reasons, and only one has to do with football

Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Trust in the Bengals not to blow their responsibilities, but for those in relationships, don't forget your own on Monday. → Read More

Theodore Decker: The city is here to answer all of your snow removal questions

Four days have passed since the winter storm. With some residents irked about snow removal, we answer your questions (with tongue in cheek). → Read More