Opinion Archive

Summer break should not mean going hungry

For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbecues. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents work or how to feed children nutritious meals without the school lunches they count on throughout the rest of [ Read More ]

Washington tells us our electric bills will rise

Dear Editor, Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a stay on President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” (CPP.) Essentially, the High Court determined that states shouldn’t be compelled to incur the hefty costs of closing down their coal-fired power plants before the case is fully litigated. Federal number crunchers at the Energy Information Administration have [ Read More ]

Juneteenth – What history can teach us

Dear editor, Everyone knows July 4th is America’s birthday – the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of a nation where “all men are created equal.” But four million African-American slaves would wait another 89 years to taste freedom – until June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth) when victorious Union [ Read More ]

And the beat goes on

When I was a little boy back in the 50s we had my grandma Houser’s Victrola and I was fascinated by it. A Victrola was an early version of entertainment where a record made of shellac and rough vinyl had sound and music recorded on it by a needle that followed a continuos grove that [ Read More ]

Will more gun laws make America safer?

Last week, Omar Mateen entered an Orlando nightclub and ruthlessly murdered 49 people before he was killed. So how does this happen? After all, we live in America. Everyone wants to live in America. People sacrifice their lives to get into this country. As great as we are, we cannot stop terrorism or gun violence. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Buying a Bride’ peeks behind the mail-order veil

Your package finally arrived. You placed the order weeks ago, and the waiting began. Every day, you checked your mailbox, certain that it would come, and you were disappointed… until today. Now your package arrived, you have what you wanted and, as you’ll see in “Buying a Bride” by Marcia A. Zug, that can be [ Read More ]

Would the real hit king please stand up?

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor The birthday paradox is a fun little math problem that states that in a room of just 23 people, there is a 50 percent chance two of them have the same birthday. If you increase the number of people to 75, the odds increase to 99.99 percent. It’s sort of [ Read More ]

Ono’s departure doesn’t derail UC’s Big 12 Dreams

By Garth Shanklin Sports Editor Every so often, and now it seems like it happens more often than not, I find myself struggling to find the right words to describe something. Maybe it was a game-winning home run, or perhaps an excellent performance at a track and field meet. Usually, it has nothing to do [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘First Dads’ takes a in-depth look at presidential fathers

He can fix almost anything, make something from nothing, and he tells great bedtime stories. He’s the Workshop King, Master of the TV, Lord of the Grill, The Yard Czar, and he likes to think he rules the house, too. Or, as in the new book “First Dads” by Joshua Kendall, he might rule a [ Read More ]

We must all stand together

On Sunday, Ohioans woke up to tragic news about the shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub. Connie and I send our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and communities of all those lost. We are grateful to the first responders whose bravery saved lives, and we continue to keep the law enforcement who are investigating [ Read More ]

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