Opinion Archive

Taliban transfer raises questions

By Rop Portman Recently, I asked the U.S. Senate to vote on a straightforward resolution that asks some very simple questions—why did President Obama release five top Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay without consulting Congress as required by law, and what steps has the Administration taken to ensure that released detainees do not return to [ Read More ]

A weekend trip back to childhood – Part I

By George Brown On Friday morning of Father’s Day weekend I packed my camping gear and hit the road for a two night stay with my sister, Kathy, before heading over to Mohican State Park for two additional nights of camping and hiking. This was to be no ordinary camping trip. Instead of taking as [ Read More ]

Cracking down on tainted food Imports from China

By Sherrod Brown When American consumers go to the store, they should be able to feel confident that the food they’re purchasing is safe. Unfortunately, questions have recently emerged about whether food imported from China has been the cause of animal illness and death across the United States, and whether this threat could affect humans. [ Read More ]

Ohio House is considering more abortion legislation

Dear Editor: The Ohio State House is considering Bill 351 which will ban Ohio insurance policies from covering abortions, with no exceptions in the case of rape or when the pregnancy threatens the health of the mother. It also bans randomly chosen forms of contraception which prevent implantation, such as the IUD and emergency contraception. [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Annual examination is the most important preventative pet care

First and foremost an annual physical exam by your veterinarian is the most important preventive measure for your trusted companion. A thorough physical exam will alert you to conditions before they become problems, and assure you that your pet is healthy enough to respond properly to the vaccinations. DHLPP—All Dogs Five in one vaccine, which [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez

By Terri Schlichenmeyer   Grandpa sometimes jokes about the “good old days.” Those were the days when he was your age and life was different. There were no cell phones, no computers, no iPods, no video games, and TVs weren’t thin enough to hang on a wall. You can barely wrap your brain around it. [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Don’t expose your children to parasites

By Dr. Dan Meakin It is thought that 30 percent to 50 percent of dogs and cats carry parasites and that 1 to 3 million people in the U.S. have infections from parasites carried by pets. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised (cancer patients, organ transplant recipients) people are at high risk. Hookworms and roundworms can [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Duncan Hines’ is perfect if you’d like an unusual biography

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Tonight’s dessert is courtesy of your childhood. The cake you’ll have after dinner is just like the one Mom used to make. It’ll be round, mostly, maybe a little lopsided, with a divot in the center from letting the oven door slam. Like Mom’s cake, your icing will be thick on top, [ Read More ]

A wound and a fine memory

By Rosanna Hoberg The village settled down to private business again after the Civil War. Batavia’s greatest claim to fame during this post-war period was a visit from one of the most famous of all persons to emerge from the war, President Ulysses S. Grant. The following narration describes a visit made to our village [ Read More ]

Lessons learned from working childhood jobs

By George Brown My first opportunity to earn real money occurred while spending a week with my Aunt Elsie in Marion when I was 8. She, my cousins, and I got up early and walked all the way across town to a strawberry farm where we were paid .10 cents a quart to pick berries. [ Read More ]

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