Opinion Archive

Protecting the Legacy of America’s Sportsmen

By Rob Portman There is no greater friend of conservation and no greater protector of the natural treasures of our country than America’s sportsmen. Every year, sportsmen pump billions of dollars into the economy. At the same time, they provide the money through taxes and fees that fund wildlife officers and conservation efforts in national [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Midsummer perennials put on quite a show

By Steve Boehme Midsummer is a time of year when flower gardens can look their absolute best. Nature’s most colorful flowers reach their peak during the hot months of August. Since most gardeners buy flowers during the spring, it’s easy to miss this showy period because spring-flowering perennials are finished blooming by now. For summer [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
The Man with a Violin is a great book for kids

By Terri Schlichnmeyer Did you see that? Chances are, you see lots of things that grown-ups don’t. First of all, you’re down closer to the ground and adults are way up high. And then, remember, big people move faster and are always busy, while you’ve got more time to look around. Your eyes see all [ Read More ]

Trip to Findlay Market sparks memories of childhood meals

By George Brown Back in the mid-1970s, when I was a street social worker in Over the Rhine, my office was right around the corner from Findlay Market. I frequented the Market and even got to know some of the vendors, but after leaving that position time and opportunity to visit the Market slipped away. [ Read More ]

Working to reduce the backlog and serve veterans

By Sherrod Brown Recently, I had the honor of meeting with Ohio veterans in Toledo, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Youngstown. These heroes who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country do not ask for much in return – just the benefits they have earned and deserve. Yet, like many other veterans, each veteran I met [ Read More ]

Uncovering the full truth about IRS abuse of power

By Rob Portman Big scandals start off as small stories. The controversy engulfing the Internal Revenue Service seems to grow bigger every day. What began as what the Obama administration said was a handful of “rogue agents” in a local Cincinnati office has turned into a scandal that runs all the way to the highest [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Tamarack County’ is rich with wrong leads, dark terrain

By Terri Schlichenmeyer He will pay. One way or another, you’ll get back at that person who done you wrong. He’ll pay, whether now or in the hereafter, and you’ll see that it comes to pass. He’ll get his comeuppance. You’ll get your revenge. But remember this: revenge isn’t always sweet, payback’s more than just [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Hostas are problem-solvers for shade

By Steve Boehme Hosta is a perennial foliage plant that is so well known and widely planted that many gardeners take it for granted. There are over 3,000 named varieties, all of them easy to grow and very trouble-free. They are known for growing well in shady spots where most flowers struggle, just one of [ Read More ]

Well, it happened again – I took the dog’s pills instead of mine

By George Brown My morning routine includes four basic steps – turn the coffee pot on, feed the cat, set my pills out to take with breakfast, and then give our dog, Lily, her pills folded inside a bite of cheese. This seems simple enough but this last step has now tripped me up twice [ Read More ]

Getting government red tape out of the way

By Rob Portman Over the past several years, American Municipal Power out of Columbus has been trying to build turbines to take advantage of the abundant hydroelectric resources along the Ohio River. Not only would these projects produce cheap, renewable energy, but they could also provide thousands of good jobs for Ohio workers. But many [ Read More ]

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