Opinion Archive

Time to repeal the Medical Device Tax

By Rob Portman Since the day it was passed, conservatives have argued that the Affordable Care Act would destroy jobs. President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate contained in the health care law because it would undermine an already fragile jobs market serves to confirm our worst fears. But while the President’s action has [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Curiosity’ is something different

By Terri Schlichenmeyer When you look back on your life, you notice that much has changed. Personally, you’ve grown, matured in mind and body, formed opinions, taken knocks, bounced back, and endured. From outside, you’ve seen the advent of internet, cell phone, social media, and a whole new century, maybe more. It’s a world your [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Timing is the key to controlling invasive bermudagrass

By Steve Boehme So many readers have responded our previous columns about “Bermudagrass”, this topic deserves a follow-up. Timing is key; Bermudagrass control is most effective if done in July with a follow-up in August. If you want to stop a Bermudagrass invasion, get started with a spray program right away. If you wait too [ Read More ]

Do your feet a favor and lose the shoes

By George Brown I considered titling this column, “Going barefooted is good for your soles as well as your soul,” but opted for the above title fearing that shoe wearing readers might stumble over my use of the word barefooted instead of barefoot, thereby entirely spoiling the creative use of a homophone. Let’s settle the [ Read More ]

Columnist was too lenient on the hidden agenda of ALEC

By Len Harding I read a wonderful opinion piece the other day – right here in the Sun. Paul Schwietering’s guest column was a bracing look at a hidden agenda that is slowly but surely removing “for the people” from state government. He was far too lenient regarding ALEC’s nefarious plans. A look at their [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Doctors’ is a graceful, elegant book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer He wasn’t the doctor you normally see. It really didn’t matter, though. Choice of physician wasn’t an issue in the ER, but pain and fear definitely were. You didn’t care who you saw right then. You just wanted it over – stat, as they say. When it was, and you were finally [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Winterthur Museum and Garden Tour coming in September

By Steve Boehme Regular readers of this column already know about our Philadelphia Garden Tours, and most people have heard of Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine Museum. Fewer gardeners have been to the nearby Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Like Longwood, this fantastic estate was built by the DuPont family a century ago, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you know that stardust can tarnish, ‘Queen of the Air’ absolutely soars

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The bar was all of an inch in diameter, but it was perfect. You only needed to grab it and hang on, so it didn’t have to be very big. It just had to hold your weight as you swung hand-over-hand, hung upside down, and performed monkeyshines on the monkey bars when [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
Hydrangeas are landscape problem solvers

By Steve Boehme For a long-lived display of huge showy blooms, few plant families can top the diverse Hydrangea. We took a walk around our nursery looking for summer color and realized that we had almost a dozen Hydrangea varieties in bloom. From the spectacular new “Big Easy” and “Incrediball” to the creamy pale pink [ Read More ]

The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods – 50 years later

By George Brown Unlike my previous stories about the old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, which were mostly true, this story is entirely 100 percent true. And so I ask you to trust and bear with me, as this (I’m pretty sure) will be the last old oak tree story I shall ever tell, [ Read More ]

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