Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Urban foresters help pick the right street trees

By Steve Boehme What is an “urban forester”? In Ohio, our Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) created a program to promote trees to enhance the quality of life in our cities and villages. This includes a staff of regional urban foresters, experts in the specialty of planting and maintaining trees in cities and towns, who [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
You’ll enjoy reading ‘Time for Kids: That’s Strange But True’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your friends all think you’re weird. And maybe they have a point. You love knowing about eerie things, you can’t get enough oddness, and anything that’s disgusting is pretty cool in your book. If something’s very different, you want to see it as soon as possible… which is kinda weird. And you [ Read More ]

Yes, George, there is a Santa Claus

By George Brown It happened 60 years ago this week, but I still remember the disappointment I experienced that winter day in December 1952, as if it happened yesterday. It was morning recess and my first grade buddy, Terry, and I were talking about what we hoped Santa would bring us for Christmas. I wanted [ Read More ]

Was 2012 election a turning point?

By Paul Schwietering In 2012, for the first time in decades, issues of economic fairness were pivotal to a national election. The Republican nominee for president, Willard “Mitt” Romney, had been CEO of a “venture capital” firm and faced harsh criticism for what the apologists for such firms describe as the “outsourcing” of American jobs. [ Read More ]

Miscommunication could cost families up to $3,700 next year

By Sherrod Brown Good communication is important, and poor communication can be costly. Unfortunately, miscommunication between Washington and Ohio could cost families in Wilmington and Orville up to $3,700 next year. As the New Year quickly approaches, it’s critical that Ohio families are aware of the unclaimed tax refunds that may be owed to them [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
‘Topping’ is a death sentence for trees

By Steve Boehme Large, mature trees often interfere with utility lines, block important views, grow too close to buildings or crowd neighboring trees. Very often trees are planted without considering their final mature size, and this can lead to many problems including the cost of “topping” as the trees grow. Topping, also referred to as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Barnyard Confidential’ belongs on your bookshelf

By Terri Schlichenmeyer There’s only ever been one place where your heart belongs. It’s the place where four cars on the dirt road is “traffic.” It’s where your co-workers wear leather because they were born with it, probably in a straw bed spread on a concrete floor. It’s where 9-to-5 hours are somebody’s idea of [ Read More ]

Gazing at the stars with my favorite bidder

By George Brown I hadn’t planned on writing a column this soon about my auctioneering experiences. After all, last Saturday’s auction was the first my sponsor, Joel T. Wilson, and I had booked together, and my first times to call bids since getting my apprentice license the week before. But sometimes a story cries out [ Read More ]

Extending middle class tax cuts, protecting middle class families

By Sherrod Brown Ohioans have been hearing about the fiscal cliff a lot lately. The “cliff” applies to a January 1st deadline when the law, enacted by a bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress, requires a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. This sudden dose of austerity will put us on a long-term [ Read More ]

Quarter auctions should be legal

By Danny Bubp Throughout my time in the Ohio House of Representatives, I have tried to be as responsive to the constituents I serve as possible. There are many times I talk with people like you to see where you stand on the particular issues of the day. There are also times that a new [ Read More ]

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