Opinion Archive

Improving Ohio’s infrastructure

Just a couple of weeks ago my colleagues and I were able to pass an unprecedented budget, which successfully filled an $8 billion deficit without increasing taxes. While I am proud of this accomplishment, there is still more work that needs to be done here in Ohio. As a member of the House Transportation and [ Read More ]

Has Obama brought troubles on himself?

As the debt ceiling dispute began to seem like a crisis, David Frum made an interesting observation. Frum, a former speechwriter in the Administration of George Bush, Jr., said recently that by his habit of caving in to the demands of Republicans, Obama has set the stage for the U.S. government to default on its [ Read More ]

It’s important to test your mettle

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Life brings sorrows and joys alike. It is what a man does with them, not what they do to him, that is the true test of his mettle.” Mettle can be defined in numerous ways and tested at many levels during life’s unpredictable and bumpy journey. A few common definitions of [ Read More ]

Thoughts on growing old

Not so long ago incurable diseases and the wear and tear of survival offered little hope of growing old. Reaching old age was like winning the lottery except there were no tickets for sale. We are privileged to live in an era when we not only hope to grow old, we expect it. Despite this [ Read More ]

Bath salts are the new drug of choice

In January, our office began receiving information about the sale and use of a new drug intentionally misbranded and being sold as “bath salts” to mask its sole purpose as a recreational drug. These “bath salts” contain an active ingredient known as methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV and can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or injected. Once ingested, [ Read More ]

The origin of the tomato and peanut butter sandwich

To be specific, that’s open faced on toast, preferably wheat or other whole grain bread. Except for the darkest days of winter when hot-house tomatoes are pink, tough, and tasteless, I’m as likely as not to start the day with this favorite breakfast, along with a tall cup of coffee to wash it down – [ Read More ]

What would Jefferson think?

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, recently came and went and as with most of the national holidays more attention and interest was given to the benefits of a three-day weekend than for what it truly means. While I love fireworks and cookouts as much as the next person, I also believe it’s extremely important [ Read More ]

Extreme disrespect displayed by NBC

This past weekend I was watching the U.S. Open Golf Tournament on NBC. I was especially pleased to see the coverage included a group of children with their hand on their heart saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I truly never get tired of hearing the Pledge of Allegiance and it always brings a warm, proud [ Read More ]

Feeling like a dog isn’t so bad after all

Every morning I give our dog, Lily, a thyroid pill tucked inside a small piece of cheese. Well, it finally happened. When I went to the refrigerator at 5 a.m. last Friday morning, instead of reaching for the cheese I reached for a bottle of water and took the thyroid pill. My first thought was, [ Read More ]

Yvonne’s 10 rules for a happy marriage

We were visiting with friends the other night and the topic turned, as it often seems to do, to what it takes to have a happy marriage. Yvonne said she feels like we have one of the happiest marriages around. I have to agree, and for my part I attribute this to a consistent application [ Read More ]

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