Opinion Archive

Remembering a close encounter with Old Blackie

Yvonne and I are headed out west for a few weeks to cowboy and bear country (we really appreciate Yvonne’s cousin house sitting for us while we’re gone). We’ll be visiting places like Black Canyon, Bear Mountain, Snake River, and Dead Horse Point. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we run into some fierce [ Read More ]

The choice in this presidential election is clear

Labor Day in a presidential election year is upon us. A relevant question is would you rather keep more of your paycheck or send more of your paycheck to Washington? If you want to keep more of your paycheck then you can’t wait till Election Day to vote for the Republican team of Romney and [ Read More ]

US companies need to stop sending calls and jobs overseas

If you’ve had to call a major company for a service repair or to get an answer to a question about your cable bill, chances are you’ve probably spoken with a worker in a different time zone or on a different continent. That’s because big companies have been shipping U.S. call center jobs overseas for [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Your pet and dental hygiene

Cats and dogs seldom develop tooth cavities, as humans do. However dogs and cats are not without a major dental problem! In fact, the most common dental problem that we find in pets is considered far worse than cavities. It is called periodontal disease. This disease affects the gums and other tissues around the teeth, [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Picking the right tree for you

This week we start a four-week series of columns showing how to succeed with trees. First we’ll talk about selecting the right kind of tree for your location. Next week’s column will be about how to get your money’s worth when shopping for trees. Then we’ll share planting tips, and finally we’ll answer frequently-asked questions [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
You’ll like ‘Visiting Tom’ – part memoir, part character piece

Your friend called the other day, but you had to call him back. You were on your way out the door and didn’t have time to talk. But when you return-phoned him, he was busy and said he’d call again. You’ve played Phone Tag like this before, and you know the only antidote is to [ Read More ]

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

A few weeks ago Yvonne wrote a column about her childhood growing up on State Avenue in Cincinnati, where she lived and played for the first 16 years of her life. That column was so well received I asked her to write another. There was one year during her childhood when Yvonne did not live [ Read More ]

Connecting veterans with new employment opportunities

Ohio is home to more than 890,000 veterans, making our state the nation’s sixth-largest population of veterans. Despite their service, an unacceptably high number of veterans struggle to find work. Just as we invest in our servicemembers while they’re on the battlefield, we should do the same when they return home. That’s why it’s imperative [ Read More ]

The regulatory cliff is nearly as steep as the fiscal one

Americans are learning more about the “fiscal cliff” approaching at the beginning of next year, when tax rates for families and small businesses are set to spike and new taxes in President Obama’s health-care spending law take effect. But unless there’s real change in Washington, we’re also headed for a steep “regulatory cliff” that could [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Making Marriage Work’ will help glue your ‘I do’

One of your friends dropped a bombshell the other day: she’s getting divorced. You almost can’t believe it. She and her man seemed like the perfect couple, always so sweet together, always so understanding. It’s sad, and it’s scary because she’s not your first friend to announce a break-up. So what’s going on? More importantly, [ Read More ]

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