Opinion Archive

Saluting Ohio’s spirit of volunteerism

By Sherrod Brown My mother, a schoolteacher in Mansfield, taught her sons that no matter what your station is in life, no one is too important or too busy to serve. This holiday season, I’m grateful for that lesson – and for the example set each day by so many in their communities. And I [ Read More ]

Fighting to end human trafficking

By Rob Portman Earlier this week, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and I launched the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking. We were joined by individuals and groups from around the country who are devoted to ending this modern-day form of slavery, whether it is bonded labor, forced labor or sex trafficking. Advocate Jada Pinkett Smith, [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
The maidenhair tree is a living fossil

By Steve Boehme Few nursery trees have as interesting a story as the Gingko. One reason is that Ginko trees are living fossils, dating back to the Early Jurassic period over 270 million years ago, surviving to the present day very much unchanged. Very few life forms can make that claim. Ginkgo was once widespread [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The $60,000 Dog’ is a book animals lovers should snap up

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your life can be tracked by the photos of your pets. Snap, there’s your first cat, held tightly in your chubby toddler arms. Snap, you with a neighbor’s dog, who always covered you with kisses. Snap, you with your own pup on your tenth birthday. Snap, your first horse, your bird, your [ Read More ]

A whipping at the polls is said to be good for the soul

By Len Harding Just got finished running for County Commissioner; lost rather resoundingly. I’m glad it’s over with. A butt-whipping at the polls is good for the soul. Not a lot of them mind you, every now and again will suffice. It was kind of fun, but it would have been more fun to win. [ Read More ]

Election turned into an electoral college rout

By Paul Schwietering A presidential election in which Republican nominee Willard “Mitt” Romney was, according to his press spokesman, closing the gap in the battleground states, turned into an electoral college rout as President Obama virtually ran the table in the states that were considered to be closely contested. As of this writing, (3 a.m. [ Read More ]

Honoring Ohio’s veterans

By Sherrod Brown On Veterans Day, and every day, we must remember to express our gratitude to the men and women that have served our country in uniform. In a ceremony on Veterans Day, more than 67 years after his service in World War II, North Olmsted resident U.S. Army Corporal (Ret.) Dewey Limpert received [ Read More ]

A good deed gone bad

By George Brown Shortly after Yvonne and I arrived in Cincinnati in the fall of 1971 I landed a job as a counselor/educator at the Cincinnati Job Corps, which was, and still is, located in the former Sisters of Mercy Convent next to Union Terminal. The year and a half I spent at Job Corps [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Have a blue, blue Christmas with Fat Albert

By Steve Boehme For those of you with a family tradition of planting live Christmas trees, here’s a hot tip: “Fat Albert” is a particularly handsome spruce tree that makes an ideal Christmas tree. What makes “Fat Albert” special is its wonderful blue color, and the dense, compact shape that makes it perfect for landscapes. [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Your best friend may be living with chronic pain

By Dr. Dan Meakin Your best friend may be dealing with the pain of osteoarthritis! This degenerative disease is one of the most common sources of chronic pain veterinarians treat. But now a new pain medication is improving the quality of life for dogs with arthritis and for you, their best friend. Learn the signs. [ Read More ]

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