Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Before planting, prepare new landscape beds

Planting isn’t just about “digging a hole” and stuffing the plant into it. Making new garden beds is a seven-step process. You need to get rid of existing grass and weeds, loosen the soil, and make sure there’s enough food for the plants you’re installing, and protect against weeds taking over before your new plants [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
10 tips to lower your vet bills

1. Spay or Neuter your pet. By all means spaying and neutering decreases cost of pet ownership. Neutered pets are less likely to get hurt, injured in fights, as well as more likely to stay in a family longer. Spayed and neutered pets get fewer medical problems such as uterine or prostatic infections, cancer or [ Read More ]

There’s a reason why you can’t remember diddly-squat

I’ve been taking some classes at UC Clermont this summer. I’ll save the story about my course of study for another time, but I do want to put in a plug for the University of Cincinnati’s Senior Audit Program. After you turn 60 you can audit classes tuition free. The last time I sat in [ Read More ]

Addressing wrongful foreclosures

If you’re one of the thousands of Ohio families who has experienced the pain of losing your home to a wrongful foreclosure, help could finally be on the way. But you must act quickly. Before the reports of widespread foreclosure fraud two years ago, Ohio had 14 consecutive years of increased foreclosures. Then, we discovered [ Read More ]

Real property, real solutions

After four years of trillion-dollar annual deficits and an accumulated $16 trillion debt, Washington badly needs a course correction. Just as many Ohio families have had to scale back their spending in this tough economy, Washington needs to act now to get the spending under control and make government more efficient. One immediate way to [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Revisiting the Barnes Museum Gardens in Philadelphia

Marjorie and I recently took a trip to Philadelphia and visited the brand new headquarters of the Barnes Foundation, home of the world’s largest collection of post-impressionist paintings. The Barnes Foundation just completed a very controversial move from a sedate residential neighborhood in Lower Merion (a Philadelphia suburb) to a brand new facility on the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you love old movies, then ‘Dropped Names’ is for you

Admit it. You’re kind of klutzy sometimes. And clumsy. That’s you, as pillows are tossed, furniture bumped, frames go askew, nerves are shattered and so is glassware. You’re Molly McMessy, as knees are skinned, bruises erupt, and moods drop, busted next to belongings on the sidewalk. Ooops. Butterfingers. But dropping things isn’t always bad; just [ Read More ]

Instill a sense of wonder for the natural world in your children

I’m proud to share a guest column with you this week written by my wife, Yvonne. Yes, she really is the author, and, no, it is not a rebuttal to my series of columns about organizing the kitchen cabinets (which may disappoint some readers). Selfishly, I appreciate her writing this column because I’ve been knee [ Read More ]

Made in the USA for Team USA

Shouldn’t Team USA be wearing uniforms Made in the USA? By now you’ve heard this isn’t the case. Instead, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC)—made up of lawyers, bankers, and other executives—outsourced the uniforms Team America will be wearing in the opening ceremony for 2012 games in London. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s use of Chinese-made apparel [ Read More ]

Washington gets in the way of Ohio rebuilding

At a time when home values have declined and many families are struggling, Washington should not get in the way of Ohioans who are working hard to stabilize and improve their neighborhoods. One way to reestablish home values and strengthen communities is by demolishing abandoned and unsafe buildings. Sadly, vacant properties are a significant problem [ Read More ]

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