Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Botanist’ good for what ‘ales’ you

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your doctor tells you that you need more vegetables in your diet. Pay attention to the food groups, she said, and she gave you a chart. Four servings of this, two servings of that, green things and yellow things all over your plate, and you feel like an herbivore. But if grapes [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Daylilies are tough as nails

By Steve Boehme Daylilies are such a popular perennial we often take them for granted. We’ve all seen colonies of orange “ditch lilies,” also called “tiger lilies,” growing by the roadsides, but today’s daylilies have become very exotic with stunning colors, ruffled petals and complicated bloom shapes. Daylilies get their name from the fact that [ Read More ]

The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, Part III – ‘Pretty Blue Eyes’

By George Brown No doubt you heard or saw news reports last week week about the “Magicicada” invasion that is about to hit the east coast, ranging from North Carolina all the way to Connecticut. Also known as the “Periodic Cicada,” these winged insects emerge from the soil in various years and in various regions [ Read More ]

Ending prescription drug abuse and saving Ohio lives

By Sherrod Brown Although it is shocking that the national death toll from prescription overdoses has doubled in recent years, what is even more alarming is that in our state, it has tripled. In fact, since 2007, more Ohioans have died from accidental prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents. This is unconscionable. Ohio families deserve [ Read More ]

Ohio needs to have a simpler tax system

By Josh Mandel As Ohio’s treasurer and watchdog of Ohioans’ hard-earned dollars, I am proud to stand up to support sanity and fiscal responsibility in state and local government. That’s why I urge the Ohio legislature to pass House Bill 5 in order to simplify Ohio’s municipal income-tax system. Ohio is the only state in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Novel is a cute must read

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The package was wrapped so nicely. The paper was festive, the colors zesty with frou-frou ribbon and a shiny bow on top. Surely, if it was possible for someone to make a career out of wrapping gifts, it was such a person who wrapped this one. Too bad it was a gift [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
What is tick paralysis?

By Dr. Dan Meakin Tick Paralysis is caused by over 40 species of ticks worldwide (five in North America, including the deer tick) and can occur in almost any region where ticks are found. It has killed thousands of animals. Tick paralysis occurs when an engorged and gravid (egg-laden) female tick produces a neurotoxin in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Caring for ornamental grasses

By Steve Boehme Ornamental grasses are wonderfully carefree, but now is the time to give them some attention. If you’ve left them standing until spring for winter interest, it’s a good idea to cut them back now. Winter weather gradually breaks down some varieties of grasses and they fill your yard with mess. Others are [ Read More ]

The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods part two – ‘The Bear’

By George Brown As sometimes happens, several readers asked about last week’s column. In case you missed it, it was a story about leaving my backpack under the old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, and how when I went to retrieve it the next night a big black snake that had crawled into the [ Read More ]

Veterans Service Commission has a long history

By Howard Daugherty The Veterans Service Commission was born in the year 1886. Following the Civil War our nation was in a depression with little work. Our soldiers, both Blue and Gray, were very hard pressed to make a living for their families – for those disabled, it was almost impossible. Our forefathers had the [ Read More ]

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