Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone’ readies readers for Halloween

By Terri Schlichenmeyer When you were young, you couldn’t wait to escape. Your old hometown was boring. It was tiny, closed-in, stifling and stiff. Everybody knew everybody’s business – and if they didn’t, well, wait five minutes. It was a one-horse town with one stoplight. It was the least interesting place you could ever imagine. [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Recent change in seasons bring mushrooms, protect your dog

By Dr. Dan Meakin In the past few weeks the season has dramatically changed from Summer to Fall. Along with the colorful leaves, cooler temperatures and shorter days, you may have noticed an invasion of mushrooms popping up in the woods, the parks, and yes, in your yard. It seems like my dog is immediately [ Read More ]

The kid and his dog Prince join a parade

By George Brown Last week I shared a story about my Dad’s boyhood adventures with his dog, Prince. Dad was born in 1918 and Prince came into his life in 1927. This week’s column is part two of Dad’s story, edited and abridged from a narrative Dad (“The Kid”) wrote in 1988 at age 70. [ Read More ]

Removing road blocks to getting good jobs for veterans

By Sherrod Brown Next month, on Veterans Day, we’ll come together to salute the many Ohioans and Americans who keep our country safe. But expressions of our immense gratitude and deep commitment to our veterans, servicemembers, and military families shouldn’t wait until a holiday. Members of our Armed Forces need us now. That’s why I [ Read More ]

Two points of view: unions and owners

By Len Harding I am running for office; the position I seek has put me in venues that include owners, professional mid-level skill and management, and working people. Talking with members in each category has been an enlightening experience. We really are one nation, but we are also a vaguely dissonant congeries of interests adhering [ Read More ]

Solving the jobs skills shortage

By Rob Portman Unemployment in the United States is 8.1 percent, hovering above 8 percent for the 43rd consecutive month. Nearly 21 million Americans are struggling to find full-time work. Economists and politicians talk a lot about these and other numbers. But for families struggling to pay the electric bill, fill the gas tank, or [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Dog Lived’ is readable, enjoyable, supportive, and filled with humor

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your dog gets the best of care. Before you give him toys, you make sure the squeaker isn’t a choking danger. You read the labels on his food, and you’re equally cautious about his treats. He’s walked on a schedule, bathed and pampered, spoiled, and loved to pieces. Author Teresa J. Rhyne [ Read More ]

That dog won’t hunt – a lesson on leadership

By George Brown It was a cool evening in late September 1927, one of those autumn days you wish would never end. The sun had gone down but a street light recently installed at the corner of Indiana and Pennsylvania Avenues cast dim bouncing shadows in front of “The Kid” as he hurried home. He [ Read More ]

Helping Ohio communities stop prescription drug abuse

By Sherrod Brown Together, we can save lives if we properly dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Too many addicts and curious teens can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from friends who no longer use the medication they were prescribed. In recent years, more Ohioans have died from accidental prescription [ Read More ]

My jobs plan for Ohio

By Josh Mandel I have a Jobs Plan that would make Ohio a world leader in manufacturing and energy production. Think about it. 400,000 Ohioans are unemployed, but our energy reserves rival Saudi Arabia’s. Eight presidents from Nixon to Obama have pledged to reduce our dependence on foreign oil; yet, today we’re as dependent as [ Read More ]

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