Opinion Archive

The year of job creation

Not to dwell too much on the past, 2011 was a difficult year to say the least. Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans sought jobs as the unemployment rate stagnated at 9 percent. Though the past year has been a trying time for many, Ohioans are nothing if not resilient. Despite the hurdles, the 129th General [ Read More ]

Girl asks for help to find a cure for a deadly disease

Avery Addington walked into my office in Washington, D.C., and made herself at home on a couch. The 5-year-old from Springboro was nursing a cold that day in March, so I handed her a tissue. Despite having the sniffles, Avery was a good girl while the grown-ups talked. But her mom, Hallie, was mortified when [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Tuesday Night Miracles’ will be dynamite for your book group

You were pretty sure your head was going to explode. Oh, that’s right. You were mad – so mad that you couldn’t see straight, that anger was buzzing in your ears, that your blood was running a NASCAR lap around your insides. You were seeing red and three other colors, angry enough that you were [ Read More ]

I suggest you step away from the cupboards

Many of you tried to warn me about my plan to make Yvonne’s life a little easier by organizing the kitchen cupboards for her after my retirement, not to mention other ideas I have like preparing meal menus and going shopping with her to help compare prices. Here is a sampling of the comments I received from the wives of [ Read More ]

As the Primary Turns – an Iowa soap opera

In the Republican presidential primary, the latest polls in Iowa show Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum in the lead for the Iowa caucuses. Newt Gingrich, who was polling as high as 35 percent in some polls in early December, has dropped to 16 percent. Mitt Romney’s Political Action Committee has paid for some [ Read More ]

Holiday season successes

With Christmas and New Years just days behind us, we now have time to slow down a little and look at what made the holiday season so important. Despite the influx of commercialism and the superficiality that can so often be associated with the holiday season, it is chiefly characterized by acts of generosity and [ Read More ]

Job creation efforts offer hope for 2012

What makes this nation so great is that Americans recognize the value of hard work. Given the opportunity, most want to put in an honest day’s labor in return for a paycheck. Unfortunately, many workers – and businesses – have been struggling amid the downturn in the economy. The good news is there’s hope for [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Building with Secondhand Stuff’ is a book that homeowners will love

Nobody needs to remind you that money’s tight. Still, you’ve been dreaming of a new look around your home, an addition or a total remodel, and that’s dangerous territory. You know from experience that one idea leads to another, which leads to another and pretty soon, you’re deep in sawdust and debt. So how can [ Read More ]

Construction begins on Dimmitt Woods housing

It was early 2008 when I first began exploring potential sites to build a senior housing facility in the Batavia area. Now, after nearly four years of planning, construction of Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing has begun. The official address will be 611 College Drive, which is on the left as you make the turn off [ Read More ]

The next era of the USPS

This holiday season, Ohioans will receive scores of gifts — from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili — but many of the parcels probably won’t be dropped off by their local postal carrier. The United States Postal Service (USPS) — the second-largest employer in the United States and one authorized by the U.S. Constitution — [ Read More ]

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