Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow
Hydrangeas are landscape problem solvers

By Steve Boehme For a long-lived display of huge showy blooms, few plant families can top the diverse Hydrangea. We took a walk around our nursery looking for summer color and realized that we had almost a dozen Hydrangea varieties in bloom. From the spectacular new “Big Easy” and “Incrediball” to the creamy pale pink [ Read More ]

The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods – 50 years later

By George Brown Unlike my previous stories about the old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, which were mostly true, this story is entirely 100 percent true. And so I ask you to trust and bear with me, as this (I’m pretty sure) will be the last old oak tree story I shall ever tell, [ Read More ]

Helping graduates pay down debt and plan for the future

By Sherrod Brown Last week, I heard from Lynsay Spratlen, a Macedonia native and Ashland University graduate who is currently working at a tech firm in Summit County. Like many recent college graduates who see most of their income going to pay off high-interest private student loans, Lynsay lives with her parents. Even though new [ Read More ]

Scandals harm our trust in government

By Brad Wenstrup In my youth, I always had a strong faith in those who were chosen to lead. I felt confident in the character of Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, as well as Sparky Anderson managing the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine.” And while my faith was occasionally tested by events like [ Read More ]

Diplomatic problem is a tragedy for children, parents

By Rob Portman We’ll come back for you. That’s the promise made by five Ohio families to their children, orphans in Russia, as they said goodbye for one last time before they were supposed to bring the children home with them. But for the last six months, that sacred commitment has been put in jeopardy [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Know the facts: Don’t expose your children to the dangers of disease carrying parasites

By Dr. Dan Meakin It is thought that 30 percent to 50 percent of dogs and cats carry parasites and that 1 to 3 million people in the U.S. have infections from parasites carried by pets. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised (cancer patients, organ transplant recipients) people are at high risk. Hookworms and roundworms can [ Read More ]

Today’s column is brought to you by the letter A

By George Brown A is a special letter. Why else would it have been selected to be the first letter of the alphabet? I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know by pointing out that alpha, which we borrowed from the Greek’s, means “beginning”. But did you know the Greeks borrowed both alpha and [ Read More ]

The immigration bill must also be a jobs bill for Americans

By Sherrod Brown The United States is a nation of immigrants. From the transcontinental railroad to today’s technological advancements on the information superhighway, immigrants have helped to build our nation. The solution to the immigration challenges we face won’t be simple, but now is the time to take a commonsense approach to immigration reform. That [ Read More ]

What fascism will look like here in America

By Paul Schwietering If anyone should have known what Fascism consists of, it would have been Benito Mussolini.  How did Mussolini define Fascism?  Mussolini said “Fascism is simply the corporate control of government.” In fairness, Mussolini was leaving out some details about his particular brand of Fascism, such as billy clubs, blackshirts, etc.; however, Mussolini’s [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Astronaut Wives Club’ will transport you back in time

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You’d pack your bags in a heartbeat. Yep, if they ever come up with a commuter bus to outer space, you’ll be first in line for tickets. And why not? You’ve grown up with the Space Race, men on the moon, footage of weightless astronauts, and fascinating experiments. You’d go to the [ Read More ]

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