Opinion Archive

Fighting for Ohio’s farms

There’s a lot that farmers can plan for: the type of crops to grow, how much acreage those crops will cover, and when to pick those crops. But this year, a widespread drought has left many Ohio farmers with an unplanned disaster: fields dry as a bone and minimal yields. According the United States Department [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘You Don’t Want to Know’ is a mystery for a summer diversion

The skeleton in your family closet has been there since before you were born. Its knee bone’s connected to a distance uncle who ran an illicit business. The arm bone’s connected to a cousin, twice removed, who was known to tipple. An ankle bone’s connected to a twice-great-grandmother, six times married. And the shoulder bone’s [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Gardening on a private estate in New Jersey

I once worked as a groundskeeper on an estate near Princeton, New Jersey owned by J. Seward Johnson, one of the founders of consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson. I was one of perhaps 20 full-time groundskeepers on the estate. At the time, Johnson was 84 years old, spry and enthusiastic, proud owner of many [ Read More ]

Sometimes you have to revise your bucket list

You may recall a column from a few years ago titled, “What’s on your bucket list.” In that column, inspired by the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List,” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I listed a number of things I hoped to accomplish during my bucket list years, also known as retirement. Now, only eight [ Read More ]

On the spirit of eligibility

“No person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of the Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen [ Read More ]

Stopping the Washington, D.C shutdown games

Washington must change its spending-as-usual habit. The federal government is already $16 trillion in debt, and is borrowing an additional $4 billion every day. Future generations will be on the hook for this enormous debt. We can all agree that burying our children and grandchildren in a mountain of debt is not fair. But in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Time to get the kids outside

Your Mom is awfully tired of you. She’s tired of you running up and down stairs, in and out doors, from kitchen to bedroom. She’s tired of your noise from video games, talky toys, TV shows, and electronics. Most of all, she’s very, very tired of you saying that you’re bored. But it’s true: you’re [ Read More ]

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 ]

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