Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Casual Vacancy’ is a complex book with a lot of pathos, humor, and allegories

By Terri Schlichenmeyer When you’re gone, you’ll leave behind many important things. There’ll be photos and memorabilia, money, bric-a-brac, and property to divvy up. Great-grandma’s china goes here, your mother’s jewelry there, and a cherished belonging of your father’s will become someone else’s cherished belonging. When you’re dead and gone, you’ll leave many things behind [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
Native plants at the Brandywine Museum

By Steve Boehme Our recent Philadelphia Garden Tour took us to the Brandywine River Museum, an art collection that includes many paintings by the Wyeth family along with other American artists. The museum is operated by the Brandywine Conservancy. This organization is devoted to preserving the Brandywine River watershed, a river valley packed with Revolutionary [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Many pets suffer from dry skin syndrome

By Dr. Dan Meakin Many household pets suffer from dry, flaking, scaling skin. Sometimes there is severe itching. It is a year-round problem in some pets, or more often appears only during the winter months when the heat is turned on in the house. Dry types of heat, such as electric and radiant, dry the [ Read More ]

Hard times at the little house on Brokaw Road

By George Brown It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning in late March when I awoke and went downstairs – two months before my ninth birthday. Instead of the usual morning chores, I found Mom busily packing boxes and my Stepdad hurriedly loading them in the car. He had hooked an old trailer to [ Read More ]

Working across party lines

By Sherrod Brown There’s an old saying that it’s hard to learn with your mouth open. That’s why as Senator, I believe that the best way I can serve Ohio is by first listening to Ohioans from different walks of life, political parties, and professions. To do that, I’ve traveled to all 88 counties and [ Read More ]

Constitution protects our God-given rights

By Randy Conover “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (Bill of Rights, 1st Amendment, 1791) “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” (Bill of Rights, 9th Amendment, 1791) “The powers not [ Read More ]

Externalities can be positive or negative

By Len Harding Standard economic theory states that any voluntary exchange is mutually beneficial to both parties involved in the trade. It is axiomatic that buyers or sellers would not trade if either thought there were no benefit to themselves. An exchange can, however, cause additional effects on third parties who are not involved in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
A showplace for color

By Steve Boehme Marjorie and I recently had an opportunity to tour the Ball Horticulture Trial Gardens in Chicago. Ball Horticulture is one of the world’s largest plant breeders, with hugely successful patents like the Wave® petunia and the Supertunia®. Begun in 1933, their seed trial gardens have grown to include display beds for annuals [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If the election is a topic at your house, read ‘Vote for Me!’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Lately, your parents have been grumbling at the TV a lot. Your dad hits the “quiet” button on and off all night long. He might even throw things at the television, or rip up some of his mail. Your mother shakes her head and avoids the telephone, and you think you know [ Read More ]

Hold ‘er Newt, she’s headed for the barn

It’s hard to imagine there was a time when there were no horses in America. It is well documented that Spanish explorers first brought horses to America in the mid-16th century and left them here when their expeditions were completed. Some historians pinpoint the arrival of the horse to an expedition by Francisco Vasquez de [ Read More ]

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