Opinion Archive

Rounding third and heading for the hospital

To say I had no athletic ability as a boy is a huge understatement. Actually, my lack of talent was more ocular than kinetic. You have to be able to see the ball before you can hit it. Most kids have two good eyes, but I was blessed with four – thanks to those mini [ Read More ]

Standing up for homeowners

Gina Brooks, like too many Ohioans, knows how difficult it is to battle a giant mortgage company. My office worked with Gina to modify her mortgage and keep her home, but she still wants to know: “Why did it take me two years, two bankruptcies, and all of this headache when (her mortgage servicer) could’ve [ Read More ]

Who will decorate graves of our fallen warriors?

Many of the graves of veterans in Southern Ohio are marked with American flags each year in observance of Memorial Day. In the past, such flags have usually been placed by veterans groups. But the ranks of some groups have been diminished as members became infirm with age or died themselves. Veterans service commissions in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Groundcovers help reduce weeding, mulching, and erosion

Regular readers of this column already know that “the best weed control is complete darkness”. In other words, weeds can only grow if the sun is hitting the ground. That’s why we use mulch, and that’s why we have more weed problems in sunny areas than in the shade. Using groundcover plants is a great [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Golfers will revel in ‘The Big Three and Me’

Every day, you try to get a little exercise. Specifically, you try to take a good walk of five-to-seven miles, weather permitting. It kinda makes you feel like a kid again: you get some fresh air, maybe take in a few rays, chase a ball and sometimes, you play in the sand, darn it. Still, [ Read More ]

Your voice matters

“We Want to Hear from You.” You’ve probably seen that phrase on nearly every business website since the birth of the Internet. “Your Feedback Is Important to Us.” In booking a hotel, or buying a product online, some of those customer comments can come in pretty handy. As a program manager for the USDA’s Animal [ Read More ]

Supporting Ohio’s veterans

Joe Halicker, a WWII Veteran from Northwest Ohio, recently participated in an Honor Flight visit to the WWII Memorial in the nation’s capitol. After liberating Lorient, France from Nazi occupation, Mr. Halicker returned home to a grateful nation with the resources needed to provide for his three children. Today, young veterans often return to their [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘In One Person’ interesting and thought-provoking read

When you look back over your life, you notice things that make you say, “Yes. That makes sense.” You always wondered why you love certain foods, adore cozy smells, or have a way with words – until you learn that your mother loved those foods, your grandfather wore that scent, and your father was a [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Is your favorite tomato or pepper an heirloom?

We get many requests for “heirloom” vegetable plants and seeds, so at least half the tomato and pepper plants we carry are “heirloom” varieties. Vegetable plants can be either “heirloom” or “hybrid”. But what exactly is an heirloom vegetable, and why is it more desirable than a “hybrid” plant? Plant hybridizing is the process of [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Prevention is the best practice during heartworm season

Heartworms are blood parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes in much the same way malaria is spread in people. The adult worms can be 10 to 14 inches long and live inside the heart and pulmonary arteries. They cause a restriction in blood flow leading to lung disease and congestive heart failure. Heartworm disease is [ Read More ]

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