Opinion Archive

Creature Feature
What is tick paralysis?

By Dr. Dan Meakin Tick Paralysis is caused by over 40 species of ticks worldwide (five in North America, including the deer tick) and can occur in almost any region where ticks are found. It has killed thousands of animals. Tick paralysis occurs when an engorged and gravid (egg-laden) female tick produces a neurotoxin in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Caring for ornamental grasses

By Steve Boehme Ornamental grasses are wonderfully carefree, but now is the time to give them some attention. If you’ve left them standing until spring for winter interest, it’s a good idea to cut them back now. Winter weather gradually breaks down some varieties of grasses and they fill your yard with mess. Others are [ Read More ]

The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods part two – ‘The Bear’

By George Brown As sometimes happens, several readers asked about last week’s column. In case you missed it, it was a story about leaving my backpack under the old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, and how when I went to retrieve it the next night a big black snake that had crawled into the [ Read More ]

Veterans Service Commission has a long history

By Howard Daugherty The Veterans Service Commission was born in the year 1886. Following the Civil War our nation was in a depression with little work. Our soldiers, both Blue and Gray, were very hard pressed to make a living for their families – for those disabled, it was almost impossible. Our forefathers had the [ Read More ]

Former FBI agent runs for governor

By Paul Schwietering I recently went to a dinner in Clinton County to visit some old friends and got a chance to meet Ed Fitzgerald, who is running for governor of Ohio. Fitzgerald has a somewhat unusual background for someone who is running for public office. He was the seventh of eight children, and he [ Read More ]

Closing the skills gap

By Rob Portman The weakest economic recovery since the 1940s continues, and for the millions of Americans who are still looking for full-time work, their own personal recession drags on. We have almost become numb to the disappointing news: nearly 20 million Americans and 400,000 of our friends and neighbors in Ohio unemployed, and millions [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Learn to fight fleas by knowing their lifecycle

By Dr. Dan Meakin To help improve your flea fighting skills, lets look at the flea and its life cycle. Fleas are parasites that feed off their host’s blood. When a flea bites its victim’s skin it injects a minute amount of flea antigen. Pets vary in their reactions to flea antigen. In some pets [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘NOS4A2’ is a creepy novel about good and evil

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The Christmas tree is long gone. It shed its last needle on the curb more than four months ago, looking sad without baubles on branches or gifts around its trunk. It’s probably mulch now, and that’s okay: the baubles are in a box in the garage, the gifts half-used or half-forgotten already, [ Read More ]

The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods was a good place to hide

By George Brown The large stand of trees beside our house on Chestnut Ridge was known as Half Acre Woods, although I’m not sure why. As I recall, the woods must have measured a mile square, but I was only seven at the time and you know how it is with remembering things as being [ Read More ]

Ending taxpayer bailouts and supporting community banks

By Sherrod Brown Many Ohioans would be shocked to find out that the same Wall Street megabanks which received bailouts from taxpayers five years ago, at the height of the financial crisis, continue to receive taxpayer-funded advantages today simply because of their “too big to fail” status. And while these megabanks receive an implied federal [ Read More ]

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