Opinion Archive

When is a tax not a tax, and then a tax again?

When is a tax not a tax and then a few pages later a tax again? Well when a majority of the wise robed ones on the U.S. Supreme court wants it to be for a little legerdemain when the issue of Obamacare constitutionality is involved. How the court majority could find that the Commerce [ Read More ]

Keeping a close eye on the state budget

While there has been a lot of talk recently about the US Senate’s refusal to pass a budget during the past three years, Ohio lawmakers took a second look at its budget. Typically, the state legislature passes a budget every two years, a plan that outlines the state’s spending during that time. Last year this [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Preventive health care for your canine

July is Canine Preventative Care Month at All Creatures Animal Hospital. At ACAH we know that canine preventive medicine often catches problems before they become serious, saving you time and money. If you think about it, it’s like caring for your vehicle. You regularly check the oil and the air pressure in the tires and [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Wrap your brain around these nuggets

Your noggin is plumb full. You’ve got appointments crammed there, as well as directions, grocery lists, kids’ schedules, weekend plans, and to-do’s. Your head is your calendar but it’s also full of useless things: your junior high locker combination, a jingle from 1980, a recipe for sky-high-calorie brownies, Great-Grandma’s phone number, and the name of [ Read More ]

Write to ‘Dear George,’ the Sun’s new advice columnist

When talking with friends over dinner the other night it occurred to us that you never see an advice column written by a man. The underlying premise of this is twofold. First, only women seek advice, and secondly, no woman has confidence in the opinions or advice of men, including (or especially) her husband. There [ Read More ]

We need to start exporting American products, not jobs

There’s an old cliché that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Well, if that’s the case, then our trade policy represents insanity. Though NAFTA was signed nearly two decades ago, a trade deal with China was inked about a dozen years ago, and CAFTA [ Read More ]

How our country has become ‘empty inside’

What’s wrong with this picture? An older, grandmotherly lady is shown on a video sitting aboard a bus receiving verbal abuse from a group of youngsters, no one acts to stop the incident. More of the story – the lady is in her late-60s, a widow, has had to take a low-paying job ($15,000/year) as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘A Golden Voice’ is an uplifting memoir

Some people can sing like angels. They can lift their voices in such a way that makes you absolutely sure you’re hearing heaven. With words, they can make you cry or dance. Some people can run faster than sound. Others can wiggle their noses or ears. Some have a way with babies or dogs, know [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
It’s Canine Preventive Care Month at All Creatures

Canine Parvovirus (or “Parvo) is contagious viral infection that is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Spread through fecal matter in dirt, it can also live on surfaces and objects such as shoes, food and water dishes, toys and bedding. Parvovirus can live in the ground long periods [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Reminders for gardeners

Get out your calendar and make a note to yourself about these important dates in the month of July: July is the cutoff date for pruning and shearing woody plants, and here’s why: Pruning and shearing stimulate new green growth, which won’t have time to harden off completely before winter. Pruning and shearing after July [ Read More ]

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