Opinion Archive

What am I living for?

By George Brown Strange, isn’t it, how a convergence of events can give us pause to consider that age old question, “What am I living for?” This past week has been one of those times for me. My own impending birthday was the first trigger – not a doomsday sort of countdown but an annual [ Read More ]

Ohio House makes important changes to the state budget

By John Becker The state operating budget (Substitute House Bill 59) has passed out of the Ohio House and is on its way to the Senate, where it will receive further consideration. The budget bill was vetted and debated extensively in the House Finance and Appropriations Committee for a total of 69 hours, during which [ Read More ]

We need a real energy plan to fix the economy

By Rob Portman A real energy plan for America can help bring back jobs, turn around our trade deficit and spark an American manufacturing renaissance. It starts with an all-of-the-above strategy, including an aggressive plan to take advantage of America’s abundant resources and innovative technology in Ohio and around the country. But it also includes [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Kid Pickers’ is a gold mine of good fun

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It was just about the coolest thing you’d ever seen. Most people might’ve described the old bottle as garbage. True, it was dirty and half-sticking out of the ground. Yes, it was junk. But there was writing on the side and a date on the bottom. It was blue and when the [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Some lawn tips for spring

By Steve Boehme Spring is a good time to restore your lawn. There is a way to do this successfully at a fairly low cost, and following this recipe just once will give you terrific results, but if you really want a healthy green weed-free lawn you’ll repeat this formula in both spring and fall [ Read More ]

Don’t forget to check the cotter pins

By George Brown Rick was an RV mechanic and our neighbor for 15 years. On cold winter mornings we visited and sipped coffee at his kitchen table. When the weather warmed our conversation moved to his back patio where we would sip cold drinks, sometimes in silence, as we watched the sun go down. The [ Read More ]

Ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work

By Sherrod Brown As parents, we all want our daughters to have the same opportunities as our sons. As a father of two girls, I’m tired of seeing Ohio women lose $16 billion in income each year because they still don’t earn equal pay for an equal day’s work. Ohioans work hard and hard work [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Astor Orphan’ is rather unsettling, but worth the read

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You always felt that you should live in a castle. It would be a big castle with a shiny grand entrance and lots of elegant rooms. Imagine it: your feet would sink into plush carpets in the bedrooms, you’d sit on silk-upholstered chairs in the drawing room, and you’d sleep with thick, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Is it possible for cats to get Heartworm?

By Dr. Dan Meakin The answer is an unequivocal yes but the feline situation is vastly different from the canine situation. While it is true that the feline infection is not as common as the canine infection, the feline infection has recently been found to be a much more widespread problem than previously believed. In [ Read More ]

What I did on Mother’s Day, 1968

By Howard Daugherty Mother’s Day, May 12, 1968: Vietnam 0500, a.m. ready to go, pre-flight, waiting for two pilots to do their inspection, soon to be off flying up the white sands of the beach past Chu-Lai to Tam- Ky heading for Hawk Hill, our lonely fire base near Highway one, our staging area and [ Read More ]

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