Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Tips for Spring: Home orchards made easy

By Steve Boehme Many people dream of having a home orchard but keep putting it off. One reason is that there can be such a long time (and a lot of work) between planting and your first harvest of delicious fruit. Another reason is that so many things can go wrong in the meantime. Fear [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Rest in Pieces’ is interesting, full of quirk

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You walked into a room the other day, and completely forgot why. These lapses in memory just kill you. If you couldn’t remember what you needed, you were dead in the water. But ideas don’t expire, which is a good thing because it took awhile to recall what you wanted. Seriously, sometimes [ Read More ]

Adventures of a novice naturalist at Natchez Trace

By George Brown Our trip to Natchez, Mississippi last week was as near perfect as a trip can be, with just the right mix of good food, tours of magnificent antebellum homes, and relaxation at our Natchez State Park campsite. By Friday we were both pretty well toured-out so I asked Yvonne if she would [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Time to plant potatoes now?

By Steve Boehme Experienced gardeners plant two crops of potatoes, in late March and again after last frost. Potato plants can survive frost if they get a little protection, so it’s time to get ready for that first planting now. Potatoes will begin to grow as soon as the soil temperature has reached 45 degrees [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
The truth about heartworms and what to do about them

By Dr. Dan Meakin Heartworm Disease is becoming increasingly more common in this area. The heartworm lives in the right side of the heart, and in the nearby large blood vessels. The female worms produce large numbers of immature heartworms, which circulate in the blood. These young worms, called microfilaria, are ingested by a mosquito [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Orphan Train’ will stick to your heart like glue

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your memories could fill a thousand scrapbooks. On this page here, you’d glue that first-day-of-school smell. If you could, you’d paste the sound of your father coming home from work. Your mother’s voice would be saved between pages of perfect-weather days, lost loves, and hot cocoa. You’d fasten down puppy breath, running [ Read More ]

After a misunderstanding, I’m back in the trailer again

By George Brown I thought I had made it through winter without being banished to our travel trailer. No such luck. Evidently last week’s column sparked a rumor about my marital fidelity – or the possible lack thereof. When the backdraft from that rumor reached our home it set off a full-fledged firestorm. The result, [ Read More ]

Ohio workers have what it takes to excel in the global economy

By Sherrod Brown At the President’s State of the Union address, I was joined by Cookie Hall, a second-generation Cleveland steelworker who knows from experience that American workers are the most productive in the world. Cookie works at Cleveland Works, a steel plant owned by ArcelorMittal North America. Workers at this plant produce one ton [ Read More ]

Municipal income tax compliance is badly hurting Ohio businesses

By John Becker In many respects, being unique is a welcomed quality. But one aspect that makes the state of Ohio unique also drastically hurts its chances for attracting businesses.  Ohio is the only state in the country that allows each city and village to establish its own set of rules and regulations for collecting [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Women of the Frontier’ gives modern families a glimpse into the nation’s past

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your bedroom is just perfect – finally. You’ve got everything just where you want it. The bed is comfortable, your possessions are on nice shelves, and you can get a little bit of privacy if you want it. Yep, this bedroom is much better than the one in your last house. Spending [ Read More ]

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