Opinion Archive

Friendships are made of things that are shared

Most of us are fortunate to have many good friends over the course of our lives, whether a brother, a sister, or cousin, or individuals we met along the way that quickly transition from being casual acquaintances to best friends. Some are in our lives for only awhile, while others, thankfully, are in our lives [ Read More ]

Celebrating our God given rights

This July 4th marks 236 years of American independence. For 236 years, we have been free to exercise our God-given rights. This is what our Founding Fathers meant in our Declaration of Independence, when they famously wrote that we Americans “are endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, [ Read More ]

Using taxpayer dollars for politics

When citizens pay taxes, they entrust their money to the government to be used for public purposes. That money should be used for providing public services and for conducting state business. Recently, the legislature passed and the governor signed legislation that increases the penalty for state workers who may use public funds for something other [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Tree pruning reduces wind storm damage

When violent winds or ice storms cause massive tree damage, the majority of the broken or fallen trees have a common tree defect called a “bark-included crotch.” This defect occurs when, instead of a healthy limb attached to the trunk, a tree forms a close crotch (see illustration). As the tree grows, bark is “included” [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Fans of Jim Croce will enjoy ‘I Got a Name’

If only you had a dime for every time you were told to “Turn that thing down!” Your boss said it because you were dancing at work when you should’ve been working. The neighbors hollered it out the window when they were trying to sleep and you were trying out your new stereo. And, of [ 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 ]

A response to the letter from Grenelda Schnitzoldorf

I guess I should begin by noting, if you did not read the letter to the editor that occupied this space in last week’s paper, this column will only confuse you. For those who did read the referenced letter please understand my response is without malice, but I simply cannot let that letter fade into [ Read More ]

Schools provide a dependable source of food and nutrition

More than 840,000 children in Ohio depend on school for more than an education. For children living well-below the poverty line, schools also provide a dependable source of food and nutrition. During the school year, more than 840,000 Ohio children receive nutrition assistance through free or reduced-price school lunches. So what happens to these children [ Read More ]

Crisscrossing the state of Ohio

When I was a congressman representing a district in southwest Ohio, my family and I continued to live in the Cincinnati area. I commuted to Washington every week so we could raise our three kids in Ohio and so I could stay in better touch with a district that went from downtown Cincinnati to beyond [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Between the Lines’ will make you feel ‘happily ever after’

There’s nothing “fair” about a fairy tale. It’s true: the princesses are always beautiful in fairy tales, and nobody ever has zits. They all live in castles, never in small apartments or houses with messy kitchens. And the fairy-tale prince is always smart and handsome, which is so unlike the dweeb in Algebra who kept [ Read More ]

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