Opinion Archive

Creature Feature
Know the facts: Don’t expose your children to parasites

By Dr. Dan Meakin It is thought that 30 percent to 50 percent of dogs and cats carry parasites and that 1 to 3 million people in the U.S. have infections from parasites carried by pets. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised (cancer patients, organ transplant recipients) people are at high risk. Hookworms and roundworms can [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
HGTV unveils plant collection

By Steve Boehme For those of you who are addicted to HGTV and their many home improvement shows, here’s a bit of news: HGTV has introduced their own collection of special landscape plants for home gardeners. If our first season as an HGTV Home Plant Partner is any indication, this development is likely to send [ Read More ]

A Father’s Day postscript – one son tells his story

By George Brown It is early morning on Father’s Day. I’m sitting in a comfy chair on the back porch, enjoying the sound of a light rain on the metal roof overhead while listening to the birds and crickets sing, and thinking about what a lucky man I am. I have a beautiful daughter, a [ Read More ]

Hunger isn’t something that takes a summer vacation

By Sherrod Brown For too many Ohio children, summer break doesn’t just mean a break from homework; it also means a break from a dependable source of nutritious food. That’s because for more than 800,000 Ohio children, hunger isn’t something that happens in another country. Many of these children come from families that are food [ Read More ]

FISA courts are rubber stamp courts

By Paul Schwietering In March, at a U.S. Senate hearing, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon asked James R. Clapper, Jr., the Director of National Intelligence, “Does the National Security Agency collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”  “No sir,” Mr. Clapper replied.  “Not wittingly.”  The question and [ Read More ]

When you’re getting physical exercise, take it outside!

Denise Franer RN When winter winds are howling and the snow is falling, gyms offer the ideal climate controlled space for working out. Emerging science suggests, however, that exercising outdoors offers benefits that cannot be duplicated on a treadmill, track or recumbent bike. For one thing, a person strides differently when exercising outdoors. The ankle [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Purple foliage stands out

By Steve Boehme Nothing beats purple foliage for all-season color, because colorful foliage stands out even when the blooms fade. There are new plant introductions each year with maroon, burgundy, bronze and dark red leaves, along with many older varieties that have stood the test of time. Here are some of our favorite trees, shrubs, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ is a book you’ll remember

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your mother loves to reminisce. “Remember when…” she says before launching into some often-embarrassing story about something that happened years ago. “Remember when,” two words that make you scramble to recall whatever she’s talking about. Sometimes, though, you can’t remember when. Her stories are familiar – but they aren’t, and you almost [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats pose health hazards

By Dr. Dan Meakin The major intestinal parasites of dogs and cats are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Three of these can potential health hazards to people. Contrary to popular belief (old wives’ tales, etc.), dogs and cats do not get pinworms. Hookworms and roundworms both produce microscopic eggs that are passed in the pet’s [ Read More ]

Some bad decisions are good decisions gone bad

By George Brown “If I’d known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.” These words, attributed to jazz pianist Eubie Blake as he approached his 100th birthday, humorously illustrates a serious thought many of us have as we look back over our lives, “If I’d known what [ Read More ]

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