Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Totally Mad’ is pure nostalgia for former kids of all ages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer There are many things you still wish you had from your childhood. Freedom to play, for one. The ability to make a fool of yourself and not care. How about your old toys?  You’d be rich right now if you still had them. Oh, and that pile of comic books and magazines [ Read More ]

Clermont County is the key to unlocking the White House

By Tim Rudd Paul Ryan, Rob Portman, John Kasich and Mitt Romney’s son Josh have all visited Clermont County in the last few weeks. Why is Clermont receiving all this attention? Why, the answer is simple. Ohio is the key to the presidential election and Clermont County and southwest Ohio holds the key to unlock [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Sometimes sports ain’t no game

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The game, as they say, is the thing. It’s the thing at your house, that’s for sure. Ever since your child’s friends started playing sports at school, it’s been the number-one topic around. He craves competition. She wants to sign up yesterday. He sees trophies and medals and honestly, you see them, [ Read More ]

The big fire in the greenhouse

By George Brown This is the fourth in a series of short stories about my Dad. Like the previous stories, this one is adapted and edited from a brief narrative Dad wrote in 1988, at age 70, about his boyhood adventures. Dad passed away five years ago. Now, as I approach age 70 myself, I [ Read More ]

Help Ohioans with red tape

By Sherrod Brown A lot of the work I do has nothing to do with committee hearings or Senate floor votes. As your senator, one of my most important jobs is helping Ohioans cut through red tape when dealing with the federal government. That means helping seniors access the Social Security benefits they have earned, [ Read More ]

Give workers at Delphi a fair shake

By Rob Portman Every American is supposed to get a fair shake from the federal government. The government works for us, after all. Every citizen should be treated fairly without regard to associations, connections, status or political party. Sadly, however, the shadow of unfair treatment hangs over what happened to the hard-working salaried retirees of [ Read More ]

A stinking encounter with a skunk

By George Brown This is the third in a series of short stories about my Dad (“The Kid”). These stories are adapted from a narrative Dad wrote in 1988, at age 70, about his boyhood and adventures with his dog, Prince. One hot day in late July a brisk breeze stirred the air sparking a [ Read More ]

Keeping Innovation in Ohio

By Sherrod Brown A legacy of hard work and commitment to innovation has helped make Ohio one of the leading manufacturing states in the country. Our workers can compete with anyone in the world. And, every day, Ohio workers are making goods used all over the world. During a visit to Northwest Ohio’s Owens-Illinois last [ Read More ]

Proceed with the Plan!

By Rob Portman For the American people, the economic indicators are not good. Six Americans have left the workforce for every net job created under President Obama. Last month, nearly two-thirds of all jobs created were part-time. About 413,000 of Ohio’s 12 million people are out of work. That’s greater than the population of Cleveland. [ Read More ]

Sacrifices of the founders

By Randy Conover “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred honor.” These words, the final sentence of the Declaration of Independence, must have had a sobering effect upon the delegates to the [ Read More ]

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