Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Raising annual flowers and vegetables from seed

By Steve Boehme Planting flowers and vegetables each spring can be even more satisfying if you raise them from seed. Seeds cost less than live plants, and often you can find more varieties that way. You can also get a head start; home-sprouted seedlings can be ready for planting a few weeks before live plants [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Caring owners should spay or neuter their pets

By Dr. Dan Meakin Q: My neighbor told me that I should have our male dog neutered (castrated) but couldn’t really tell me why. Won’t that just make him fat and lazy? A: No, it won’t. Intact male dogs will, if allowed, spend a great deal of time and energy roaming in search of females [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Genius of Dogs’ presents fascinating research results about your best friend

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your dog has a species identity crisis. Some days, he’s a copycat and it’s like monkey see, monkey do around your house. Other days, he’s stubborn as a mule, eats like a little piggy, is fearless as a lion, and he runs through the house like a herd of elephants. You’re beginning [ Read More ]

Thanks for showing us the way, Bill Over. We salute you!

By George Brown The title “Godfather” conjures up images of a strong, wise, fatherly individual who guides “the family” with a firm hand and a gentle spirit, who inspires confidence and a mutual commitment to a common purpose. In every positive sense of the word, William H. (Bill) Over was the Godfather of LEAD Clermont. [ Read More ]

Reducing costs, and saving the federal government money

By Sherrod Brown Right now, everyone in Washington is focused on fiscal issues – getting our financial house in order. This is something families in Ohio have been dealing with for some time. We know how to do this. We can improve health outcomes and simultaneously save money for our consumers and for the federal [ Read More ]

Health care system has grotesque billing practices

By Len Harding I just finished reading the March 4 edition of Time Magazine describing the grotesque billing practices of our health care system. If you have not read it, I suggest you do so – it’s neither left nor right politically, it simply describes how we are grossly overcharged for health care services and [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Vatican Diaries’ is a lively book that is steeped in history

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You and God had a little talk this morning. You told Him about your day ahead: what you wished for, the people who needed Him especially today, the ideas you had and troubles you carried. The two of you talk often; in fact, He’s a friend of yours from way back. You’ve [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Forestland and gardening can go together perfectly

By Steve Boehme If you’re reading this there’s an excellent chance you love trees, and a fairly good chance you actually own some woodland yourself. Managing woodlands is a constant challenge, so it was exciting to discover a wonderful local group of woodland owners, the Southern Ohio Forestland Association (SOFA). Based in nearby Piketon, this [ Read More ]

I’ll sign up for Silver Sneakers if you promise not to call again

By George Brown One day last week I was enjoying a midmorning nap in front of the television when the phone rang. Caller ID indicated – for the fortieth something time – that the call was from my Medicare Advantage Plan insurance provider. I had let all the other calls go to the answering machine, [ Read More ]

Ensuring Ohioans don’t pay for Wall Street’s failures

By Sherrod Brown Most Ohioans would be surprised to know that the same Wall Street megabanks which received bailouts from taxpayers in 2009 also receive taxpayer-funded advantages today simply because of their “too big to fail” status. This taxpayer-supplied subsidy is wrong, and it puts community banks in Ohio at a competitive disadvantage. This gives [ Read More ]

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