Opinion Archive

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 ]

Medical malpractice reform is a national imperative

By Rob Portman All eyes were on Washington this week as Congress and the President debated taxes and spending. The nation’s trillion-dollar deficits and record debt are at dangerous levels and Washington needs to do much more to get our fiscal house in order. As this debate continues, very few lawmakers are mentioning an important [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Vow’ may deliver a touch of camaraderie, tinge of outrage

By Terri Schlichenmeyer “Cross my heart and hope to die!” You meant business when you said that on playground or school yard. It was a serious promise, solemnly made and not to be trifled with – although you surely never expected to perish if the inevitable happened and the avowal fell apart. Promises, as they [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Spaying or neutering is the best thing to do

By Dr. Dan Meakin Having a litter of puppies may seem like a fun thing to do. Some owners even believe that it helps their female dog, in some way, to develop more completely or become a better pet. Neither is true. Becoming pregnant and having a litter of puppies in no way alters the [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Successfully transplanting trees and shrubs

By Steve Boehme People often ask me how to transplant trees and shrubs without killing them. You can move any plant, any time, as long as you get a big enough hunk of roots that the plant never knows you dug it up. As a practical matter this is quite difficult, since the plant’s root [ Read More ]

The good fortune of growing up in a gang of little rascals

By George Brown This is the story I set out to write last week before getting sidetracked and writing a nonsensical yarn about a British Duke named Georgie Porgie. I promise I’ll stay on topic this week. You remember the Little Rascals – Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, Alfalfa, and the rest of the gang. I had [ Read More ]

Working to keep wrestling in the Olympic games

By Sherrod Brown Wrestling is a historical heavyweight among Olympic sports, and has a proud tradition in Ohio. From youth wrestling camps and high school meets, to NCAA tournaments, Ohio athletes have learned the strength, discipline, and focus that allow grapplers to succeed both on the mat and in life. The sport is accessible to [ Read More ]

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