Opinion Archive

We miss you, Harry Truman

A story by Associated Press reporter Frank Eltman has gained national attention. In Brentwood, Long Island (near New York City), “Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a homeless shelter for several days when they got word the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist” was one of only 300 students nationwide who had made it [ Read More ]

Obama makes end-run around the congress

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires that certain federal officers be confirmed by the Senate before assuming the position for which the president nominated them. But, our nation’s founders realized that the Senate could not be in session nonstop. And, for those times when Senators were not around to confirm nominees, the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you ever loved fairy tales, you will love ‘Cinder’

Once upon a time, you loved fairy tales. Once upon a time, you loved princes and princesses, gnomes, and castles with moats and dragons. There was magic in a fairy tale, there were monsters and evil queens, and you had to use your imagination to see it all. Then you grew up, and you began [ Read More ]

I don’t believe I’ll ever hike this trail again

Yvonne and I slipped away on New Year’s Day for a road trip to Florida to spend a week with her sister, Dolores. Yvonne’s brother Jim flew in from Boston and her cousin Jean accompanied us, setting the stage for a mini family reunion. When the Bartley’s and Steele’s get together you can always count [ Read More ]

Retirement is going pretty well, so far

Adjusting to retirement has had its challenges, but I am getting comfortable with sleeping in the travel trailer. The little box heater has helped a lot. I should explain myself for those of you who may have missed the column I wrote a few weeks ago about my plan to help make Yvonne’s life a [ Read More ]

Addressing the housing crisis we face

Some Ohio families are starting the New Year in a new neighborhood, apartment, or shelter after being foreclosed upon or being unable to sell their former home for as much as they paid for it. Meanwhile, once-thriving, middle-class neighborhoods are being undermined by vacant homes, vandalism, and declining property values. If we’re going to continue [ Read More ]

Will Romney’s ‘pious baloney’ be enough?

According to the latest polls, Mitt Romney will win the New Hampshire primary, but he has fallen 10 points in the last four days. The beneficiaries of Romney’s decline seem to be Ron Paul and John Huntsman. Two debates were held in New Hampshire, one last Saturday and another on Sunday. The other candidates took [ Read More ]

The year of job creation

Not to dwell too much on the past, 2011 was a difficult year to say the least. Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans sought jobs as the unemployment rate stagnated at 9 percent. Though the past year has been a trying time for many, Ohioans are nothing if not resilient. Despite the hurdles, the 129th General [ Read More ]

Girl asks for help to find a cure for a deadly disease

Avery Addington walked into my office in Washington, D.C., and made herself at home on a couch. The 5-year-old from Springboro was nursing a cold that day in March, so I handed her a tissue. Despite having the sniffles, Avery was a good girl while the grown-ups talked. But her mom, Hallie, was mortified when [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Tuesday Night Miracles’ will be dynamite for your book group

You were pretty sure your head was going to explode. Oh, that’s right. You were mad – so mad that you couldn’t see straight, that anger was buzzing in your ears, that your blood was running a NASCAR lap around your insides. You were seeing red and three other colors, angry enough that you were [ Read More ]

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