Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Barnyard Confidential’ belongs on your bookshelf

By Terri Schlichenmeyer There’s only ever been one place where your heart belongs. It’s the place where four cars on the dirt road is “traffic.” It’s where your co-workers wear leather because they were born with it, probably in a straw bed spread on a concrete floor. It’s where 9-to-5 hours are somebody’s idea of [ Read More ]

Gazing at the stars with my favorite bidder

By George Brown I hadn’t planned on writing a column this soon about my auctioneering experiences. After all, last Saturday’s auction was the first my sponsor, Joel T. Wilson, and I had booked together, and my first times to call bids since getting my apprentice license the week before. But sometimes a story cries out [ Read More ]

Extending middle class tax cuts, protecting middle class families

By Sherrod Brown Ohioans have been hearing about the fiscal cliff a lot lately. The “cliff” applies to a January 1st deadline when the law, enacted by a bipartisan majority of both houses of Congress, requires a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. This sudden dose of austerity will put us on a long-term [ Read More ]

Quarter auctions should be legal

By Danny Bubp Throughout my time in the Ohio House of Representatives, I have tried to be as responsive to the constituents I serve as possible. There are many times I talk with people like you to see where you stand on the particular issues of the day. There are also times that a new [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Cat Who Came Back’ is a sweet book to get lost in

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Once again, you can’t find the wrapping paper. You thought it was where you put it when you bought it last January, but it’s not there. You found the tape where it shouldn’t have been and the ribbons were somewhere else, but the wrapping paper is nowhere to be found. You know, [ Read More ]

‘You’re not an auctioneer yet’

By George Brown At this time last year we had just wrapped up the Senior Services Levy campaign and I had set my retirement countdown clock at 30 days and counting. If someone had said to me, “George, a year from now you will be a licensed real estate agent and an apprentice auctioneer working [ Read More ]

Parties out of touch with reality

By Len Harding Now that the election dust is settling and the shouting has died away, it is interesting to look back. Our political parties are out of touch with reality and each other. Republicans are scrambling to figure out how to sell high risk to the elderly, permanent subservience to minorities and poverty to [ Read More ]

Small Business Saturday, but pro-growth all year

By Rob Potman For the second straight year, the United States Senate has designated the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday. The idea is simple: highlight and encourage all of us to shop at locally-owned small businesses. Last year’s resolution seemed to quite literally pay off, as there was a big increase in shoppers [ Read More ]

There are new faces of poverty in Southern Ohio

By Jean Schmidt I was among about 300 people who volunteered Wednesday to pack food for the needy and help them carry it out of the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Among the folks I assisted were several grandmothers, who smiled as they spoke of how busy they’ll be cooking Thanksgiving meals for the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Look for something different? ‘Krampus’ offers holiday horror

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Ho, ho, ho-hum. It’s almost Christmas, but you’re kinda wishing Christmas was over already. There’s too much faux-merry, too many bring-a-gift-to-pass parties, and enough fake-cheer to make your teeth ache. You’re tired of crowds and incessant jingly-belled music. Seriously, if you hear that one Christmas song one more time…. You’d like to [ Read More ]

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