Opinion Archive

Memories are made of this

By George Brown Fond memories of childhood often come to mind. I linger with them, enjoy them, and sometimes even write about them. There are plenty of unpleasant memories from childhood as well, but I choose not to dwell on them. Each time one of those memories has arisen over the years I’ve chosen to [ Read More ]

We’re fighting for Ohio in Washington, D.C.

By Rob Portman On the big issues, Washington is broken. With a chronically weak economy and record debt and deficits, unfortunately Democrats and Republicans simply aren’t coming together to tackle big challenges the nation faces. Yet I am pleased to report that even in Washington’s partisan environment, my team and I have remained focused on [ Read More ]

Stopping the threat of Asian carp is a priority

By Sherrod Brown The Great Lakes region and the Ohio River basin are invaluable resources—providing a source of water for countless households, generating economic activity for the region, and providing jobs through commerce, fishing, and tourism. In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, some 450,000 people fish in Lake Erie annually – [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Saturday Night Widows’ is a feel-good book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You never paid close enough attention to the “part” part. You were young (too young!) and in love when you walked down the aisle, nervous and sparkly-eyed. “For richer, for poorer” were just words. “For better, for worse.” Marriage has its ups and downs; everybody knows that. No problem. Then…. “In sickness [ Read More ]

A response to gun control questions

By Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg Since the tragic school shooting in December and the subsequent discussion and controversy about gun control our office has received a number of inquiries from citizens about where I stand with respect to gun control and what my deputies or I would do if any gun control legislation is enacted. [ Read More ]

A backpack adventure at Treasure Island, Fla.

By George Brown One of the highlights of my recent trip to Florida was snorkeling along the shoreline of Dry Tortugas, the home of Ft. Jefferson which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately the assigned snorkeling area did not include the resting place of the windjammer, Avanti. Built in Scotland in 1875, [ Read More ]

Securing a better deal for Ohio’s homeowners

By Sherrod Brown In 2011, Jeanne Brigner reached out to my office after her mortgage servicer misapplied her monthly mortgage payment – an action which led her into foreclosure. Unlike many Ohioans, Jeanne was able to keep her home, but only after paying thousands of dollars in unnecessary fees. Unfortunately, the state of mortgage servicing [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Coaching Confidential’ will open the eyes of football fanatics

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your weekends are suddenly wide open and empty. No more extra televisions in the living room. No more Sunday snack-binging. You’ve put away your make-up, your lucky shirts, and the hats that no team can win without. It’s enough to make a grown (wo)man cry. Yes, football season is over for you. [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
You can build great trails on your property

By Steve Boehme Have you ever hiked the Appalachian Trail or one like it? One of the great pleasures is to enjoy a walk in the woods and fields without having to stumble through the brush or worry about what’s underfoot. You can move quietly through nature, enjoying the wildlife around you. Those of you [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Winter can be strenuous for outdoor dogs and cats

By Dr. Dan Meakin Winter can be a very strenuous time for dogs and cats, especially those that live outdoors. There are a number of things you can do to help your pets avoid health problems during the cold months of the year. 1. Outdoor dogs and cats need a dry, insulated pet house or [ Read More ]

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