Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Knock-out rose trees are winter hardy

By now just about everyone has heard of the phenomenal “Knock-Out” Rose. We’ve tried them all in our own gardens and in landscapes, and to our delight they are terrific, as good as all the hype. “Knock-Out” roses are easy to grow, bloom constantly, resist disease, survive winter cold and “self-clean”. This means the spent [ Read More ]

The body wears out, but the teaching of goodness does not age

Each year Memorial Day and Father’s Day converge with my Dad’s birthday tucked between in early June. And each year these three celebratory occasions draw my mind to a contemplative reminiscence of how Dad lived his life. He and Mom divorced when I was barely a year old and he and I didn’t see each [ Read More ]

Bringing jobs home to Ohio

Like you, too often I’ve opened the newspaper only to learn that jobs in our state—whether in Mansfield, Lorain, or Springfield—are being outsourced to places like China, Indonesia, or Mexico. We have seen a decade of manufacturing job loss and factory shutdowns, which has weakened communities and blindsided families all across our state. Today, the [ Read More ]

Thanks go to U.S. troops

I spent Mother’s Day in Afghanistan, far from my only child and her two youngsters. But I was in good company. Among the U.S. troops I visited were mothers and grandmothers. One soldier had given birth just a few months before being deployed, and I realized how tough it was for her to not be [ Read More ]

Rounding third and heading for the hospital

To say I had no athletic ability as a boy is a huge understatement. Actually, my lack of talent was more ocular than kinetic. You have to be able to see the ball before you can hit it. Most kids have two good eyes, but I was blessed with four – thanks to those mini [ Read More ]

Standing up for homeowners

Gina Brooks, like too many Ohioans, knows how difficult it is to battle a giant mortgage company. My office worked with Gina to modify her mortgage and keep her home, but she still wants to know: “Why did it take me two years, two bankruptcies, and all of this headache when (her mortgage servicer) could’ve [ Read More ]

Who will decorate graves of our fallen warriors?

Many of the graves of veterans in Southern Ohio are marked with American flags each year in observance of Memorial Day. In the past, such flags have usually been placed by veterans groups. But the ranks of some groups have been diminished as members became infirm with age or died themselves. Veterans service commissions in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Groundcovers help reduce weeding, mulching, and erosion

Regular readers of this column already know that “the best weed control is complete darkness”. In other words, weeds can only grow if the sun is hitting the ground. That’s why we use mulch, and that’s why we have more weed problems in sunny areas than in the shade. Using groundcover plants is a great [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Golfers will revel in ‘The Big Three and Me’

Every day, you try to get a little exercise. Specifically, you try to take a good walk of five-to-seven miles, weather permitting. It kinda makes you feel like a kid again: you get some fresh air, maybe take in a few rays, chase a ball and sometimes, you play in the sand, darn it. Still, [ Read More ]

Your voice matters

“We Want to Hear from You.” You’ve probably seen that phrase on nearly every business website since the birth of the Internet. “Your Feedback Is Important to Us.” In booking a hotel, or buying a product online, some of those customer comments can come in pretty handy. As a program manager for the USDA’s Animal [ Read More ]

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