Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Tree pruning reduces wind storm damage

When violent winds or ice storms cause massive tree damage, the majority of the broken or fallen trees have a common tree defect called a “bark-included crotch.” This defect occurs when, instead of a healthy limb attached to the trunk, a tree forms a close crotch (see illustration). As the tree grows, bark is “included” [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Fans of Jim Croce will enjoy ‘I Got a Name’

If only you had a dime for every time you were told to “Turn that thing down!” Your boss said it because you were dancing at work when you should’ve been working. The neighbors hollered it out the window when they were trying to sleep and you were trying out your new stereo. And, of [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Preventive health care for your canine

July is Canine Preventative Care Month at All Creatures Animal Hospital. At ACAH we know that canine preventive medicine often catches problems before they become serious, saving you time and money. If you think about it, it’s like caring for your vehicle. You regularly check the oil and the air pressure in the tires and [ Read More ]

A response to the letter from Grenelda Schnitzoldorf

I guess I should begin by noting, if you did not read the letter to the editor that occupied this space in last week’s paper, this column will only confuse you. For those who did read the referenced letter please understand my response is without malice, but I simply cannot let that letter fade into [ Read More ]

Schools provide a dependable source of food and nutrition

More than 840,000 children in Ohio depend on school for more than an education. For children living well-below the poverty line, schools also provide a dependable source of food and nutrition. During the school year, more than 840,000 Ohio children receive nutrition assistance through free or reduced-price school lunches. So what happens to these children [ Read More ]

Crisscrossing the state of Ohio

When I was a congressman representing a district in southwest Ohio, my family and I continued to live in the Cincinnati area. I commuted to Washington every week so we could raise our three kids in Ohio and so I could stay in better touch with a district that went from downtown Cincinnati to beyond [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Between the Lines’ will make you feel ‘happily ever after’

There’s nothing “fair” about a fairy tale. It’s true: the princesses are always beautiful in fairy tales, and nobody ever has zits. They all live in castles, never in small apartments or houses with messy kitchens. And the fairy-tale prince is always smart and handsome, which is so unlike the dweeb in Algebra who kept [ Read More ]

Read George’s columns with a generous dose of skepticism

Dear Editor: Sir, I’m writing to express my appreciation for the weekly opinion column of Mr. George Brown. Unlike other opinion columns in your paper, Mr. Brown’s column is seldom informative; but while lacking in this regard, it is (almost) always enjoyably entertaining.  I say this with sincere approbation for I have arrived at that [ Read More ]

Farm policy that’s better for farmers, fair to taxpayers

With one in seven Ohio jobs connected to agriculture, it’s obvious just how vital farming is to our state. That’s one of the reasons I’m honored to represent our state’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as Ohio’s first Senator on the Agriculture Committee in more than four decades. Over the last year, as part of [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Immerse yourself in ‘Inquisitor’s Key’ and you’ll want to read more

You’ve got your finger on the pulse. You’re quick on the draw, Johnny-on-the-Spot, the person with answers. You have a clue. You onto what’s happening. You’re in the know. Most of the time, anyhow. And then there are times when you’re just as clueless as the next guy, as mystified as anyone… which is what [ Read More ]

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