Opinion Archive

I suggest you step away from the cupboards

Many of you tried to warn me about my plan to make Yvonne’s life a little easier by organizing the kitchen cupboards for her after my retirement, not to mention other ideas I have like preparing meal menus and going shopping with her to help compare prices. Here is a sampling of the comments I received from the wives of [ Read More ]

As the Primary Turns – an Iowa soap opera

In the Republican presidential primary, the latest polls in Iowa show Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum in the lead for the Iowa caucuses. Newt Gingrich, who was polling as high as 35 percent in some polls in early December, has dropped to 16 percent. Mitt Romney’s Political Action Committee has paid for some [ Read More ]

Holiday season successes

With Christmas and New Years just days behind us, we now have time to slow down a little and look at what made the holiday season so important. Despite the influx of commercialism and the superficiality that can so often be associated with the holiday season, it is chiefly characterized by acts of generosity and [ Read More ]

Job creation efforts offer hope for 2012

What makes this nation so great is that Americans recognize the value of hard work. Given the opportunity, most want to put in an honest day’s labor in return for a paycheck. Unfortunately, many workers – and businesses – have been struggling amid the downturn in the economy. The good news is there’s hope for [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Building with Secondhand Stuff’ is a book that homeowners will love

Nobody needs to remind you that money’s tight. Still, you’ve been dreaming of a new look around your home, an addition or a total remodel, and that’s dangerous territory. You know from experience that one idea leads to another, which leads to another and pretty soon, you’re deep in sawdust and debt. So how can [ Read More ]

Construction begins on Dimmitt Woods housing

It was early 2008 when I first began exploring potential sites to build a senior housing facility in the Batavia area. Now, after nearly four years of planning, construction of Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing has begun. The official address will be 611 College Drive, which is on the left as you make the turn off [ Read More ]

The next era of the USPS

This holiday season, Ohioans will receive scores of gifts — from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili — but many of the parcels probably won’t be dropped off by their local postal carrier. The United States Postal Service (USPS) — the second-largest employer in the United States and one authorized by the U.S. Constitution — [ Read More ]

More ‘tea party’ obstruction hurts middle class

At the end of this year, the payroll tax cut, which reduced the payroll tax from 6.5 percent to 4.5 percent, is set to expire unless legislation is passed to extend it. For the average American family, the expiration of this payroll tax reduction would mean a tax increase of between $1,000 and $1,500 annually. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Magic Room’ is a bouquet of perfection

They were married on the kitchen floor. You remember it well, since you were the one who picked them up at day’s end. The fashion-conscious bride wore something Grandma sewed, and toilet tissue as a veil. Her beloved, a blue pony with long mane and tail, wore an ill-fitting tuxedo borrowed from another doll that [ Read More ]

The hallucinations of the Cheneys

This past week Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration for announcing plans to withdraw the last combat troops from Iraq (by withdrawing the troops, the Obama administration was fulfilling the terms of an agreement negotiated by the Bush-Cheney administration). He also stated that because a drone U.S. aircraft went down in Iran, we should bomb [ Read More ]

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