Opinion Archive

Today’s column is brought to you by the letter A

By George Brown A is a special letter. Why else would it have been selected to be the first letter of the alphabet? I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know by pointing out that alpha, which we borrowed from the Greek’s, means “beginning”. But did you know the Greeks borrowed both alpha and [ Read More ]

The immigration bill must also be a jobs bill for Americans

By Sherrod Brown The United States is a nation of immigrants. From the transcontinental railroad to today’s technological advancements on the information superhighway, immigrants have helped to build our nation. The solution to the immigration challenges we face won’t be simple, but now is the time to take a commonsense approach to immigration reform. That [ Read More ]

What fascism will look like here in America

By Paul Schwietering If anyone should have known what Fascism consists of, it would have been Benito Mussolini.  How did Mussolini define Fascism?  Mussolini said “Fascism is simply the corporate control of government.” In fairness, Mussolini was leaving out some details about his particular brand of Fascism, such as billy clubs, blackshirts, etc.; however, Mussolini’s [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Astronaut Wives Club’ will transport you back in time

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You’d pack your bags in a heartbeat. Yep, if they ever come up with a commuter bus to outer space, you’ll be first in line for tickets. And why not? You’ve grown up with the Space Race, men on the moon, footage of weightless astronauts, and fascinating experiments. You’d go to the [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Know the facts: Don’t expose your children to parasites

By Dr. Dan Meakin It is thought that 30 percent to 50 percent of dogs and cats carry parasites and that 1 to 3 million people in the U.S. have infections from parasites carried by pets. Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised (cancer patients, organ transplant recipients) people are at high risk. Hookworms and roundworms can [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
HGTV unveils plant collection

By Steve Boehme For those of you who are addicted to HGTV and their many home improvement shows, here’s a bit of news: HGTV has introduced their own collection of special landscape plants for home gardeners. If our first season as an HGTV Home Plant Partner is any indication, this development is likely to send [ Read More ]

A Father’s Day postscript – one son tells his story

By George Brown It is early morning on Father’s Day. I’m sitting in a comfy chair on the back porch, enjoying the sound of a light rain on the metal roof overhead while listening to the birds and crickets sing, and thinking about what a lucky man I am. I have a beautiful daughter, a [ Read More ]

Hunger isn’t something that takes a summer vacation

By Sherrod Brown For too many Ohio children, summer break doesn’t just mean a break from homework; it also means a break from a dependable source of nutritious food. That’s because for more than 800,000 Ohio children, hunger isn’t something that happens in another country. Many of these children come from families that are food [ Read More ]

FISA courts are rubber stamp courts

By Paul Schwietering In March, at a U.S. Senate hearing, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon asked James R. Clapper, Jr., the Director of National Intelligence, “Does the National Security Agency collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”  “No sir,” Mr. Clapper replied.  “Not wittingly.”  The question and [ Read More ]

When you’re getting physical exercise, take it outside!

Denise Franer RN When winter winds are howling and the snow is falling, gyms offer the ideal climate controlled space for working out. Emerging science suggests, however, that exercising outdoors offers benefits that cannot be duplicated on a treadmill, track or recumbent bike. For one thing, a person strides differently when exercising outdoors. The ankle [ Read More ]

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