Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Planting trees professionally

Tree planting holes should be at least twice as wide as the root ball. The wider the area of loosened soil around your tree, the faster the roots can quickly spread. This helps the tree take up food and water and anchors it against the wind. Make enough room to walk around the tree in [ Read More ]

I lost my sweet Gypsy on top of old Pike

I knew we were in trouble when she said, “In one quarter mile stay straight on Route 841”; but then immediately changed her mind and said, “Take the ramp on the right to I-65”. “She” is that mellow voiced lady who lives inside my smartphone. Her initials are GPS, which stands for Global Positioning Satellite. [ Read More ]

Standing up for Ohio seniors

As a father and a grandfather, I believe we must do everything we can to improve the economy and reduce the deficit for our children and grandchildren. But the way to do this is not at the expense of Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have earned. Some politicians in Washington refer to Social [ Read More ]

Neil Armstrong left mark on the moon and Ohio

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, became interested in flying when he was a 2-year-old boy growing up in Ohio. His father, Stephen, took Neil to watch the National Air Races in Cleveland. Neil was six when he and his father, an auditor for the state, took a ride in an [ Read More ]

Remembering a close encounter with Old Blackie

Yvonne and I are headed out west for a few weeks to cowboy and bear country (we really appreciate Yvonne’s cousin house sitting for us while we’re gone). We’ll be visiting places like Black Canyon, Bear Mountain, Snake River, and Dead Horse Point. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we run into some fierce [ Read More ]

The choice in this presidential election is clear

Labor Day in a presidential election year is upon us. A relevant question is would you rather keep more of your paycheck or send more of your paycheck to Washington? If you want to keep more of your paycheck then you can’t wait till Election Day to vote for the Republican team of Romney and [ Read More ]

US companies need to stop sending calls and jobs overseas

If you’ve had to call a major company for a service repair or to get an answer to a question about your cable bill, chances are you’ve probably spoken with a worker in a different time zone or on a different continent. That’s because big companies have been shipping U.S. call center jobs overseas for [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Your pet and dental hygiene

Cats and dogs seldom develop tooth cavities, as humans do. However dogs and cats are not without a major dental problem! In fact, the most common dental problem that we find in pets is considered far worse than cavities. It is called periodontal disease. This disease affects the gums and other tissues around the teeth, [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Picking the right tree for you

This week we start a four-week series of columns showing how to succeed with trees. First we’ll talk about selecting the right kind of tree for your location. Next week’s column will be about how to get your money’s worth when shopping for trees. Then we’ll share planting tips, and finally we’ll answer frequently-asked questions [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
You’ll like ‘Visiting Tom’ – part memoir, part character piece

Your friend called the other day, but you had to call him back. You were on your way out the door and didn’t have time to talk. But when you return-phoned him, he was busy and said he’d call again. You’ve played Phone Tag like this before, and you know the only antidote is to [ Read More ]

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