Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Dead Wake’ perfect for history, thirller buffs

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It almost scared you to death. That’s what it seemed like: heart pounding, palms sweaty, legs weak – but still in one piece, breathing again, thankful that you only had a near-miss. History, however, is not so benign, as you’ll see in “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. William Thomas Turner “excelled” at [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Occupy Cleveland & city ordinances

By Paul Pfeifer Do you remember the Occupy Wall Street movement? It started in September 2011 when protestors gathered in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The movement spread to other cities, including Cleveland, where, on October 21, at around 10 p.m., a group known as Occupy Cleveland engaged in a demonstration in the Public Square [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A brief history of how possum became an American delicacy

By George Brown Let’s clear up one misnomer right from the start. The word is possum, not “O” possum. Only city folks call possums opossums. You can look it up to read for yourself but here is a short history of how the possum came to be known as the opossum. (Reference: “Opossum vs. Possum”, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Resilience’ is a relentless memoir

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your friends think you’re made of rubber. You always bounce back, as they point out. You’re always happy when the good times roll but when they don’t, you reach for your bootstraps. Nothing lays you low for long because you just bounce back. And it seemed that way for Jessie Close. But [ Read More ]

Pope Francis, Ben Franklin and Bob

By George Brown Have you noticed how much Pope Francis looks like Ben Franklin? Pope Francis has demonstrated that he also shares some of Franklin’s best virtues – wisdom, common sense, passion, a clever wit, and a keen sense of humor. Both men’s stories are interesting and merit consideration, but the story I wish to [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Standing up for American jobs by addressing trade cheats

By Sherrod Brown There isn’t much Democrats and Republicans can agree on these days, but one idea is uniting senators on both sides of the aisle. This month I joined my colleagues of both political parties to announce the introduction of the Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act, to stand up to Chinese currency manipulation. This bipartisan [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
The budget America needs

By Paul Schwietering almost didn’t write this column. Simply put, I am so disgusted with Obama’s wishy-washy mealy-mouthed administration, which didn’t prosecute the bankers for the crimes that led to the crash (because it might “delay” the recovery!), which wasted six months “negotiating” with “moderate” Republican senators in the forlorn hope that he would get [ Read More ]

Gearheads and Hot Rods
KARI STRUNK
Iconic ‘gasser’ owned by local hot rodder

By Kari Strunk This is the true story of the well-known gasser named “The Silver Dollar”. Well, maybe it’s not as well known to the “average Joe,” but ask any local hot rodder and they will surely recognize the name. You may never even have heard of the term “gasser.” They are named gassers because [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Birdology’ great for young naturalists

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Somebody called you a birdbrain last week. At first, it really made you mad. What kind of a thing is that to say? You’re way smarter than a bird and your brain’s much bigger, but what are you gonna do? You’re going to read “Birdology” by Monica Russo, photographs by Kevin Byron [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A new mattress for my backyard camper

By George Brown I’m an early riser. Now three years into retirement, my internal clock still wakes me up at 5:00 a.m., give or take five minutes, and this is so no matter what time I go to bed. I’ve always kept an alarm clock on my side of the bed, and have even used [ Read More ]


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