Opinion Archive

RICK HOUSER
Good Old Days not always

When I think back on my childhood I recall so many fond and unforgettable people, places and events. Now when looking back I refer to them as the good old days and for the most part and they were. However one part of those days was anything but good and that was an outside bathroom. [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
What do we mean by the term ‘Representative Government?’

With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down. There’s a reason for this. Even our [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Eye-Popping Oddities’ provides entertainment for kids and adults

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Just kidding. You’ve said that before, a dozen times. Maybe you’ve even heard it today from someone who’s joking with you, poking you, teasing you with something that’s so outrageous you can’t wrap your head around it. But here: you’re no fool, so maybe it’s time to look at the new book, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Pet nutrition

One aspect of canine care and keeping that is the most misunderstood is that of proper nutrition. Many people feel that dogs need some variety to their diet, but the fact is that dogs thrive on consistency in their diets. Variety in the diet is entirely unnecessary, and is in fact how a number of [ Read More ]

DOUGLAS W. THOMSON
Pierce Fire Levy is the right choice for residents

By Douglas W. Thomson In this era of flat wages and increasing homeowner expenses, any levy proposal should be reviewed with great scrutiny. For the November election, Pierce Township has proposed a 2.1 mil Fire and Life Squad levy. Should this levy be supported? The Beckjord power station closure created a significant funding gap for [ Read More ]

RICK HOUSER
Going to the Hop

By Rick Houser When I was growing up on Fruit Ridge Road and attending Moscow school, life on the farm could get lonely at times. As I grew in age and was heading into junior high school I found I was really wanting to be around kids my age more and more. When helping on [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ohioans shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their jobs

By Sherrod Brown Last week we celebrated Labor Day, and we welcomed an important step forward for American workers, with the President’s announcement that federal contractors will be required to provide up to seven days in paid sick leave. This is wonderful news for some 300,000 Americans – but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die’ is a comprehensive look at James Dean’s background, final hours in his car

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The minute you glimpsed the red-and-blues, you knew you were sunk. Yep, and now you have a traffic citation to pay for stepping on it, having a lead foot, a pedal to the metal. You knew better than to exceed the speed limit, but you couldn’t resist and, as you’ll see in [ Read More ]

JOE UECKER
Celebrating Ohio’s workforce

Four years before Labor Day became a national holiday, Ohio’s legislature established a day of celebration to honor workers throughout Ohio. When this legislation was enacted in 1890, a combination of Ohio’s abundant natural resources and access to interstate transportation through its network of canals and railroads made Ohio the ideal location for industry. Labor [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Renewing our commitment to Ohio workers

Labor Day is more than just a last hurrah of summer, a day for picnics and barbeques for many families. It’s also an important time for us to reflect on the labor movement’s proud history in Ohio, and to honor the workers who paved the way for the worker protections we too often take for [ Read More ]


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