Opinion Archive

Investing in infrastructure, investing in jobs

Several years ago my wife Connie and I were listening to one of my favorite radio programs, NPR’s Science Friday, and we heard an interview with author Earl Swift, who wrote a book called “The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways.” Mr. Swift related the [ Read More ]

Legalizing the sale and use of fireworks

Dear Editor, In addition to New York, in the past 10 years or so, the following states have liberalized their laws relative to the sale and use of consumer fireworks: Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Utah. The consumer fireworks products are safer today than they have ever been before. The [ Read More ]

Let’s Celebrate America’s Birthday on July 4th!!!

Dear Editor, July 4th reminds us that it is time to celebrate America’s birthday! Whether we watch parades, play patriotic music, prepare cookouts for family and friends,or pray, we Americans must never forget the price paid for our freedom! Seeing vets, young or old, marching in a parade reminds us: our freedom isn’t free! As [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Knowing the dangers of ticks and mosquitoes

By Dr. Dan Meakin • Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick or black-legged tick and can be found in every US state and Canadian province. Dogs are 50% more likely than people to contract Lyme disease. • Anaplasmosis is also transmitted by the deer tick or black-legged tick and is a common coinfection [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Book ideal to prepare future college students and their parents

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Thirteen long, interesting years. Imagine: more than 115 months of your life spent with your hiney under a school desk. That’s a lot, but now you’ve graduated (or will soon be graduating) from high school and (you can barely believe you’re saying this) you can’t wait to get to college. Leaving home [ Read More ]

An end to the school year doesn’t have to mean an end to good nutrition

For most Ohio children, the school year is ending and summer has begun. Summer ought to be a time for our kids to enjoy playing outside, reading for pleasure, and spending time with family. But for too many children, summer means an end to nutritious meals served in schools. More than 680,000 Ohio children received [ Read More ]

Why run for office?

I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do. This is a young generation that is famously leery of politics. Every year, [ Read More ]

Fast Track is bad for the middle class

Letter to the Editor: Congress is currently considering a trade bill that, if passed, will be another huge blow to working people in this country. Fast Track trade promotion (also known as TPA) will permit only an up or down vote on trade agreements. Congress would eliminate its own ability to strike a better deal [ Read More ]

How do Ohio courts decide what happens to minor children following divorce or dissolution?

In a divorce or dissolution action, or in the case of unmarried parents, parental rights and responsibilities for minor children must be allocated. Custody can be allocated in two ways: sole custody can be given to either parent, or shared parenting can be given to both parents. Decisions for minor children are then made based [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Dad Report’ is ideal for baseball fans and their fathers

Every night, just after supper and all summer long, your father wanted to play catch. Back then, it rather surprised you that he loved throwing a ball around, listening to it thwock into a glove, talking about everything and nothing. It’s not like he didn’t have other things to do; you surely did, but you [ Read More ]

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