Opinion Archive

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
New Richmond Church issue

Dear Editor: I never met a lady named Betty I didn’t love; we’ll get to that later. This is the story of a little white church on a hill. The church was the dream of pastor Raymond Thacker and his disciples. New Richmond is like too many Ohio towns where drug abuse and alcoholism destroy [ Read More ]

JOHN HUSTED
If you like food, thank a farmer

By John Husted In Ohio, agriculture is king. While our state has a diverse and growing economy, there is no doubt that agriculture is Ohio’s number-one industry. The word agriculture commonly conjures up images of hard, physical labor in a field and dusty barns, but work in the modern agriculture industry is quite different. While [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Guaranteeing Ohioans are getting paid sick leave

By Sherrod Brown Each day, workers across the country face impossible dilemmas. Do they go into work knowing the risks to their own health and to others around them, or do they stay home and lose a paycheck? Do they send a sick child to school, knowing they’re risking the health of their daughter and [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Listen’ is perfect for moms-to-be

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Safe. That’s what you would’ve been, if you’d just paid attention to your mother. You wouldn’t have caught your death of cold or poked someone’s eye out. You’d never even bother looking for money trees. Accidents would be free of dirty undies, and you’d have nice things. But nooooo, you didn’t heed [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The backpack adventures – A mysterious encounter at Chichen Itza

By George Brown It seems like ancient history now, but in late 2011 and early 2012, many believed the great Apocalypse would occur on December 21, 2012. If not the Apocalypse, they were certain that a dreadful cataclysmic event would occur forever changing life or earth as we know it. This prediction, you may recall, [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Protecting Ohio jobs from Unfair Trade

By Sherrod Brown At forums I’ve held across our state, Ohioans have made clear their opinions on unfair foreign trade deals. This week I echoed your voices loud and clear in Washington: the last thing we need is another NAFTA. Ohioans have felt the painful effects of these bad deals for years. This month I [ Read More ]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
National Day of Prayer

Dear Editor On Thursday, May 7th from sea to shining sea Americans will pray for this nation. For the last 64 years the lst Thurs in May has been designated as the “National Day of Prayer”. From the court house to the state house, from public parks to church pews, people will meet to pray. [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
What is the ‘Teen Challenge?’

By Paul Pheifer In September 2008, Jason Kirkpatrick was sentenced after pleading guilty to 16 counts of breaking and entering and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The common pleas court judge in his case – Judge John Stuard – sentenced Kirkpatrick to five years of community control. The term “community [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Getting to know the flea

By Dr. Dan Meakin To help improve your flea fighting skills, let’s look at the flea and its life cycle. Fleas are parasites that feed off their host’s blood. When a flea bites its victim’s skin it injects a minute amount of flea antigen. Pets vary in their reactions to flea antigen. In some pets [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Find the Good’ helps find humor in every day life and beauty in your surroundings

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The guy a couple streets over is a great big jerk. He’s one of those bad apples Mom always told you about: sour, rotten, and not anybody you’d ever pick. No, he’s not exactly your idea of Friend Material but you do admire his green thumb. He deserves every gardening award he [ Read More ]


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