Opinion Archive

GEORGE BROWN
An old house shares its story

By George Brown When I retired three years ago one of the notions I had was to become a movie, restaurant, and book critic – yes all three, but not necessarily at the same time. I quickly learned these are difficult professions to break into, even one at a time, so I took up auctioneering, [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Connecting job seekers with skills and opportunity

By Rob Portman This Friday in Belmont County, I joined with Belmont College and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association to host an Energy Jobs and Career Fair. Over thirty companies participated, and people from all over Eastern Ohio had an opportunity to connect with employers looking to fill energy-related jobs. These companies are eager [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Chocolate poisoning in dogs

By Dr. Dan Meakin Each holiday season, veterinarians witness an increase in accidental chocolate poisoning in dogs. The majority of pet owners do not realize the potential for intoxication that chocolate possesses. Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are all naturally occurring molecules that are found in several foods, plants, beverages and human and veterinary medications. Based [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Glimpsing Heaven’ leaves readers to draw their own conclusions

By Terri Schlichenmeyer For most of your life, you’ve been told that you must be good. There’s an eternal reward, a Promised Land for those who behave. Mind your elders, be good, stay out of trouble, and you’ll go there. If not, well… So what will that wondrous place be like? Religions teach various things, [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Revitalizing Ohio’s neighborhoods

By Sherrod Brown The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we’ve made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does. Cleveland’s Thriving Communities Institute estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned properties in Ohio that have fallen into [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Court deals with confrontation clause

By Paul Pfeifer In Ohio, state law imposes a duty on all school officers and employees – including administrators and employees of daycare centers – to report actual or suspected child abuse or neglect. That’s why a preschool teacher at the William Patrick Day Head Start Center in Cleveland notified her supervisor when she spotted [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Lady Yvonne’s manly companion

By George Brown While camping at Turkey Run State Park a few years ago Yvonne shared a sentiment that revealed a perception of me she had apparently held for a long time but which, until then, she had never expressed. I had walked to the camp store to pick up a few things and upon [ Read More ]

JOSH MANDEL
Empower the people to hold politicians accountable

By Josh Mandel As Treasurer of Ohio, I’m a watchdog for Ohioans’ hard-earned dollars. As a fellow taxpayer and Marine Corps veteran, I believe we the people have a right to know how our tax money is being spent. That’s why I’m spearheading the effort to put the state’s checkbook online. I’m a firm believer [ Read More ]

The Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Puppy training will have a lasting effect

By Dr. Dan Meakin Puppies are extremely impressionable. How you train your new pet will have dramatic and long lasting effects. You can make your puppy a better pet and prevent behavior problems by following these guidelines: Housebreaking Establish a routine. Keep the pup’s meals regularly scheduled to encourage more predictable elimination patterns. Take your [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Skink’ is an outrageously, appealingly wild story

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Sorry to say, but know all about Santa. Yeah, you learned the truth about the Jolly Old Elf years ago, but you let your younger sibs believe. Same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy: get past grade school and you’re a little old for that stuff. So if, in the [ Read More ]


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