Opinion Archive

Marc Hoover:
Return of the football widow

Every August, the NFL holds pre-season auditions for players not named Tom Brady or Aaron Rogers a chance to earn a spot on an NFL roster. Unfortunately, many won’t make the cut and have to get regular jobs like the rest of us. The real NFL games start in September. It’s my favorite time of [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Hay! Want a ride?

One of the benefits about living on a farm was the freedom to move around the countryside and not needing to get permits or government approval for everything. It kind of is that way today but in the rural countryside there is still the luxury of some freedoms still. One such freedom was if you [ Read More ]

Senator Rob Portman:
The next generation of American patriots

As summer winds down, high schools across Ohio are opening their doors for yet another academic year. For the seniors, this school year signals an important crossroads in their lives. Over the course of the coming months, these students will be deciding what they will do after graduation. Some will choose to serve our country [ Read More ]

Senator Rob Portman:
Too many regulations a problem

Federal regulations should do their critical job of protecting public health, safety, and the environment while not unnecessarily hurting job creation and economic growth. This goal is achievable, but it requires a smarter and more modern regulatory process. And it is needed—the federal regulatory process hasn’t been reformed in any significant way in over 70 [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Meet me at the fair

When the middle of summer and on into the fall is the time for the county fairs to be taking place. In its time the county fair was the social gathering of the year. If it was important enough to happen it happened at the fair. As a boy and as a young man I [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Leave the statues up

The recent death of a young woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has created much racial tension throughout the country. Unfortunately, racial tension isn’t anything new. Racism has been around forever and will continue long after I am gone. Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, KY recently decided the racial tension in Charlottesville [ Read More ]

Treasurer Josh Mandel:
Empowering taxpayers

As Treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington D.C. I believe that when we make government small in size [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues
How to get started with life coaching and/or therapy

The decision to try life coaching or therapy/counseling can be easy. For example, you may struggle in your relationships, see negative patterns, realize you may need to set some boundaries and feel afraid to follow through, need support for taking charge of your life, or realize you don’t take care of yourself very well. You [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues:
Introduction and reducing stigma

Welcome to Everybody Has Issues, a progressive weekly column written by mental health professionals and others dedicated to educating our communities about mental health topics. Our overall goal is to help people with mental illness overcome stigma and seek help so they can manage their disorder vs being controlled by it. The U.S. Department of [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
G is for ‘good’ for kids

It’s official: you’re a Big Kid now! Each week, it seems like you’re learning so many new things. You can tie your shoes, say your A-B-Cs, and make your own snacks. You help with chores around the house or maybe watch your little brother – all things that Big Kids know how to do. And [ Read More ]


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