Opinion Archive

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 ]

SHERROD BROWN
Working to assure clean water for Ohio

By Sherrod Brown Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms. A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Ohio court case deals with frivolous conduct

By Paul Pfeifer When the Madison County Board of Commissioners (“the Board”) filed an appropriation action against Greg Bell and his wife to acquire a sewer easement on Bell’s property, the Bells decided to fight the action. Since then, Bell – along with his attorney, Philip Wayne Cramer – has been a party to numerous [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Walking in the footsteps of Muir and Thoreau

By George Brown Before retirement I would often carry my morning coffee to the back porch to capture a few moments of solitude before leaving for work. I now perform this ritual almost every morning, except I no longer have to hurry off to work. It is one of retirement’s sweetest rewards. Most mornings I [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Remembering Martha, the last passenger pigeon

By Rob Portman One hundred years ago, Americans across the eastern United States could have looked up into the sky and seen it filled with passenger pigeons. Their flocks numbered in the billions and could turn day into night. Now they are extinct, the victim of overhunting and habitat destruction. The loss of this species [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Animal Stars’ will be enjoyed by animal lovers of all stripes

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You love your pooch very much – but she’s no Lassie. If, in fact, you pulled a Timmy and fell into a well, you’re sure your dog would probably go chase butterflies. She couldn’t find help if it was attached to a bone; seriously, there are days when she doesn’t even come [ Read More ]

Creature Feautre
DR. DAN MEAKIN
How you train your puppy 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 ]


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