Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Where We Belong’ helps readers see possibilities

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You have to be somewhere today. There’s no hurry or schedule to follow, but you must get there on time. You don’t have a map or itinerary and the destination might be a surprise but once you arrive, as happens in the new book “Where We Belong” by Hoda Kotb (with Jane [ Read More ]

Storage bins and tax appeals

The Metamora Elevator Company owns eight acres of land in Fulton County that contains grain silos, storage bins, tanks, and buildings used to process and store grain. When Metamora challenged the assessed value of the property for tax purposes, the challenge eventually made its way before us – the Ohio Supreme Court. In March 2010, [ Read More ]

Portman opposes equal pay

Dear Editor: As we prepare to welcome a new year, it is important to remember Ohio families and the women who work so hard to provide for their families. Here in Ohio, women earn just 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. This is what we call the wage gap. The wage gap has [ Read More ]

Honoring the doctors that keep us and our pets healthy

The medical profession is a highly respected profession. Daily, doctors treat illnesses, diagnose diseases, and work long hours to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, we never hear about them unless someone has accused them of medical malpractice or incompetence. However, I do not think anyone would disagree with me when I say that most doctors are [ Read More ]

It was a must to carry one

I am sure it is the same today but I am certain that when I was growing up on the farm it was an item that could not be done without. A farmer would never leave his home without one in his pocket. It was just that important and needed. Of course I am talking [ Read More ]

A very tough job for politicians

You know who I feel sorry for? Today’s politicians. You’ll laugh at this, but hear me out. This is a very tough time to be a politician — whether running for office or trying to lead while holding office. The women and men who’ve undertaken to represent us face circumstances that make campaigning and governing [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you miss this book you’ll never forgive yourself

“I forgive you.” Are there any three more powerful words? Can “I love you” – also used for countertops, couches, or coats – bestow such mercy? I don’t think so. “I forgive you.” In release and relief, those words put things back on track – although, in the new book “My Grandmother Asked Me to [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Dogs considered seniors at age 7

Senior pets are the best!  You know them well, they know you even better, and they are worth their weight in gold for these reasons.  They’re also worth special care to keep them well and happy for as long as possible.  Appropriate health care can add years to the life of your pet as well as substantially decrease [ Read More ]

Violating workplace policy

Do probate judges – whose duties include a wide variety of legal matters, including adoptions, marriage licenses, wills, and birth certificates – have the authority to issue search warrants on criminal matters in Ohio? That’s the question we – the Ohio Supreme Court – were asked in a case that originated in Stark County. In [ Read More ]

Unconditional love means patience, understanding and tolerance

My wife and I recently watched “Jenny’s Wedding.” The film starred actress Katherine Heigl as Jenny Farrell, a young woman living a secret life. Her family does not understand why she never brings any potential husbands home. Feeling pressured, Jenny tells her parents that she is gay, and wants to marry and start a family [ Read More ]

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