Opinion Archive

BRAD WENSTRUP
President Obama’s war on work

By Brad Wenstrup America is facing a dangerous prospect: a smaller portion of the population is working than at any time since Jimmy Carter was president. The labor force participation rate, a number used by economists to measure what percentage of Americans are working or seeking work, now sits at 63 percent. This rate is [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Anyone over 50 needs ‘Living Safely’ on their shelf

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The third step from the bottom squeaks when you tread on it – which is something you tried to remember when you snuck in after curfew. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. And someone, sometime, [ Read More ]

CREATURE FEATURE
Spaying and neutering is good for your canine

By Dr. Dan Meakin Having a litter of puppies may seem like a fun thing to do. Some owners even believe that it helps their female dog, in some way, to develop more completely or become a better pet. Neither is true. Becoming pregnant and having a litter of puppies in no way alters the [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
His Lordship, the Grand Duke of Brownton Abbey

By George Brown As I’ve shared in past columns, I have two ancestors of some notoriety. The first, Ulysses S. Grant, is a cousin through my Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Simpson. Elizabeth and Grant’s Mother, Hannah, were cousins. Hannah’s Grandfather, Thomas Simpson (Grant’s Great Grandfather), is my Great (x6) Grandfather. The second notable character is my [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Was it an injury or involuntary retirement?

By Paul Pfeifer Billy G. Black started working for Park Ohio Industries decades ago, when he was a teenager. When Black injured his back while working as a press operator on October 17, 2000, his eventual workers’ compensation claim ended up here – at the Ohio Supreme Court. Dr. Elizabeth Mease diagnosed Black’s injury as [ Read More ]

BICENTENNIAL
The train came to Batavia

By Peter A. Barnes When I was a small boy, my family lived at the corner of Fourth Street and Wood Street. It was the late 1940s, and on cold winter nights, as I pulled the covers up around my head, I could sometimes hear the train, its steam engine chugging hard as it rounded [ Read More ]

DAVID DANIELS
Ohio farmers and families will benefit from tax cuts

By David T. Daniels If you are lucky enough to be among the two percent of the population to proudly call yourself a farmer in Ohio, the changes you have experienced in the last few years may have felt a bit like a roller coaster. From record high rainfall to the worst drought in more [ Read More ]

TOM VILSACK
The 2014 Farm bill is an investment in rural America

By Tom Vilsack The 2014 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed last week by President Obama, strengthens the farm safety net and ensures vital nutrition assistance for hardworking children and families during tough times. It closes loopholes and achieves much-needed reform, saving billions of taxpayer dollars. Those accomplishments are significant and should be commended, [ Read More ]

Bobby Graves, 29

Bobby P. Graves, 29, of Union Township, died Feb. 19. Graves is survived by his parents Robert and Kim Graves, sister April Graves, grandparents Bill and Betty Fox, and Roy and Rita Abrams, aunts and uncles John and Steve Graves and Brett and Bart Fox and nephew Mattison Graves. He was preceded in death by [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Orphan Choir’ is a good book to give you shivers, but not keep you up all night

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your neighbor loves heavy rock & roll. He has all the CDs of all the major metal bands. It’s impressive, really, the determination he used to find them, starting with the earliest and the heaviest. He listens to them every weekend. Over and over, loudly. Which would be nice, except you hate [ Read More ]


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