Opinion Archive

LEE H. HAMILTON
Governing by crisis isn’t governing at all

By Lee H. Hamilton After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
How trade is like a baseball game

By Sherrod Brown Folks in Washington like to make big promises when it comes to our trade deals. But for too long, we’ve seen nothing but bad results. We’ve seen what so-called free trade agreements have done to our workers and our communities over the past two decades. We’ve seen the factories close and the [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Agents, brokers, and liability

By Paul Pfeifer In 2006, Jamie Paliath began working for Home Town Realty as a licensed real-estate salesperson. Under her contract, she had to pay Home Town 30 percent of the commissions she earned on real-estate transactions. Torri Auer, a California resident, became acquainted with Paliath in 2007 through an Internet website. Auer was interested [ Read More ]

LEE H. HAMILTON
The way forward for Congress

By Lee H. Hamilton There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing. Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Breaking gridlock to combat human trafficking

By Rob Portman Human trafficking and sex trafficking are heinous crimes that affect our nation’s most vulnerable, often pulling our children into a vicious cycle of abuse. As the co-founder of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, putting this industry out of business is a top priority of mine. We have a responsibility not [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Nurses’ gives readers a peek inside the world of nursing

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your favorite medical drama just did the unthinkable. They killed off the character everyone loved best, and you almost feel betrayed. You enjoyed watching what happened every week, loved seeing drama unfold and getting immersed in the story line. Not anymore. Still, TV’s not always reality, you know. He might not be [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Canine diseases you need to know about

By Dr. Dan Meakin Leptospirosis – Common Yet Preventable • What it is: An infections bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs, and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans. In fact, it is the number 1 disease people get from animals. • Who is at risk: All animals can potentially become infected. Pets [ Read More ]

LEE H. HAMILTON
Money and politics: we need change now

By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy – the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to act – feel as [ Read More ]

PAUL PFEIFER
Right to counsel

By Paul Pfeifer On Aug. 20, 2009, a jury found Curtis D. Schleiger guilty of felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. The court imposed a sentence of eight years for the felonious assault, and 18 months on the concealed weapon charge. The sentences were to be served consecutively. Schleiger appealed. The court of appeals [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Stopping foreign competitors from cheating American workers

By Rob Portman With more than 25 percent of factory jobs in Ohio relying on international customers, it is absolutely vital to grow the number of “Made in America” exports in order to protect Ohio workers and create new good paying jobs. However, when our foreign competitors skirt trade laws or manipulate their currency, Ohio [ Read More ]


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