Opinion Archive

DENNIS HERTZEL
How Ohio’s public records law turned into a mess

By Dennis Hetzel Hetzel is the executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association and president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government in Columbus. In 1963, the Ohio General Assembly fashioned the state’s first open records law. It took a broad approach to defining public records with a strong presumption that almost all records kept [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Tales from Kentucky Nurses’ is a trip back to old medicine

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The procedure didn’t hurt at all. That was a pleasant surprise; you were prepared for pain but that never happened. And it didn’t even take as long as you figured it would. Ah, the wonders of modern medicine! It’s nothing like it was when you were a child, naturally, but as you’ll [ Read More ]

DAVID T. DANIELS
Supporting agriculture in Ohio will remain a top priority

By David T. Daniels Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture The past four years have certainly been a time of change and progress for Ohio’s agriculture industry. Tax cuts, research, new investments and priorities, and strong leadership have helped our state’s farmers and food producers grow even stronger. One of the most monumental transformations [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Ending human trafficking—the human rights cause of our time

By Rob Portman Since 2011, Megan Mattimoe has been working through the organization she founded in Toledo, Advocating Opportunity, to help victims of human trafficking rebuild their lives. As she says in her mission statement, her goal is to create “an opportunity for victims to choose their life’s course.” And yet too often Megan, and [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The silly seriousness of walking

By George Brown There was a time not so long ago when man, like every other earthbound creature, had to walk to get where he needed to go. The dog was perhaps the first animal man learned to control to make his own life a little easier. Dogs quickly became companions for play, hunting, defense, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. 2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Nadine’ is perfect for preschool classrooms

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Open your ears and close your mouths! That’s something your teacher says when she wants your class to be still and listen. Look but don’t touch is something Mom says, or “That smells fishy” when she doesn’t believe something. Hearing, smelling, feeling: those are three of the five senses you might use [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Stopping by woods on a snowy morning

By George Brown The 6 to 12 inches of snow that fell last Thursday (depending on where you live in the tristate) was quite likely the last measurable snow we will see until winter’s chill again descends upon us 10 months from now. This snowfall also happened to be, I believe, the most beautiful of [ Read More ]

LEE HAMILTON
Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ensuring testing does not take away from student learning

By Sherrod Brown In too many school districts, parents and teachers feel overwhelmed by the amount of student testing that is going on in our classrooms. Annual testing can be a useful yardstick to measure student progress and achievement, but too often our kids are inundated with duplicative tests that actually take time away from [ Read More ]


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