Opinion Archive

SHERROD BROWN
Ensuring Ohioans don’t pay for Wall Street’s failures

By Sherrod Brown Most Ohioans would be surprised to know that the same Wall Street megabanks which received bailouts from taxpayers in 2009 also receive taxpayer-funded advantages today simply because of their “too big to fail” status. This taxpayer-supplied subsidy is wrong, and it puts community banks in Ohio at a competitive disadvantage. This gives [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Medical malpractice reform is a national imperative

By Rob Portman All eyes were on Washington this week as Congress and the President debated taxes and spending. The nation’s trillion-dollar deficits and record debt are at dangerous levels and Washington needs to do much more to get our fiscal house in order. As this debate continues, very few lawmakers are mentioning an important [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Vow’ may deliver a touch of camaraderie, tinge of outrage

By Terri Schlichenmeyer “Cross my heart and hope to die!” You meant business when you said that on playground or school yard. It was a serious promise, solemnly made and not to be trifled with – although you surely never expected to perish if the inevitable happened and the avowal fell apart. Promises, as they [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Spaying or neutering is the best thing to do

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 ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Successfully transplanting trees and shrubs

By Steve Boehme People often ask me how to transplant trees and shrubs without killing them. You can move any plant, any time, as long as you get a big enough hunk of roots that the plant never knows you dug it up. As a practical matter this is quite difficult, since the plant’s root [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The good fortune of growing up in a gang of little rascals

By George Brown This is the story I set out to write last week before getting sidetracked and writing a nonsensical yarn about a British Duke named Georgie Porgie. I promise I’ll stay on topic this week. You remember the Little Rascals – Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, Alfalfa, and the rest of the gang. I had [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Working to keep wrestling in the Olympic games

By Sherrod Brown Wrestling is a historical heavyweight among Olympic sports, and has a proud tradition in Ohio. From youth wrestling camps and high school meets, to NCAA tournaments, Ohio athletes have learned the strength, discipline, and focus that allow grapplers to succeed both on the mat and in life. The sport is accessible to [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Ohio companies are leading in bioscience innovation

By Rob Portman Ohio has always been a leader in manufacturing and innovation. From steel in Cleveland to machine tools in Cincinnati, from tires in Akron to glass in Toledo, Ohio innovators and visionaries made Ohio a manufacturing powerhouse. The latest chapter of this storied history of innovation and success is being written not only [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘A Kiss Before You Go’ is a story of love, and grief

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Salt and pepper. Bogie and Bacall. Bonnie & Clyde, Ozzie & Harriet, Mickey and Minnie. You can barely mention one without the other coming to mind. They’re yin and yang, two halves of a whole, a definite pair. A match. And that’s what you figure you’ll be when you marry your beloved: [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
‘Recharging’ at the OSU short course

By Steve Boehme To learn what the nursery industry is all about, it’s hard to beat the four-day “crash course” we attend every year at the Columbus Convention Center. Sponsored by Ohio State University and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA), this extravaganza is called CENTS, for Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show, and it’s [ Read More ]


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