Opinion Archive

GEORGE BROWN
Some bad decisions are good decisions gone bad

By George Brown “If I’d known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.” These words, attributed to jazz pianist Eubie Blake as he approached his 100th birthday, humorously illustrates a serious thought many of us have as we look back over our lives, “If I’d known what [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
One nation, under surveillance

By Paul Schwietering There were those of us who, while observing the hysteria that gripped Washington in the aftermath of 9-11, warned that the so-called “Patriot Act” was among the most unpatriotic bills to have been brought before the Congress since the Sedition Act (during the presidency of John Adams, Sr.,) and that parts of [ Read More ]

JOHN BECKER
Shared work program keeps workers on the job

By John Becker In April, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent. While this is below the national average of 7.5 percent, we need to continue efforts to keep Ohioans on the job and working. I am a firm believer that economic stability is determined by the job market. I am pleased with the passage [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Congress must protect children

By Rob Portman The rescue of three Cleveland women, found after being enslaved for years, left us asking how such a horrific incident could happen in our communities, right in our own backyard. The troubling fact is that there’s a silent scourge sweeping our nation, where vulnerable children are exploited as a commodity and sexually [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
The best rose that you’ve never heard of

By Steve Boehme The newest chapter in the evolution of roses from exotic, high-maintenance flowers to workaday landscape shrubs is still a well-kept secret to most gardeners. By now many of you have planted “Knock-out” shrub roses and appreciate their easy care virtues. Now the Knock-out series has run its course and there’s a new [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Monster All Day’ is great for 3 – 6 year olds

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Mama says you’ve been bad today. She thinks you’re not listening. She says you’ve done everything exactly the opposite of what she wants. You’ve used your outdoor voice inside, broken something valuable, made a big mess, fought with your sister, and you were sassy. Mama’s at the end of her rope, then [ Read More ]

GIGI NEAL
What is meant when you hear, ‘Don’t move firewood’?

By Gigi Neal I’m sure you have heard or seen the signs that say “don’t move firewood” all around our communities, television, and about any publication. What does this phrase really mean? It means that you should do your part to not risk the spread of an invasive pest or plant by moving firewood from [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods – the final chapter

By George Brown Surprisingly, at least to me, there still seems to be some interest in the three recent columns I wrote describing adventures I had as a boy at the old oak tree in Half Acre Woods. The interest, as inferred by several friends (including one who wrote a letter to me) seems to [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Combating cell phone theft, and protecting Ohioans

By Sherrod Brown Last week in Dayton, I met 17 year-old Tyree Horn – a recent high school graduate and a recent victim of cell phone theft. Ohioans, like Tyree, should be able to focus on their lives — on school and work. They shouldn’t have to think twice about using their cell phone in their [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
‘Free trade’ deal will only make the rich richer

By Paul Schwietering While the Washington press is distracted by the controversies over the State Department’s Benghazi “talking points” and whether or not the IRS should have asked any questions before granting “Tea Party” “social welfare” organizations tax-exempt status, the Obama administration is negotiating a “free trade” agreement which has the potential to lower the [ Read More ]


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