Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Dwarf trees can grow to be giants

By Steve Boehme The American Heritage College Dictionary defines “Dwarf” as “an atypically small animal or plant”. We get many requests for “dwarf” trees, particularly “dwarf” Japanese maples and “dwarf” weeping cherries (or other weeping trees). Typically the desired size is five or six feet tall and wide, small enough for a foundation planting. Customers [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Getting to know the flea

By Dr. Dan Meakin To help improve your flea fighting skills, lets look at the flea and its life cycle. Fleas are parasites that feed off their host’s blood. When a flea bites its victim’s skin it injects a minute amount of flea antigen. Pets vary in their reactions to flea antigen. In some pets [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Hiking is an addiction for which there is no cure

By George Brown I began hiking at about age four. No, I didn’t carry a little backpack over my shoulder or use a two foot high walking stick, but this was the age at which I moved beyond walking around the yard with Mom to following my older brothers and sister through fields, over creeks, [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ensuring Ohio workers have the skills to fill jobs

By Sherrod Brown Last week, I heard from Daniel Brewer, a Navy veteran from Cincinnati who could not find a good paying job after returning from Afghanistan. Though Daniel had substantial training in the Navy, moving home to Ohio, he had trouble translating his skills into the civilian workforce. Daniel’s experience is all too common. [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Should Obama pardon Snowden?

By Paul Schwietering Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor – turned whistleblower, has been holed up in the “airport transit zone” of the Moscow Airport in Russia for the past three weeks.  He has been offered asylum by three countries (so far) in South and Central America.  The rest of the nations in South [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Time to repeal the Medical Device Tax

By Rob Portman Since the day it was passed, conservatives have argued that the Affordable Care Act would destroy jobs. President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate contained in the health care law because it would undermine an already fragile jobs market serves to confirm our worst fears. But while the President’s action has [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Curiosity’ is something different

By Terri Schlichenmeyer When you look back on your life, you notice that much has changed. Personally, you’ve grown, matured in mind and body, formed opinions, taken knocks, bounced back, and endured. From outside, you’ve seen the advent of internet, cell phone, social media, and a whole new century, maybe more. It’s a world your [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Timing is the key to controlling invasive bermudagrass

By Steve Boehme So many readers have responded our previous columns about “Bermudagrass”, this topic deserves a follow-up. Timing is key; Bermudagrass control is most effective if done in July with a follow-up in August. If you want to stop a Bermudagrass invasion, get started with a spray program right away. If you wait too [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Do your feet a favor and lose the shoes

By George Brown I considered titling this column, “Going barefooted is good for your soles as well as your soul,” but opted for the above title fearing that shoe wearing readers might stumble over my use of the word barefooted instead of barefoot, thereby entirely spoiling the creative use of a homophone. Let’s settle the [ Read More ]

LEN HARDING
Columnist was too lenient on the hidden agenda of ALEC

By Len Harding I read a wonderful opinion piece the other day – right here in the Sun. Paul Schwietering’s guest column was a bracing look at a hidden agenda that is slowly but surely removing “for the people” from state government. He was far too lenient regarding ALEC’s nefarious plans. A look at their [ Read More ]


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