Opinion Archive

PAUL SCHWIETERING
FISA courts are rubber stamp courts

By Paul Schwietering In March, at a U.S. Senate hearing, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon asked James R. Clapper, Jr., the Director of National Intelligence, “Does the National Security Agency collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”  “No sir,” Mr. Clapper replied.  “Not wittingly.”  The question and [ Read More ]

DENISE FRANER, RN
When you’re getting physical exercise, take it outside!

Denise Franer RN When winter winds are howling and the snow is falling, gyms offer the ideal climate controlled space for working out. Emerging science suggests, however, that exercising outdoors offers benefits that cannot be duplicated on a treadmill, track or recumbent bike. For one thing, a person strides differently when exercising outdoors. The ankle [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Purple foliage stands out

By Steve Boehme Nothing beats purple foliage for all-season color, because colorful foliage stands out even when the blooms fade. There are new plant introductions each year with maroon, burgundy, bronze and dark red leaves, along with many older varieties that have stood the test of time. Here are some of our favorite trees, shrubs, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ is a book you’ll remember

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your mother loves to reminisce. “Remember when…” she says before launching into some often-embarrassing story about something that happened years ago. “Remember when,” two words that make you scramble to recall whatever she’s talking about. Sometimes, though, you can’t remember when. Her stories are familiar – but they aren’t, and you almost [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats pose health hazards

By Dr. Dan Meakin The major intestinal parasites of dogs and cats are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Three of these can potential health hazards to people. Contrary to popular belief (old wives’ tales, etc.), dogs and cats do not get pinworms. Hookworms and roundworms both produce microscopic eggs that are passed in the pet’s [ Read More ]

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 ]


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