Opinion Archive

GEORGE BROWN
The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, Part III – ‘Pretty Blue Eyes’

By George Brown No doubt you heard or saw news reports last week week about the “Magicicada” invasion that is about to hit the east coast, ranging from North Carolina all the way to Connecticut. Also known as the “Periodic Cicada,” these winged insects emerge from the soil in various years and in various regions [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ending prescription drug abuse and saving Ohio lives

By Sherrod Brown Although it is shocking that the national death toll from prescription overdoses has doubled in recent years, what is even more alarming is that in our state, it has tripled. In fact, since 2007, more Ohioans have died from accidental prescription drug overdoses than auto accidents. This is unconscionable. Ohio families deserve [ Read More ]

JOSH MANDEL
Ohio needs to have a simpler tax system

By Josh Mandel As Ohio’s treasurer and watchdog of Ohioans’ hard-earned dollars, I am proud to stand up to support sanity and fiscal responsibility in state and local government. That’s why I urge the Ohio legislature to pass House Bill 5 in order to simplify Ohio’s municipal income-tax system. Ohio is the only state in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Novel is a cute must read

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The package was wrapped so nicely. The paper was festive, the colors zesty with frou-frou ribbon and a shiny bow on top. Surely, if it was possible for someone to make a career out of wrapping gifts, it was such a person who wrapped this one. Too bad it was a gift [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
What is tick paralysis?

By Dr. Dan Meakin Tick Paralysis is caused by over 40 species of ticks worldwide (five in North America, including the deer tick) and can occur in almost any region where ticks are found. It has killed thousands of animals. Tick paralysis occurs when an engorged and gravid (egg-laden) female tick produces a neurotoxin in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Caring for ornamental grasses

By Steve Boehme Ornamental grasses are wonderfully carefree, but now is the time to give them some attention. If you’ve left them standing until spring for winter interest, it’s a good idea to cut them back now. Winter weather gradually breaks down some varieties of grasses and they fill your yard with mess. Others are [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The old oak tree in Half Acre Woods part two – ‘The Bear’

By George Brown As sometimes happens, several readers asked about last week’s column. In case you missed it, it was a story about leaving my backpack under the old oak tree in Half Acre Woods, and how when I went to retrieve it the next night a big black snake that had crawled into the [ Read More ]

HOWARD DAUGHERTY
Veterans Service Commission has a long history

By Howard Daugherty The Veterans Service Commission was born in the year 1886. Following the Civil War our nation was in a depression with little work. Our soldiers, both Blue and Gray, were very hard pressed to make a living for their families – for those disabled, it was almost impossible. Our forefathers had the [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Former FBI agent runs for governor

By Paul Schwietering I recently went to a dinner in Clinton County to visit some old friends and got a chance to meet Ed Fitzgerald, who is running for governor of Ohio. Fitzgerald has a somewhat unusual background for someone who is running for public office. He was the seventh of eight children, and he [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Closing the skills gap

By Rob Portman The weakest economic recovery since the 1940s continues, and for the millions of Americans who are still looking for full-time work, their own personal recession drags on. We have almost become numb to the disappointing news: nearly 20 million Americans and 400,000 of our friends and neighbors in Ohio unemployed, and millions [ Read More ]


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