Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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
‘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!
‘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 ]

Growing up as one of a team of six little rascals

By George Brown You remember the Little Rascals – Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, Alfalfa, and the rest of the gang. I had the good fortune of growing up as one of six little rascals. Our team of little rascals included Tommy, Kathy, and Georgie, and our three cousins, Louie, Clovie, and Timmy. Of course I was [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Why does my pet’s breath smell bad

By Dr. Dan Meakin Many pet owners never even consider that their dog or cat could have any sort of dental problems. However, diseases affecting the mouth and teeth of pets are very common. The major problem for pets is periodontal disease, which includes plaque or tartar that builds up on the teeth and in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The House Girl’ author does an excellent job of weaving divergent stories together

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You didn’t think you’d ever stop looking. You’d been searching for days for that one thing you needed – a fact, a document, a recipe, a key – and it was nowhere to be found. You tore the house up and… nothing. And then you found it. Actually, you’d found it several [ Read More ]

The night I met Hermit Joe

By George Brown It had been snowing all day, the loose powdery kind that makes for great sled riding. This could mean only one thing – kids from miles around would be gathering at Timmy Hunter’s house for a nighttime sledding party. My older brothers and sister, Mick, Bob, and Kathy, were already bundled up [ Read More ]

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