Opinion Archive

Where the name came from

Have you ever stopped and wondered where names of town’s streets or roads come from? Many are self-explaining. Like First Street or Elm Street or Bolender Road. They pretty much tell you where or why just in their name. But I grew up on a road named Fruit Ridge. This was one of those roads [ Read More ]

Permanent total disability benefits

In 1983, Robert Boyd – who is now in his early 90s – retired from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Twenty-two years later, in 2005, he filed a claim for workers’ compensation benefits for asbestosis in both lungs. The claim was allowed and he began collecting benefits. But the story didn’t end there. In 2013, Robert [ Read More ]

The media’s responsibility to our democracy

Politicians spend a good bit of their time complaining about the media. But why should they have all the fun? I’m going to join in, though I tend to get upset about different things than most sitting politicians do. You see, I don’t actually mind when journalists — whether in print, on television or online [ Read More ]

Hope across Ohio

For the last three years I have worked on legislation to transform the federal government’s response to the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is devastating too many Ohio communities. The legislation is called CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. After a big bipartisan vote in the Senate and the House, CARA was signed [ Read More ]

The way to start a day

I’m not just sure when this began but I’m going to say the early 1980s. My parents were living at the edge of Bethel and my dad had become a member of the Lions Club at Bethel. My parents were always involved in the social activities of their communities and Dad had become very fond [ Read More ]

Signs of fall: Halloween, Thanksgiving and pro football

As summer fades into the past, Ohioans will have a new reason to complain—cold weather. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Ohioans can expect a cold winter. Thankfully, before it gets too cold, we can enjoy Thanksgiving and Halloween. When it comes to keeping up with the seasons, I just look at professional sports. For instance, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Can my cat get aids?

Well, yes and no.  Cats are susceptible to a virus that causes an immunodeficiency syndrome similar to, but different from the AIDS syndrome in people.   The feline virus is now called FIV or feline immunodeficiency virus.  It has previously been called feline T-lymphotrophic lentivirus (FTLV) and feline acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (FAIDS) virus. The virus [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Women’ will interest aspiring crime fighters

The law’s the law. You’ve known practically since you were born that rules were not made to be broken; in fact, they were made for a reason – even when it’s hard to make them stick. That’s especially true now, just as it was and a hundred years ago or more, and in the book [ Read More ]

Is your furnace prepared for winter?

Last week, my wife and I gave our Gibson furnace its last rites. Rest in peace old friend. Thanks for keeping our house cool during the summer and warm during the winter. To stress the importance of a furnace, try imagining your house without air conditioning or heat. It’s a horrible thought. But it’s how [ Read More ]

When the meal was the meal!

From my earliest recollections until I stopped helping farmers as a farm hand in the early 80s I now think back on the meals the farmers’ wives served. In those times a routine meal consisted of meat and potatoes or soup, beans and corn bread or something that filled the stomach and allowed the farmer [ Read More ]

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