Opinion Archive

Ending human trafficking—the human rights cause of our time

By Rob Portman Since 2011, Megan Mattimoe has been working through the organization she founded in Toledo, Advocating Opportunity, to help victims of human trafficking rebuild their lives. As she says in her mission statement, her goal is to create “an opportunity for victims to choose their life’s course.” And yet too often Megan, and [ Read More ]

The silly seriousness of walking

By George Brown There was a time not so long ago when man, like every other earthbound creature, had to walk to get where he needed to go. The dog was perhaps the first animal man learned to control to make his own life a little easier. Dogs quickly became companions for play, hunting, defense, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. 2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Nadine’ is perfect for preschool classrooms

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Open your ears and close your mouths! That’s something your teacher says when she wants your class to be still and listen. Look but don’t touch is something Mom says, or “That smells fishy” when she doesn’t believe something. Hearing, smelling, feeling: those are three of the five senses you might use [ Read More ]

Stopping by woods on a snowy morning

By George Brown The 6 to 12 inches of snow that fell last Thursday (depending on where you live in the tristate) was quite likely the last measurable snow we will see until winter’s chill again descends upon us 10 months from now. This snowfall also happened to be, I believe, the most beautiful of [ Read More ]

Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but [ Read More ]

Ensuring testing does not take away from student learning

By Sherrod Brown In too many school districts, parents and teachers feel overwhelmed by the amount of student testing that is going on in our classrooms. Annual testing can be a useful yardstick to measure student progress and achievement, but too often our kids are inundated with duplicative tests that actually take time away from [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
The female dog

By Dr. Dan Meakin Most female dogs experience their first “heat” period between six and nine months of age. Large breeds may be somewhat later. This is observed as a period beginning with the enlargement of the external genitalia (vulva) followed in seven to nine days by genital bleeding. If you choose to avoid heat [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Dead Wake’ perfect for history, thirller buffs

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It almost scared you to death. That’s what it seemed like: heart pounding, palms sweaty, legs weak – but still in one piece, breathing again, thankful that you only had a near-miss. History, however, is not so benign, as you’ll see in “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. William Thomas Turner “excelled” at [ Read More ]

Occupy Cleveland & city ordinances

By Paul Pfeifer Do you remember the Occupy Wall Street movement? It started in September 2011 when protestors gathered in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The movement spread to other cities, including Cleveland, where, on October 21, at around 10 p.m., a group known as Occupy Cleveland engaged in a demonstration in the Public Square [ Read More ]

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