Opinion Archive

ROB PORTMAN
Solving the jobs skills shortage

By Rob Portman Unemployment in the United States is 8.1 percent, hovering above 8 percent for the 43rd consecutive month. Nearly 21 million Americans are struggling to find full-time work. Economists and politicians talk a lot about these and other numbers. But for families struggling to pay the electric bill, fill the gas tank, or [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Dog Lived’ is readable, enjoyable, supportive, and filled with humor

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your dog gets the best of care. Before you give him toys, you make sure the squeaker isn’t a choking danger. You read the labels on his food, and you’re equally cautious about his treats. He’s walked on a schedule, bathed and pampered, spoiled, and loved to pieces. Author Teresa J. Rhyne [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
That dog won’t hunt – a lesson on leadership

By George Brown It was a cool evening in late September 1927, one of those autumn days you wish would never end. The sun had gone down but a street light recently installed at the corner of Indiana and Pennsylvania Avenues cast dim bouncing shadows in front of “The Kid” as he hurried home. He [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Helping Ohio communities stop prescription drug abuse

By Sherrod Brown Together, we can save lives if we properly dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs. Too many addicts and curious teens can get prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from friends who no longer use the medication they were prescribed. In recent years, more Ohioans have died from accidental prescription [ Read More ]

JOSH MANDEL
My jobs plan for Ohio

By Josh Mandel I have a Jobs Plan that would make Ohio a world leader in manufacturing and energy production. Think about it. 400,000 Ohioans are unemployed, but our energy reserves rival Saudi Arabia’s. Eight presidents from Nixon to Obama have pledged to reduce our dependence on foreign oil; yet, today we’re as dependent as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Casual Vacancy’ is a complex book with a lot of pathos, humor, and allegories

By Terri Schlichenmeyer When you’re gone, you’ll leave behind many important things. There’ll be photos and memorabilia, money, bric-a-brac, and property to divvy up. Great-grandma’s china goes here, your mother’s jewelry there, and a cherished belonging of your father’s will become someone else’s cherished belonging. When you’re dead and gone, you’ll leave many things behind [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
STEVE BOEHME
Native plants at the Brandywine Museum

By Steve Boehme Our recent Philadelphia Garden Tour took us to the Brandywine River Museum, an art collection that includes many paintings by the Wyeth family along with other American artists. The museum is operated by the Brandywine Conservancy. This organization is devoted to preserving the Brandywine River watershed, a river valley packed with Revolutionary [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Many pets suffer from dry skin syndrome

By Dr. Dan Meakin Many household pets suffer from dry, flaking, scaling skin. Sometimes there is severe itching. It is a year-round problem in some pets, or more often appears only during the winter months when the heat is turned on in the house. Dry types of heat, such as electric and radiant, dry the [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Hard times at the little house on Brokaw Road

By George Brown It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning in late March when I awoke and went downstairs – two months before my ninth birthday. Instead of the usual morning chores, I found Mom busily packing boxes and my Stepdad hurriedly loading them in the car. He had hooked an old trailer to [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Working across party lines

By Sherrod Brown There’s an old saying that it’s hard to learn with your mouth open. That’s why as Senator, I believe that the best way I can serve Ohio is by first listening to Ohioans from different walks of life, political parties, and professions. To do that, I’ve traveled to all 88 counties and [ Read More ]


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