Opinion Archive

Gearheads and Hot Rods
Iconic ‘gasser’ owned by local hot rodder

By Kari Strunk This is the true story of the well-known gasser named “The Silver Dollar”. Well, maybe it’s not as well known to the “average Joe,” but ask any local hot rodder and they will surely recognize the name. You may never even have heard of the term “gasser.” They are named gassers because [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Birdology’ great for young naturalists

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Somebody called you a birdbrain last week. At first, it really made you mad. What kind of a thing is that to say? You’re way smarter than a bird and your brain’s much bigger, but what are you gonna do? You’re going to read “Birdology” by Monica Russo, photographs by Kevin Byron [ Read More ]

A new mattress for my backyard camper

By George Brown I’m an early riser. Now three years into retirement, my internal clock still wakes me up at 5:00 a.m., give or take five minutes, and this is so no matter what time I go to bed. I’ve always kept an alarm clock on my side of the bed, and have even used [ Read More ]

The budget that the American people deserve

By Rob Portman Last week, President Obama released his annual budget proposal. It’s a 2,000 page document that spells out how he wants to spend your hard-earned tax dollars. But a budget is about more than how much the government spends and how much it taxes. As any family who’s ever sat down around the [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Why does my pets 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
‘All the Wrong Places’ filled with melancholy and despair

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You should have gone to bed earlier last night. You shouldn’t have watched TV until so late. You should’ve turned it off, set your alarm and gone to bed on time. Just staying up one night shouldn’t make you so tired. You should know better. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, as they say – [ Read More ]

Remembering Valentines Days

By George Brown How much will U.S. lovers spend on their sweethearts for Valentine’s Day this year?” Would you believe $18.9 billion? A mere $703 million of this will be spent on doggy and kitty treats for our four-legged sweethearts. You can read about this and more in a report recently released by the National [ Read More ]

Biomedical research: creating jobs, saving lives

By Sherrod Brown Medical research not only creates jobs – it saves lives. But critical research – on cancer prevention, on new prescription drugs, and on cures for deadly diseases – is often left unfunded. In fact, nine out of 11 research grants go unfunded. The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, represents the cornerstone [ Read More ]

Court fight over injured baby

By Paul Pfeifer Earlier this year, we – the Supreme Court of Ohio- reviewed a child-endangering case that involved a man named Joseph Pepka. Pepka lived in an apartment in Eastlake, Ohio, with his girlfriend, Kaysie Perry, and her eight-month-old daughter, M.P. On the morning of March 3, 2007, Pepka gave M.P. a bath, but [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ is a good family drama

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Cut from the same cloth. That’s what your grandma said about you and your siblings, but it couldn’t have been further from the truth: you were different as sun and rain. You came from the same set of parents, and that’s about all you had in common. Still, there are always things [ Read More ]

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