Opinion Archive

SHERROD BROWN
US companies need to stop sending calls and jobs overseas

If you’ve had to call a major company for a service repair or to get an answer to a question about your cable bill, chances are you’ve probably spoken with a worker in a different time zone or on a different continent. That’s because big companies have been shipping U.S. call center jobs overseas for [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Your pet and dental hygiene

Cats and dogs seldom develop tooth cavities, as humans do. However dogs and cats are not without a major dental problem! In fact, the most common dental problem that we find in pets is considered far worse than cavities. It is called periodontal disease. This disease affects the gums and other tissues around the teeth, [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Picking the right tree for you

This week we start a four-week series of columns showing how to succeed with trees. First we’ll talk about selecting the right kind of tree for your location. Next week’s column will be about how to get your money’s worth when shopping for trees. Then we’ll share planting tips, and finally we’ll answer frequently-asked questions [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
You’ll like ‘Visiting Tom’ – part memoir, part character piece

Your friend called the other day, but you had to call him back. You were on your way out the door and didn’t have time to talk. But when you return-phoned him, he was busy and said he’d call again. You’ve played Phone Tag like this before, and you know the only antidote is to [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

A few weeks ago Yvonne wrote a column about her childhood growing up on State Avenue in Cincinnati, where she lived and played for the first 16 years of her life. That column was so well received I asked her to write another. There was one year during her childhood when Yvonne did not live [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Connecting veterans with new employment opportunities

Ohio is home to more than 890,000 veterans, making our state the nation’s sixth-largest population of veterans. Despite their service, an unacceptably high number of veterans struggle to find work. Just as we invest in our servicemembers while they’re on the battlefield, we should do the same when they return home. That’s why it’s imperative [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
The regulatory cliff is nearly as steep as the fiscal one

Americans are learning more about the “fiscal cliff” approaching at the beginning of next year, when tax rates for families and small businesses are set to spike and new taxes in President Obama’s health-care spending law take effect. But unless there’s real change in Washington, we’re also headed for a steep “regulatory cliff” that could [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Making Marriage Work’ will help glue your ‘I do’

One of your friends dropped a bombshell the other day: she’s getting divorced. You almost can’t believe it. She and her man seemed like the perfect couple, always so sweet together, always so understanding. It’s sad, and it’s scary because she’s not your first friend to announce a break-up. So what’s going on? More importantly, [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Enchanted woods is a fantasy garden

Regular readers of this column already know about our planned Philadelphia Garden Tour, and most people have heard of the tour centerpiece, Longwood Gardens. Fewer gardeners know about the nearby Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Like Longwood, this fantastic estate was built by the DuPont family a century ago, but Winterthur couldn’t be [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
When I fall in love, I will fall in love forever

Regular readers are well acquainted with the antics that sometimes (make that often) get me into trouble with my wife, Yvonne; like rearranging the kitchen cabinets to help her be more organized, to name just one example. Some wonder how in the world she has managed to put up with me for all these years [ Read More ]


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