Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘A Golden Voice’ is an uplifting memoir

Some people can sing like angels. They can lift their voices in such a way that makes you absolutely sure you’re hearing heaven. With words, they can make you cry or dance. Some people can run faster than sound. Others can wiggle their noses or ears. Some have a way with babies or dogs, know [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR DAN MEAKIN
It’s Canine Preventive Care Month at All Creatures

Canine Parvovirus (or “Parvo) is contagious viral infection that is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Spread through fecal matter in dirt, it can also live on surfaces and objects such as shoes, food and water dishes, toys and bedding. Parvovirus can live in the ground long periods [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Reminders for gardeners

Get out your calendar and make a note to yourself about these important dates in the month of July: July is the cutoff date for pruning and shearing woody plants, and here’s why: Pruning and shearing stimulate new green growth, which won’t have time to harden off completely before winter. Pruning and shearing after July [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Friendships are made of things that are shared

Most of us are fortunate to have many good friends over the course of our lives, whether a brother, a sister, or cousin, or individuals we met along the way that quickly transition from being casual acquaintances to best friends. Some are in our lives for only awhile, while others, thankfully, are in our lives [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Celebrating our God given rights

This July 4th marks 236 years of American independence. For 236 years, we have been free to exercise our God-given rights. This is what our Founding Fathers meant in our Declaration of Independence, when they famously wrote that we Americans “are endowed by (our) Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, [ Read More ]

JOE UECKER
Using taxpayer dollars for politics

When citizens pay taxes, they entrust their money to the government to be used for public purposes. That money should be used for providing public services and for conducting state business. Recently, the legislature passed and the governor signed legislation that increases the penalty for state workers who may use public funds for something other [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Tree pruning reduces wind storm damage

When violent winds or ice storms cause massive tree damage, the majority of the broken or fallen trees have a common tree defect called a “bark-included crotch.” This defect occurs when, instead of a healthy limb attached to the trunk, a tree forms a close crotch (see illustration). As the tree grows, bark is “included” [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Fans of Jim Croce will enjoy ‘I Got a Name’

If only you had a dime for every time you were told to “Turn that thing down!” Your boss said it because you were dancing at work when you should’ve been working. The neighbors hollered it out the window when they were trying to sleep and you were trying out your new stereo. And, of [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Preventive health care for your canine

July is Canine Preventative Care Month at All Creatures Animal Hospital. At ACAH we know that canine preventive medicine often catches problems before they become serious, saving you time and money. If you think about it, it’s like caring for your vehicle. You regularly check the oil and the air pressure in the tires and [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A response to the letter from Grenelda Schnitzoldorf

I guess I should begin by noting, if you did not read the letter to the editor that occupied this space in last week’s paper, this column will only confuse you. For those who did read the referenced letter please understand my response is without malice, but I simply cannot let that letter fade into [ Read More ]


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