Opinion Archive

SHERROD BROWN
Providing Ohio workers with a fair wage is good for business

By Sherrod Brown With too many Ohioans working harder than ever and barely getting by, it’s well past time to raise the minimum wage in our country. Recently, I visited four Ohio businesses that are supportive of an increase in the federal minimum wage. These businesses and their owners know that treating their employees right [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Our right to bear arms must be protected

By Rob Portman The United States Senate is likely to take up gun control legislation later this month in response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Unfortunately, the majority of the proposals that have surfaced would do nothing to prevent these types of horrific acts of violence from happening in the future. They [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Tips for Spring: Home orchards made easy

By Steve Boehme Many people dream of having a home orchard but keep putting it off. One reason is that there can be such a long time (and a lot of work) between planting and your first harvest of delicious fruit. Another reason is that so many things can go wrong in the meantime. Fear [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Rest in Pieces’ is interesting, full of quirk

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You walked into a room the other day, and completely forgot why. These lapses in memory just kill you. If you couldn’t remember what you needed, you were dead in the water. But ideas don’t expire, which is a good thing because it took awhile to recall what you wanted. Seriously, sometimes [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Adventures of a novice naturalist at Natchez Trace

By George Brown Our trip to Natchez, Mississippi last week was as near perfect as a trip can be, with just the right mix of good food, tours of magnificent antebellum homes, and relaxation at our Natchez State Park campsite. By Friday we were both pretty well toured-out so I asked Yvonne if she would [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Time to plant potatoes now?

By Steve Boehme Experienced gardeners plant two crops of potatoes, in late March and again after last frost. Potato plants can survive frost if they get a little protection, so it’s time to get ready for that first planting now. Potatoes will begin to grow as soon as the soil temperature has reached 45 degrees [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
The truth about heartworms and what to do about them

By Dr. Dan Meakin Heartworm Disease is becoming increasingly more common in this area. The heartworm lives in the right side of the heart, and in the nearby large blood vessels. The female worms produce large numbers of immature heartworms, which circulate in the blood. These young worms, called microfilaria, are ingested by a mosquito [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Orphan Train’ will stick to your heart like glue

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your memories could fill a thousand scrapbooks. On this page here, you’d glue that first-day-of-school smell. If you could, you’d paste the sound of your father coming home from work. Your mother’s voice would be saved between pages of perfect-weather days, lost loves, and hot cocoa. You’d fasten down puppy breath, running [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
After a misunderstanding, I’m back in the trailer again

By George Brown I thought I had made it through winter without being banished to our travel trailer. No such luck. Evidently last week’s column sparked a rumor about my marital fidelity – or the possible lack thereof. When the backdraft from that rumor reached our home it set off a full-fledged firestorm. The result, [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Ohio workers have what it takes to excel in the global economy

By Sherrod Brown At the President’s State of the Union address, I was joined by Cookie Hall, a second-generation Cleveland steelworker who knows from experience that American workers are the most productive in the world. Cookie works at Cleveland Works, a steel plant owned by ArcelorMittal North America. Workers at this plant produce one ton [ Read More ]


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