Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Resilience’ is a relentless memoir

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your friends think you’re made of rubber. You always bounce back, as they point out. You’re always happy when the good times roll but when they don’t, you reach for your bootstraps. Nothing lays you low for long because you just bounce back. And it seemed that way for Jessie Close. But [ Read More ]

Pope Francis, Ben Franklin and Bob

By George Brown Have you noticed how much Pope Francis looks like Ben Franklin? Pope Francis has demonstrated that he also shares some of Franklin’s best virtues – wisdom, common sense, passion, a clever wit, and a keen sense of humor. Both men’s stories are interesting and merit consideration, but the story I wish to [ Read More ]

Standing up for American jobs by addressing trade cheats

By Sherrod Brown There isn’t much Democrats and Republicans can agree on these days, but one idea is uniting senators on both sides of the aisle. This month I joined my colleagues of both political parties to announce the introduction of the Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act, to stand up to Chinese currency manipulation. This bipartisan [ Read More ]

The budget America needs

By Paul Schwietering almost didn’t write this column. Simply put, I am so disgusted with Obama’s wishy-washy mealy-mouthed administration, which didn’t prosecute the bankers for the crimes that led to the crash (because it might “delay” the recovery!), which wasted six months “negotiating” with “moderate” Republican senators in the forlorn hope that he would get [ Read More ]

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 ]

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