Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
A showplace for color

By Steve Boehme Marjorie and I recently had an opportunity to tour the Ball Horticulture Trial Gardens in Chicago. Ball Horticulture is one of the world’s largest plant breeders, with hugely successful patents like the Wave® petunia and the Supertunia®. Begun in 1933, their seed trial gardens have grown to include display beds for annuals [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
If the election is a topic at your house, read ‘Vote for Me!’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Lately, your parents have been grumbling at the TV a lot. Your dad hits the “quiet” button on and off all night long. He might even throw things at the television, or rip up some of his mail. Your mother shakes her head and avoids the telephone, and you think you know [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Hold ‘er Newt, she’s headed for the barn

It’s hard to imagine there was a time when there were no horses in America. It is well documented that Spanish explorers first brought horses to America in the mid-16th century and left them here when their expeditions were completed. Some historians pinpoint the arrival of the horse to an expedition by Francisco Vasquez de [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Standing up for students

Quianna, a Kent State University nursing student, receives her federal financial aid through a debit card, rather than a paper check. She chose to do this because she was told that she would get the money faster than she would if she waited for a paper check. But what no one told Quianna was that [ Read More ]

RANDY CONOVER
Ask them, then listen and watch

“The spirit of 1776 is not dead. The body of the American people is substantially republican. But the virtuous feelings have been played on by some fact with more fiction; they have been the dupes of artful maneuvers, and made for a moment to be willing instruments in forging chains for themselves. But time and [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Regulatory relief is what we need now

As I meet with small business owners across Ohio, I hear a familiar refrain about federal regulations. These are the binding decisions executive agencies make as they implement the statutes Congress passed and the president signed into law. Regulations have the full force of law, even though they are written by agencies and not elected [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Hidden America’ sheds light on things that we depend on

It gets dark earlier now, which means you reach for the lights earlier, too. One click and you can see to read, cook, find your keys or avoid tripping over the cat. Chances are, in fact, turning on the lights is so automatic, you can find the switch without even thinking about it. But think [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
STEVE BOEHME
Common tree planting questions

Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently about tree planting: Q: “What is the best time to plant trees?” A: Once they drop their leaves (except for evergreens); in other words fall and early winter for most trees. Q: “Should I remove the burlap from the root ball?” A: Most nurseries use [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
A close encounter in the Devil’s Garden

It was midday when we arrived at Arches National Park. The weather couldn’t have been better. As we turned off the main road and headed toward the visitor’s center we were greeted with an awe inspiring view of massive red cliffs rising majestically above us to meet a brilliant blue sky sprinkled with just the [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
A best selling, made in Ohio car

Two years ago, I was proud to attend a historic event – the moment the first Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant. And I even took a ride in a red Cruze, similar to the one my wife now owns—a car made, stamped, and assembled by workers from across [ Read More ]


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