Opinion Archive

ROB PORTMAN
Ohio companies are leading in bioscience innovation

By Rob Portman Ohio has always been a leader in manufacturing and innovation. From steel in Cleveland to machine tools in Cincinnati, from tires in Akron to glass in Toledo, Ohio innovators and visionaries made Ohio a manufacturing powerhouse. The latest chapter of this storied history of innovation and success is being written not only [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘A Kiss Before You Go’ is a story of love, and grief

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Salt and pepper. Bogie and Bacall. Bonnie & Clyde, Ozzie & Harriet, Mickey and Minnie. You can barely mention one without the other coming to mind. They’re yin and yang, two halves of a whole, a definite pair. A match. And that’s what you figure you’ll be when you marry your beloved: [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
‘Recharging’ at the OSU short course

By Steve Boehme To learn what the nursery industry is all about, it’s hard to beat the four-day “crash course” we attend every year at the Columbus Convention Center. Sponsored by Ohio State University and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA), this extravaganza is called CENTS, for Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show, and it’s [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Growing up as one of a team of six little rascals

By George Brown You remember the Little Rascals – Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, Alfalfa, and the rest of the gang. I had the good fortune of growing up as one of six little rascals. Our team of little rascals included Tommy, Kathy, and Georgie, and our three cousins, Louie, Clovie, and Timmy. Of course I was [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Why does my pet’s 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
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The House Girl’ author does an excellent job of weaving divergent stories together

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You didn’t think you’d ever stop looking. You’d been searching for days for that one thing you needed – a fact, a document, a recipe, a key – and it was nowhere to be found. You tore the house up and… nothing. And then you found it. Actually, you’d found it several [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
The night I met Hermit Joe

By George Brown It had been snowing all day, the loose powdery kind that makes for great sled riding. This could mean only one thing – kids from miles around would be gathering at Timmy Hunter’s house for a nighttime sledding party. My older brothers and sister, Mick, Bob, and Kathy, were already bundled up [ Read More ]

SEN. SHERROD BROWN
Standing up for Ohio manufacturers

By Sen. Sherrod Brown We know Ohio workers and Ohio manufacturers can compete with anyone. We have skilled, productive workers and world-class infrastructure. But for years, we’ve seen evidence of unfair trade practices – like currency manipulation – costing Americans jobs. Currency manipulation occurs when a country undervalues its currency to effectively subsidize its exports. [ Read More ]

SEN. ROB PORTMAN
There’s no off-season in Canton

By Sen. Rob Portman With the Baltimore Ravens’ dramatic win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday in New Orleans, yet another exciting National Football League season comes to a close. Although we have a Super Bowl champ that is neither the Bengals nor the Browns, the future looks a little brighter for both teams. [ Read More ]

REP. JOHN BECKER
Live streaming highlights transparency

By Rep. John Becker As we begin the 130th General Assembly, I am looking forward to working with the governor’s budget proposal, as well as a new way for our state government to be more transparent to our constituents. While we move through the lengthy, yet imperative, budget process, I believe it’s important that we [ Read More ]


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