Opinion Archive

Improving mental healthcare for our veterans

By Rob Portman When our men and women in uniform come home from overseas, they deserve the best possible medical care. Unfortunately, they haven’t always been getting it. And while deficiencies in treating physical wounds have been well documented, there has been far less of a focus on the invisible wounds of war—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [ Read More ]

Kindness is always appropriate, even if it is not always deserved

By George Brown Think for a moment; who is the kindest person you’ve ever known? Don’t feel badly if you didn’t pick your husband or wife. When I asked Yvonne this question she didn’t pick me. Perhaps she knows me too well. The kindest person I’ve ever known was Pat, a dear friend I worked [ Read More ]

Tampering with evidence

By Paul Pfeifer On the evening of April 18, 2011, two plainclothes narcotic detectives in an unmarked vehicle observed a car travel left of center. Although they weren’t on traffic duty, the officers stopped the car because of the erratic driving. Detective Will Speakman approached the driver – Amanda Straley – who was alone in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘House with Sixteen Handmade Doors’ perfect for tinkerers

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Remodeling never ends. That’s a fact when you’re a homeowner. There’s always something to do, something to upgrade, some way to make a house your own. New flooring, paint, move the fixtures, add another room, and, well, you know where this is going. But where did it begin? Who created the place [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court hears case on the Rico Act

By Paul Pfeifer In 1970, Congress passed the federal Racketeer influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which came to be called the RICO Act. The purpose of the act was to “seek the eradication of organized crime in the United States by strengthening the legal tools in the evidence-gathering process” and to provide “enhanced sanctions and [ Read More ]

In search of the elusive perfect gift

By George Brown I could use some help here. Yvonne and I have been married for 48 years and I still struggle with what to buy her for Christmas as much as I did the first year we were married. Actually more so because the anxiety, fear, and sense of hopeless desperation about buying the [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Does my dog have arthritis?

By Dr. Dan Meakin Arthritis – also known by the medical term “Osteoarthritis”- is a disease resulting in the degeneration of one or more joints of the body. Joints can become affected with arthritis for many reasons including injury, birth defects resulting in malformation, and aging. As a result of the disease, the slick surface [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘My Puppy Gave to Me’ puts you in the spirit

By Terri Schlichenmeyer This Christmas, you’re hoping for a few special gifts beneath the tree. You want a certain something that you wish Mom and Dad would give you. Santa will bring a bag full of gifts – you’re sure of that! Grandma always gives you clothes, and your favorite Auntie likes to give you [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court hears case on public document attorney fees

By Paul Pfeifer On July 20, 2011, Emilie DiFranco sent a public-records request by e-mail to the city of South Euclid in care of Keith Benjamin – the clerk of the city council. On July 25, Benjamin responded, indicating that he had received the request and had forwarded it to the director of finance for [ Read More ]

Step aside Joey Chestnut, the Hairy Coconut is warming up

By George Brown Are you still feeling the effects of stuffing 4,500 calories into your belly last Thursday? Yes, 4,500 – that’s the number of calories the Caloric Control Council says the average American consumes on Thanksgiving Day. Keep in mind this is just an average. Children and vegan family members typically consume less than [ Read More ]

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