Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
You’ll like ‘Visiting Tom’ – part memoir, part character piece

Your friend called the other day, but you had to call him back. You were on your way out the door and didn’t have time to talk. But when you return-phoned him, he was busy and said he’d call again. You’ve played Phone Tag like this before, and you know the only antidote is to [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

A few weeks ago Yvonne wrote a column about her childhood growing up on State Avenue in Cincinnati, where she lived and played for the first 16 years of her life. That column was so well received I asked her to write another. There was one year during her childhood when Yvonne did not live [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Connecting veterans with new employment opportunities

Ohio is home to more than 890,000 veterans, making our state the nation’s sixth-largest population of veterans. Despite their service, an unacceptably high number of veterans struggle to find work. Just as we invest in our servicemembers while they’re on the battlefield, we should do the same when they return home. That’s why it’s imperative [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
The regulatory cliff is nearly as steep as the fiscal one

Americans are learning more about the “fiscal cliff” approaching at the beginning of next year, when tax rates for families and small businesses are set to spike and new taxes in President Obama’s health-care spending law take effect. But unless there’s real change in Washington, we’re also headed for a steep “regulatory cliff” that could [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Making Marriage Work’ will help glue your ‘I do’

One of your friends dropped a bombshell the other day: she’s getting divorced. You almost can’t believe it. She and her man seemed like the perfect couple, always so sweet together, always so understanding. It’s sad, and it’s scary because she’s not your first friend to announce a break-up. So what’s going on? More importantly, [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Enchanted woods is a fantasy garden

Regular readers of this column already know about our planned Philadelphia Garden Tour, and most people have heard of the tour centerpiece, Longwood Gardens. Fewer gardeners know about the nearby Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Like Longwood, this fantastic estate was built by the DuPont family a century ago, but Winterthur couldn’t be [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
When I fall in love, I will fall in love forever

Regular readers are well acquainted with the antics that sometimes (make that often) get me into trouble with my wife, Yvonne; like rearranging the kitchen cabinets to help her be more organized, to name just one example. Some wonder how in the world she has managed to put up with me for all these years [ Read More ]

RANDY CONOVER
Reaction to the Obamacare court ruling

“The United States Supreme Court finds Obamacare unconstitutional! In the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, after a 5-4 vote, the Court rules against President Obama’s Health Care Law…” This is generally the words used across the broadcast channels initially following the release of the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Fighting for Ohio’s farms

There’s a lot that farmers can plan for: the type of crops to grow, how much acreage those crops will cover, and when to pick those crops. But this year, a widespread drought has left many Ohio farmers with an unplanned disaster: fields dry as a bone and minimal yields. According the United States Department [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘You Don’t Want to Know’ is a mystery for a summer diversion

The skeleton in your family closet has been there since before you were born. Its knee bone’s connected to a distance uncle who ran an illicit business. The arm bone’s connected to a cousin, twice removed, who was known to tipple. An ankle bone’s connected to a twice-great-grandmother, six times married. And the shoulder bone’s [ Read More ]


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