Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Gardening on a private estate in New Jersey

I once worked as a groundskeeper on an estate near Princeton, New Jersey owned by J. Seward Johnson, one of the founders of consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson. I was one of perhaps 20 full-time groundskeepers on the estate. At the time, Johnson was 84 years old, spry and enthusiastic, proud owner of many [ Read More ]

Sometimes you have to revise your bucket list

You may recall a column from a few years ago titled, “What’s on your bucket list.” In that column, inspired by the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List,” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I listed a number of things I hoped to accomplish during my bucket list years, also known as retirement. Now, only eight [ Read More ]

On the spirit of eligibility

“No person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of the Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen [ Read More ]

Stopping the Washington, D.C shutdown games

Washington must change its spending-as-usual habit. The federal government is already $16 trillion in debt, and is borrowing an additional $4 billion every day. Future generations will be on the hook for this enormous debt. We can all agree that burying our children and grandchildren in a mountain of debt is not fair. But in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Time to get the kids outside

Your Mom is awfully tired of you. She’s tired of you running up and down stairs, in and out doors, from kitchen to bedroom. She’s tired of your noise from video games, talky toys, TV shows, and electronics. Most of all, she’s very, very tired of you saying that you’re bored. But it’s true: you’re [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Before planting, prepare new landscape beds

Planting isn’t just about “digging a hole” and stuffing the plant into it. Making new garden beds is a seven-step process. You need to get rid of existing grass and weeds, loosen the soil, and make sure there’s enough food for the plants you’re installing, and protect against weeds taking over before your new plants [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
10 tips to lower your vet bills

1. Spay or Neuter your pet. By all means spaying and neutering decreases cost of pet ownership. Neutered pets are less likely to get hurt, injured in fights, as well as more likely to stay in a family longer. Spayed and neutered pets get fewer medical problems such as uterine or prostatic infections, cancer or [ Read More ]

There’s a reason why you can’t remember diddly-squat

I’ve been taking some classes at UC Clermont this summer. I’ll save the story about my course of study for another time, but I do want to put in a plug for the University of Cincinnati’s Senior Audit Program. After you turn 60 you can audit classes tuition free. The last time I sat in [ Read More ]

Addressing wrongful foreclosures

If you’re one of the thousands of Ohio families who has experienced the pain of losing your home to a wrongful foreclosure, help could finally be on the way. But you must act quickly. Before the reports of widespread foreclosure fraud two years ago, Ohio had 14 consecutive years of increased foreclosures. Then, we discovered [ Read More ]

Real property, real solutions

After four years of trillion-dollar annual deficits and an accumulated $16 trillion debt, Washington badly needs a course correction. Just as many Ohio families have had to scale back their spending in this tough economy, Washington needs to act now to get the spending under control and make government more efficient. One immediate way to [ Read More ]

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