Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Weeping cherry is a popular, but often misunderstood tree

Weeping cherries are one of the most-requested trees in our nursery, and one of the least understood. They also have a very high failure rate. We often joke that each weeping cherry is actually two trees in one, so they have twice as many problems. What we mean is that each weeping cherry tree has [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Garden Wisdom’ is a book you’ll want to read

There’s a little extra plot of land near your house, and you can really dig it. And you have, in fact. You’ve also tilled it, dragged it, weeded, watered, hoed and spaded it. You’ve measured, hilled, and seeded that plot, too. Playing in the dirt has always been fun and, in that respect, you’ve never [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
Blueberries for food and landscaping

Blueberry bushes are attractive shrubs with abundant pink-tinged white blooms in spring, shiny foliage and stunning fall color. If you have a well-drained full-sun location for foundation shrubs or privacy hedge, consider using blueberry plants. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are even blueberries ideal for planting in containers! As an [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
How will the Sun’s obits for Thursday April 30, 2048 read?

What do you read first when you pick up the paper? I suspect the obituaries aren’t at the top of your list but, like me, I’ll bet you glance over the obits before putting the paper down. I read the obituaries for two reasons. First, to see if anybody I know passed away during the [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Boosting Ohio-made products and creating good Ohio jobs

Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world. And, every day, at places like Nook Industries in Cuyahoga County, Middletown Tube Works in Butler County, and Crown Battery in Sandusky County, Ohio workers are making goods used all over the world. Ohio has had quicker increases in job growth than other states, and we [ Read More ]

JEAN SCHMIDT
Tax Freedom Day useful, but doesn’t tell whole story

Tuesday April 17 was not just the deadline to file federal tax returns. Ironically, it was also Tax Freedom Day. That means the typical American has spent every working day so far this year earning just enough money to pay off his or her federal, state, and local tax bills, according to the Tax Foundation. [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
An assortment of critters discovered at Dimmitt Woods

The Dimmitt Woods senior housing construction site has proven to be a menagerie of critters. The first sighting was the snake pit, a long since abandoned cistern in which several behemoth black snakes had taken up residence. Without intending to do so the bulldozer closed off their escape and silenced the snakes before anyone could [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Tips to help you avoid tax fraud and identification theft

Identity theft and tax fraud victims – like Michael Bucalo whom I recently met in Cleveland – know that “there are people out there (who) are so slick; they can steal your shoes while you are running.” For criminals who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers, tax season is the time to cash in – on other [ Read More ]

ROB PORTMAN
Better Health Rewards: A path to a better budget

In the last 40 years, federal spending on entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, has soared from less than half of Washington’s budget to almost two-thirds. This past year alone, Medicare spending totaled about $560 billion – more than triple what it was two decades ago, even after inflation. Over the next decade, as [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘If Walls Could Talk’ has a lot to say

Thank goodness for bathrooms. That’s almost always the first place you head in the morning, once you’ve gotten out of bed. And, come to think of it, thank goodness for beds. What would you do without a comfortable place to stretch out and snooze? You’re grateful for your kitchen, too, because that’s the second place [ Read More ]


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