Opinion Archive

The sad downfall of John Henry Brown

By George Brown John Henry Brown was about the sweetest little boy to ever reside in Kudzu County. He was polite, thoughtful, kind, considerate, industrious, and obedient, especially obedient. When his Mom told him to do something, or told him not to do something, John Henry always said “Yes Mam”, and then he did whatever [ Read More ]

Giving back to our communities this Thanksgiving

By Sherrod Brown As we approach Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. For us, the day marks a chance to gather with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks for our blessings. For many Ohioans, however, this Thanksgiving marks another day [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘A Sudden Light’ comes off as a dim ghost story

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your great-grandpa must’ve been a very interesting man. Growing up, you heard stories about him from inside the family and out – stories of his work ethic, his generosity, sense of humor, wisdom, and intelligence. He was beloved by many, and you wish you’d known him. In the new novel “A Sudden [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court hears case dealing with involuntary retirement

By Paul Pfeifer Robert Corlew began working for Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., in 1988. After fifteen years on the job, he was injured at work on December 5, 2003. His subsequent workers’ compensation claim was allowed for several injuries, including contusion and tendonitis of the right wrist, and anxiety disorder. Honda is a self-insured [ Read More ]

The Taj Mahal outhouse of Ohio

By George Brown You’d be hard pressed to find an outhouse in America today, even in Amish country. They’re still out there in rural areas, but few are still used for their original purpose. Some have been converted to other uses such as tool sheds or to house a few chickens, but most have simply [ Read More ]

Addressing Infant Mortality on World Prematurity Day

By Sherrod Brown The birth of a child is a cause for celebration. For most families, a new baby brings feelings of excitement and anticipation for the future. Unfortunately, one in every nine babies born in the United States is premature. For these families, the exciting new challenges of feedings and changings may quickly be [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Red Berries’ perfect for girls 9-12

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Have you ever had to move? If you have, you know the drill: toys in one box, clothes in another. Boxes everywhere, filled with dishes and towels, and things that will need to be put away in the new house. It’s a mess, but it’s kinda fun. A move from California to [ Read More ]

Ohio Supreme Court hears case dealing with military retirement benefits

By Paul Pfeifer Do unvested military retirement benefits count as assets to be considered in a divorce? That’s the question that came before us – the Ohio Supreme Court – in the divorce case of Christen and Sean Daniel. Christen and Sean were married in 1995. They had three children, who were aged 13, 11, [ Read More ]

It’s a fine little $5000 table

By George Brown “George, can you help me carry this in?” Yvonne was calling to me from the garage, as she often does when she returns from shopping at the Peppermint Pig. The “Pig”, as I refer to it, is but one of the dozen or so thrift stores Yvonne regularly visits within a 50 [ Read More ]

Honoring the noble service of Ohio’s Veterans

By Sherrod Brown On Veterans Day, we pause to remember those who have fought to preserve the rights we hold dear. This year marks the 60th observance of Veterans Day and the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of the First World War. While the heroes of World War I are no [ Read More ]

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