Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez:
With Randy Wayne White’s book, a storm is coming

A storm is coming. You feel it in the air, and you can smell it as thunder grumbles in the distance. ­ It was in the forecast, it was on today’s radar, but in the new novel “Mangrove Lightning” by Randy Wayne White, it’s been coming for generations. Gracie Barlow had never seen a bigger [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Reading this book is a lesson in learning how to listen

The examination wasn’t bad. The idea of it, perhaps, was worse. Your doctor took your vitals, looked in your mouth, felt around your jaw, and thumped your back. He asked questions, you answered, got down from the table, got dressed, and got your prescription. In and out in fifteen minutes but what just happened? After [ Read More ]

Rob Portman:
Connecting students with jobs

There are more than 100,000 jobs available in Ohio right now. And yet there are more than 280,000 Ohioans who are out of work. One important reason is because employers are looking for skills they can’t find. This mismatch—often called the “skills gap”—is holding back our economy and keeping a lot of people from finding [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
I guess it was automated gate

My dad owned two farms on Fruit Ridge which by today’s standards were small farms but in the time he farmed it and then me it felt larger. Based on the size of acres a farmer could handle the farms were bigger. Now the farm house we lived in faced Fruit Ridge Road and was [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Has rudeness replaced the art of conversation?

Earlier in the week, I visited a local doctor for a nasty cough and runny nose. Fortunately, I had nothing serious. The attending doctor said I had a virus that would go away on its own. He gave me a prescription for a strong cough medicine which helped. Before the doctor arrived, a medical assistant [ Read More ]

Sherrod Brown:
If we can’t fix the WTO, we should go around it

Last week the Alliance for American Manufacturing released a new report confirming what many of us in Ohio have known for a long time – our international trade system isn’t working for American workers. The World Trade Organization – the WTO – was established in 1995 and was intended to set clear rules for international [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
The problem with having too much information

The job of being a citizen — and being a member of Congress — has gotten much harder of late. As sources of information proliferate and “news” not actually grounded in fact grows common on social media, Americans have to work to sort reality from fiction and insight from disinformation. This is a challenge for [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The value of an NFL quarterback

What is the most overpaid and valuable position in professional sports? Simple, the NFL quarterback. Do you recognize these names? Scott Mitchell, Matt Cassel, Ryan Mallett, or Rob Johnson? If you don’t know these names, you aren’t missing anything. These guys are NFL quarterbacks who cashed in on a few flashes of quarterback ability. Mitchell [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Me and my shadow

I think from the time I was able to walk I had one desire that was so much greater than anything else I can recall. I felt this to be my treat, pleasure and obligation to carry out. For the majority of my childhood I was most always seen three steps behind my dad. You [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker:
Chilo Lock 34 Park

It’s a riverside walk, it’s a nature preserve, it’s a park, it’s an historical site, and it’s even got yurts! Chilo Lock 34 Park had much more than we expected, and we were delighted with our walk despite the cold temperature and windy conditions. Located at 521 County Park Road in Chilo, Ohio, it is [ Read More ]


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