Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow
Mosquito repellent plants – fact or fiction?

By Steve Boehme Now that we’re into the mosquito season and we’d like to enjoy family time outdoors, repelling mosquitoes is on all of our minds. None of us likes chemical-smelling mosquito repellents, so it’s appealing to think about plantings that repel mosquitoes. We often get requests for “Mosquito Plants”, hyped as having the ability [ Read More ]

Groundhog Day in May and other adventures at Pete’s farm

By George Brown “Ok George, hold him up by his hind legs then grab his front legs with the other hand and hold on tight while I castrate him.” I followed Pete’s instructions and watched as he wielded a razor blade and, with the skill of a surgeon, deftly neutered a squealing seven day old [ Read More ]

Ensuring college graduates leave with degrees, not debt

By Sherrod Brown Student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion. That’s more than credit card debt. That’s more than auto loans. In fact, student loan debt is only second to mortgage debt in this country. That’s unconscionable. Students and their families should not have to sign away their financial futures in order to get a [ Read More ]

Wall Street is writing its own regulations

By Paul Schwietering No institution in history is more susceptible to bribery, in the form of campaign contributions, than the U.S. Congress.  The level of corruption is analogous to what one would expect to find in a police department in Mexico, only the price of the bribes is higher. A perfect example emerges when one [ Read More ]

Remembering America’s many fallen heroes

By Rob Portman This Memorial Day, many of us will gather together with family and friends to usher in the unofficial start of summer. We will do so under a blanket of peace, security, and freedom. Those blessings are bought with a price. For some Americans, Memorial Day will begin with a visit to a [ Read More ]

Lady Lions’ Erdman picks Lindenwood-Belleville to continue running, school

By Chris Chaney Sun staff New Richmond cross country and track standout Emily Erdman signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, Ill. “I’m really excited,” Erdman said. “Cross country has always been something that I love to do. I was a little unsure if [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
The Beatles Were Fab

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The other day, while playing outside, you spent ten minutes watching ants. Ants are very cool: they run all over, really fast, like they don’t know where they’re going. Some of them even carry things that seem heavy – if you’re an ant, that is. You like watching bugs, beetles, and butterflies, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Wellness plans offered at All Creatures

By Dr. Dan Meakin Many of our clients have been asking us recently if we offer wellness plans. We listened to your request, and have developed a very unique, All Creatures esq, wellness program perfect for your pet and your budget. Some of the details are below, and much more will be on our website [ Read More ]

The sad fate of a chicken that laid an egg a day too late

By George Brown When I started first grade in 1952 in a one room schoolhouse near Bristol, Ohio, we actually walked a mile one way to school. I admit it was only uphill in one direction, but we did walk to and from school in the snow, and as best I can recall we never [ Read More ]

Protecting Ohio’s water and promoting economic growth

By Sherrod Brown Ohio has always been a water-rich state. Access to our state’s many bodies of water attracted early settlers and supported generations of farmers and fishermen, manufacturers, and boaters. Today, our harbors and waterways contribute billions of dollars to our state’s economy, and Ohio’s harbors alone directly support more than 8,500 jobs. With [ Read More ]

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