Opinion Archive

The truth about Lifeline, a program prone to waste

By Brad Wenstrup Recently, an outside advocacy group began an automated “robocall” campaign in Southern Ohio to encourage residents to call me to “prevent Congress from turning off the Lifeline program for our veterans.” I received this phone call and so did many of my friends and neighbors. While their website doesn’t provide sufficient information, [ Read More ]

New legislation helps disabled vets

By John Becker As our brave veterans return home, they face many obstacles. They must readjust back into “normal” civilian life, which means securing a job, maybe furthering their education, and familiarizing themselves with civilian life again. Many times, veterans come home with a serious injury that has left them severely disabled. The Ohio House [ Read More ]

Mysterious tightrope spider

By George Brown Natchez, Mississippi is a short two day drive from Cincinnati. The ideal time to visit is during the spring or fall pilgrimage when the Natchez garden club opens 20-30 antebellum homes for tours, nearly all of which are filled with period antiques. The area offers many other attractions, including Frogmore cotton plantation, [ Read More ]

Transparency and better investments help cities

By Josh Mandel As the Treasurer of Ohio, a former city councilman, and the son of a terrific woman who worked in education for over 20 years, I understand the essential role that local governments and schools play in the lives of Ohioans. We rely on local governments to keep our communities safe, educate our [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Dogs Were Rescued’ may not be for everybody

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Throughout your life, it’s nice to know who’s got your back. First came your family, a cheering section eventually bolstered by accumulated friends. Later, you drew strength from teachers, mentors, BFFs, and co-workers: a good, lifelong back-up team, just like you need. Teresa J. Rhyne always knew her dogs were protectors, and [ Read More ]

Investing in Ohio manufacturing and innovation

By Sherrod Brown In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Ohio manufacturers are some of the most competitive in the world and workers are [ Read More ]

Sportsmen’s caucus celebrates Hunting and Fishing Day

By Joe Uecker This Saturday, September 27th marks the 42nd observation of National Hunting and Fishing Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of this day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and ensuring their proper management for the benefit of [ Read More ]

An old house shares its story

By George Brown When I retired three years ago one of the notions I had was to become a movie, restaurant, and book critic – yes all three, but not necessarily at the same time. I quickly learned these are difficult professions to break into, even one at a time, so I took up auctioneering, [ Read More ]

Connecting job seekers with skills and opportunity

By Rob Portman This Friday in Belmont County, I joined with Belmont College and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association to host an Energy Jobs and Career Fair. Over thirty companies participated, and people from all over Eastern Ohio had an opportunity to connect with employers looking to fill energy-related jobs. These companies are eager [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Chocolate poisoning in dogs

By Dr. Dan Meakin Each holiday season, veterinarians witness an increase in accidental chocolate poisoning in dogs. The majority of pet owners do not realize the potential for intoxication that chocolate possesses. Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are all naturally occurring molecules that are found in several foods, plants, beverages and human and veterinary medications. Based [ Read More ]

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