Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Glimpsing Heaven’ leaves readers to draw their own conclusions

By Terri Schlichenmeyer For most of your life, you’ve been told that you must be good. There’s an eternal reward, a Promised Land for those who behave. Mind your elders, be good, stay out of trouble, and you’ll go there. If not, well… So what will that wondrous place be like? Religions teach various things, [ Read More ]

Revitalizing Ohio’s neighborhoods

By Sherrod Brown The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we’ve made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does. Cleveland’s Thriving Communities Institute estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned properties in Ohio that have fallen into [ Read More ]

Court deals with confrontation clause

By Paul Pfeifer In Ohio, state law imposes a duty on all school officers and employees – including administrators and employees of daycare centers – to report actual or suspected child abuse or neglect. That’s why a preschool teacher at the William Patrick Day Head Start Center in Cleveland notified her supervisor when she spotted [ Read More ]

Lady Yvonne’s manly companion

By George Brown While camping at Turkey Run State Park a few years ago Yvonne shared a sentiment that revealed a perception of me she had apparently held for a long time but which, until then, she had never expressed. I had walked to the camp store to pick up a few things and upon [ Read More ]

Empower the people to hold politicians accountable

By Josh Mandel As Treasurer of Ohio, I’m a watchdog for Ohioans’ hard-earned dollars. As a fellow taxpayer and Marine Corps veteran, I believe we the people have a right to know how our tax money is being spent. That’s why I’m spearheading the effort to put the state’s checkbook online. I’m a firm believer [ Read More ]

The Creature Feature
Puppy training will have a lasting effect

By Dr. Dan Meakin Puppies are extremely impressionable. How you train your new pet will have dramatic and long lasting effects. You can make your puppy a better pet and prevent behavior problems by following these guidelines: Housebreaking Establish a routine. Keep the pup’s meals regularly scheduled to encourage more predictable elimination patterns. Take your [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Skink’ is an outrageously, appealingly wild story

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Sorry to say, but know all about Santa. Yeah, you learned the truth about the Jolly Old Elf years ago, but you let your younger sibs believe. Same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy: get past grade school and you’re a little old for that stuff. So if, in the [ Read More ]

Working to assure clean water for Ohio

By Sherrod Brown Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms. A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor [ Read More ]

Ohio court case deals with frivolous conduct

By Paul Pfeifer When the Madison County Board of Commissioners (“the Board”) filed an appropriation action against Greg Bell and his wife to acquire a sewer easement on Bell’s property, the Bells decided to fight the action. Since then, Bell – along with his attorney, Philip Wayne Cramer – has been a party to numerous [ Read More ]

Walking in the footsteps of Muir and Thoreau

By George Brown Before retirement I would often carry my morning coffee to the back porch to capture a few moments of solitude before leaving for work. I now perform this ritual almost every morning, except I no longer have to hurry off to work. It is one of retirement’s sweetest rewards. Most mornings I [ Read More ]

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