Opinion Archive

Determining OPERS membership

By Paul Pfeifer The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) is – as the name suggests – the retirement system for most public employees in Ohio. OPERS is vested by law with the authority to determine who, among public employees, is a member of the retirement system. And that decision is final. But when five [ Read More ]

The backpack adventures – an encounter with Old Blackie

By George Brown Without doubt, my favorite Kentucky hiking haunt is a place called Cornett’s Branch, located in Letcher County. You’ve probably not heard of Cornett’s Branch nor of Linefork, the little used-to-be town where the branch trickles down out of a mountain hollow and flows into Line Fork Creek. Mostly I like visiting Cornett’s [ Read More ]

Ensuring healthy pregnancies, healthy mothers and healthy babies

By Sherrod Brown Giving our children a healthy start in life begins with healthy pregnancies. But far too many areas in Ohio and across the country face a serious maternity care shortage. In fact, one quarter of Ohio counties lack access to even one OB-GYN physician. That’s right – 22 Ohio counties lack regular access [ Read More ]

A Good Samaritan

Dear Editor: This letter is long overdue. I live in Brown County and went to Cincinnati to get my great grandmother. I wanted to take her and show her the frozen Ohio River in New Richmond. It was on a Thursday the 19th of February and was very cold that evening. You can get a [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Whiskers’ is a Gaus special, not for new readers

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Don’t look now, but your fangs are showing. And that’s probably a good thing, too. You don’t want anyone to take advantage of you, or to think you’re a pushover. Sometimes, you need to unleash your inner beast. But be careful – as in the new mystery “Whiskers of the Lion” by [ Read More ]

Investing in manufacturing to grow Ohio’s middle class

By Sherrod Brown We know that manufacturing jobs are a ticket to the middle class. They are critical to the economy of our state and our nation, and I joined President Obama in Cleveland this week to highlight the strength of Ohio manufacturing, and announce a new $500 million manufacturing investment. That investment includes $150 [ Read More ]

The backpack adventures – how it all began in 1952

By George Brown I’ve carried a backpack when hiking for a very long time. Doing so, especially on short day hikes, may seem unnecessary, but each time I pause to retrieve something from a pouch or pocket of my pack I’m thankful to have brought it along. But mostly, I’m thankful because of the many [ Read More ]

As Obamacare turns five, many Ohioans are not celebrating

By Rob Portman It is five years since President Obama signed his Affordable Care Act into law. It was done on a strict party-line basis, without amendment, without bipartisan input, and without many who supported it ever having read the law. As then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained, Democrats decided to “pass the bill so you can [ Read More ]

How Ohio’s public records law turned into a mess

By Dennis Hetzel Hetzel is the executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association and president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government in Columbus. In 1963, the Ohio General Assembly fashioned the state’s first open records law. It took a broad approach to defining public records with a strong presumption that almost all records kept [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Tales from Kentucky Nurses’ is a trip back to old medicine

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The procedure didn’t hurt at all. That was a pleasant surprise; you were prepared for pain but that never happened. And it didn’t even take as long as you figured it would. Ah, the wonders of modern medicine! It’s nothing like it was when you were a child, naturally, but as you’ll [ Read More ]

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