Opinion Archive

Obstructed breathing

By Paul Pfeifer Arthur Grashel worked as a machinist for the Kelsey Hayes Company – an automobile parts manufacturer – when he filed a workers’ compensation claim in 2001 that was allowed for hypersensitivity pneumonitis (in which the lungs become inflamed from breathing foreign substances, such as chemicals) and hypersensitivity-induced reactive upper-airway disease (a wheezing, [ Read More ]

Recipes for the New Year from Brown’s America test kitchen

By George Brown It was way too cold to be out on the trail this past week so I decided to spend some time enjoying one of my other hobbies, cooking. The mere mention of my being in the kitchen might bring to mind the misfortune I encountered from (thoughtfully I still contend) rearranging the [ Read More ]

Giving Ohioans an alternative to high interest payday loans

By Sherrod Brown When unexpected costs arise before tax returns come in, workers are faced with a dilemma and many workers turn to predatory payday loans to make ends meet. These loans – which can carry hidden fees and can have annual interest rates more than 500 percent – often trap borrowers in a cycle [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Teenage Brain’ helps parents deal with their adolescents

By Terri Schlichenmeyer A stranger has moved into your house. You’re not sure what to do about it. He raids your fridge, takes command of your television, hogs the bathroom, and leaves a mess everywhere. Sometimes, she cries for no apparent reason and other times, she erects a wall of silence. Thing is, you knew [ Read More ]

Top news stories of 2014

By Paul Pfeifer Every year since 1936, the Associated Press has conducted a poll of its editors in late December to determine the top 10 news stories of the year. Each year it’s always amazing to see the stories that “slip your mind.” It seems that they occupy our attention for a couple of weeks, [ Read More ]

Preserving our ‘Garden of Eden’ for future generations

By George Brown It is said that in the year 1900 a group of protestant and catholic clergymen gathered to create a list of the 10 places on earth where the Garden of Eden may have been located. Interestingly, Clermont County made the list – yes, our Clermont County right here in Southwestern Ohio. Without [ Read More ]

Getting things done for Ohio in 2014

By Rob Portman This past month, I hosted one of our monthly telephone town hall meetings with thousands of Ohioans from all walks of life and also had an employee town hall in northeast Ohio with factory workers, administrative staff, and executives. There were lots of points of view but also a common thread to [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘My Boy, Ben’ reminds you of your favorite dog

By Terri Schlichenmeyer He was a once-in-a-lifetime dog. From the moment you brought him home until the day he left, you never had a minutes’ problem. He was easy to teach, easy to trust, easy to love and, unfortunately, too easy to lose. You’ll never forget your once-in-a-lifetime dog – nobody does – and in [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Helping your dog stay healthy into old age

Dr. Dan Meakin Many changes occur as the dog’s body ages. Most of these are similar to those experienced by geriatric people – arthritis, loss of vision, hearing loss, senility, etc. However, since your dog has trouble expressing to you some pain he’s experiencing as it ages – you must have yearly physicals by your [ Read More ]

Revitalizing American manufacturing and innovation

By Sherrod Brown One of my most important jobs is to advocate for working families in Ohio. Middle-class families have felt squeezed by the number of jobs going overseas, especially in the manufacturing sector. A report released last week from the Economic Policy Institute found that from 2001 to 2013, the U.S. lost 2.4 million [ Read More ]

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