Opinion Archive

ROB PORTMAN
Washington gets in the way of Ohio rebuilding

At a time when home values have declined and many families are struggling, Washington should not get in the way of Ohioans who are working hard to stabilize and improve their neighborhoods. One way to reestablish home values and strengthen communities is by demolishing abandoned and unsafe buildings. Sadly, vacant properties are a significant problem [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
The pros and cons of having exotic pets

When most people think about exotic pets they think about animals like snakes, lizards, tropical birds and wild animals. Before you buy an exotic pet you need to consider the pros and cons of caring for exotic animals as it related to both you and the animal. Pros of Having Exotic Pets The most obvious [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
STEVE BOEHME
When, where, how, and why to water

The lack of rainfall this season makes it a challenge to garden. Newly planted shrubs, perennials and trees have struggled to get established, with temperatures in the 90’s and drying winds. Vegetable plants are struggling and garden productivity is down. Vegetable gardeners know that even short periods of dryness will permanently stunt some plants, limit [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Hunger Season’ is sobering, glorious, and thought provoking

You probably shouldn’t have ordered the super-size fries. That’s what you were thinking after you finished the last of your double cheeseburger-add-bacon. When you ordered, fries sounded good – although maybe not so many. And your soda, well, the word “small” needs redefining. Nothing worse than cold fries, so you wadded them up with your [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
‘Seniors love to get junk mail’ – I don’t think so

“Seniors love to get junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world.” Those were the words of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a couple of months ago. I hope you’ll understand I’m not taking a political position in saying I could not disagree more with [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Creating job opportunities for Ohio’s many veterans

Servicemembers – already armed with the discipline and skills needed to strengthen the 21st century economy – should not have to struggle to find a job when their military service ends. These heroes who fought for our country shouldn’t have to fight for work when they come home. And yet, unfortunately many do. As citizens, [ Read More ]

TIM RUDD
When is a tax not a tax, and then a tax again?

When is a tax not a tax and then a few pages later a tax again? Well when a majority of the wise robed ones on the U.S. Supreme court wants it to be for a little legerdemain when the issue of Obamacare constitutionality is involved. How the court majority could find that the Commerce [ Read More ]

JOE UECKER
Keeping a close eye on the state budget

While there has been a lot of talk recently about the US Senate’s refusal to pass a budget during the past three years, Ohio lawmakers took a second look at its budget. Typically, the state legislature passes a budget every two years, a plan that outlines the state’s spending during that time. Last year this [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
DR. DAN MEAKIN
Preventive health care for your canine

July is Canine Preventative Care Month at All Creatures Animal Hospital. At ACAH we know that canine preventive medicine often catches problems before they become serious, saving you time and money. If you think about it, it’s like caring for your vehicle. You regularly check the oil and the air pressure in the tires and [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
Wrap your brain around these nuggets

Your noggin is plumb full. You’ve got appointments crammed there, as well as directions, grocery lists, kids’ schedules, weekend plans, and to-do’s. Your head is your calendar but it’s also full of useless things: your junior high locker combination, a jingle from 1980, a recipe for sky-high-calorie brownies, Great-Grandma’s phone number, and the name of [ Read More ]


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