Opinion Archive

Don’t forget to check the cotter pins

By George Brown Rick was an RV mechanic and our neighbor for 15 years. On cold winter mornings we visited and sipped coffee at his kitchen table. When the weather warmed our conversation moved to his back patio where we would sip cold drinks, sometimes in silence, as we watched the sun go down. The [ Read More ]

Ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work

By Sherrod Brown As parents, we all want our daughters to have the same opportunities as our sons. As a father of two girls, I’m tired of seeing Ohio women lose $16 billion in income each year because they still don’t earn equal pay for an equal day’s work. Ohioans work hard and hard work [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Astor Orphan’ is rather unsettling, but worth the read

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You always felt that you should live in a castle. It would be a big castle with a shiny grand entrance and lots of elegant rooms. Imagine it: your feet would sink into plush carpets in the bedrooms, you’d sit on silk-upholstered chairs in the drawing room, and you’d sleep with thick, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Is it possible for cats to get Heartworm?

By Dr. Dan Meakin The answer is an unequivocal yes but the feline situation is vastly different from the canine situation. While it is true that the feline infection is not as common as the canine infection, the feline infection has recently been found to be a much more widespread problem than previously believed. In [ Read More ]

What I did on Mother’s Day, 1968

By Howard Daugherty Mother’s Day, May 12, 1968: Vietnam 0500, a.m. ready to go, pre-flight, waiting for two pilots to do their inspection, soon to be off flying up the white sands of the beach past Chu-Lai to Tam- Ky heading for Hawk Hill, our lonely fire base near Highway one, our staging area and [ Read More ]

The sad but true story of a gal named Sal

By George Brown I’m not complaining mind you, but at the rate osteoarthritis is eating up my hands Yvonne is going to be feeding me in a couple of years. But it could be worse. I could be Sal. Sal is a good friend who happens to be a few years younger than me, but [ Read More ]

Providing Ohio workers with a fair wage is good for business

By Sherrod Brown With too many Ohioans working harder than ever and barely getting by, it’s well past time to raise the minimum wage in our country. Recently, I visited four Ohio businesses that are supportive of an increase in the federal minimum wage. These businesses and their owners know that treating their employees right [ Read More ]

Our right to bear arms must be protected

By Rob Portman The United States Senate is likely to take up gun control legislation later this month in response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Unfortunately, the majority of the proposals that have surfaced would do nothing to prevent these types of horrific acts of violence from happening in the future. They [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Tips for Spring: Home orchards made easy

By Steve Boehme Many people dream of having a home orchard but keep putting it off. One reason is that there can be such a long time (and a lot of work) between planting and your first harvest of delicious fruit. Another reason is that so many things can go wrong in the meantime. Fear [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Rest in Pieces’ is interesting, full of quirk

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You walked into a room the other day, and completely forgot why. These lapses in memory just kill you. If you couldn’t remember what you needed, you were dead in the water. But ideas don’t expire, which is a good thing because it took awhile to recall what you wanted. Seriously, sometimes [ Read More ]

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