Opinion Archive

SHERROD BROWN
The next era of the USPS

This holiday season, Ohioans will receive scores of gifts — from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili — but many of the parcels probably won’t be dropped off by their local postal carrier. The United States Postal Service (USPS) — the second-largest employer in the United States and one authorized by the U.S. Constitution — [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
More ‘tea party’ obstruction hurts middle class

At the end of this year, the payroll tax cut, which reduced the payroll tax from 6.5 percent to 4.5 percent, is set to expire unless legislation is passed to extend it. For the average American family, the expiration of this payroll tax reduction would mean a tax increase of between $1,000 and $1,500 annually. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Magic Room’ is a bouquet of perfection

They were married on the kitchen floor. You remember it well, since you were the one who picked them up at day’s end. The fashion-conscious bride wore something Grandma sewed, and toilet tissue as a veil. Her beloved, a blue pony with long mane and tail, wore an ill-fitting tuxedo borrowed from another doll that [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
The hallucinations of the Cheneys

This past week Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration for announcing plans to withdraw the last combat troops from Iraq (by withdrawing the troops, the Obama administration was fulfilling the terms of an agreement negotiated by the Bush-Cheney administration). He also stated that because a drone U.S. aircraft went down in Iran, we should bomb [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Retirement is sure to be a life-changing experience

Honey, I can’t wait to be home with you all the time! Well, the big day is almost here. After spending 50 or so hours at work every week for the past 40 years, I’m finally about to retire. A lot of people have asked if I’m ready for this life changing experience. I definitely [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Hiring Ohio’s heroes

This summer, I helped launch the “Solar by Soldiers” project which helps put veterans back to work. This program helps train veterans in clean energy technology and installation and then connects them with opportunities in this high-growth industry. And it is already generating results in our state. Flannagan’s in Dublin, a small business eager to [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘100+’ is both deep and deeply fascinating

Every year, there’s another candle. You remember a time when you got excited about it. Another flame on your birthday cake meant that you were getting big, growing up, not a baby anymore. Each candle was one year closer to Big Kid status. Then one day, you stopped counting candles. Who needed to be reminded [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
Newt Gingrich for president?

Newt Gingrich is rocketing upward in the polls of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Many of the pundits who have been watching this field of candidates are now saying that Gingrich may have the Republican nomination sewed up. I’m not so sure. Although Gingrich’s polling numbers have risen in a spectacular fashion, it is [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
If we make it through December, everything’s gonna be all right

A few weeks ago I shared some thoughts with you that my sister Kathy had written in her journal about the loss of her husband. Don passed away on Aug. 30 from colon cancer, but he also had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past two years. My sister is a very special person [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Credit card issuers should not hide behind small print and legal jargon

Credit card agreements should be written in easy-to-understand language – not in small-print legal jargon. Consumers can make smarter choices about credit card usage when they understand what they are reading, but, right now, credit card companies hide costly fees by issuing incomprehensible contracts. And, throughout the country, we’re seeing middle-class families struggling to climb [ Read More ]


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