Opinion Archive

Constitution protects our God-given rights

By Randy Conover “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (Bill of Rights, 1st Amendment, 1791) “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” (Bill of Rights, 9th Amendment, 1791) “The powers not [ Read More ]

Externalities can be positive or negative

By Len Harding Standard economic theory states that any voluntary exchange is mutually beneficial to both parties involved in the trade. It is axiomatic that buyers or sellers would not trade if either thought there were no benefit to themselves. An exchange can, however, cause additional effects on third parties who are not involved in [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
A showplace for color

By Steve Boehme Marjorie and I recently had an opportunity to tour the Ball Horticulture Trial Gardens in Chicago. Ball Horticulture is one of the world’s largest plant breeders, with hugely successful patents like the Wave® petunia and the Supertunia®. Begun in 1933, their seed trial gardens have grown to include display beds for annuals [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If the election is a topic at your house, read ‘Vote for Me!’

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Lately, your parents have been grumbling at the TV a lot. Your dad hits the “quiet” button on and off all night long. He might even throw things at the television, or rip up some of his mail. Your mother shakes her head and avoids the telephone, and you think you know [ Read More ]

Hold ‘er Newt, she’s headed for the barn

It’s hard to imagine there was a time when there were no horses in America. It is well documented that Spanish explorers first brought horses to America in the mid-16th century and left them here when their expeditions were completed. Some historians pinpoint the arrival of the horse to an expedition by Francisco Vasquez de [ Read More ]

Standing up for students

Quianna, a Kent State University nursing student, receives her federal financial aid through a debit card, rather than a paper check. She chose to do this because she was told that she would get the money faster than she would if she waited for a paper check. But what no one told Quianna was that [ Read More ]

Ask them, then listen and watch

“The spirit of 1776 is not dead. The body of the American people is substantially republican. But the virtuous feelings have been played on by some fact with more fiction; they have been the dupes of artful maneuvers, and made for a moment to be willing instruments in forging chains for themselves. But time and [ Read More ]

Regulatory relief is what we need now

As I meet with small business owners across Ohio, I hear a familiar refrain about federal regulations. These are the binding decisions executive agencies make as they implement the statutes Congress passed and the president signed into law. Regulations have the full force of law, even though they are written by agencies and not elected [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Hidden America’ sheds light on things that we depend on

It gets dark earlier now, which means you reach for the lights earlier, too. One click and you can see to read, cook, find your keys or avoid tripping over the cat. Chances are, in fact, turning on the lights is so automatic, you can find the switch without even thinking about it. But think [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow
Common tree planting questions

Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently about tree planting: Q: “What is the best time to plant trees?” A: Once they drop their leaves (except for evergreens); in other words fall and early winter for most trees. Q: “Should I remove the burlap from the root ball?” A: Most nurseries use [ Read More ]

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