Opinion Archive

The way forward for Congress

By Lee H. Hamilton There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing. Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both [ Read More ]

Breaking gridlock to combat human trafficking

By Rob Portman Human trafficking and sex trafficking are heinous crimes that affect our nation’s most vulnerable, often pulling our children into a vicious cycle of abuse. As the co-founder of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, putting this industry out of business is a top priority of mine. We have a responsibility not [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Nurses’ gives readers a peek inside the world of nursing

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your favorite medical drama just did the unthinkable. They killed off the character everyone loved best, and you almost feel betrayed. You enjoyed watching what happened every week, loved seeing drama unfold and getting immersed in the story line. Not anymore. Still, TV’s not always reality, you know. He might not be [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Canine diseases you need to know about

By Dr. Dan Meakin Leptospirosis – Common Yet Preventable • What it is: An infections bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs, and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans. In fact, it is the number 1 disease people get from animals. • Who is at risk: All animals can potentially become infected. Pets [ Read More ]

Money and politics: we need change now

By Lee H. Hamilton I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system. The people who matter most to a representative democracy – the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to act – feel as [ Read More ]

Right to counsel

By Paul Pfeifer On Aug. 20, 2009, a jury found Curtis D. Schleiger guilty of felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. The court imposed a sentence of eight years for the felonious assault, and 18 months on the concealed weapon charge. The sentences were to be served consecutively. Schleiger appealed. The court of appeals [ Read More ]

Stopping foreign competitors from cheating American workers

By Rob Portman With more than 25 percent of factory jobs in Ohio relying on international customers, it is absolutely vital to grow the number of “Made in America” exports in order to protect Ohio workers and create new good paying jobs. However, when our foreign competitors skirt trade laws or manipulate their currency, Ohio [ Read More ]

Standing with Ohio veterans and military families

By Sherrod Brown Few duties are more important than honoring Ohio’s veterans. Just as we invest in and train our men and women during their military service, we must do so when they return to their communities, hang up their uniforms, and embark on the next phase of their lives. In 2008, I was proud [ Read More ]

‘The Trap’ good for kids with imagination, parents needing a quick and decent read

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The summer stretches for miles, and you’ve got plans. You’re going to pack each day with as much fun as you can. It’s gonna be great – although, admit it: by the time summer ends, you’ll be a little bit glad to go back to school, won’t you? That’s the way four [ Read More ]

Governing by crisis isn’t governing at all

By Lee H. Hamilton After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s [ Read More ]

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