Opinion Archive

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 ]

A close encounter in the Devil’s Garden

It was midday when we arrived at Arches National Park. The weather couldn’t have been better. As we turned off the main road and headed toward the visitor’s center we were greeted with an awe inspiring view of massive red cliffs rising majestically above us to meet a brilliant blue sky sprinkled with just the [ Read More ]

A best selling, made in Ohio car

Two years ago, I was proud to attend a historic event – the moment the first Chevy Cruze rolled off the line at the Lordstown, Ohio GM plant. And I even took a ride in a red Cruze, similar to the one my wife now owns—a car made, stamped, and assembled by workers from across [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you’re a mystery fan, you will find ‘Trickster’s Point’ plays out well

How well did you know the kids you played with? Back when you were young, you might’ve said you knew them well. You had sleepovers and shared secrets and toys. Their mothers were nice ladies whose names all started with “Mrs.” Their dads were always tinkering and loved to tease you about something-or-other. Yep, those [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Planting trees professionally

Tree planting holes should be at least twice as wide as the root ball. The wider the area of loosened soil around your tree, the faster the roots can quickly spread. This helps the tree take up food and water and anchors it against the wind. Make enough room to walk around the tree in [ Read More ]

I lost my sweet Gypsy on top of old Pike

I knew we were in trouble when she said, “In one quarter mile stay straight on Route 841”; but then immediately changed her mind and said, “Take the ramp on the right to I-65”. “She” is that mellow voiced lady who lives inside my smartphone. Her initials are GPS, which stands for Global Positioning Satellite. [ Read More ]

Standing up for Ohio seniors

As a father and a grandfather, I believe we must do everything we can to improve the economy and reduce the deficit for our children and grandchildren. But the way to do this is not at the expense of Medicare and Social Security benefits that seniors have earned. Some politicians in Washington refer to Social [ Read More ]

Neil Armstrong left mark on the moon and Ohio

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, became interested in flying when he was a 2-year-old boy growing up in Ohio. His father, Stephen, took Neil to watch the National Air Races in Cleveland. Neil was six when he and his father, an auditor for the state, took a ride in an [ Read More ]

Remembering a close encounter with Old Blackie

Yvonne and I are headed out west for a few weeks to cowboy and bear country (we really appreciate Yvonne’s cousin house sitting for us while we’re gone). We’ll be visiting places like Black Canyon, Bear Mountain, Snake River, and Dead Horse Point. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we run into some fierce [ Read More ]

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