Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Whiskers’ is a Gaus special, not for new readers

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Don’t look now, but your fangs are showing. And that’s probably a good thing, too. You don’t want anyone to take advantage of you, or to think you’re a pushover. Sometimes, you need to unleash your inner beast. But be careful – as in the new mystery “Whiskers of the Lion” by [ Read More ]

Investing in manufacturing to grow Ohio’s middle class

By Sherrod Brown We know that manufacturing jobs are a ticket to the middle class. They are critical to the economy of our state and our nation, and I joined President Obama in Cleveland this week to highlight the strength of Ohio manufacturing, and announce a new $500 million manufacturing investment. That investment includes $150 [ Read More ]

The backpack adventures – how it all began in 1952

By George Brown I’ve carried a backpack when hiking for a very long time. Doing so, especially on short day hikes, may seem unnecessary, but each time I pause to retrieve something from a pouch or pocket of my pack I’m thankful to have brought it along. But mostly, I’m thankful because of the many [ Read More ]

As Obamacare turns five, many Ohioans are not celebrating

By Rob Portman It is five years since President Obama signed his Affordable Care Act into law. It was done on a strict party-line basis, without amendment, without bipartisan input, and without many who supported it ever having read the law. As then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained, Democrats decided to “pass the bill so you can [ Read More ]

How Ohio’s public records law turned into a mess

By Dennis Hetzel Hetzel is the executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association and president of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government in Columbus. In 1963, the Ohio General Assembly fashioned the state’s first open records law. It took a broad approach to defining public records with a strong presumption that almost all records kept [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Tales from Kentucky Nurses’ is a trip back to old medicine

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The procedure didn’t hurt at all. That was a pleasant surprise; you were prepared for pain but that never happened. And it didn’t even take as long as you figured it would. Ah, the wonders of modern medicine! It’s nothing like it was when you were a child, naturally, but as you’ll [ Read More ]

Supporting agriculture in Ohio will remain a top priority

By David T. Daniels Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture The past four years have certainly been a time of change and progress for Ohio’s agriculture industry. Tax cuts, research, new investments and priorities, and strong leadership have helped our state’s farmers and food producers grow even stronger. One of the most monumental transformations [ Read More ]

Ending human trafficking—the human rights cause of our time

By Rob Portman Since 2011, Megan Mattimoe has been working through the organization she founded in Toledo, Advocating Opportunity, to help victims of human trafficking rebuild their lives. As she says in her mission statement, her goal is to create “an opportunity for victims to choose their life’s course.” And yet too often Megan, and [ Read More ]

The silly seriousness of walking

By George Brown There was a time not so long ago when man, like every other earthbound creature, had to walk to get where he needed to go. The dog was perhaps the first animal man learned to control to make his own life a little easier. Dogs quickly became companions for play, hunting, defense, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. 2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing [ Read More ]

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