Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez
‘Nadine’ is perfect for preschool classrooms

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Open your ears and close your mouths! That’s something your teacher says when she wants your class to be still and listen. Look but don’t touch is something Mom says, or “That smells fishy” when she doesn’t believe something. Hearing, smelling, feeling: those are three of the five senses you might use [ Read More ]

Stopping by woods on a snowy morning

By George Brown The 6 to 12 inches of snow that fell last Thursday (depending on where you live in the tristate) was quite likely the last measurable snow we will see until winter’s chill again descends upon us 10 months from now. This snowfall also happened to be, I believe, the most beautiful of [ Read More ]

Learning to be a citizen

By Lee Hamilton The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?” I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but [ Read More ]

Ensuring testing does not take away from student learning

By Sherrod Brown In too many school districts, parents and teachers feel overwhelmed by the amount of student testing that is going on in our classrooms. Annual testing can be a useful yardstick to measure student progress and achievement, but too often our kids are inundated with duplicative tests that actually take time away from [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
The female dog

By Dr. Dan Meakin Most female dogs experience their first “heat” period between six and nine months of age. Large breeds may be somewhat later. This is observed as a period beginning with the enlargement of the external genitalia (vulva) followed in seven to nine days by genital bleeding. If you choose to avoid heat [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Dead Wake’ perfect for history, thirller buffs

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It almost scared you to death. That’s what it seemed like: heart pounding, palms sweaty, legs weak – but still in one piece, breathing again, thankful that you only had a near-miss. History, however, is not so benign, as you’ll see in “Dead Wake” by Erik Larson. William Thomas Turner “excelled” at [ Read More ]

Occupy Cleveland & city ordinances

By Paul Pfeifer Do you remember the Occupy Wall Street movement? It started in September 2011 when protestors gathered in New York City’s Zuccotti Park. The movement spread to other cities, including Cleveland, where, on October 21, at around 10 p.m., a group known as Occupy Cleveland engaged in a demonstration in the Public Square [ Read More ]

A brief history of how possum became an American delicacy

By George Brown Let’s clear up one misnomer right from the start. The word is possum, not “O” possum. Only city folks call possums opossums. You can look it up to read for yourself but here is a short history of how the possum came to be known as the opossum. (Reference: “Opossum vs. Possum”, [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Resilience’ is a relentless memoir

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Your friends think you’re made of rubber. You always bounce back, as they point out. You’re always happy when the good times roll but when they don’t, you reach for your bootstraps. Nothing lays you low for long because you just bounce back. And it seemed that way for Jessie Close. But [ Read More ]

Pope Francis, Ben Franklin and Bob

By George Brown Have you noticed how much Pope Francis looks like Ben Franklin? Pope Francis has demonstrated that he also shares some of Franklin’s best virtues – wisdom, common sense, passion, a clever wit, and a keen sense of humor. Both men’s stories are interesting and merit consideration, but the story I wish to [ Read More ]

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