Opinion Archive

Rick Houser:
I guess it was automated gate

My dad owned two farms on Fruit Ridge which by today’s standards were small farms but in the time he farmed it and then me it felt larger. Based on the size of acres a farmer could handle the farms were bigger. Now the farm house we lived in faced Fruit Ridge Road and was [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Has rudeness replaced the art of conversation?

Earlier in the week, I visited a local doctor for a nasty cough and runny nose. Fortunately, I had nothing serious. The attending doctor said I had a virus that would go away on its own. He gave me a prescription for a strong cough medicine which helped. Before the doctor arrived, a medical assistant [ Read More ]

Sherrod Brown:
If we can’t fix the WTO, we should go around it

Last week the Alliance for American Manufacturing released a new report confirming what many of us in Ohio have known for a long time – our international trade system isn’t working for American workers. The World Trade Organization – the WTO – was established in 1995 and was intended to set clear rules for international [ Read More ]

Lee Hamilton:
The problem with having too much information

The job of being a citizen — and being a member of Congress — has gotten much harder of late. As sources of information proliferate and “news” not actually grounded in fact grows common on social media, Americans have to work to sort reality from fiction and insight from disinformation. This is a challenge for [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
The value of an NFL quarterback

What is the most overpaid and valuable position in professional sports? Simple, the NFL quarterback. Do you recognize these names? Scott Mitchell, Matt Cassel, Ryan Mallett, or Rob Johnson? If you don’t know these names, you aren’t missing anything. These guys are NFL quarterbacks who cashed in on a few flashes of quarterback ability. Mitchell [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
Me and my shadow

I think from the time I was able to walk I had one desire that was so much greater than anything else I can recall. I felt this to be my treat, pleasure and obligation to carry out. For the majority of my childhood I was most always seen three steps behind my dad. You [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker:
Chilo Lock 34 Park

It’s a riverside walk, it’s a nature preserve, it’s a park, it’s an historical site, and it’s even got yurts! Chilo Lock 34 Park had much more than we expected, and we were delighted with our walk despite the cold temperature and windy conditions. Located at 521 County Park Road in Chilo, Ohio, it is [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Ohio’s unsolved homicides

I enjoy watching forensic science programs that demonstrate techniques used by law enforcement to catch killers. Supposedly it’s impossible to commit the perfect crime. I believe this to be true. Just because a case is unsolved doesn’t mean there isn’t a suspect. Often, police departments have suspects, but lack enough physical evidence to prosecute. Law [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
How we defined entertainment

As we all are aware of in this day and age, kids get entertained very much by the electronics we now have at our reach. It is truly amazing what technology has created and it seems unlimited as to just what can be created. I know I will never be surprised, maybe befuddled. I have [ Read More ]

Law You:
Ohio’s Constitution gives municipalities ‘home rule’ self-government authority

Q: What exactly does “home rule” mean for Ohio’s municipalities? A: “Home rule” power is special authority granted to municipalities (such as cities and villages) through Article XVIII of Ohio’s Constitution. It allows municipalities to create laws and take action for which the Ohio Revised Code does not specifically give authority. Home rule essentially gives [ Read More ]

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