Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow
Instant raised beds make growing food easy

By Steve Boehme Our favorite discovery this season is “Smart Pot” raised bed gardening with “Big Bag Beds,” circular fabric containers that are the most plant-friendly, efficient, easy way to garden we’ve ever seen. Less weeding, less bending over, perfect drainage because excess water can seep out the bottom. Healthy plants out of reach of [ Read More ]

Release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl cause for celebration, controversy

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, initially heralded as a cause for celebration, continues to stir up debate and controversy. The U.S. government negotiated the release of Bergdahl, a POW and America’s longest-held captive, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. Differences in opinion along party lines are expected. Government officials did not, however, expect the [ Read More ]

A near hanging in Batavia

An account by James B. Swing of Batavia of his experiences in the American Civil War, related in 1916, began May 1 and continues here. By Rosanna Hoberg “Hobson’s men spent nearly the whole day in the village. The men and the horses occupied and crowded all of the village streets. Evidently they did not [ Read More ]

Grade school is about more than getting A’s

By George Brown When our second grader grandson was at our house a few weeks ago we happened to be talking about the length and width of something we were working on. I’ve forgotten what it was but our grandson began translating our measurements into meters and millimeters, which he seemed to know better than [ Read More ]

Benefits for psychological condition?

By Paul Pfeifer When Delores M. Roxby was injured at work on September 21, 2004, her workers’ compensation claim was originally allowed for lumbar sprain and related injuries. But when she made additional claims for compensation, her case eventually ended up coming before us – the Supreme Court of Ohio. After filing her initial claim, [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats cause health problems

By Dr. Dan Meakin The major intestinal parasites of dogs and cats are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Three of these can potential health hazards to people. Contrary to popular belief (old wives tales, etc.), dogs and cats do not get pinworms. Hookworms and roundworms both produce microscopic eggs that are passed in the pet’s [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Nature’s Neether Regions’ entertains while teaching

By Terri Schlichenmeyer   You just got bit. And bitten again. Every time you go outside, it’s like you’re a walking feast for a zillion biting, whining, creepy-crawling bugs intent on making you dinner. Where the heck did all these insects come from? Read “Nature’s Nether Regions” by Menno Schilthuizen, and find out. Literally. Birds [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
“Natchez Burning’ is not a book to read in bed

By Terri Schlichenmeyer All you have to do is ask. That’s how to keep small life-knitting memories from being lost. It’s how to save tales of your grandma’s favorite toy, your mother’s best friend, your dad’s first love. Knowing those stories preserves history that books may never hold. And to get those stories, all you [ Read More ]

Federal troops arrive in town

By Rosanna Hoberg An account by James B. Swing of Batavia of his experiences in the American Civil War, related in 1916, began May 1 and continues here: ‘‘When the Confederates were in the village, they saw a man on the street wearing the blue uniform of a Union soldier. He had been in the [ Read More ]

A hike along the Clear Fork River, circa 1956

By George Brown At about the time Amish families first began settling in Ashland and Richland Counties, and nearly a decade before construction of the iconic covered bridge that now spans the Clear Fork River, my brothers, sister, and I roamed the well-worn trail that leads to Big and Little Lyons Falls in Mohican State [ Read More ]

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