Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow
Steer Clear of ‘Row Run’ Nursery Trees

By Steve Boehme Being around trees, planting trees, doctoring trees, pruning and managing trees, we sometimes feel like a foster parent. We look at lots of trees and after a while we can read a trees’ history. Like children, trees need love and attention or they can go wrong. Sometimes wrong trees can be fixed [ Read More ]

Learning to drive in the country

By George Brown I grew up in the country but not on a farm so when I turned 16 I had never sat behind the wheel of a tractor, let alone an automobile – not even on my Dad’s lap to steer the last mile home. My lack of driving experience was compounded by the [ Read More ]

Ending the Wall Street’s tax on Main Street’s beer drinkers

By Sherrod Brown With baseball season in full swing, Ohio families hosting friends for an Indians or Reds game may have to pay more for beer and soft drinks – all because Wall Street megabanks have found another way to game the system. At one time, banks were just banks. They made loans and they [ Read More ]

Disappointed with congressmen’s votes

Dear Editor: I was dismayed to learn that several of our local Congressmen including Brad Wenstrup and John Boehner recently voted against the Constitution by refusing to support the Amash Amendment. This amendment, if passed, would have killed the NSA’s unconstitutional program of spying on the telephone and email conversations of all Americans. Rather than [ Read More ]

Highlights of an exciting week at the auctioneers convention

By George Brown Last week I attended the National Auctioneers Convention in Indianapolis. It may seem an oxymoron to use the words exciting and convention in the same sentence, but spending almost a week with a thousand or so fast talking auctioneers was both enjoyable and educational. A “first timers” breakfast was held on opening [ Read More ]

Revitalizing our communities by redeveloping brownfields

By Sherrod Brown Last year, I met with members of the Shefton family of Cleveland. They lived near a former lead smelter site, but had to move when one of their sons was diagnosed with high-lead levels in his blood. No Ohio family or business should be forced to relocate because of hazardous materials or [ Read More ]

Ohio should hit ‘off’ switch on traffic cameras

By John Becker Anybody living near Cincinnati knows about a town called Elmwood Place and the nightmare of it implementing speed cameras to catch drivers traveling over the speed limit. Some of you may have been caught by the cameras. In fact, as the numbers indicate, you might be in the minority if you weren’t. [ Read More ]

Obamacare is proving unworkable for American people

By Brad Wenstrup “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Those were the words of then Speaker Nancy Pelosi three years ago, describing the passage of President Obama’s health care law. Unfortunately for the American people, we are finally finding out what is actually in Obamacare. Unworkable [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Memoirs of a Hamster’ will be a quick favorite around your house

By Terri Schlichenmeyer So, how’s it going How’s life treating you You’ve got things to do, plenty of toys, food and treats, and it’s all good Bet you’re a happy kid. Or maybe you’d like it better if you lived in Paris, Mars, or another house. If you’re thinking that’s true, then read “Memoirs of [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Dwarf trees can grow to be giants

By Steve Boehme The American Heritage College Dictionary defines “Dwarf” as “an atypically small animal or plant”. We get many requests for “dwarf” trees, particularly “dwarf” Japanese maples and “dwarf” weeping cherries (or other weeping trees). Typically the desired size is five or six feet tall and wide, small enough for a foundation planting. Customers [ Read More ]

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