Opinion Archive

Congress is cracking down on currency manipulation

The biggest jobs bills to pass this session of Congress – one with the potential of creating or saving two million jobs with no cost to taxpayers – passed the Senate this week with strong bipartisan support. This bipartisan legislation, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011, which I introduced and cleared the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
These books are good for a Halloween shiver

It happens every time: you just turn off the light and hunker down in bed, when you hear a BUMP you can’t identify. If you can, you poke your spouse to go check it out. If you’re brave, you go look yourself. But if you’re reading any of these books for Halloween, you just pull [ Read More ]

Bigotry has no place in U.S. politics

I am not, and have never been, a Mormon. I am not, and have never claimed to be, familiar with the tenets of the Mormon faith. However, it seems to me that the recent comments of a protestant clergyman from Texas, who is a friend of Rick Perry, are unfair and unjustified. The clergyman in [ Read More ]

I am strengthening with each moment, but I am not there yet

My sister, Kathy, lost her husband to cancer in early September. She has been journaling as a way to express her feelings and grief, and to help cope with her loss. With Kathy’s permission I am sharing a short passage from her journal that she recently shared with me. I do so in the hope [ Read More ]

Stop unemployment discrimination now and put Ohioans back to work

Across Ohio, I’ve heard the same story again and again. People lose their jobs—then they lose their health insurance.  After that, they lose their home or apartment because they can’t afford the mortgage or rent. The best way to get our economy back on track and reduce our deficit is to get people working again. [ Read More ]

God blessed us all with Carl Lindner

After I was first elected to Congress in 2005, Carl Lindner invited me to his corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. We took an elevator up to the top floor of the building, which afforded beautiful views of downtown and the Ohio River. “This is what’s important to me,” he said as we gazed upon the city. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Goat Woman of Largo Bay’ is an easy-going mystery

You were so sorry. Of all the things you regret, this one is right at the top. The bad haircut, that horrible outfit you loved at the time, things lost or lent and never found – those are all unimportant. No, you’re most remorseful for the thing you didn’t do. You missed saying words that [ Read More ]

‘Wall Street protests’ are refreshing

For over three weeks now, protesters have been demonstrating on Wall Street. Although they seem to be a diverse crowd, many of them are young. Although they bring a number of different perspectives to this protest, there are a few points that they apparently agree upon: (1) they think that our economic system is broken; [ Read More ]

Providing ‘service with heart’ during difficult times

Ruth and Norma retired this year. Both worked for Clermont Senior Services as home health aides. Ruth served for over 30 years, and Norma for almost as many. I use the word “served” because Ruth and Norma did not approach their work as jobs to be performed. The served each older person with dignity, respect, [ Read More ]

Planning for the road ahead can lead to retirement security

With over 14 million Americans still out of work, there is no more urgent priority than spurring job creation in Ohio and across the country.  The federal government doesn’t create private-sector jobs, but it can and must create the right climate for entrepreneurs and small businesses to do what they do best — invest, grow, [ Read More ]

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