Opinion Archive

JEAN SCHMIDT
Job creation efforts offer hope for 2012

What makes this nation so great is that Americans recognize the value of hard work. Given the opportunity, most want to put in an honest day’s labor in return for a paycheck. Unfortunately, many workers – and businesses – have been struggling amid the downturn in the economy. The good news is there’s hope for [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘Building with Secondhand Stuff’ is a book that homeowners will love

Nobody needs to remind you that money’s tight. Still, you’ve been dreaming of a new look around your home, an addition or a total remodel, and that’s dangerous territory. You know from experience that one idea leads to another, which leads to another and pretty soon, you’re deep in sawdust and debt. So how can [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Construction begins on Dimmitt Woods housing

It was early 2008 when I first began exploring potential sites to build a senior housing facility in the Batavia area. Now, after nearly four years of planning, construction of Dimmitt Woods Senior Housing has begun. The official address will be 611 College Drive, which is on the left as you make the turn off [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
The next era of the USPS

This holiday season, Ohioans will receive scores of gifts — from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili — but many of the parcels probably won’t be dropped off by their local postal carrier. The United States Postal Service (USPS) — the second-largest employer in the United States and one authorized by the U.S. Constitution — [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
More ‘tea party’ obstruction hurts middle class

At the end of this year, the payroll tax cut, which reduced the payroll tax from 6.5 percent to 4.5 percent, is set to expire unless legislation is passed to extend it. For the average American family, the expiration of this payroll tax reduction would mean a tax increase of between $1,000 and $1,500 annually. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘The Magic Room’ is a bouquet of perfection

They were married on the kitchen floor. You remember it well, since you were the one who picked them up at day’s end. The fashion-conscious bride wore something Grandma sewed, and toilet tissue as a veil. Her beloved, a blue pony with long mane and tail, wore an ill-fitting tuxedo borrowed from another doll that [ Read More ]

PAUL SCHWIETERING
The hallucinations of the Cheneys

This past week Dick Cheney criticized the Obama administration for announcing plans to withdraw the last combat troops from Iraq (by withdrawing the troops, the Obama administration was fulfilling the terms of an agreement negotiated by the Bush-Cheney administration). He also stated that because a drone U.S. aircraft went down in Iran, we should bomb [ Read More ]

GEORGE BROWN
Retirement is sure to be a life-changing experience

Honey, I can’t wait to be home with you all the time! Well, the big day is almost here. After spending 50 or so hours at work every week for the past 40 years, I’m finally about to retire. A lot of people have asked if I’m ready for this life changing experience. I definitely [ Read More ]

SHERROD BROWN
Hiring Ohio’s heroes

This summer, I helped launch the “Solar by Soldiers” project which helps put veterans back to work. This program helps train veterans in clean energy technology and installation and then connects them with opportunities in this high-growth industry. And it is already generating results in our state. Flannagan’s in Dublin, a small business eager to [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER
‘100+’ is both deep and deeply fascinating

Every year, there’s another candle. You remember a time when you got excited about it. Another flame on your birthday cake meant that you were getting big, growing up, not a baby anymore. Each candle was one year closer to Big Kid status. Then one day, you stopped counting candles. Who needed to be reminded [ Read More ]


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