Opinion Archive

The Creature Feature

By Dr. Dan Meakin The best health insurance you can give your pet is preventive health care. Preventive health care is much more than just vaccinations. Preventive health care includes proper nutrition, exercise, weight control, internal & external parasite control, skin and coat care, and dental hygiene. It has been estimated that simply keeping your [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Being Mortal’ is informative to the end

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Last night’s dessert was spectacular. As with many finales, that perfect ending to a perfect meal left you satisfied for the rest of the evening. It was, like some conclusions – a little nightcap, a final chapter, a last dance, the lingering notes of a favorite song – a thing to savor. [ Read More ]

The truth about Lifeline, a program prone to waste

By Brad Wenstrup Recently, an outside advocacy group began an automated “robocall” campaign in Southern Ohio to encourage residents to call me to “prevent Congress from turning off the Lifeline program for our veterans.” I received this phone call and so did many of my friends and neighbors. While their website doesn’t provide sufficient information, [ Read More ]

New legislation helps disabled vets

By John Becker As our brave veterans return home, they face many obstacles. They must readjust back into “normal” civilian life, which means securing a job, maybe furthering their education, and familiarizing themselves with civilian life again. Many times, veterans come home with a serious injury that has left them severely disabled. The Ohio House [ Read More ]

Mysterious tightrope spider

By George Brown Natchez, Mississippi is a short two day drive from Cincinnati. The ideal time to visit is during the spring or fall pilgrimage when the Natchez garden club opens 20-30 antebellum homes for tours, nearly all of which are filled with period antiques. The area offers many other attractions, including Frogmore cotton plantation, [ Read More ]

Transparency and better investments help cities

By Josh Mandel As the Treasurer of Ohio, a former city councilman, and the son of a terrific woman who worked in education for over 20 years, I understand the essential role that local governments and schools play in the lives of Ohioans. We rely on local governments to keep our communities safe, educate our [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘The Dogs Were Rescued’ may not be for everybody

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Throughout your life, it’s nice to know who’s got your back. First came your family, a cheering section eventually bolstered by accumulated friends. Later, you drew strength from teachers, mentors, BFFs, and co-workers: a good, lifelong back-up team, just like you need. Teresa J. Rhyne always knew her dogs were protectors, and [ Read More ]

Investing in Ohio manufacturing and innovation

By Sherrod Brown In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Ohio manufacturers are some of the most competitive in the world and workers are [ Read More ]

Sportsmen’s caucus celebrates Hunting and Fishing Day

By Joe Uecker This Saturday, September 27th marks the 42nd observation of National Hunting and Fishing Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of this day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and ensuring their proper management for the benefit of [ Read More ]

An old house shares its story

By George Brown When I retired three years ago one of the notions I had was to become a movie, restaurant, and book critic – yes all three, but not necessarily at the same time. I quickly learned these are difficult professions to break into, even one at a time, so I took up auctioneering, [ Read More ]

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