Opinion Archive

Newt won’t be able to dodge questions the whole campaign

In an interesting innovation to the art of media-bashing, Newt Gingrich dragged his two adult daughters into the sordid details of his breakup with his second wife. Apparently, Newt’s second wife has just published a book and mentions in the book that Gingrich had asked her to agree that their marriage should become an “open [ Read More ]

‘Will you be my travel trailer sweetheart?’

The icy conditions last Friday night apparently sparked a tinge of guilt in Yvonne, prompting her to come out to the travel trailer to check on me on Saturday morning. I heard a tap on the window and then the sound of her voice, “Are you okay in there?” “I’m okay,” I said in my [ Read More ]

‘Miracle baby’ Sophia Cordier left precious footprints

Sometimes it takes great strength to be quiet enough to listen to the breathing of a child. Especially a child who is about to die. We want to rush around, to talk to the doctors, to make decisions, to somehow stop what can’t be stopped. The thought of a dying infant is a stab in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you have room in the diaper bag, pack ‘How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm’

Just about two hours. That’s all you figured it would take to do the few errands you had, maybe less. So you packed the car accordingly: car seat, stroller, diaper bag with extra nappies, a change of clothes, burp cloths, bottles, pacifiers, box of wipes, two toys, tissues, an extra blanket… oh, and the baby, [ Read More ]

We miss you, Harry Truman

A story by Associated Press reporter Frank Eltman has gained national attention. In Brentwood, Long Island (near New York City), “Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a homeless shelter for several days when they got word the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist” was one of only 300 students nationwide who had made it [ Read More ]

Obama makes end-run around the congress

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requires that certain federal officers be confirmed by the Senate before assuming the position for which the president nominated them. But, our nation’s founders realized that the Senate could not be in session nonstop. And, for those times when Senators were not around to confirm nominees, the [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
If you ever loved fairy tales, you will love ‘Cinder’

Once upon a time, you loved fairy tales. Once upon a time, you loved princes and princesses, gnomes, and castles with moats and dragons. There was magic in a fairy tale, there were monsters and evil queens, and you had to use your imagination to see it all. Then you grew up, and you began [ Read More ]

I don’t believe I’ll ever hike this trail again

Yvonne and I slipped away on New Year’s Day for a road trip to Florida to spend a week with her sister, Dolores. Yvonne’s brother Jim flew in from Boston and her cousin Jean accompanied us, setting the stage for a mini family reunion. When the Bartley’s and Steele’s get together you can always count [ Read More ]

Retirement is going pretty well, so far

Adjusting to retirement has had its challenges, but I am getting comfortable with sleeping in the travel trailer. The little box heater has helped a lot. I should explain myself for those of you who may have missed the column I wrote a few weeks ago about my plan to help make Yvonne’s life a [ Read More ]

Addressing the housing crisis we face

Some Ohio families are starting the New Year in a new neighborhood, apartment, or shelter after being foreclosed upon or being unable to sell their former home for as much as they paid for it. Meanwhile, once-thriving, middle-class neighborhoods are being undermined by vacant homes, vandalism, and declining property values. If we’re going to continue [ Read More ]

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