Opinion Archive

About the virtues of women’s shoes

This column may get me exiled to the travel trailer for a couple of weeks, again, but the weather is nice enough for backyard camping so here goes. The topic is shoes – women’s shoes to be specific. Yvonne and I were going through the buffet line at a luncheon the other day when a [ Read More ]

Preventing college costs from becoming unaffordable

Justin Kuemerle, a Wright State University student, relies on federal student loans to help pay for school. He recently told me that without Stafford Loans, he would have to forgo college. Justin is one of more than 382,000 students in Ohio – including some 46,959 in Hamilton County – who are able to attend college [ Read More ]

Creature Feature
Dr. Dan Meakin
Canine parvovirus infection on the rise

Since All Creatures has seen a bunch of parvo cases in last week, I thought would offer an update on parvovirus and how to prevent it. What is Canine Parvo? Canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a relatively new disease that struck the canine population in 1978. Because of the severity of the disease and its [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Belle & Sundance’ is horsey heaven for any equine enthusiast

The argument could be made that you’re a softy. You can’t bear to watch any TV show in which someone loses his pet; even Lassie puts a lump in your throat, never mind those commercials with the homeless dogs. It hurts your heart to see hurt animals because you love your critters so much. Face [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Weeping cherry is a popular, but often misunderstood tree

Weeping cherries are one of the most-requested trees in our nursery, and one of the least understood. They also have a very high failure rate. We often joke that each weeping cherry is actually two trees in one, so they have twice as many problems. What we mean is that each weeping cherry tree has [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘Garden Wisdom’ is a book you’ll want to read

There’s a little extra plot of land near your house, and you can really dig it. And you have, in fact. You’ve also tilled it, dragged it, weeded, watered, hoed and spaded it. You’ve measured, hilled, and seeded that plot, too. Playing in the dirt has always been fun and, in that respect, you’ve never [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Blueberries for food and landscaping

Blueberry bushes are attractive shrubs with abundant pink-tinged white blooms in spring, shiny foliage and stunning fall color. If you have a well-drained full-sun location for foundation shrubs or privacy hedge, consider using blueberry plants. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are even blueberries ideal for planting in containers! As an [ Read More ]

How will the Sun’s obits for Thursday April 30, 2048 read?

What do you read first when you pick up the paper? I suspect the obituaries aren’t at the top of your list but, like me, I’ll bet you glance over the obits before putting the paper down. I read the obituaries for two reasons. First, to see if anybody I know passed away during the [ Read More ]

Boosting Ohio-made products and creating good Ohio jobs

Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world. And, every day, at places like Nook Industries in Cuyahoga County, Middletown Tube Works in Butler County, and Crown Battery in Sandusky County, Ohio workers are making goods used all over the world. Ohio has had quicker increases in job growth than other states, and we [ Read More ]

Tax Freedom Day useful, but doesn’t tell whole story

Tuesday April 17 was not just the deadline to file federal tax returns. Ironically, it was also Tax Freedom Day. That means the typical American has spent every working day so far this year earning just enough money to pay off his or her federal, state, and local tax bills, according to the Tax Foundation. [ Read More ]

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