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Eastern redbuds are shown in full bloom on the author's property near Fairfax.
Eastern redbuds are shown in full bloom on the author's property near Fairfax.
Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:00 PM
For the last half-century, give or take, I've had the southern Ohio pleasure of watching the change of seasons. By the calendar, each year begins with winter's hangover from the previous year. The coldest season soon gives way to spring, which passes the seasonal baton to summer, which, much to my chagrin, seems to surrender far too soon to autumn, which similarly throws up a white flag to winter in late December. And so it goes. Year after year. Season after season.
  • When redbuds and dogwoods come together
    Sunday, April 18, 2021 12:00 PM
    For the last half-century, give or take, I've had the southern Ohio pleasure of watching the change of seasons. By the calendar, each year begins with winter's hangover from the previous year. The coldest season soon gives way to spring, which passes the seasonal baton to summer, which, much to my chagrin, seems to surrender far too soon to autumn, which similarly throws up a white flag to winter in late December. And so it goes. Year after year. Season after season.
    3 comment(s)

  • Rob Manfred got caught looking – and he's still looking; congrats to Coach Chris Veidt
    Monday, April 5, 2021 7:13 PM
    More years ago than either Coach Veidt or I care to remember, I was a younger newspaperman and covered Whiteoak baseball. My initial recollection of Coach Veidt was this: His teams had discipline, they hustled, and they were coached on the fundamentals of baseball. I liked that.
    2 comment(s)

  • Friday, March 26, 2021 3:26 PM
    As bad as the March 25 orchestrated presser was, the real issue is this: What now? Realistically, there are only two obvious options. Begin the transition to Kamala. Granted, that's been under way for months, but they may need to move up the timeline. The other option is for Biden to have a prime-time, sit-down, kid-glove interview with "60 Minutes" or "Oprah." My best guess is that before the powerful party players pull the plug on POTUS (how's that for alliteration?), they'll arrange for a TV special with Joe & Jill, coming down the hill to fetch a pail of political correctitude from the swamp.
    18 comment(s)

  • Monday, March 15, 2021 6:38 PM
    March 14-20 is known in the news media profession as Sunshine Week, or as I like to call it, the annual effort in futility that always gets lost in the midst of St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA basketball tournament.
    1 comment(s)

  • Sunday, February 28, 2021 9:39 AM
    It is beyond sad when at least two sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives have demonstrated a total lack of respect for the Constitution which they took an oath to support and defend.
    3 comment(s)

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:38 AM
    Beneath three layers, I wore my 20-year-old Key West Green Parrot T-shirt (thank you, Doug and Susie Wagoner) today in hopes of feeling a bit warmer than my truck thermometer reading of 5 degrees. It didn't help, but I may wear it again tomorrow, anyway. There's something about a Key West State of Mind. The frigid temperatures, coupled with some similarly frigid brain cells, prompted this offering.
    1 comment(s)

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:34 AM
    Brown’s support for D.C. statehood shows his true ultra-left colors. Like others in his party, he is savvy enough to realize that D.C. statehood, while serving no additional purpose for the city, adds two more liberal Democrats to the Senate. The Justice Department has repeatedly concluded, under administrations of both parties, that D.C. statehood requires amending the Constitution. Don't do it.
    5 comment(s)

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 5:50 PM
    It's been said many, many times over the years by public information officers for the Ohio Department of Transportation, but I'll say it again: Slow down. Save a life, possibly your own.
    3 comment(s)

  • Friday, January 29, 2021 6:52 AM
    Even the ultra-liberal New York Times criticized the "career" politician (politics should never be anyone's career) this week for rushing through 40 executive orders in his first week – more than the combined first-week total of three recent U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama. If he keeps up this pace, he'll sign 8,320 executive orders in his first term. Talk about a dictatorial fascist in the making. That would shatter FDR's record of 3,721 executive orders.

  • Monday, January 25, 2021 6:25 PM
    Some of my more conservative friends may disagree – and that's fine. But I'll stand by this: If the U.S. Congress had more Rob Portmans and fewer Nancy D'Alesandro Pelosis (like me, a Baltimoron by birth), it would be an actual functioning body on behalf of the citizens of the United States of America. As it exists today, Congress is a disjointed, disunited, disorderly house. (Inquiring minds may want to look up that last one – lest you miss out on the intended humor.)
    4 comment(s)

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