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Wednesday, July 30,2014
Wearing Thin

Am I outraged about the planned East State interchange? Not so much

By Terry Smith
When it comes to matters involving streets and traffic, everybody seems to be an expert. Not just an expert, but the sort of snooty, dismissive know-it-all who ridicules and dismisses anyone else who might have a differing opinion, even if that person actually is an expert.
Wednesday, July 16,2014
Wearing Thin

Famous writer-professor, now passed away, taught me well

By Terry Smith
It doesn't seem that long ago. An eager would-be literary lion (and OU Bobcat at the time), I was granted permission to take English professor Daniel Keyes' exclusive senior-level creative-writing course. When I took the course at Ohio University in 1977, Keyes, who passed away June 15 at the age of 86, was an established and renowned author.
Wednesday, July 9,2014
Wearing Thin

OU once played an active role in serving student beer drinkers

By Terry Smith
Ohio Brew Week is here again, and that means your humble editor's annual column that has some tenuous connection to beer. I'm very glad that Athens doesn't host an annual Ohio Scissors Week, Candle Week, Shoe Week or Toilet Week. Those columns would be very difficult to write.
Wednesday, July 2,2014
Wearing Thin

Why shouldn’t city muzzle obnoxious barking dogs?

By Terry Smith

"This is bulls---, dogs bark; it's normal. They're supposed to, so what are we supposed to do, have their voice box removed? Jesus. Dogs bark. Annoying neighbors need to just get over it."

The above is an online comment in reaction to our story last Thursday about Athens City Council considering levying fines against owners of excessively barking dogs.

Thursday, June 12,2014
Wearing Thin

How did your dad help make you the person you became?

Fathers Day 2014

By Terry Smith
Father's Day is always a good opportunity to reflect back on your relationship with your dad, provided you had one who was around as you were growing up. For me, it's also a chance to try to underst
Sunday, June 1,2014
Wearing Thin

No more ‘green stuff’ for Ohio

By Terry Smith
We heard a lot of high-sounding rhetoric coming from the Ohio General Assembly and Governor's Office last week after Senate Bill 310 – the aggressive rollback of the state's "green energy" program – was approved in the Ohio House on a near straight party-line vote (53-38).
Wednesday, May 21,2014
Wearing Thin

Democracy appears powerless to stop energy slide

By Terry Smith
There's a scene in the classic John Hughes comedy film, "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," where our heroes (played by John Candy and Steve Martin) are careening down a divided highway headed in the wrong direction.
Wednesday, May 14,2014
Wearing Thin

‘Right-to-work’ is actually just a right to freeload

By Terry Smith
As we reported last week, one issue that's likely to be aired in the Ohio House race between state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Albany, and Republican Yolan Dennis, of rural Washington County, is right-to-work legislation.
Wednesday, May 7,2014
Wearing Thin

Ohio poised to slide into the dark on its energy policy

By Terry Smith
The state of Ohio is poised this week to continue its willful slide into backward, reactionary energy policy, with a state Senate Committee expected to approve an amended Senate Bill 310.
Wednesday, April 23,2014
Wearing Thin

First the cassettes go over the side, then the LPs, CDs?

By Terry Smith
The other day, I finally threw out my beloved collection of music cassettes. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, and makes me wonder what other music and keepsakes I can jettison from my life without much stress or angst.
 
 
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